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John A. McCluskey of Alamos Gold Inc. named 2012 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY recognizes local game-changing entrepreneurs’ leadership and innovation

(Toronto, 11 October 2012) John A. McCluskey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alamos Gold Inc. — a leading Canadian gold producer — is this year’s Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

“Leading entrepreneurs possess an unparalleled drive and determination in the face of extreme adversity — and John is no exception,” says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. “John risked everything when founding Alamos Gold Inc. at the bottom of a 20-year gold bear market and amid significant macroeconomic issues. But the risk paid off.”

John’s forward-thinking vision and eye for opportunity has grown Alamos Gold Inc. from a junior mining company with no employees to a leading gold producer with over 550 employees and operations in Canada, Turkey and Mexico.

“Innovation is at the heart of every game-changing entrepreneur’s success,” says McMorrow. “It’s a way of being — and one that made John’s vision of prosperity in the gold mining industry a reality.”

Innovation doesn’t happen randomly. EY’s recent report Innovating for growth finds that leading innovators take advantage of changes in their external environment, continually revamp their business models and innovate with an end goal in mind. More than anything, it takes a long-term view.

“Our Entrepreneur Of The Year winners exemplify the power of taking a long-term view,” says McMorrow. “By focusing on a long-term vision and being prepared to seize opportunities along the way, these entrepreneurs have made great strides for Canadian business.”

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including their vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.

Also honoured by EY was Joseph L. Rotman, Chairman and CEO of Roy-L Capital Corporation, who received the 2012 Ontario Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his outstanding leadership, support of Ontario’s business community and his significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur.

For more information on Innovating for growth, click here.

Category winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Ontario Awards:

Business-to-business products and services

Jennifer Nashmi and Victoria Sopik
Kids + Company Ltd. | Thornhill
Works directly with family-oriented corporations to develop progressive childcare and eldercare options that help address employee work–life balance and productivity.

Business-to-consumer products and services

Gordon Lownds
ListenUP! Canada | Toronto
Provides a full range of hearing healthcare services to the public through 105 clinic locations in Ontario.


Steven Bloembergen and John van Leeuwen
EcoSynthetix Inc. | Burlington
Global supplier of novel bio-based products to displace petroleum-based materials in the binder, coating and adhesive markets.

Emerging entrepreneur

Somen Mondal and Shaun Ricci
N4 Systems, Inc. | Toronto
Field ID is the world's leading paperless safety compliance and inspection management system.

Information technology

Robert Herjavec
The Herjavec Group | Toronto
IT security/infrastructure integration firm specializing in security solutions, WAN acceleration and emerging technologies.

Media and entertainment

Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen
Wattpad | Toronto
World's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. Use Wattpad to read great stories and share creative writing on the web and across all mobile devices.

Mining and metals

John A. McCluskey
Alamos Gold Inc. | Toronto
Gold producer with operating mine in Mexico and development projects in Turkey.


Jon Hantho
Maxxam Analytics | Mississauga
Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries.

Young entrepreneur

Jon Lerner and Derek Ting
Enflick Inc. | Waterloo
Creator of highly acclaimed mobile applications on iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms: Touch and TextNow.

Special citation — Social entrepreneur

Social entrepreneur is a unique category that awards a special citation to an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social change and improved people’s lives or quality of life.

Johann Olav Koss
Right To Play International | Toronto
Global organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.

What’s next?
As Ontario’s 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year, John will join Pacific regional winner, Ashley Cooper, Paladin Security, and the other overall award winners from the Prairies, Quebec and Atlantic regions, who will be announced later this month, for the national honour of Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, to be presented at a gala celebration January 16, 2013, in Toronto. In June 2013, Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 will move to the world stage to compete with 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year®.

About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Ontario judging panel consisted of John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Andrew Bergstrom, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Cossette Communications; Andrew Claerhout, Vice President, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; Ginny Dybenko, Executive Director, University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus; Don Morrison, Senior Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; David Shaw, 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Professional Services category winner and national Special Citation award winner for Customer Driven Excellence, Founder and CEO, Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District; and Claude Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches.

For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit

For ticket information about the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Gala on January 16, 2013, please contact Katelyn Jarosz at 416 941 1810 or

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This year’s national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.

About EY’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice
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