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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario 2015

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The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario 2015 was held on October 29, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  TorontoArtsandEvents covered this event.

Neil Cawse, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Geotab Inc. ,  was awarded this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario award.  According to Geotab, it is an industry leader in fleet management, driver safety and vehicle-tracking technology.  In 2000, Mr. Cawse had a vision—to improve the way enterprises operate and make the world a safer, more efficient place. Through its focus on innovative technology, Geotab helps to improve driver safety and productivity, as well as manage the maintenance and fuel management of fleet vehicles. “Neil’s business was based on GPS technology—a novelty at the time,” says Colleen McMorrow, Partner and Entrepreneur of the Year national program director. “He faced initial customer reluctance to use GPS tracking due to driver privacy concerns. Despite this, Neil created demand for his product through customer education, and he created market share and a legacy by proving to businesses that his product is valuable.”  Geotab is now the second-largest company of its kind in North America.  “It is such an honor to be the recipient of this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario,” said Cawse. “As Geotab continues to move towards accelerated growth on the global stage, it is important to recognize that the tireless efforts of the company - as a team - are what generate our consistent success. Entrepreneurship can only take success so far, and I am proud to be just one element of a powerful organization dedicated to telematics innovation.”

Community Builder and Social Entrepreneur Honoured

This Gala also awarded Michel Labbé, President and CEO of Options for Homes, with the EY Social Entrepreneurship award and Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, with the EY Community Builder award.  Michel Labbé started Options for Homes to bring home ownership within reach for households with a wide range of income levels.  When Cyril Leeder, now President of the Ottawa Senators spoke,someone from the crowd yelled “GO LEAFS GO”, he responded “Yeah, Maybe in Ten Years!”  Sadly he may be right.
The Following are the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario 2015 category winners:

Business Services:
Graham Rosenberg dentalcorp | Toronto http://www.dentalcorp.ca
Focused on acquiring and partnering with leading, growth-oriented dental practices throughout Canada. Today, it is the country’s largest provider of dental services with 115 locations.

Consumer Products and Services:
Marc Anthony Marc Anthony Cosmetics Inc. | Concord http://www.marcanthony.com
A marketing and distribution company specializing in personal hair care and beauty products, offering customers professional quality products at affordable prices.

Emerging Entrepreneur
Jacqueline Prehogan Canada Pooch Ltd. | Toronto http://www.canadapooch.com
A household name for pet parents looking to keep pets warm and dry, the brand is sold in Canada, the US and internationally.

Health Sciences
Dr. Steven Stein MHS Assessments | North York http://www.mhs.com
A leading publisher of scientifically validated assessments for more than 30 years, MHS Assessments serves clients in educational, clinical, corporate, public safety, government, military, pharmaceutical, and research settings.

Manufacturing
Michael Solcz Valiant Corporation | Windsor http://www.valiantcorp.com
Designs, manufactures and integrates lean and flexible automated production systems, tooling, and components.

Media and entertainment
Vince Commisso 9 Story Media Group | Toronto http://www.9story.com/
An industry-leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live action content for young audiences around the world. 9 Story has produced over 900 animated and live action episodes, seen worldwide.

Technology
Neil Cawse Geotab Inc. | Oakville http://www.geotab.com
Develops, manufactures, and supplies GPS fleet management and tracking for local and Fortune 500 companies. These end-to-end solutions monitor driver safety, productivity and vehicle fuel and maintenance.

Technology Enabled Services
Chris Sukornyk Chango Inc. | Toronto http://www.chango.com
Uses exclusive intent data and technology to create relevant and timely advertising campaigns that produce rich customer insights.

Young Entrepreneur
Stephen Lake Thalmic Labs | Kitchener https://www.thalmic.com/en/myo/
Pioneering new ways of interacting with technology, the company’s first product, the Myo™ armband, measures electrical activity in muscles to wirelessly control the digital world.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
“The 2015 Ontario independent judging panel consists of Andy Burgess, Managing Director, Russell Square Partners and Entrepreneur Of The Year Media and Entertainment category winner 2006, Ontario; Jill Denham, Corporate Director; Jon Hantho, Chief Executive Officer, Maxxam Analytics, Entrepreneur Of The Year Services category winner 2012, Ontario, and National Entrepreneur Of The Year Entrepreneurial Leadership Special Citation recipient; Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures; Jeff Parr, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc. and Tracie Tighe, Executive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
“This year’s program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, TMX, Merrill DataSite, Kira Talent, Air Canada, The Printing House Limited. Ontario regional sponsors are Captivate Network, OT Communications and RBC Royal Bank.
“About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets Network
EY’s worldwide Strategic Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed.
“About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. For more than 150 years in Canada, we’ve delivered the insights and quality services that help build trust and confidence in capital markets here and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
For more information about the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
Twitter @EYCanada, #EOY

© 2015 TorontoArtsandEvents Layout, Photographs and Article   All Rights Reserved.

Category: Business Events
Start Date: 2015-10-29
End Date: 2015-10-29
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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