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Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards

Spotlight on entrepreneurs!

Application period: March 3 to May 2, 2014

To create a contest that reflects the diversity of our entrepreneurs, we've innovated again this year!

Last year, our team took to the road to capture our finalists' reactions on video. The experience was so rewarding that we've decided to do it again this year.

To get representation from all our regions, we'll now have regional winners instead of finalists. As a result 3 winners will be selected in each category in the following 3 major regions: Eastern Quebec, Central Quebec and Western Quebec/Ontario.

Regional winners will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony on October 29, 2014, to determine an award winner in each category.

Apply now! Being named a regional winner will give you the opportunity to produce a video starring your company.

Also new this year: a Real Estate category.

Apply for the 2014 Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards!

Contact your account manager or check out the information available on this site about the different award categories, selection process and advantages of applying for the 2014 Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards.

Good luck to all!

Gilles Bernard
Vice-President, Marketing, Performance and Innovation
Business and Institutional Services

Advantages of applying

Companies that are awarded Desjardins awards receive a number of privileges.

Selection process

Regional and national winners will be selected by a jury made up of Desjardins Group experts and representatives from the academic and business worlds.

Prize categories

The Desjardins Agriculture Award is awarded to companies that stand out because of their sound management practices, vibrancy, leadership and solid financial performance. They are equally recognized for their creativity in dealing with the challenges of the agricultural sector.

Active companies in all fields of agriculture are eligible, regardless of their stage of development.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • has recently obtained excellent financial results

Selection criteria

The selection committee evaluates eligible candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Sound management practices
  • Leadership and vision in agricultural sector
  • Community involvement (society, environment, sustainable development)
  • Financial performance

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 521 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Agriculture Award

2014 Prizes

In 2008, Desjardins Group joined forces with La Coop fédérée and Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec to help young farmers.

As Quebec's leading financial institution, Desjardins continues to show how much it supports young farmers, entrepreneurship and education.

With the Desjardins Farm Transfer Grant component, Desjardins offers young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40, financial support through grants and principal payment reductions. The prize winners will be chosen for excellence in their roles as entrepreneurial managers and visionaries.

The awards ceremony takes place during the Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards gala, held during Cooperation Week. The event is a unique opportunity for young farmers to network with business people in various sectors of the economy.

Best of luck!

You are our future and you do us proud!

Alain Gagnon, P.Ag.
Vice-President, Agricultural and Agri-Food Sectors
Desjardins Group

2013 Winners

  • Ferme Réso inc. (Rémi Taillon and Sophie Brodeur)
  • Ferme Couturier et frères inc. (Mireille Lavoie)
  • 9273-3351 Québec inc. (Étienne Robitaille)

2013 Finalists

A
Ferme Réso Inc. (Rémi Taillon et Sophie Brodeur)
With a strong, proactive and resilient entrepreneurial structure, Ferme Réso Inc. specializes in bovine production (milk- and grain-fed calves) in St-Dominique, Montérégie.
B
Ferme Avibest Inc. (Mireille Lapierre)
Founded on a passion for agriculture, Ferme Avibest Inc. is a young company that produces eggs for human consumption in Saint-Tharsicius, Bas–St-Laurent.
C
Ferme Couturier et frères Inc. (Mireille Lavoie)
Thanks to a successful business transfer to non-family members, Ferme Couturier et frères Inc. is now beginning its 100th year in milk production in Amqui, Bas–St-Laurent.
See videos of Ferme Réso Inc., Ferme Avibest Inc., and Ferme Couturier et frères Inc (in French only) (2 min 19 s)
D
Ferme Galarneau Inc. (François Galarneau)
Convinced of the strength of the cooperative model and with deep roots in the business community, Ferme Galarneau Inc. operates a herd of dairy cows in Barraute, Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
E
Ferme Dolorès Pigeon SENC (Patrick Jalbert)
With an emphasis on family communication and sustainable development, Ferme Dolorès Pigeon SENC sets itself apart in the production of beef calves in Sainte-Germaine-Boulé, Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
F
Avi-Coq Inc. (Mélanie Mercier)
A poultry farm in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Lanaudière, Ferme Avi-Coq Inc. is a company that focuses on intelligent business strategies to ensure its sustainability.
See videos of Ferme Galarneau Inc., Ferme Dolorès Pigeon SENC et Avi-Coq Inc.(in French only) (2 min 19 s)
G
Ferme Le Campanile (9190-8699 Québec Inc.) (Charles Guilbert)
Founded thanks to the entrepreneurial skills and vision of its owner, Ferme Le Campanile specializes in milk production in Saint-Maurice, Mauricie.
H
Ferme Valayre SENC (Mikaël Hébert)
With a vision for the future based on efficiency, profitability and quality of life, Ferme Valayre SENC operates an Ayrshire dairy cow herd in Saint-Valère, Centre-du-Québec.
I
Ferme Dominal Inc. (Sébastien Roux)
Thanks to excellent adaptation skills and ambition, Ferme Dominal Inc. of Kingsey Falls, Centre-du-Québec, saw its technical and economical results improve since its transfer.
J
9273-3351 Québec Inc. (Étienne Robitaille)
Relying on the complementarity of shareholders and a healthy work-life balance, the 9273-3351 Québec Inc. company operates a thriving dairy farm in Warwick, Centre-du-Québec.
See videos of Ferme Le Campanile, Ferme Valayre SENC, Ferme Dominal Inc. and 9273-3351 Québec Inc (in French only) (2 min 59 s)

Fund description

Application form (in French only, PDF, 952 KB)

Desjardins Farm Transfer Grant component

Assessment qualities

  • Leadership of the next generation in the new business
  • New manager's vision
  • Training and social involvement
  • Contribution to the business's financial growth

Selection process

From April to early October, an evaluation committee will select the winners of the Desjardins Farm Transfer Grant.

Important dates

Application period

March 3 to May 2, 2014

Finalists announced

August 2014

Winning businesses announced

October 2014

The Desjardins International Commerce Award is awarded to companies with an outstanding international commerce strategy. It is intended for any company able to show the positive impact of having extended its business development efforts to the international market and having formed partnerships with companies with attractive development potential outside of Canada.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • is recognized as a commercial success
  • has recently obtained excellent financial results

Selection criteria

The selection committee evaluates eligible candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Strategy and approach used to enter international markets
  • Results of international business projects (impacts, market penetration, sales figure growth, international partnerships, brand awareness, etc.)
  • Market diversification
  • Financial stability of the business

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 536 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins International Commerce Award

The Desjardins Co-op Award is awarded, in partnership with Capital regional and cooperatif Desjardins, to a cooperative in its portfolio that sets itself apart for its sound management practices, financial performance and outstanding application of the cooperative model.

Launched in 2010, the Desjardins Co-op Award is sponsored by Desjardins Capital regional et coopératif Desjardins. Find out more about Desjardins Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is a worker or a worker-shareholder cooperative
  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario

Selection criteria

The selection committee evaluates eligible candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Leadership and vision
  • Sound management practices
  • Financial performance
  • Community involvement (community, environment, sustainable development)

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 506 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Co-op Award

The Desjardins Sustainable Development Award is awarded to companies that demonstrate effective management, sound operations and socially responsible leadership. Companies must show sound financial performance and their commitment to sustainable development by contributing to the well-being of the community or environment.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • has recently obtained excellent financial results

Selection criteria

The selection committee evaluates eligible candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Leadership and vision
  • Sustainable development opportunities
  • Financial management
  • Human resources management
  • Number of jobs created in Canada
  • Community involvement (community, environment, sustainable development)

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 540 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Sustainable Development Award

The Desjardins Woman of Influence Award is granted to outstanding businesswomen who are recognized as inspiring role models for career success. Candidates must have made a remarkable contribution to the success and prestige of their companies.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario.

Selection criteria

The selection committee will evaluate candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Leadership and vision
  • Outstanding achievements
  • Role model in the business world

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 537 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Woman of Influence Award

The Desjardins Real Estate Award is granted to companies that demonstrate solid financial performance and contribute to the well-being of the community and the environment. Companies must ensure their buildings comply with Régie du bâtiment standards that apply for the year of construction.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • has developed a real estate project
  • has complied with urban planning standards

Selection criteria

The selection committee will evaluate candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Sound financial management
  • Good project planning (organization, development phases, delivery dates, etc.).
  • Uniform architectural design and a harmonious and distinguished perspective
  • Concern for sustainable development

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 484 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

The Desjardins Innovation & Productivity Award is granted to small and medium-sized businesses. It recognizes businesses for innovations that considerably increase company productivity in a sustained way.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • has developed new, innovative processes
  • has reviewed and improved the way the company operates
  • has succeeded in increasing company productivity in a sustained way for the last 2 years

Selection criteria

The selection committee will evaluate candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness and relevance of corporate strategies
  • Innovative processes
  • How well the company has performed compared to its own targets

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 513 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Innovation & Productivity Award

Desjardins supports entrepreneurship among young people aged 18-35 by awarding prizes to 3 young entrepreneurs who set themselves apart by their creativity, leadership, achievement and contribution to job creation and community development.

Desjardins Foundation awards 3 Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Awards, one prize of $10,000 per region and an additional $10,000 for the national winner:

  • Eastern Quebec
  • Central Quebec
  • Western Quebec and Ontario

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • is headed by young leaders between 18 and 35
  • has been in business at least 1 year and no more than 5 years
  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario

Selection criteria

The selection committee evaluates eligible candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Vision and leadership
  • Achievements and development potential
  • Number of jobs created in Canada
  • Financial structure
  • Community involvement

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 529 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Award

The Desjardins Business Ownership Transfer Award is awarded to companies that have most successfully achieved a business ownership transfer. Companies must demonstrate a well-thought-out transfer plan and a well-organized succession plan.

Before you apply

Ensure that your company:

  • transferred business ownership within the last 2 years
  • is headquartered in Quebec or Ontario
  • has completed at least 51% of the transfer

Selection criteria

The selection committee will evaluate candidates according to the following criteria:

  • Preparation and planning of the business transfer process
  • Transition plan
  • Company's financial health
  • Entrepreneurial abilities of the new owner(s)
  • Potential for success

To apply

  1. Fill out the application form (PDF, 547 KB).
  2. Save the document and email it to your Caisse or Desjardins account manager.

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

View finalists per year - Desjardins Business Ownership Transfer Award

The Desjardins Business Leadership Award – Major Corporation, in partnership with Fasken Martineau, is awarded to key entrepreneurial leaders for vision and performance. Candidates must have made an exceptional contribution to the growth and prestige of their companies.

View finalists per year - Desjardins Business Leadership Award – Major Corporation

Finalists

Watch the videos of finalists for each category:

Added on September 9, 2013

Louis-Marie Jutras, President
Les Cultures de chez nous inc.

(in French only) (4 min 16 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Véronique Lajoie, business acquirer
Ferme horticole Lajoie inc.

(in French only) (3 min 44 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Martin Beaulieu, President and CEO
Le Groupe Ouellet Canada inc.

(in French only) (2 min 54 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Nassib El-Husseini, General Manager
Les 7 doigts de la main

(in French only) (3 min 3 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Mario Aylwin, General Manager
Coopérative funéraire de la Rive-Sud de Montréal

(in French only) (3 min 45 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Christian Vinet, General Manager
Société coopérative agricole de l'Île-aux-Grues

(in French only) (4 min 3 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Laurent Proulx, President
La Coop Purdel

(in French only) (3 min 9 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Gaétan Duchesne, President
GDG Informatique et gestion inc.

(in French only) (3 min)

Added on September 9, 2013

Amir Karim, Vice-President, Business Development
Les Industries Polykar inc.

(in French only) (3 min 56 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Ioanna Yannopoulos, Co-Owner and Rachelle Montour, Co-Owner
Restaurant Grec Baie-Jolie

(in French only) (3 min 35 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Sylvie Charbonneau, President and Co-Founder
Brio Conseils

(in French only) (3 min 38 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Léonie Couture, Founder and General Manager
La rue des Femmes

(in French only) (3 min 34 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Lisa Fecteau, President and General Manager
Regitex

(in French only) (3 min 33 s)

Petite entreprise

Added on September 9, 2013

Pierre Lemieux, President
Ecorad inc.

(in French only) (3 min 48 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Simon Litalien, President
Kabane Espace créatif inc.

(in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Daniel Handfield, President and General Manager
MédiaMed Technologies

(in French only) (3 min 41 s)

Moyenne entreprise

Added on September 9, 2013

Martin Paquette, President
Auberge et Spa Le Nordik inc.

(in French only) (3 min 29 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

David Marotte, President and CEO
Groupe Conseil FXInnovation inc.

(in French only) (3 min 18 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Ginette Robert, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing
Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier

(in French only) (3 min 33 s)

Est du Québec

Added on September 9, 2013

Mireille Lavoie and Joël Lepage, co-owners
Ferme Couturier et frères inc.

(in French only) (3 min 45 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Olivier Marcotte, President and Founder
Nucleom inc.

(in French only) (3 min)

Added on September 9, 2013

Jean-Philippe Cantin, President and CEO
Orizon Mobile

(in French only) (3 min 29 s)

Centre-du-Québec

Added on September 9, 2013

Valérie Buist, Owner
Belle à Croquer

(in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Gabriel Gagnon, General Manager
Fenestration Plus Fenefco inc.

(in French only) (3 min 54 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Pierre-Olivier Gaucher, Owner
Technologies Terralis inc.

(in French only) (3 min 48 s)

Ouest du Québec

Added on September 9, 2013

Martin Beaulieu, President and CEO
Le Groupe Ouellet Canada inc.

(in French only) (3 min 26 s)

Added on September 9, 2013

Jean-Philippe Cantin, President and CEO
Orizon Mobile

(in French only) (4 min 2 s)

Important dates

Application period: March 3 to May 2, 2014

Awards ceremony: October 29, 2014, in Montreal

Partners:

Partenaires média

Les Affaires

Partenaires de prix

Bell
Deloitte
Fasken Martineau

 

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EDC

 

Noverka
Enrichir le Québec de sa relève

Partenaires collaborateurs

Medisys
SOM

Desjardins Foundation, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins and Desjardins Insurance are proud to take part in this event

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