Québec’s entrepreneurial champions honoured during Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada

November 16, 2012

Québec’s entrepreneurial champions honoured during Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada

Brossard, QC – November 16, 2012 – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Canada, presented nine Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to outstanding volunteers, including business mentors, whose expertise and dedication have played an instrumental role in helping launch young and emerging entrepreneurs’ careers and businesses in communities across Québec. The medals were presented yesterday at CYBF’s annual mentor recognition event at ALT Hotel – Quartier DIX 30 in Brossard.

GEW Canada, which takes place from November 12-18, 2012, is committed to celebrating entrepreneurs and inspiring young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity from coast-to-coast. CYBF has mobilized dozens of partners to organize celebration events across the country, and the annual mentor recognition event was one of the activities taking place across Canada as part of GEW Canada celebrations to recognize and congratulate those who are paving the way to success for young and emerging business leaders.

CYBF presented its Chairman’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteers—which includes the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals—to business leaders Marie Legault Gaudet, Fannie Pelletier, Normand Pinard, Yvon Turcot, Normand Chevrier, Marcel Bergeron, Daniel Luquette, Marie-Michèle Lessard and Gisèle Lacasse who were on hand to receive the medals for their tremendous contributions as mentors to entrepreneurs in the community.

“Mentors are a vital component in the success of young entrepreneurs, providing support, encouragement and insight backed with critical experience,” said Maude Theroux-Seguin, Senior Director for CYBF in Québec. “CYBF is proud to honour our mentors with this prestigious medal for their contribution and dedication to entrepreneurship. As a pillar of support for Canada’s future business leaders, mentors are instrumental in helping build a strong economic future for Québec and for Canada.”

The commemorative Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada, visit www.gewcanada.com, or for more information about the Diamond Jubilee Medals, visit www.gg.ca.


Canadian Youth Business Foundation – 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 the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) and founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA). www.cybf.ca.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada
Between November 12-18, 2012, more than 100 countries will come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a movement to inspire millions of people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. GEW Canada 2012 is hosted by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization that works to connect hundreds of organizations to champion a culture of entrepreneurship and mentoring, through local, national and global initiatives. www.gewcanada.com.

For more information please contact:

Subagini Sivapatham,
Manager, Regional Marketing, CYBF
(416) 408-2923, ext. 3003