Ernst & Young announces regional finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year program

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Four months after opening nominations for its Entrepreneur of the Year award, which is meant to recognize Canada’s top entrepreneurs, Ernst & Young has released the regional finalists of the awards.

The finalists are split into the regions of Québec, Ontario, Prairies, Pacific, and Atlantic, and further split into categories according to company vertical (such as FinTech and consumer tech).

An independent panel of judges will name winners in each category, and one of the category winners will take the title of overall winners for each region. That winner will then compete with winners from each region 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 2017.

The non-exhaustive list (full list can be found here) of finalists include:

Ontario

Young & Emerging

Toronto

Ray Cao, Eva Chan, Daniel Rodic, and Elena Sahakyan, Exact Media Network Inc.

Michael Kathen, Wealthsimple

London

Taylor Ablitt, GoViral Inc

Oakville

Daniel Bartek, Robert Besant, and Cam McDonald, Iconic Brewing Company

Technology

Kitchener-Waterloo Region

Dave Kroetsch, Aeryon Labs Inc.

Kurtis McBride, Miovision Technologies Inc.

Toronto

Alex Miller, Esri Canada

Kanata

Craig Betts, Solace Systems

Québec

Technology and communications

Montréal

Jean-François Côté, District M

Québec

Martin Thériault, Eddyfi

Saint-Laurent

Jim Alexopoulos, Stanex

Emerging entrepreneur

Montréal

Adrian Schauer, AlayaCare

Québec

Mathieu Beauchesne and Olivier Marcotte, Nucleom

François Thériault, Surmesur

Prairies

Technology and communications

Calgary

Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity, Inc.

Edmonton

Kelly Kimo, Production World Inc.

Winnipeg

James Giesbrecht, Rick Kuffel, Trevor Maguire and Rudi Wierckx, RTDS Technologies Inc.

Saskatoon
Amit Gupta, Solido Design Automation Inc.

Pacific

FinTech

Vancouver

Cody Green, Canada Drives

David Gens, Merchant Advance Capital Ltd.

Hamed Shahbazi, TIO Networks Corp.

Consumer technology

Port Coquitlam
Ryan Peterson and Trent Shumay, Finger Food Studios

Kelowna

Lance Priebe, Hyper Hippo Productions Ltd.

Vancouver

Sean Clark and Roger Hardy, Shoes.com

Atlantic

Information technology

Halifax

Saar Fabrikant, B4Checkin

Travis McDonough, Kinduct Technologies Inc.

St. John’s

Todd Hiscock, Beaufort Solutions Inc.

Mount Pearl

Russell Pelley, GRi Simulation Inc

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