EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program Recognizes Canada’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs

An impressive group of YPO members are among Canadian business leaders recognized by EY’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® program for their vision, leadership, financial performance and entrepreneurial spirit. EY is YPO’s Strategic Learning Advisor.

For the past 32 years, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® program has recognized outstanding business leaders around the world.

Given the unique character of the different markets across Canada, nominations are divided across five regions. YPO member finalists made the list for the Ontario and Prairies programs. While awarded in different categories, including real estate, technology, consumer goods, and power and utilities, the common thread weaving through all the regional finalists is their ability to provide new business models and innovative solutions.

Congratulations to the following YPO members in the regional finalist list:

Ontario finalist (Enterprise Technology): Jahan Ali, Founder and CEO, mobileLIVE Inc., Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Ontario finalist (Business-to-Business Products and Services): Adam Belsher, CEO, Magnet Forensics Inc., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Ontario finalist (Power and Utilities, and Environment): Andrew Clark, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Spark Power Corp., Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Ontario finalist (Real Estate/Construction): Fred Losani, CEO, Losani Homes, Stoney Creek Ontario, Canada

Prairies finalist (Business-to-Consumer Products and Services): Jeff Thiesson, President, Dansons Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Thiesson received the award along with his father Dan Danson and his brother Jordan Thiesson.

Prairies finalist (Real Estate/Construction): Denis Wiart, President and CEO, ONEC Group, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rola Tassabehji began her career as a marketing trainee in Unilever Arabia and from there moved into several management roles within the marketing and communications function in Unilever global and regional teams, including brand development manager, Dove, Unilever Africa, Middle East, and Turkey and communications manager, Unilever North Africa and Middle East. Following ten years with Unilever, she relocated to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E and joined the team that launched INSEAD campus in the Middle East as external relations director. Rola completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Canada, has a Masters degree from the American University of Beirut and a post graduate degree in journalism from London School of Journalism.