Wednesday May 21, 2014
The closing ceremony for the eighth annual edition of the Médaillés de la relève was held last night at the Molson Coors Hospitality Suite, with more than 100 guests in attendance. Hosted by René Vézina, an economist, radio commentator and journalist at Groupe Les Affaires, the event was presented by the National Bank/HEC Montreal Institute for Entrepreneurship, PwC and BCF Business Law. The awards contest pays tribute to successful transfers of privately owned Quebec-based companies by their owners to teams made up of family members or senior company officers.
This year, the jury members recognized three companies: Laiterie Chalifoux, Lallier Ste-Foy and Fourgons Transit.
“The strength of the next generation of business leaders is a positive sign for Quebec’s economy. Once again, this contest has led to the discovery of talented businesspeople who are motivated by a singular sense of entrepreneurship. We would like to congratulate the winners and finalists for their participation and for their professional dedication,” said Jean-Paul Gagné, jury chair for the contest and editor emeritus of Les Affaires, the Montreal-based business newspaper.
Andrew Molson, honorary contest chair and chair of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, offered these comments: “We are proud to celebrate entrepreneurs who decide to ensure the ongoing viability of their companies and strengthen their operations by selecting the next generation of leaders. We salute everyone who took part in the contest, and we congratulate the winners for their bold vision and business acumen.”
Gold medal winner: Laiterie Chalifoux
Laiterie Chalifoux, a dairy product manufacturer, specializes in hard cheese production and distribution. The company was founded in 1920 when Alexandrina Pelletier decided to distribute her excess products to her neighbours. Laiterie Chalifoux’s milk is creamy, the delivery is efficient and door-to-door, and business is booming. Over the past 30 years, the company has won a long series of awards for its cheeses. Today, it has a workforce of 150 employees with whom it has forged close ties. The company has always worked hard to maintain an atmosphere in which all staff members feel at home.
Silver medal winner: Lallier Ste-Foy
Lallier Ste-Foy Honda has been in business for over 20 years. The Duplessis family offers a comprehensive range of new Hondas, as well as a large inventory of used vehicles. In its two decades in the automotive sector, Lallier Ste-Foy Honda has sold more than 40,000 vehicles. Lallier Ste-Foy is one of the largest Honda dealerships in the Greater Quebec City region, as well as in the province of Quebec.
Bronze medal winner: Fourgons Transit
Fourgons Transit is recognized as one of Canada’s leading truck cab manufacturers. Founded in 1978, the company is known for its diverse range of goods transportation products and its dedicated employees. It has positioned itself on the leading edge of the market by offering topquality products and services designed to exceed customers’ expectations.
The National Bank/HEC Montreal Institute of Entrepreneurship, PwC and BCF Business Law, together with the three contest partners—Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Investissement Québec and Les Affaires—congratulate the winners on their success and invite entrepreneurs who have transferred a business over the past 10 years to submit applications for next year’s contest. For further information, please visit lesmedaillesdelareleve.com.
About PwC Canada
PwC Canada helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. More than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 184,000 people in 157 countries. Find out more by visiting us at http://www.pwc.com/ca.
About BCF Business Law
BCF has more than 200 lawyers and other professionals whose legal practice adapts to fit the changing needs of the business community. The firm is a member of Meritas International Network, a group of 7,000 professionals in more than 80 countries, and has highly sought-after expertise in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, Canadian and international tax systems, securities, venture capital, banking law, intellectual property, commercial litigation and insolvency, as well as real estate law, labour law, business immigration and international arbitration. BCF is a business law leader in Quebec and has been an annual winner of the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award since 2007. www.bcf.ca
About the National Bank/HEC Montreal Institute of Entrepreneurship
Made up of a network of seasoned academics, advisors and practitioners, the National Bank/HEC Montreal Institute of Entrepreneurship is an information and resource centre dedicated to the development of best practices, tools and skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, business transfers and business families. The Institute seeks to foster and encourage the creation and takeover of companies by supporting innovative entrepreneurs. http://iebn.hec.ca
About HEC Montreal
Internationally renowned as a leading business school, HEC Montreal is home to over 12,000 students and trains more than 7,000 executives and managers each year. Certified in a number of areas, the school offers approximately 40 graduate and undergraduate programs. It also ranks among Canada’s most active research institutions, with nearly 50 research units and 26 research chairs, including seven Canada research chairs. With a teaching corps of 264 professors, HEC Montreal offers instruction primarily in French, as well as in several other languages. It attracts students from nearly 140 countries. Founded in 1907, the school has graduated more than 73,000 students in all areas of management.
SOURCE: HEC Montreal
Information: Colette Vanasse, Director, Business Development, National Bank/HEC Montreal
Institute of Entrepreneurship, (514) 340-7292, firstname.lastname@example.org