CEO of leading supply chain planning SaaS company takes home Enterprise Technology and overall EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario award
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - John Sicard, Chief Executive Officer of Kinaxis® (TSX:KXS), provider of RapidResponse®, a leading cloud-based supply chain management solution based on concurrent planning, was recognized as the overall winner in EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario program at last night's gala in Toronto. He was also awarded the Enterprise Technology category win.
"At Kinaxis our singular focus is to revolutionize supply chain planning for the largest and most complex manufacturers in the world," said John Sicard while accepting the awards. "We're in the ring with the largest enterprise software companies in the world and we beat them."
Mr. Sicard continued: "Without the incredible support of the entire team at Kinaxis this achievement could not have been possible. Our view is that the greatest innovations come from diversity of thought. At Kinaxis our Autism at Work program is an extension of that passion for diversity of thinking and I'm proud to say that the program's success is driving phenomenal innovation."
"John is a values-driven leader with cunning eye for innovation," says Paula Smith, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Program Co-Director. "For over two decades, John has helped transform Kinaxis from a small but mighty Ottawa-based supply chain software company into a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leader."
"John's glass half-full approach to disruption continues to pay off," says Elena Doucette, Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Program Co-Director. "He's now turning his attention to another opportunity: the evolving workforce, prioritizing company culture, trust and transparency at each step of the way."
As the Ontario region's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, Sicard will now represent Kinaxis at the national awards gala in Toronto on November 30, 2017. The overall winner of that event will represent Canada at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year ceremony to be held in Monaco next June.
Cloud-based RapidResponse bridges the gap between data, process and people, providing a more effective way to manage sales and operations planning (S&OP) and supply chain planning. The platform's concurrent planning capability enables organizations to simultaneously and continuously plan, monitor and respond to supply chain changes in a single environment. Concurrent planning bridges functional planning silos and connects all nodes across the global supply chain for faster, more effective decision-making.
About Kinaxis Inc.
Offering the industry's only concurrent planning solution, Kinaxis helps organizations around the world revolutionize their supply chain planning. Kinaxis RapidResponse, our cloud-based supply chain management software, connects your data, processes and people into a single harmonious environment. With a consolidated view of the entire supply chain, you can plan expected performance, monitor progress and respond to disconnects when reality hits. RapidResponse lets you know sooner and act faster, leading to reduced decision latency, and improved operational and financial performance. We can prove it. From implementation to expansion, we help our customers with every step of their supply chain journey.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/ca/EOY
The 2017 Ontario independent judging panel consists of Jill Denham, Corporate Director; Lisa Melchior, Founder and President, VERTU Capital; Steve Faraone, Managing Director, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan; Jeff Parr, Co-CEO and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc.; Gerald Slemko, CEO, Trudell Medical Ltd.; Rick Watkin, President and CEO, KUBRA; Andy Burgess, Managing Partner, Russell Square Partners; Code Cubitt, Founder and Managing Director, Mistral Venture Partners; and Lori O'Neill, Corporate Director.
This year's program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada, SheEO, The Printing House Limited, Hillberg & Berk and MediaOne Creative. Ontario regional sponsors are Captivate Network, Business News Network and Steam Whistle.
SOURCE Kinaxis Inc.
For further information: Media Relations: Mike McAllister | Kinaxis, Tel: (613) 592-5780 ext. 5628, [email protected]; Investor Relations, Rob Kelly | LodeRock Advisors Inc., (416) 992-4539, [email protected]