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2 Jun. 2021 Toronto, CA

Ontario entrepreneurs are embracing disruption to unlock strategic growth

Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Ontario program

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Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Ontario program

Each year, EY recognizes unstoppable entrepreneurs across the country that are transforming our world through unbounded innovation, growth and prosperity. Today, judges named 37 businesses as finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Ontario program.

“Canadian entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with — no matter the economic climate,” says Craig Roskos, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Program Co-Director. “This year’s finalists are using new technologies to fill market gaps, improve healthcare systems and unlock new sources of value for companies and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Consistent with the findings from the EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer, new vulnerabilities and unforeseen challenges brought on by the pandemic do not appear to be slowing these entrepreneurs down. Ontario finalists are a true representation of how dynamic the market is — with some players emerging in new industries, others evolving mature industries and some diversifying current business models to withstand tough market pressures.  

“Ontario entrepreneurs understand it’s not enough to only focus on the now — they’re building a culture that inspires true agility, resilience and long-term growth to create a powerful competitive advantage,” says Stephanie Lamont, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Program Co-Director. “We’re proud to see businesses in this region drive positive change in local and global communities, while continuously challenging the status quo with innovative ways of thinking.”

View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Ontario finalists

What’s next?

The independent panel of judges will select seven regional winners who will be announced in July. The winners will move forward to compete with winners from the Pacific, Prairies, Québec and Atlantic regions at the national awards celebration in November 2021, where 10 national winners will be named, including Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Award winner. The overall 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 2022.

More information

Follow @EYCanada, #EOYCanada and #EOYOntario on Twitter for the latest program updates. Visit www.ey.com/ca/eoy for more program details.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year title. ey.com/eoy 

The 2021 Ontario independent judging panel consists of Alan Quarry, Chairman of Quarry Integrated Communications; Anne Sado, President of George Brown College; Bob Magee, Chairman of Woodbridge; Kim Mason, Senior Vice President & Head, Private Banking, RBC Wealth Management of Royal Bank of Canada; Mark Gordon, Senior Partner of ONCAP Management Partners LP; and Teresa Lee, Managing Director of OMERS Growth Equity.

This year's national sponsor is TSX Inc. The Ontario regional sponsor is Ontario Global 100.

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