Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal unveils the names of the fourteen young Greater Montreal finalists in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest

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Added on 7 May 2003 in Press releases

Press release

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal unveils the names of the fourteen young Greater Montreal finalists in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest

Montreal, May 7, 2003 - Fourteen young entrepreneurs or teams of entrepreneurs carried the honours during the award ceremony for the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest, Montreal region, held Tuesday, May 6, at the Hotel Inter-Continental Montréal.  This fifth edition of the contest for the Montreal region was launched by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.  The winners will attend the provincial gala in Quebec City on June 17, when prizes will  be awarded to the regional winners.

The Board of Trade wishes to congratulate the local winners and commend the entrepreneurial spirit of all who participated in this event.  It also wishes them the best of luck during the finals of the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest .

“The economic prosperity of Greater Montreal is a key concern of the Board of Trade and its some 7,000 members of the business community.  That is why I am particularly proud of the high quality of participants who contributed to the success of this contest aiming to develop an entrepreneurial culture and skills.  The creativity they demonstrated confirms the vitality of the younger generation in both the academic and business worlds,” declared Benoit Labonté, president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

The contest honoured the following winners:

“Business Creation” component

“Commerce” category
Art Hebdo
Developers: Yanouk Poirier, Pascale Caron, Geneviève L'écuyer, Patrick Pépin

“Social economy” category
Coopérative de travail TOUSKI
Developers: Catherine Jauzion, Marie-Claude Girard, Caroline Reeves

“Development/ processing/production” category
Franka International Inc.
Developers: Karine Joncas, Francis Dionne

“Technical and technological” category
Apstat Technologies Inc.
Developers: Charles Dugas, Yoshua Bengio, Nicolas Chapados, Pascal Vincent

“Services” category
Les Éditions Comestibles
Developer: Martin Lemire

Special prizes awarded by the Major Regional Partners:

(Grant awarded by Desjardins)
“Social economy” category

Coopérative de travail TOUSKI
Developers: Catherine Jauzion, Marie-Claude Girard, Caroline Reeves

(Grant awarded by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton)
“Development/processing/production” category

Franka International inc.
Developers: Karine Joncas, Francis Dionne

“Student Entrepreneurship” component

Primary
Danielle Baron, coordinator, and the students of the “Budding Florist” project
École primaire Jules-Verne, Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-L'Île

Special mention
Manon Beauregard, teacher, and the students of the “Pass me the soap!” project
École Saint-Simon-Apôtre, Commission scolaire de Montréal

Collective secondary
Barbara Armbruster, teacher, and the members of the “COFFEE-R-US” project
Villa Maria High School

Special mention
Johanne Perrier, teacher, and the members of the “Our sales kiosk” project
École Dominique-Savio

Vocational and adult education
Charles Corbet, Joël Charest, teachers, and the members of the “Majestic staging that will become an absolutely magnificent theatre” project
École des métiers de la construction de Montréal, Commission scolaire de Montréal

College individual
Brahm Canzer, teacher, and the members of the “Disability Awareness Campaign” project
John Abbott College

College collective
Maryse Lemay, teacher, and the members of the “Kiro computer troubleshooting” project
Collège de Maisonneuve

University
Paule Tardif and the members of the “Muca communication” project
Centre d'entrepreneurship HEC-POLY-UdeM

Mini-company of Quebec's young entrepreneurs
Jean-Simon Fournier, teacher, and the members of the “Literally yours” project
Jeunes entreprises de Montréal/Laval/South Shore

The Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest awarded grants ranging from $300 to $3,500 to all winners in both the “Business creation” and “Student entrepreneurship” components, thanks to the financial support of its chief partner, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, du Sport et du Loisir du Québec (formerly the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de la Métropole); its title partner, the Government of Canada; its major regional partners, Desjardins and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; and its regional partners, the Conseil régional de développement de l'île de Montréal (CRDÎM), the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse (fmmj), and Hebdos Transcontinental Inc.

The Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest is a province-wide event designed to stimulate the development of an entrepreneurial culture and the creation of new businesses. The contest unites several stakeholders from the educational, financial, and business worlds who have agreed to be associated with this event.  These sponsor-partners have given their support to this contest aiming to reward the entrepreneurial spirit in our region.

La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain compte au-delà de 7 000 membres. Sa mission première est de représenter les intérêts de la communauté d'affaires du Grand Montréal. Ses objectifs : être en tout temps pertinente pour ses membres, crédible auprès du public et influente auprès des gouvernements et des décideurs.

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Source :
The entrepreneurship contest regional committee (Greater Montreal)

For information:
Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015
spaquette@ccmm.qc.ca