Ontario region’s legacy-building entrepreneurs advance to finalist stage of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program

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(Toronto, 9 July 2015) Accelerating growth, driving innovation and building a strong legacy are what Canadian entrepreneurs do, every day. This year, EY is celebrating the achievements of 40 entrepreneurial stars in the Ontario region through the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program. 

These inspiring category finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges. One of these category winners will be named the overall Ontario winner, who will compete with winners from four other regions – Pacific, Prairies, Quebec and Atlantic – to become Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. The Canadian winner will go on to compete globally with more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2016.

“Canadian entrepreneurs succeed because they’re always searching for better,” says Colleen McMorrow, EY’s national Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. “This year’s Ontario finalists are some of the best and brightest stars we’ve seen – and they’re building their legacies by asking better questions to gain better answers; pushing boundaries to grow our economy; and helping build a better working world.”

The Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year program is in its 22nd year of recognizing, celebrating and telling the inspiring stories of the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business and at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey. Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, innovation, financial success, personal integrity, and work in giving back to their communities.

The Ontario winners will be announced at a gala on 29 October 2015.

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Visit ey.com/ca/eoy for more program details and a complete list of category finalists and gala dates in the regions.  

The 2015 Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists

Business Services

Orin Litman
Canadian Veterinary Network Inc. | Woodbridge
Services for veterinary clinics across Canada, including financial services, facility and equipment maintenance, human resource management, business development, inventory, technology, and strategic advice.

Rubson Ho, Joe Milstone
Cognition LLP | Toronto
An innovative law firm structured to deliver relevant commercial and corporate legal solutions to businesses and legal departments in the most cost-effective manner.

Graham Rosenberg
Dental Corporation | Toronto
Focused on acquiring and partnering with leading, growth-oriented dental practices throughout Canada. Today, it is the country’s largest provider of dental services with 115 locations.

Alex Haditaghi
Pacific Mortgage Group | Toronto
A Canadian mortgage lender with assets of over $2.6 billion under administration. Owner of one of Canada's largest mortgage brokerage firms, with more than 1,500 mortgage brokers originating in excess of $7 billion annually.


Consumer Products and Services

Hemant Bhagwani
Amaya Group of Restaurants | East York
A group of 15 restaurants, including fine dining restaurants, locations in food courts and neighbourhoods, plus products in grocery stores and a catering division.

Marc Anthony Venere
Marc Anthony Cosmetics Inc. | Concord
A marketing and distribution company specializing in personal hair care and beauty products, offering customers professional quality products at affordable prices.

Kevin Martin
Martin's Family Fruit Farm | Waterloo
A vertically integrated agriculture company that grows, stores, packs and markets fresh apples, as well as manufactures and markets apple products.

Norman Hardie
Norman Hardie Winery | Wellington
Crafts world class, acclaimed wines and sells them in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo and across Canada.


Emerging Entrepreneur

Jacqueline Prehogan
Canada Pooch Ltd. | Toronto
A household name for pet parents looking to keep pets warm and dry, the brand is sold in Canada, the US and internationally.

Andrew Hoffman
CentreCourt Developments Inc. | Toronto
A real estate developer and builder based in Toronto focused on the development of well thought out high-rise condominiums located in close proximity to Toronto’s major amenities.

Justin Creally, Mia Pearson
North Strategic | Toronto
Canada’s fastest-growing national public relations and social media agency, with a proven track record for working with leading brands to improve business impact.

Simon Nyilassy
Regal Lifestyle Communities Inc. (TSX:RLC) | Toronto
Offers seniors care, comfort, and peace of mind in sixteen elegant retirement residences staffed by a professional, compassionate, and devoted team.


Health Sciences

Dr. Jan Oudenes
Alphora Research Inc. | Mississauga
Provides API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) technology development services for the scale-up of complex small molecules for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Dr. Jeff Daiter, Dr. Michael Varenbut
Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres | Richmond Hill
Provides methadone maintenance therapy and counselling to individuals who are addicted to opiate-based substances as well as other addictive substances.

Dr. Steven Stein
Multi-Health Systems (MHS) | North York
A leading publisher of scientifically validated assessments for more than 30 years, Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) serves clients in educational, clinical, corporate, public safety, government, military, pharmaceutical, and research settings.



Bob Peacock
Almag Aluminum Inc. | Brampton
Extrudes, fabricates and finishes aluminum for progressive North American companies. Designs innovative products and delivers those products with the shortest lead-time in the industry.

Steve Blanchet
CSR Cosmetic Solutions, Inc. | Barrie
A proven leader in formulating, manufacturing and filling of personal care and colour cosmetic products.

Michael Solcz
Valiant Machine & Tool Inc. | Windsor
Designs, manufactures and integrates lean and flexible automated production systems, tooling, and components.


Media and entertainment

Vince Commisso
9 Story Media Group | Toronto
An industry-leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live action content for young audiences around the world. 9 Story has produced over 900 animated and live action episodes, seen worldwide.

Jan Kestle
Environics Analytics | Toronto
Specializing in data, software and consulting, Environics Analytics provides data-driven analytics to help organizations understand their customers and markets.

Brett Farren
Match Marketing Group | Mississauga
An innovative, digitally driven activation agency dedicated to being the First to Recognize™ the insights, content, experiences and technology that motivate decisions.



Neil Cawse
Geotab Inc | Oakville
Develops, manufacturers, and supplies GPS fleet management and tracking for local and Fortune 500 companies. These end-to-end solutions monitor driver safety, productivity and vehicle fuel and maintenance.

Carl Rodrigues
SOTI | Mississauga
Leading provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy management, enabling mobility for more than 14,000 enterprise customers.

Jason Flick
You.i TV | Kanata
You.i Engine plugs into the tools designers use every day and directly represents motion designs on any device with stunning performance.


Technology Enabled Services

Nan Chen, Ron Gavillet, Ed Ogonek
CENX, Inc. | Ottawa
A new-generation software company delivering service orchestration solutions that automate the entire lifecycle of advanced data services in software-defined networks.

Chris Sukornyk
Chango Inc. | Toronto
Uses exclusive intent data and technology to create relevant and timely advertising campaigns that produce rich customer insights.

Ata Moeini, Neda Moeini
Group of Gold Line | Markham
A Canadian group of companies specializing in the research, development, marketing and worldwide distribution of telecommunication solutions and technology products through four lines of business: Telephony, Web2Print, WebTV & Business Solutions.


Young Entrepreneur

Grant Belanger, Leen Meyer
EasyInsure | Windsor
A national insurance brokerage distributing property, casualty, life and accident sickness products through a proprietary online product distribution and servicing technology.

Jordan Hyde
GoDay.ca | Toronto
A financial technology company providing short-term low-value loans online to Canadian residents.

Hooman Bahador, Geordie Konrad, William Konrad
Konrad Group | Toronto
A digital agency providing strategy, design and development services to some of the biggest and most exciting brands around the globe.

Stephen Lake
Thalmic Labs | Kitchener
Pioneering new ways of interacting with technology, the company’s first product, the Myo™ armband, measures electrical activity in muscles to wirelessly control the digital world.


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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, EY 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 140 cities in 50 countries.

The 2015 Ontario independent  judging panel consists of Andy Burgess, Managing Director, Russell Square Partners and Entrepreneur Of The Year Media and Entertainment category winner 2006, Ontario; Jill Denham, Corporate Director; Jon Hantho, Chief Executive Officer, Maxxam Analytics, Entrepreneur Of The Year Services category winner 2012, Ontario, and National Entrepreneur Of The Year Entrepreneurial Leadership Special Citation recipient; Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures; Jeff Parr, Co-Chief  Executive Officer  and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc. and Tracie Tighe, Executive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

This year's program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, TMX, Merrill DataSite, Kira Talent, Air Canada, The Printing House Limited. Ontario regional sponsors are Captivate Network, OT Communications and RBC Royal Bank.

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