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Industrial firms named in entrepreneur awards nominee list

July 11, 2001 -- Ken Reed, head of Tenaquip Limited, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., a national distributor of industri...


July 11, 2001 — Ken Reed, head of Tenaquip Limited, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., a national distributor of industrial equipment and supplies, is among 33 people representing Quebec’s top entrepreneurial talent who have been nominated as finalists for the Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year Program. Tenaquip is represented in the Business-to-Business Products & Services category.

“These outstanding finalists represent the crme de la crme of entrepreneurial talent in Quebec in all sectors of business,” says Jacques Dostie, director, Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year program and managing partner, Montreal, Ernst & Young. “Their ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance set a high standard for successful and sustainable growth in businesses of all kinds.”

Award recipients in each of the eight categories will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year Quebec Banquet on Oct. 25, 2001. These award recipients will compete for the title of Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year.

Also nominated in Quebec in the Manufacturing — Industrial Products category are:

Vincent Dequoy and Benot Duplessis of Hydro Mobile Inc., L’Assomption (a manufacturer of hydraulic work platforms); Gilles Labb of Hroux-Devtek Inc., Longueuil, (the company designs, develops, manufactures and overhauls systems and components used in the aerospace and industrial sectors) and Armand Rainville of Les Produits Fraco Lte, St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu (a manufacturer of hydraulic lift platforms).

In Ontario, 27 business people representing the province’s top entrepreneurial talent have been chosen as finalists in the 2001 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year awards program.

“Ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance — all the ingredients that go into growing and sustaining successful businesses — appear in abundance in this year’s impressive list of finalists,” says Dan Cornacchia, director, Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year program and office managing partner, Greater Toronto Area, Ernst & Young. “And there’s exciting proof of entrepreneurial talent in all sectors of business throughout Ontario.”

Joerg Stieber of Ontario Drive & Gear Limited of New Hamburg is one of the nominees in the manufacturing category. Award recipients in each of the seven categories will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario Banquet on Oct. 4, 2001. These award recipients will compete for the title of Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year.

Each region’s award recipient will advance to the national level to compete with counterparts from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario, and Atlantic regions for the title of Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In Spring 2002, Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year recipient will participate in the competition for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year.

A full list of nominees can be found at www.ey.com/global/gcr.nsf/Canada/Canada_home.