Telesystem founder recognized by Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program
(Montreal, 9 September 2010) – Today, Charles Sirois was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Québec Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of his commitment to the Canadian communications industry and his substantial entrepreneurial achievements. Charles is Entrepreneur Of The Year’s ninth lifetime achievement award recipient from Québec.
"Since launching his career as a young businessman and taking over the family-owned paging company, Charles has started more than 20 companies from scratch," said François Dufresne, Partner and Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Québec region. "Through his many successes and lessons learned, Charles has shown no aversion to risk, and an immense determination to respond to each challenge that faces him with greater innovation."
Charles began his entrepreneurial journey in 1978, and within a few years established himself as a leader in the Canadian paging industry with National Pagette and National Mobile Radio Communications Inc. Today, Charles is the founder, chairman and CEO of Telesystem Ltd., a private equity company that owns, builds and manages innovative businesses around the world.
Charles’ impact on the business community spans far beyond his corporate success. He is the founding partner and chairman of Enablis Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries by giving them access, at affordable cost, to a range of professional and financial resources.
Charles is also chairman of the board of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and founding partner of Tandem Expansion, a private investment fund focused on growth capital.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made an enduring impression on the Canadian business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talents.
Ernst & Young will present this prestigious award to Charles during the Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards banquet at the Bonsecours Market in Montréal on October 27, 2010.
The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National Post, La Presse and RDI. The Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year program works in collaboration with Desjardins.
For regional banquet ticket information, please contact Sophie Leclerc at 514 879 8173.
Former Québec recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award include Laurent Beaudoin (2000), Paul Desmarais (2001), Jean Coutu (2002), Stephen Jarislowsky (2003), Rémi Marcoux (2004), André Cagnon (2005), Joseph Kruger (2006) and Pierre Péladeau (2008).
About the awards program
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is proudly celebrating 17 years of honouring Canada’s outstanding entrepreneurs from all areas of business. For more information on the program, please visit ey.com/ca/eoy.
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