Oakville Business Wins National Award

October 18, 2012

Oakville Business Wins National Award

Oliberté Limited named Best Socially-Minded Business in the 2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation Chairman’s Awards for Best Business

TORONTO, ON (October 18, 2012) – During Small Business Week®, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is pleased to announce that Oliberté Limited has been selected as the Best Socially-Minded Business for the 2012 CYBF Chairman’s Awards for Best Business.

The Award recognizes an organization that uses their business operations as an avenue to create and organize social change. As the category winner, Oliberté Limited will receive a $1,000 cash prize and will vie against four other category winners for the National Best Business award, a $20,000 cash prize for business expansion.

The Award winners are among thousands who have received coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring through CYBF to help them launch their businesses. The Award will be presented at a ceremony in Toronto on November 14, 2012, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Canada celebrations.

“Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind Canada’s continued economic recovery and future growth,” says John Risley, Chairman, CYBF Board of Directors. “Through these Awards, we celebrate the advancement that young entrepreneurs have made in the past year and we are proud to recognize the positive impact that these businesses will have on Canada’s future. CYBF is pleased to honour Oliberté Limited with the 2012 CYBF Best Socially-Minded Business Award and congratulates Tal Dehtiar on his success.”

Oliberté Limited manufactures premium casual footwear made exclusively in Africa. Using premium leather from Ethiopia and natural rubber from West Africa, Oliberté Limited’s main goals are to be the largest exporter of quality fashionable footwear made in Africa, and to help create a thriving African middle class that provides sustainable and fair employment. Oliberté Limited footwear is sold across Canada, USA, Europe and Japan in over 100 stores. For more information, please visit www.oliberte.com.

For additional information on the 2012 CYBF Chairman’s Awards for Best Business program, please visit www.cybf.ca/awards.


About CYBF – Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national organization, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business. CYBF is the founder of G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) and founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA). www.cybf.ca

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CYBF Media Contact:
Lesley Wilmot
Director, Marketing and Communications
Email: lwilmot@cybf.ca
Phone: 866-646-2923 Ext. 2203, Cell: 647-680-8165