Most dar­ing en­trepreneurs

Three P.E.I. busi­nesses up for EY awards

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Three Prince Ed­ward Is­land busi­nesses are among 32 fi­nal­ists across eight cat­e­gories in the EY En­tre­pre­neur of the Year 2017 At­lantic Awards pro­gram.

Through the pro­gram, EY (formerly known as Ernst and Young) is rec­og­niz­ing en­trepreneurs who dare to take risks, dive into un­cer­tainty and over­come chal­lenges with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions.

“Although At­lantic (Canada) is one of the smaller re­gions, our en­trepreneurs cer­tainly have no less drive,” says Gina Kins­man, En­tre­pre­neur of the Year At­lantic pro­gram di­rec­tor. “This year’s fi­nal­ists dare to dream big and aren’t let­ting un­cer­tainty stop them from step­ping on the gas. They’re for­ward-think­ing, de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions to prob­lems we don’t know ex­ist. I’m proud to have them rep­re­sent the At­lantic re­gion.”

Cole­man-based Trout River In­dus­tries is a fi­nal­ist in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­struc­tion cat­e­gory. Coach At­lantic Trans­porta­tion Group from Char­lot­te­town is nom­i­nated in the busi­ness to busi­ness prod­ucts and ser­vices cat­e­gory. Up­street Craft Brew­ing from Char­lot­te­town is vy­ing in the hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism cat­e­gory.

EY says the busi­nesses of this year’s At­lantic fi­nal­ists em­ploy over 6,000 peo­ple and see year-over-year growth with a sum of al­most $1.7 bil­lion in an­nual rev­enues.

The win­ners will be named at an awards gala in Monc­ton on Oct. 5. One of those cat­e­gory win­ners will be named the over­all At­lantic win­ner and will later com­pete with win­ners from Québec, On­tario, Prairies and Pa­cific for the Cana­dian En­tre­pre­neur of the Year ti­tle. The Cana­dian win­ner will go on to com­pete with win­ners from more than 50 coun­tries for the ti­tle of EY World En­tre­pre­neur Of The Year, in June 2018.

Visit for more pro­gram de­tails and a com­plete list of cat­e­gory fi­nal­ists and to at­tend one of the re­gional galas across the coun­try.

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