MONTREAL, June 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Last Friday, National Bank announced the winners of the 19th edition of the National Bank SME Awards recognition program. The provincial gala was held in Montreal and was attended by close to 200 people, including the finalists, National Bank representatives and members of the business community. The provincial and regional winners shared $500,000 in prizes, offered by the many sponsors and partners of this event.
"The National Bank SME Awards pay tribute to the exceptional performance of Quebec companies and their leaders. The finalists are all committed entrepreneurs, who are inspired and inspire others. Thanks to their tenacity and excellent results, they have carved out a place for themselves in a highly competitive environment," said Diane Giard, Executive Vice-President - Personal and Commercial Banking at National Bank. "National Bank has always enjoyed close ties with local businesses. Actively contributing to their success is an integral part of our founding mission and values."
The Gold winners in each category are:
Agribusiness SME: Vignoble Rivière du Chêne, Saint-Eustache (www.vignobleriviereduchene.ca)
With 20 hectares of vines and more than 11,500 cases of wine produced annually, Vignoble Rivière du Chêne is a leader in the Quebec wine industry. The company produces Certified Quebec Wines with a respect for tradition, climate and terroir, and with a clever slogan that translates as "well cultivated and cultured"!
Export SME: Valmétal Inc., Saint-Germain-de-Grantham (www.valmetal.com)
Valmétal manufactures equipment that mechanizes and automates the storage, processing and distribution of feed to farm animals. Its products are distributed in Canada, New England, the American Mid-West, and several European and Asian countries.
SME with less than $5 million in sales: ElCargo Fabrication Inc., Saint-Hyacinthe (www.elcargo.com)
Founded in 1998, ElCargo Fabrication is an industry leader in mechanical tarp systems for trailers, dumpsters and woodchip trailers. These watertight, tough and versatile systems allow users to considerably reduce their fuel consumption. They are designed and manufactured entirely in Quebec.
SME with $5-10 million in sales: YourBarFactory, Montréal (www.yourbarfactory.com)
YourBarFactory creates and manufactures made-to-measure snack bars, according to its clients' requirements. The company offers nut-free and gluten-free products in a choice of packaging. With an output of more than 100 million bars per year, it supplies some of the largest retailers in North America.
SME with $10-50 million in sales: Eureka Lighting, Montréal (www.eurekalighting.com)
Eureka Lighting is a North American leader in decorative lighting solutions. It offers a wide range of flexible products that meet the needs of architects and designers to enhance contemporary working and living environments.
The members of the jury also awarded a Jury's Choice - Young Entrepreneur award to La Crevette du Nord-Atlantique Inc. from Gaspé. This shrimp processing business makes every effort to adapt its products to its clients' needs, especially in terms of format, packaging, presentation and size.
For more information on the finalists, please visit decisionmakers.ca.
Lastly, National Bank would like to thank its sponsors and partners, who also encourage the development of Quebec-based businesses: IBM Canada Ltd, Bell, Export Development Canada, Lavery, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Deloitte, TÉLUQ - Université à distance de l'UQAM, Union des producteurs agricoles and La Terre de chez nous, École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce, Réseau Gesca as well as National Bank Insurance, National Bank MasterCard, National Bank Private Wealth 1859, and the Payroll Marketing group at National Bank.
About National Bank of Canada
With $185 billion in assets as at April 30, 2013, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca) together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups, and has been named among the 20 strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.
Image with caption: "Provincial winner - Agribusiness SME. From Laval/North/West Quebec Region at National Bank, Olivier Mathieu, Associate Vice-President, Agribusiness Commercial Banking, and Catherine Dessureault, Manager Agriculture Development, surround Vignoble Rivière du Chêne co-owners, Isabelle Gonthier and Daniel Lalande. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9652_PHOTO_EN_28263.jpg
Image with caption: "Provincial winner - Export SME. From left to right: Guy Cusson, Manager, Commercial Banking - Drummond, National Bank; from Valmétal Inc., David Vallières, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Lise Vallières, Administrator, and Dominic Vallières, Vice-President, Finance. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9652_PHOTO_EN_28269.jpg
Image with caption: "Provincial winner - SME with less than $5 million in sales. From left to right: from ElCargo Fabrication Inc, Réal Royer, President, and Jonathan Joyal, Director of operations, along with David Pion, Development SME Manager at National Bank's branch in Saint-Hyacinthe. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9652_PHOTO_EN_28265.jpg
Image with caption: "Provincial winner - SME with $5-10 million in sales. From left to right: from YourBarFactory, Émilie Gras, Human Resources Manager and shareholder, and Martin Joyal, President, along with Jean-Pascal Cadrin, Manager Financial Solutions, National Bank. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9652_PHOTO_EN_28261.jpg
Image with caption: "Provincial winner - SME with $10-50 million in sales. Frédéric Gamache (centre), Account Manager, National Bank, surrounded by Christian B. Fabi, Executive Vice-President, and Patrick Foley, President of Eureka Lighting. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9652_PHOTO_EN_28267.jpg
SOURCE: National Bank of Canada
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