EY celebrates 20 years of inspirational entrepreneurs - and their
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - EY celebrated 20 years of honouring great entrepreneurs by presenting Geoffrey Smith of
EllisDon Corporation — an employee-owned company that delivers
construction expertise to clients throughout the world — with the 2013
Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.
Geoffrey didn't just join the family business in 1997 — he committed
himself to growing the company into the 21st century by building on its historic past. EllisDon quickly evolved from
small Canadian contractor to global construction services provider
under Geoffrey's leadership. He saw the opportunity to become more of a
value-add business and the potential to assume more of their clients'
"Leading entrepreneurs see the future before it takes place," says
Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
program director. "Geoffrey saw a new path for EllisDon and set the
company on track to success. That's the power of an entrepreneurial
Thinking ahead of the curve is a quality Geoffrey encourages throughout
EllisDon. And it's paying off. Today EllisDon is moving into new
markets and new sectors across Canada and around the world.
"Inspiring others to embrace entrepreneurship is exactly what we need in
Canada," says McMorrow.
EY's G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013 reveals that while 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.
"We're proud to shine the spotlight on inspirational entrepreneurs like
Geoffrey," says McMorrow. "Sharing stories like theirs is just one way
we can work together to encourage more people to chase their dreams.
We've done it for over 20 years and we're far from done."
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 celebrated His Excellency, the Right Honourable David
Johnston, Governor General of Canada, with the 20th anniversary EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Supporter of Entrepreneurship
Award for his unwavering commitment to and support of entrepreneurship
Category winners of the 2013 Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards:
DMC Mining Services | Richmond Hill
Provides mining services such as pre-feasibility studies, technical
engineering services, raise boring and excavation, civil and mine
construction, lateral development, shaft sinking and contract mining.
Business-to-consumer products and services
CBI Health Group | Toronto
A health care services and management company, operates clinics and
facilities for patients and communities in Canada.
Cleantech and manufacturing
Normerica Inc. | Mississauga
Manufactures all-natural dog biscuits, treats and wet dog food.
CentriLogic Inc. | Mississauga
Provides international hybrid hosting, cloud computing, co-location and
data centre solutions, with headquarters in Canada and data centre
facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Food and beverage
Mastronardi/SUNSET Brand | Kingsville
A greenhouse operation that encompasses product research, growing,
marketing and distribution of gourmet hydroponic produce while
maintaining environmental priorities and exceeding industry food safety
Media and entertainment
Drayton Entertainment | Cambridge
An award-winning circuit of seven live theatres operating in six
communities across Ontario: Cambridge, Drayton, Grand Bend,
Penetanguishene, Waterloo and St. Jacobs.
EllisDon Corporation | Mississauga
A general contractor specializing in construction and project management
as well as a variety of construction services such as BIM, ICT and
Software and technology
Desire2Learn Inc. | Kitchener
A global leader in cloud-based (SaaS) learning solutions with over 750
clients and 10 million learners in higher education, K-12, health care,
government and the corporate sector.
Clearpath Robotics | Kitchener
A global provider for unmanned vehicle systems serving over 25 countries
Special citation — Social entrepreneur
Social entrepreneur is a unique category that awards a special citation
to an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social
change and improved people's lives or quality of life.
Building Markets | Ottawa
Connects local entrepreneurs in developing economies like Afghanistan,
Liberia and Myanmar to global contracts and credit.
As the Ontario region's 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Geoffrey Smith
will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies and
Atlantic 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. Quebec will also join the running after the regional
winner is announced at their gala on 30 October 2013. In June 2014,
Canada's EY 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 Ontario judging panel consisted of
John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Claude
Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches; Tim Jackson, Vice President,
University Relations, University of Waterloo; Don Morrison, Senior
Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Nicole
Musicco, Vice President, Funds & Co-Investments, Ontario Teachers'
Pension Plan; David Shaw, Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario award
winner, professional services, 2010, and Founder and CEO, Knightsbridge
Human Capital Management; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery
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, #EOYOntario.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In Ontario, Entrepreneur Of The
Year is sponsored by RBC Royal Bank and OT Communications. The Ontario
gala patrons are Bell, Medisys Corporate Health and The Printing House
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advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who propel the
economy - and community - forward.
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