EY celebrates 20 years of inspirational entrepreneurs
HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - EY celebrated 20 years of honouring great entrepreneurs by presenting Francis McGuire of
Major Drilling Group International Inc. — one of the world's largest
drilling services companies — with its 2013 Atlantic EY Entrepreneur Of
The Year award.
"We've been recognizing talented entrepreneurs from across Canada for
over 20 years," says Jim Lutes, EY Atlantic Managing Partner and
Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "What impresses
most is the ability of these business leaders to apply an innovative
mindset at every turn — and that's exactly what Francis has done."
Francis McGuire joined Major Drilling Group International Inc. in 2000
and set the company on a new exponential path to growth. That meant
identifying niche markets and repositioning the company as a
specialized drilling services organization to mitigate the volatility
of commoditized contract drilling services.
"Francis saw Major Drilling Group's potential to set itself apart from
the competition and by doing so grew the company to become the world's
second-largest drilling services company," says Lutes.
That's the kind of entrepreneurial mindset we need to encourage in the
next generation, so that they not only start — but scale — their
businesses, he adds.
Though Canada scores very highly on its entrepreneurship culture,
relatively low levels of self-employment suggest there's room for
larger numbers of people to be encouraged to capitalize on the
country's supportive environment, according to EY's G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013.
"Motivating the next generation to reach their entrepreneurship
potential begins by sharing success stories through programs like
Entrepreneur Of The Year — that's how we can work together to continue
to build our country's entrepreneurial culture," says Lutes. "We have
two decades of inspiration behind us and we're still going strong.
Examples like Francis show us what is possible in the next 20 years and
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The gala also honoured Daniel E. (Danny) Williams with the 2013 Atlantic
Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his substantial
achievements as a successful lawyer and businessman, and a dedicated
Category winners of the 2013 Atlantic EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
Business-to-business products and services
Major Drilling Group International Inc. | Moncton
One of the world's largest drilling services companies, primarily
servicing the mining industry, with extensive field operations in
North, South and Central America, Africa, Australia and Asia.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Franchise Management Inc. | Woodstock
One of the largest Pizza Hut franchisee operators in Canada, owning and
operating restaurants across Canada and the US.
ANG Food Services Ltd. | Dartmouth
Offers a completely unique gourmet experience at Halifax's first gourmet
burger restaurant and a modern Mexican restaurant.
Dave Grebenc, Roxanne Fairweather
Innovatia Inc. | Saint John
Delivers knowledge management services to clients in both the ICT and
energy sectors in three primary areas: documentation, learning
solutions and technical support.
Aspin Kemp & Associates | Stratford
Delivers innovative products, technically advanced services, integrated
systems documentation and world-class training primarily to the marine
and offshore industry.
Martek Morgan Finch Inc. | St. John's
Provides various real estate and professional services.
Future Group Company | Torbay
Encompasses land development, residential and commercial construction,
real estate services, and residential and commercial civil construction
in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with residential construction in
As the Atlantic region's 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Francis will
compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and
Quebec regions for the national honour of Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of
The Year 2013, to be presented at a gala celebration on 27 November
2013 in Toronto. In June 2014, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013
will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 other country
recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new
possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years
— and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent
judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and
previous award recipients. The 2013 Atlantic judging panel consisted of
Denis Connor, Past Chair, First Angel Network; Melinda Lee, Partner
Frosting Cake and Event Design; Earl Ludlow, President and CEO,
Newfoundland Power; Mike Mallory, New Brunswick Group Chair, TEC Group;
Gerry Pond, Chairman, Mariner Partners; Duncan Shaw, 2010 Atlantic EY
Entrepreneur Of The Year winner and President, Mullache Corporation;
and Jo Mark Zurel, President, Stonebridge Capital Inc.
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about our National Entrepreneur Of The Year awards
gala on 27 November 2013, please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYAtlantic.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In the Atlantic region Progress Magazine is the gold sponsor, RBC Financial Group and McInnes Cooper are patron
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every stage of the business lifecycle. As you grow your business into a
market leader, you'll face many challenges and opportunities. That's
where our Strategic Growth Market professionals can help.
Our Global Strategic Growth Markets practice guides leading high-growth
companies on their way to market leadership. Our multidisciplinary team
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growth. That includes initial public offering- and venture
We are the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing
entrepreneurs who propel the economy — and communities — forward. And
we do this at the most basic level by giving entrepreneurs the
recognition they deserve through our Entrepreneur Of The Year and
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Forum also brings together top CEOs, entrepreneurs, influential
business and government leaders, investors and advisors from around the
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