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17 Jul. 2019 Montréal, CA

Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Québec 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 39 finalists across 11 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2019 Québec program.

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Québec entrepreneurs are embracing the Transformative Age

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 39 finalists across 11 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2019 Québec program.  

“It’s exciting to watch Québec’s entrepreneurial landscape transform over time, each year bearing new unstoppable leaders who identify gaps in the market and transform industries,” says Luc Charbonneau, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “One of the biggest shifts has been towards technology adoption. Whether it’s starting new companies, adopting digital tools or acquiring new capabilities, these entrepreneurs are weaving technology into everything they do to improve agility and gain a competitive edge.”

“Corporate responsibility is another theme that continues to grow in the program each year,” says Daniel Baer, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “Entrepreneurs are not just filling market gaps, they’re meeting the needs of the broader community. A new Sustainability category in the region this year is testament that these entrepreneurs are acting with purpose to fuel sustainable growth and prosperity beyond the walls of their business.”

Beyond these themes, the EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer shows that entrepreneurs are continuing to build resilience into their businesses through M&A and strengthening financial discipline as they pursue fast growth. Together, this year’s Québec finalists employ nearly 6,600 people and generate annual revenues of more than $2 billion.

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

What’s next?
The Québec finalists will come together on 7 November 2019 in Montréal at the annual awards gala, where EY will name one winner in each of the 11 categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Québec EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and will later compete with regional winners from Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and Atlantic 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 #EOYQuébec 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 Québec independent judging panel consists of Martin Deschênes, President and Founder, École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce; Jacques Foisy, President and Managing Partner, Novacap; Jean-Yves Germain, Co-CEO, Groupe Germain; Brigitte Jalbert, President and CEO, Les Emballages Carrousel; Claudine Labelle, Founder and President, Fillactive; Constance Raymond, Vice-President, Outbox Technology; and Andrew Richardson, President, Targray.

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. Québec regional sponsors are Captivate Networks and NEXT Canada.

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