EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Canada

Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program, we recognize and celebrate unstoppable entrepreneurs who redefine the way we live, work and play.

2021 nominations
now open

If you’re a successful entrepreneur or you know a special person or team who has created a thriving, high-growth business, nominate them before April 16, 2021.


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“Aftershocks from the worst pandemic in a century continue to take an enormous physical, psychological, emotional and economic toll on the world. But whenever there’s a problem that needs to be solved, we turn to entrepreneurs. They think big and act boldly, and are willing to explore where many fear to go if there’s even the smallest chance of success.”


EY - Jad Shimaly

Jad Shimaly
Chairman and CEO, EY Canada


“For more than 25 years, we’ve had the honour of sharing the extraordinary stories of established Canadian entrepreneurs who have built strong and fast-growing ventures, often starting with little more than an idea and a deep belief in themselves and their teams. It’s those journeys that we’re proud to celebrate through our national program.”


Ey - Paula J. Smith

Paula J. Smith
National Director,
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year



A series of interviews that dive deeper into the pivots Canadian entrepreneurs have made while navigating COVID-19.


About the program

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognizes exceptional people who create products and services that propel our local and global economies forward. Over the past 27 years, this esteemed program has grown to new heights and is now available in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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Nomination tips

Our entrepreneurs are trailblazers of industry. Highlight what sets you apart to make you stand out in the eyes of our judges. Consider these important points when completing a nomination form.

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Benefits to participating in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards celebrate Canada's most innovative business leaders.

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Frequently asked questions

You have questions, we have answers.

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Being a Purpose-Driven Brand

A series featuring prominent CEOs highlighting the moments where bold decision making has made a material impact on their company and career.

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Hear from our global community of unstoppable entrepreneurs

Visit cnbc.com/weoy for the inspiring stories, visions and ambitions of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners.


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Program contacts


Gina Kinsman
Program Director

Steven McLaughlin
Program Director

Cristina Burca
Program Lead


Daniel Baer
Program Director

Luc Charbonneau
Program Director

Josée Rioux
Program Lead


Craig Roskos
Program Director

Stephanie Lamont
Program Director

Aoife Geary
Program Lead


Rob Jolley
Program Director

Shane Dunn
Program Director

Meghan Schimpf
Program Lead


Lui Petrollini
Program Director

Melissa Harder
Program Lead



Paula J. Smith
Program Director

Krysten Fairbairn
Program Manager


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