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31 May 2021 Montréal, CA

Québec entrepreneurs are driving success in a post-pandemic landscape

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

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

Each year, EY recognizes unstoppable entrepreneurs from across the country that are transforming our world through unbounded innovation, growth and prosperity. Today, judges named 19 businesses as finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Québec program. 

“Despite the ongoing adversity the entrepreneurial ecosystem faces in this pandemic, it’s been extremely positive to witness the true grit and resilience from these businesses,” says Luc Charbonneau, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “Whether creating new business models or shifting traditional ones, this year’s finalists are responding to disruption with agility and innovation. Entrepreneurs will play a major role in shaping and rebuilding our economy, and this group makes me very confident about achieving future success.”

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. Québec finalists are a true representation of what reinvention means — with some players emerging in new industries, and others adapting services with the momentum created by the pandemic.

“We see a strong presence from businesses in the services industry this year,” says Daniel Baer, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Québec Program Co-Director. “With limited mobility for consumers, this pandemic created a growing demand for new and existing services. Health and wellness, environmental, telecommunication and business consulting are just a few areas we continue to see emerging in Québec.” 

View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Québec 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, Ontario 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 #EOYQuébec 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

The 2021 Québec independent judging panel consists of Claudine Labelle, President and founder of Fillactive; Constance Raymond, Vice-President of Outbox Technology; Brigitte Jalbert, President of Les Emballages Carrousel; Jean-Yves Germain, Co-President of Groupe Germain; Martin Deschênes, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Deschênes Group and President of l’École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce; and Andreea Crisan, President and CEO of Andy Transport.

This year's national sponsor is TSX Inc.

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