National Post (Latest Edition)
CELEBRATION IN QUEBEC
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2006 came to Montreal Oct. 26 to honour the Quebec Region award recipients for their entrepreneurial flair.
The event was the fifth and final regional award ceremonies to be held across Canada, and followed similar events in Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary and Toronto. Award recipients from the five regions — Pacific, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic — then competed for national awards presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 2.
Each region has a variety of award categories, ranging from health sciences to technology to emerging entrepreneur.
In the Quebec Region, the list of nominees was narrowed to 23 best-in-class entrepreneurs competing in seven categories. DanielL amarre of Cirque de Soleil was selected as overall Quebec Region recipient, while Joseph Kruger II of Kruger Inc. received a Lifetime Achievement award and Charles Désourdy of Ski Bromont.com received a special citation for community partnership.
The Quebec Region ceremonies were held at the Gare Windsor inMontreal, and included a cocktail reception followed by supper and the ceremonies.
Gérard Fillion, economic affairs reporter for Radio-Canada, served as the master of ceremonies. François Dufresne, a partner in Ernst & Young and director for the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Quebec, served as host.
This is the 13th year for the business awards program. Ernst & Young founded the awards to recognize and celebrate Canada’s entrepreneurs and to heighten public awareness of the economic impact of entrepreneurial ventures. The program is sponsored nationally by Global Television Network, National Post, La Presse, RDI and Roynat Capital. The Quebec Region sponsor was Magazine PME in conjunction with Desjardins Business Centres.
Coverage of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held onNov. 2 in Ottawa, will be in the Nov. 20 issue of National Post.