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18 Jul 2019 Halifax, CA

Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Atlantic program

Each year EY recognizes unstoppable entrepreneurs who are bettering the world around them and cutting through the noise of this Transformative Age. Today, the firm named 27 finalists across 7 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2019 Atlantic program.

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Atlantic entrepreneurs are turning bold ideas into business realities

Each year EY recognizes unstoppable entrepreneurs who are bettering the world around them and cutting through the noise of this Transformative Age. Today, the firm named 27 finalists across 7 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2019 Atlantic program.  

“This year’s finalists have impressed us with their unique stories of entrepreneurial and personal growth,” says Gina Kinsman, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Program Director. “They truly have an unstoppable spirit that’s pushing them to overcome barriers while inspiring innovation, leading with purpose and building dynamic businesses that have a positive impact on local economies and communities along the way.”

The EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer finds that despite geopolitical, trade and economic concerns, entrepreneurs remain positive as they take advantage of ongoing global and local economic growth, opportunities to thoughtfully leverage M&A and use technology to improve agility and gain a competitive edge. Atlantic entrepreneurs are no different. They’re putting concerns to the side and pushing ahead to transform the region and fuel growth.

“We continue to see the Emerging Entrepreneur category grow with a number of new businesses addressing gaps in the market and disrupting traditional industries,” says Kinsman. “Mature businesses remain agile and are navigating continuously changing consumer preferences and technology-driven competition. We’re honoured to recognize the achievements of this year’s finalists.”

View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Atlantic finalists

What’s next?
The Atlantic finalists will come together on 17 October 2019 in Halifax at the annual awards gala, where EY will name one winner in each of the seven categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Atlantic EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and will later compete with regional winners from Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and Québec for the title of Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with national winners from across the globe for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2020.

More information
Follow @EYCanada, #EOYCanada and #EOYAtlantic on Twitter for the latest program updates. Visit for more program details and information on how to attend one of the regional galas across the country.

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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 2019 Atlantic independent judging panel consists of Andrea Feunekes, CEO, President and Co-Founder, Remsoft Inc.; Douglas Hall, Director (retired), Pattern Energy Group Inc.; Ed Barrett, President, Barrett Corporation; Kent Scales, CEO, Scales Group of Companies; Nora Duke, Executive Vice President, Fortis Inc.; and Toon Nagtegaal, Founder and Owner, THENEXTPHASE.

This year's program national sponsors are ICI RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Air Canada, Media One Creative and The Printing House Limited. Atlantic regional sponsor is Atlantic Business Magazine.

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