EY honours Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

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(Montréal, 5 July 2012) EY is proud to announce the finalists in this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation across the country.

“It’s important to highlight all the potential our entrepreneurs harness and share with our markets and communities,” explains Francois Dufresne, Partner at EY and Québec Director of Entrepreneur of the Year. “Rewarding successful entrepreneurs means recognizing not only their contribution to the economy, but the well-being of our society as well.”

According to the recent EY report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada — and globally — by 16% in 2011. As well, 57% actively support community services and 25% have created or funded educational programs.

Dufresne believes these statistics are proof points that show how important it is for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship. “Shining the spotlight on entrepreneurs is one way we can help do that — but in and of itself, it’s not enough. Helping entrepreneurs get the support they need is critical to their success and the viability of a true entrepreneurial culture,” says Dufresne.

Entrepreneur Of The Yearcelebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

The Québec winners will be announced at a banquet on 25 October, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala in Toronto on 16 January, 2013.

The 2012 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Business-to-business products and services

Georges Karam
Atelka inc.
www.atelka.com
Headquartered in Montréal, managing client contact centres founded in 2003 and specializing in technical solutions for call centres as well as technical and billing support.

Matthieu Laroche and Jonathan Quevillon
Cartouches certifiées
www.cartouchescertifiees.com
Specializing in printing products sales, this company offers a full range of high-quality ink cartridges, from original to reused products.

Pierre Monet
Malaga inc.
www.malaga.ca
Canadian firm that is one of the few producers of tungsten ore in the Americas owning one of the world’s rare tungsten mines in operation: Peru’s Pasto Bueno mine.

Frédéric Mimeault
Promotions Universelles Inc.
www.promotionuniverselles.com
Manufacturer and distributor of promotional products and corporate apparel, this company reinvents the promotional product market through various services under the same roof, in Boucherville.

Business-to-consumer products and services

Guy Bessette and Manon Duplantie
Fix Auto
www.fixauto.com
National automobile body shop franchiser specializing in post-collision serving predominantly the insurance industry and consisting of 313 body shops all maintaining the same standards of quality, ethics and performance.

Philip Allen Issenman
I-D Foods Corporation
www.idfoods.com
For more than 63 years, national distributor of imported and specialty food products representing over 65 major suppliers servicing over 1,500 skus across over 10,000 retail outlets.

Jonathan Poulin
Luxury Retreats Inc.
www.luxuryretreats.com
World leader in luxury villa rentals, marketing over 1,800 villas in 55 regions through several popular websites, including www.luxuryretreats.com

Technology and communications

Sanjay Bakshani and Vicken Kanadjian
Cesium Telecom, Inc.
www.cesiumtelecom.com
One of North America’s leading distributors of wireless products, introducing the latest technology from the world’s top manufacturers.

Frédéric Boulanger
Macadamian Technologies Inc.
www.macadamian.com
Global UI design and software innovation studio providing a complete range of product strategy, user experience design and software engineering services.

Alain-Jacques Simard
TeraXion
www.teraxion.com
Designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art optical components and modules for high-speed fiber-optic transmission networks, fiber lasers and optical sensing applications.

Manufacturing 

Sylvain Boucher
Ergoresearch
www.ergorecherche.com
Designer and manufacturer of intelligent specialty orthotics for the muskoskeletal system. This business also developed Québec’s largest network of orthotists: La Clinique du Pied Équilibre and Orthoconcept.

Michel Gendreau
Garaga inc.
www.garaga.com
Leader in the garage door manufacturing sector in Canada and the seventh largest manufacturer in North America, Garaga also manufactures hardware systems adapted to its doors and distributes door openers.

Roger Richmond-Smith
Smardt Chiller Group Inc
www.smardt.com
Manufacturer of revolutionary high-efficiency oil-free centrifugal chillers, from 60–1200 ton capacities, which enable large cooling systems to save 30-50% of their energy consumption.

Emerging entrepreneur

Derek Massad
Ben & Florentine Restaurants Inc.
www.benandflorentine.com
Restaurant franchising specializing in the full service breakfast and lunch industry.

Marc Bourbonnais
Modus FX, Inc.
www.modusfx.com
Company headquartered in Ste-Thérèse creating visual effects and offering quality digital postproduction services to film and television industries around the world.

Martin-Luc Archambault
Wajam
www.wajam.com
Social search engine indexing both public and privately shared content from your social networks, and letting you find recommendations from your friends when you need them.

Clothing, accessories and fashion

Yona Shtern and Robert Gold
Beyond the Rack Enterprises Inc.
www.beyondtherack.com
North America’s premier online shopping club offering its members the most sought-after designer brand apparel, accessories, beauty, consumer electronics, and home decor products.

Diane Lanctôt
Lanctôt Ltée
www.rlanctot.com
Distributor and manufacturer of leading sports brands such as NIVO and VUARNET (sports apparel) and DR (hockey). Activities are divided into five divisions: Ski, Outdoor, Optical, Team Sports and Apparel.

Caroline Néron
Néron Inc.
www.carolineneron.com
In 2004, actress and singer Caroline Néron founded this company. She creates high-quality jewelry using mainly SWAROVSKI crystals, sold under the brand name Bijoux Caroline Néron inc.

Media and entertainment

Louis-Philippe Noël
InnVue
www.innvue.com
Leader in Canadian hotel in-room entertainment solutions developing innovative, simple solutions adapted to the needs of hotels and their guests.

Sylvain Labarre
Labarre Gauthier inc. (lg2)
www.lg2.com
Advertising agency with offices in Montréal and Québec City that stands out by thinking like a brand and acting like a retailer.

Ashkan Karbasfrooshan
Les Productions WatchMojo
www.WatchMojo.com
Original video programming on the people, places and trends that viewers are passionate about (automotive, business, education, fashion, film, food, health, music, parenting, sports, science, technology, travel, etc.)

Service business

Firoz Patel
AlertPay
www.alertpay.com
Simplifying instant transactions between individuals and online businesses and quickly becoming one of the world’s leading online payment platforms.

Gaétan Migneault and Julie Bergevin
Groupe Adèle inc.
www.adeleinc.com
Québec’s largest residential cleaning network offering high-quality services, tremendous reliability, and competitive pricing in Québec, Ontario, and soon in Paris.

André Rochette
Les Services énergétiques Ecosystem
www.ecosystem.ca
Improving energy efficiency and creating value in publicly and privately owned buildings across Canada and the United States since 1993.

Information technology

Dax Dasilva
LightSpeed
www.lightspeedretail.com
Combines point-of-sale and back-office management on LightSpeed for Mac, interactive selling on iPad and mobile, a fully integrated eCommerce solution, and a scalable platform that is multi-user, multi-store.

Daniel Handfield
MédiaMed Technologies Inc.
http://www.mediamedtech.com
Delivering IT solutions in the Québec healthcare sector for over 10 years and currently supporting healthcare network managers and nursing staff in more than 50 healthcare facilities.

Lorne Novolker
Prospero Learning Solutions Inc.
www.prosperolearning.com
Award-winning provider of custom training solutions that blend the best in educational technologies and traditional learning strategies to produce interactive, engaging and customized solutions.

Special citation – Social entrepreneur

This special citation is a unique category among the awards. It’s given in recognition of an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social change and improved people’s lives or quality of life.

Sandrine Faust
Allô prof
www.alloprof.qc.ca
Allô prof is a non-profit organization which supports staying in school and academic success by providing free help with homework to Québec students and parents by telephone and over the internet, from elementary through secondary school.

For more information on Global job hot spots: help wanted,click here.  

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 Québec judging panel consisted of Isabelle Bettez, President and CEO, 8D Technologies inc; Étienne Borgeat, CEO, PCO Innovation, 2010 winner, Business-to-business products and services category; Jean Cloutier, Vice-president, Operations and Finance, Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC), 2010 winner, Manufacturing; Nathalie Marcoux, Vice-president, Finance, Capinabel Inc.; Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Senior Partner, Cycle Capital Management; Guy Michaud, President, DirectLab Inc., 2010 winner, Health Sciences; Pascal Pilon, President and CEO, Averna, 2009 winner, Technology; Alexandre Taillefer, Partner, XPND Capital; and Étienne Veilleux, President and CEO, Distech Controls Inc., 2010 winner, Cleantech.

For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.

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This year’s national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI. In Québec, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Fonds de Solidarité FTQ.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneurial Services practice
Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice guides Canadian entrepreneurs by delivering integrated services tailored to their goals and needs at every stage of the business lifecycle. We are the world's leader in advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who propel the economy – and community – forward.

For more information, please visit ey.com/ca/Entrepreneurs.

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