Three Canadian entrepreneurs make creating social value their bottom line

EY celebrates social entrepreneurs with Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation awards

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(Toronto, 23 September 2014) EY is pleased to present three deserving Canadian entrepreneurs with the Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for social entrepreneurship at the program’s upcoming regional galas.

Winnipeg’s Shaun Loney (BUILD and others), Toronto’s Tim Jones (Artscape) and Montréal’s Manon Barbeau (Wapikoni mobile) represent the true spirit of social entrepreneurship. They challenge the status quo through new innovations and improve the quality of life for people in Canada and beyond.

“These individuals set the standard for how to take business from the boardroom to the community,” says Colleen McMorrow, Partner and National Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Entrepreneurs are known to lead organizations that are bold, innovative and fast-growing — but what sets these three apart is how giving back is embedded in everything they do.”

Shaun Loney of BUILD is one such entrepreneur. He provides training for people with limited experience on how to retrofit housing and install eco-friendly appliances.

“Social entrepreneurs play an unmatched role in building a better working world by helping to shape their communities,” says McMorrow. “This creative and diligent community of game changers make social value a core principal of their business. That’s something we can all admire.”

Like Loney, Tim Jones and Manon Barbeau create positive change. Jones brings creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and Barbeau combats isolation and suicide among First Nations youth through the power of film.

“These entrepreneurs create social value through adaptable and scalable businesses that have a direct social impact,” says McMorrow. “We’re thrilled to honour them at our upcoming Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards galas.”

Notable past winners include Marc and Craig Kielburger, Free The Children; Greg Overholt, Students Offering Support (SOS); Gabriel Bran Lopez, Fusion Jeunesse; Diane Johnson, Descriptive Video Works Inc.; Scott Gilmore, Building Markets; and Claudine Labelle, Fillactive.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Special Citation award recipients:

Shaun Loney
BUILD and others | Winnipeg
A social enterprise, non-profit contractor and training program for people who face barriers to employment.

Shaun will be honoured at the Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Calgary on 16 October 2014. For more information please contact Louise Hyland at 403 206 5372 or

Tim Jones
Artscape | Toronto
A not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

Tim will be honoured at the Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Toronto on 29 October 2014. For more information please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or

Manon Barbeau
Wapikoni mobile | Montréal
A travelling studio that visits native communities, offering audio-visual training workshops in film and music.

Manon will be honoured at the Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Montreal on 23 October 2014. For more information, contact Sophie Leclerc at 514 879 8173 or

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The 2014 Pacific judging panel consists of Robert Beattie, Managing Director, BMO Bank of Montreal; Fred Davidson, Entrepreneur Of The Year Mining and Metals category winner 2012, Pacific, and President and CEO, Energold Drilling Corp.; Joyce Groote, CEO, Crossing Sectors Inc.; Donald McInnes, Entrepreneur Of The Year Cleantech/Information Technology category winner 2011, Pacific, and Executive Vice Chairman, Alterra Power Corp.; Shannon Rogers, Entrepreneur Of The Year Business-to-Business Products and Services category winner 2013, Pacific, National Entrepreneur Of The Year Entrepreneurial Leadership Special Citation recipient, and President and General Counsel, Global Relay Communications Inc.; and Steve Swaffield, Acting President, BG Group.

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