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28 Jun 2018 Montréal, CA

Québec entrepreneurs are redefining opportunities in response to market change

Each year EY recognizes entrepreneurs who drive growth, live outside the box and disrupt with purpose. Today, the firm has named 36 finalists across 10 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2018 Québec program.

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Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Québec program

(Montréal, 28 June 2018) – Each year EY recognizes entrepreneurs who drive growth, live outside the box and disrupt with purpose. Today, the firm has named 36 finalists across 10 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2018 Québec program.  

“The EY Growth Barometer survey finds customer demand is one of the top forces driving innovation among middle market executives,” says Luc Charbonneau, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “This is consistent with what we’re seeing in this year’s finalists. A surge of nominations in different categories like cleantech and food show us Québec entrepreneurs are proactively responding to changing demands and reinventing traditional business models.”

“With digital advances underpinning changes in the market, it’s no surprise that each year we see the use of technology and data analytics to deliver innovation weave deeper into the group of finalists,” says Daniel Baer, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “Entrepreneurs in Québec recognize the digital opportunity – and are moving with speed and agility to drive growth.”

This forward-looking attitude is translating into results and business growth for Québec entrepreneurs. The businesses of this year’s finalists employ more than 6,600 people and see annual revenues of over $2.13 billion.

For 25 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program has recognized the achievements of Canada’s entrepreneurial trailblazers — recognizing more than 3,800 finalists and presenting more than 1,000 awards to inspiring Canadian entrepreneurs.   

View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Québec finalists

What’s next?

The Québec finalists will come together on 1 November 2018 in Montréal, where EY will name one winner in each of the 10 categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year and will later compete with regional winners from Atlantic, Ontario, Prairies and Pacific for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from across the globe for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2019.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program 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 awards program 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 2018 Québec independent judging panel consists of Andrew Richardson, President, Targray; Claudine Labelle, President & Founder, Fillactive; Jacques Foisy, President & Managing Partner, Novacap; Jean-Yves Germain, Co-President, Groupe Germain Hôtels; Marie-Anne Tawil, President & CEO, Iron Hill Investments Inc.; Marie Josée Lamothe, Managing Director – Québec, Google Canada; and Martin Deschênes, président de l'École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce.

This year's program national sponsors are Ici RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada, The Printing House Limited and Media One Creative.

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