Jean Gattuso takes top honours as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 for Québec

    MONTREAL, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - A dynamic leader on the local and
national business scene, Jean Gattuso of A. Lassonde Inc. is Québec's Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award recipient.
    "Jean Gattuso has driven A. Lassonde Inc. to dominate the Canadian market
through creative ideas, sound strategy, smart acquisitions and an unwavering
commitment to quality," said François Dufresne, Director of the Entrepreneur
Of The Year Awards program for Quebec and an Ernst & Young Partner in
Montreal. "He is a fearless leader who successfully identifies consumer needs
and tailors new and existing products to satisfy demand."
    Mr. Gattuso is President and Chief Executive Officer of A. Lassonde Inc.,
Canada's leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of fruit and vegetable
juices and drinks. The oldest subsidiary of Lassonde Industries Inc., A.
Lassonde Inc. was founded in 1918 in the heart of Québec's Montérégie region.
From Rougemont, Fruité and Oasis to Allen's, Fairlee Nature's Best and McCain
- A. Lassonde Inc. markets its products under numerous brand names in every
Canadian province, and New England. With warehousing facilities in Québec,
Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta, A. Lassonde Inc. combines state-of-the-art
equipment with stringent quality control to ensure the very best in processes,
products and packaging solutions. Under Mr. Gattuso's leadership, the company
remains committed to continuous year-after-year growth, and now counts more
than 750 employees in its corporate family. Last night, Mr. Gattuso also won
the business-to-consumer products and services category award.
    In addition, the late Pierre Péladeau was honoured posthumously at
yesterday's gala as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Québec
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, in recognition of his innumerable
contributions to the regional, national and international business scenes. The
other recipients of the Québec Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008
Awards are:

    Business-to-business products and services

    Jean-Pierre Blais, President
    Don Wall, Senior Executive Vice-President
    Canadian Helicopters Income Fund (Canadian Helicopters Income Fund is
    Canada's largest provider of helicopter transportation services, boasting
    one of the world's largest fleets.)
    Les Cèdres, Québec

    Information technology

    Charles Mony, President
    Creaform (Creaform's products and services include 3D scanning, reverse
    engineering and inspection, as well as design, development and analysis.
    It also develops the Handyscan 3D, a line of self-positioning and
    portable handheld laser scanners.)
    Lévis, Québec


    André Couture, Chairman of the Board
    Martin Couture, Chief Executive Officer
    Sanimax Industries Inc. (Sanimax develops enviro-friendly solutions for
    the food, agri-food and renewable energy industries.)
    Montréal, Québec

    Professional/financial services

    Mark Cohen, President
    Avi Wallerstein, Medical Director
    Lasik MD (Lasik MD is Canada's leading provider of laser vision
    correction surgery, with 19 clinics in Canada and one in the US.)
    Montréal, Québec

    Real estate/construction

    Marie-Claude Houle, President and Vice-President, Development
    EBC inc. (EBC erects buildings and provides other specialty construction
    services, such as civil engineering and earthworks.)
    Ancienne-Lorette, Québec

    Social entrepreneur

    Nina Gupta, President
    Greenlite Lighting Corporation (Greenlight Lighting is one of the world's
    leading manufacturers of energy-efficient lighting products and one of
    the few Canadian companies that manufactures and distributes
    energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.)
    Pointe-Claire, Québec

    What's next?

    As the Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, Mr. Gattuso will compete
with top entrepreneurs from the Atlantic, Prairies, Pacific and Ontario
regions for the honour of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, to be
announced November 26, 2008, in Toronto. In June 2009, Canada's Entrepreneur
Of The Year 2008 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50
country recipients for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The
Year(R). Canada's own Guy Laliberté from Cirque du Soleil was the recipient of
the 2007 World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

    About the awards program

    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is
proudly celebrating a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring Canada's
most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
    Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed
of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The
members of the Québec region panel for 2008 were David Ahdoot, President,
Hypertec Group; Johanne Dion, President, TRANS-HERBe Inc.; Mario Girard, CEO,
Fondation de l'entrepreneurship; Andrew Lutfy, CEO, Groupe Dynamite Inc.;
Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal; Bernard Poulin, President, Le Groupe
S.M. International Inc.; Magda Slezak, Founder, Magenta Studio Photo.
    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. As well, the Quebec region Entrepreneur Of The Year
Program works in collaboration with Desjardins. To learn more, visit

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