Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurs are the backbone of Canada’s economy. They innovate to develop new products and services that transform lives, generating wealth and creating millions of jobs along the way. From small startups to mid-sized ventures, entrepreneurs build more than just businesses — they build Canada. And they use their fresh thinking and passion to create social change, investing in communities and helping others achieve their potential.

We have a long history of supporting entrepreneurs. We serve a wide range of businesses in a broad range of industries — from ventures receiving their first funding through to large mid-cap companies, family businesses and private companies looking to go public.

Our commitment to helping entrepreneurs bring their visions to reality is how we make a difference — and put Canada in the forefront of entrepreneurial success.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® – celebrating entrepreneurs

For 20 years, we’ve honoured Canada’s most inspiring entrepreneurs with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards — to shine the spotlight on game-changing business creators.

Today, the program spans more than 140 cities in 50 countries, which together represent more than 90% of the global economy.

Over the past 19 years, we’ve received over 8,400 nominations from across the country, recognized over 2,900 finalists, and presented more than 875 awards — including 38 lifetime achievement awards.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Peter Gilgan of Mattamy Homes; Clive Beddoe, Don Bell, Tim Morgan and Mark Hill of WestJet Airlines; Ian Telfer of Goldcorp; Marc and Craig Kielburger of Free the Children; and Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil, who also won the 2006 World EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award.