Québec entrepreneurs embrace Canadian cold with style
MONTRÉAL, Nov. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Noah Stern and Ayal Twik, Co-CEOs of Moose Knuckles Canada — a global leader in the manufacturing of lean, tough and luxurious winter sportswear — are this year's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Québec winners.
Since 1921, Noah Stern's well-known coat manufacturing family has been protecting Canadians from the cold — a relentless quest that inspired Noah to team up with Ayal to start their own company in 2007. For over a decade now, Noah and Ayal have been creating garments tailored for contemporary living and expanding their offerings season-after-season.
"Noah and Ayal set out with an ambitious vision for Moose Knuckles Canada. They looked to the future and started behaving like the larger company they have become, without ever looking back," says Daniel Baer, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. "Their hard work and perseverance continues to pay off with Moose Knuckles Canada seeing unprecedented growth over the past few years."
From a modest start of 3 employees and an order book of 350 coats for a single Canadian customer, Noah and Ayal now employ over 200 people spread between offices in Montréal, Toronto, New York and Milan, and are carried by luxury retailers in more than 25 countries.
"Noah and Ayal paved their own way to the top of the outerwear market by never wavering on quality make and materials at a competitive price for their customers," says Luc Charbonneau, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. "Their unique perspective and style has built a strong brand and international success. We're proud to celebrate these two unstoppable entrepreneurs."
Noah and Ayal are also focused on meeting the highest quality and ethical sourcing standards in their industry. Their honourable approach to business extends to the community as well. They support numerous charities and distribute winter coats to shelters in Canada and United States.
What's next? As the Québec region's EY Entrepreneurs Of The Year 2019, Noah Stern and Ayal Twik will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and Atlantic regions for the national honour of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Canada, to be presented at a gala celebration on November 28, 2019 in Toronto. In June 2020, Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Québec category award recipients:
FinTech Nuvei Technologies | Montréal Philip Fayer
Accelerated growth (under 5 years) Champion Iron Limited | Montréal David Cataford and Michael O'Keeffe
Health / Life Science GA International Inc. | Laval George Ambartsoumian Ph.D., D.V.M.
Manufacturing POLYCOR INC. | Québec Patrick Perus
Real Estate / Construction Burovision Inc. | Montréal Alexandra Choquette and Renzo Fraraccio
Services Andy Transport | Montréal Andreea Crisan
Sustainability Matt & Nat | Montréal Manny Kohli
Technology TECSYS Inc. | Montréal Peter Brereton
Young Entrepreneur MicroHabitat | Montréal Orlane Panet
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The 2019 Québec independent judging panel consists of Martin Deschênes, President and Founder, École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce; Jacques Foisy, President and Managing Partner, Novacap; Jean-Yves Germain, Co-CEO, Groupe Germain; Brigitte Jalbert, President and CEO, Les Emballages Carrousel; Claudine Labelle, Founder and President, Fillactive; Constance Raymond, Vice-President, Outbox Technology; and Andrew Richardson, President, Targray.
This year's program national sponsors are ICI RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Air Canada, Media One Creative and The Printing House Limited. Québec regional sponsors are Captivate Networks and NEXT Canada.
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