Ernst & Young recognizes entrepreneurial maverick in Atlantic Canada

    Irving Schwartz receives the 2008 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award

    HALIFAX, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Irving Schwartz has spent more than half a
century building on his entrepreneurial spirit to create great things in
Atlantic Canada and across the country. Today, he was named Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement award in
recognition of his innumerable contributions to the regional and national
business scenes.
    "Irving Schwartz inspires those around him. He is ambitious. He is
committed to his community. He mentors young entrepreneurial talent and
teaches others how to make a difference and drive results," said Joyce Hoeven,
Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for the Atlantic
region. "Irving embodies the very essence of effective leadership, and we are
impressed by his substantial contributions to both our market, and our
    In the first 30 years of his career, Irving expanded Schwartz and Company
Limited from a local company to a thriving retail business. With the continued
success of Schwartz and Company Limited, he began investing in local and
national projects ranging from long-term care to cable services. This year
alone he has invested in four start-up Maritime companies. Mr. Schwartz's
entrepreneurialism also extends to philanthropy. He co-founded the Canadian
International Demining Corps and was inducted into the Order of Canada for his
efforts to ban the world's landmines.
    The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Awards
honour individuals whose lasting impact on Canadian and international business
nurtures the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent. This year,
the program proudly celebrates a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring
the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
    Irving Schwartz will be presented with the award and honoured at the
Ernst & Young Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Banquet in Halifax at
the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on October 9, 2008.
    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. The Atlantic regional sponsor is Progress magazine.

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