(Halifax, 21 June 2018) – Each year EY recognizes entrepreneurs who drive growth, live outside the box and disrupt with purpose. Today, the firm has named 33 finalists across 8 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2018 Atlantic program.
“Atlantic Canada has always owned a unique identity, but we’re beginning to see the pace of change pick up in the region as it grows to become a globally recognized hub for diverse talent and innovation,” says Gina Kinsman, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Program Director. “That change was evident in this year’s finalists. We saw a rise in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, with more youth displaying their entrepreneurial spirit, as well as more established companies embracing technology to drive productivity and efficiencies.”
Job creation and technology adoption were dominant themes in the 2018 EY Growth Barometer survey results, and the zeitgeist in Atlantic Canada is no different. Atlantic entrepreneurs are breaking the mould to develop new products and services that transform lives, generate wealth and create thousands of jobs along the way. The businesses of this year’s finalists employ almost 3,700 people and see year-over-year growth with a sum of over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
“Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an established business, the prospects for growth and opportunity in Atlantic Canada are truly limitless,” says Kinsman. “The calibre of companies that come through our program continues to amaze me. I’m excited to see what comes next.”
For 25 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program has recognized the achievements of Canada’s entrepreneurial trailblazers — recognizing more than 3,800 finalists and presenting more than 1,000 awards to inspiring Canadian entrepreneurs.
The Atlantic finalists will come together on 4 October 2018 in Halifax, where EY will name one winner in each of the eight categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year and will later compete with regional winners from Québec, Ontario, Prairies and Pacific for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from across the globe for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2019.
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The 2018 Atlantic independent judging panel consists of Douglas Hall, Director, Pattern Energy Group Inc.; Ed Barrett, President, Barrett Corporation; Kent Scales, CEO, Scales Group of Companies; Nora Duke, Executive Vice President, Fortis Group; Robyn Eddy, President, Eddy Group Ltd.; and Toon Nagtegaal, Founder & Owner, THENEXTPHASE.
This year’s program national sponsors are Ici RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada and The Printing House Limited. Atlantic regional sponsors are Atlantic Business Magazine and McInnes Cooper.
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