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Building the potential of Canada’s entrepreneurs

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Our Entrepreneurial Services practice has helped many of the world’s most dynamic young companies grow into industry leaders.

Across our firm, we believe entrepreneurship is a critical foundation for the health of our nation and economy, and are proud of our longstanding commitment to support tomorrow’s leaders across the country.

By fostering entrepreneurial talent in Canada, we hope to help build the confidence and skills needed to launch innovative new ventures.

The Next 36: launching Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs

In 2011, we marked our inaugural year as a lead supporter of one of Canada’s newest and most comprehensive programs working to build and support entrepreneurship in this country. The Next 36 is an innovative program that’s helping to launch the careers of Canada’s most promising undergraduate entrepreneurs.

Ryan's story
Ryan Brideau
The Next 36 alumnus

The program identifies these students through a rigorous national selection process and provides them with the academic foundation, practical skills, role models and networks to become Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

As these young leaders continue to push their boundaries, gain skills vital to entrepreneurship, and build their expectations of themselves and the businesses they hope to create, our leaders are there every step of the way to mentor and coach, facilitate networks, and provide financial and pro bono support through our offices across the country.

Learn more about The Next 36 and its groundbreaking activities at

Entrepreneur Of The Year: recognizing entrepreneurship closer to home

For nearly 20 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards have celebrated countless entrepreneurs who are building the potential of their communities and inspiring change by launching new ventures, creating jobs and driving growth, even in challenging times.

In Canada, Entrepreneur Of The Year events take place in cities and regions coast to coast providing critical visibility, recognition and publicity to those who are building and creating market-leading businesses and growing the vibrancy and innovation potential of communities across Canada.

The awards highlight not only leading business entrepreneurs, but also social entrepreneurs who are successfully applying practical, innovative and marketoriented approaches to benefit marginalized people and create social change on a large scale.

To learn more about these outstanding entrepreneurial leaders, visit

Corporate Responsibility Fellows: growing global entrepreneurs in emerging markets

EY has been a long-time supporter of entrepreneurs globally through our firm-wide support of the Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program.

Conducted in collaboration with Endeavor, a non-profit organization, the program is designed to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets. High-performing people from our offices worldwide are selected for three-month assignments in Central and South America, where they draw on their unique skills to help build entrepreneurial organizations.

Jennifer's story
Jennifer Muir
Senior Manager,
Strategic Growth Markets,
EY, Winnipeg

EY Corporate Responsibility Fellows offer budding leaders professional services, including HR planning, strategy development and financial guidance. On average, these entrepreneurs grow to pay 10 times the minimum wage and generate sustainable economic value in their communities.

This year, Jennifer Muir, Senior Manager of Strategic Growth Markets in Winnipeg, was selected to participate in the Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program.

“In today’s complex and fastchanging world, entrepreneurs provide that critical spark of energy that drives innovation and builds economic growth. They not only seed new businesses, but energize and inspire whole communities to forge ahead, renew optimism and reach for their highest potential.

The effects of entrepreneurship in Canada can be felt everywhere – not only in the growth of robust economies, but in building the social fabric of our nation, in solving the problems that most concern us all and in keeping Canada competitive on the world stage.”

Colleen McMorrow
Canadian Leader, Entrepreneurial Services,
National Program Director,
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

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