MONTREAL, July 6, 2017 /CNW/ - EY is recognizing entrepreneurs who dare to take risks, dive into uncertainty and overcome challenges with innovative solutions. Today, the firm named 30 finalists across 10 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Québec Awards program.
"This year's finalists share a passion for entrepreneurship and a culture of innovation," says Daniel Baer, Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec program Co-Director. "At the same time, they are a very diverse group ranging from startups to third generation family businesses, and from traditional manufacturing to the cleantech sector. Our finalists are a wonderful reflection of Québec society."
"There are also more female finalists in Québec this year," says Luc Charbonneau, Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec program Co-Director. "We cannot accelerate growth without harnessing the power of inclusiveness. Supporting women entrepreneurs on their growth journey is a key focus at EY and we hope the number of women in our program continues to grow."
Canada's entrepreneurs create companies that grow, and in turn, create jobs that boost the economy. The businesses of this year's Québec finalists employ 6,366 people and see year-over-year growth with a sum of $1.3 billion in annual revenues.
At the Québec gala in Montréal on 9 November 2017, EY will name winners in a number of diverse categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Québec winner and will later compete with winners from Ontario, Atlantic, Prairies and Pacific regions for the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, in June 2018.
Last month, EY Canada's 2016 overall winner, Murad Al-Katib of AGT Food and Ingredients, was named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year for his purpose-driven approach and exceptional growth over the years. Al-Katib doesn't plan on stopping there – his ambitious expansion plans are consistent with the findings of EY's recent global Growth Barometer survey. The survey shows middle-market companies are still optimistic about growth in times of geopolitical uncertainties, shifting demographics and rapid technology advancements.
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Visit ey.com/ca/eoy for more program details and a complete list of category finalists and gala dates in the regions.
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/eoy
The 2017 Québec independent judging panel consists of Anne Darche, President, Pertinence Inc.; Marie-Anne Tawil, President and CEO, Iron Hill Investments Inc.; Andrew Richardson, President, Targray; and Jacques Foisy, President and Managing Director, Novacap.
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 and Hillberg & Berk. Québec regional sponsor is Captivate Network.
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