Media Advisory - Elite Entrepreneurs from across Canada to Ring TSX Opening Bell

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Entrepreneurs from across Canada along with
faculty from the Richard Ivey School of Business will ring the opening bell at
the Toronto Stock Exchange on May 1st to officially launch Ivey's 2007 Quantum
Shift program.
    Each spring a group of 40 exceptional entrepreneurs are selected from a
large pool of nominees to join Quantum Shift for a rigorous five-day program
to give them the tools and network they need to take their companies to the
next level.
    Small and medium-sized companies account for nearly half of Canada's GDP.
In the past 25 years, their impact has continued to grow, and in 2005 they
employed more than 6.7 million Canadians. Helping these firms grow and
improving their productivity is essential to building a more competitive
    This year's Quantum Shift entrepreneurs are upbeat about the outlook for
Canada's economic prospects with 80% considering themselves either
"optimistic" or "extremely optimistic." They have also set aggressive growth
targets for their own businesses with most of them expecting sales to increase
by more than 20% in the next year.
    Priorities for these entrepreneurs include attracting and developing
talent within their organizations and managing growth and international

    Founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey and sponsored by the TSX Group and
the Globe and Mail, Quantum Shift is designed to help CEOs of already
successful businesses take their success to a whole new level. The program
focuses on how to lead an enterprise through exponential growth; how to
attract and retain the best employees; how to uncover obstacles that may be
limiting growth now, or in the future; how to value a venture and use
strategies for moving from business plan to financial proposition; and how to
build a broad network of entrepreneurial peers to share best-practices.

    What:     Entrepreneurs from across Canada and Ivey faculty to ring TSX
              Opening Bell
    When:     Tuesday, May 1st, 9:30 a.m.
    Where:    TSX Broadcast Centre

For further information:

For further information: Marisa Kanas, Richard Ivey School of Business,
(519) 850-2536,; Dave Cook, KPMG Enterprise, (416) 228-7095

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