Ernst Young recognizes local game-changing entrepreneurs’ leadership
MONTREAL , Oct. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Michel Gendreau , President of Garaga
Inc. — leading Canadian garage door manufacturer — is this year’s
Quebec Ernst Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®.
“Our Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards celebrate game-changing
entrepreneurs’ ability to see opportunity where others see risk,” says
Sylvain Vincent, Ernst Young Managing Partner in Eastern Canada .
“Michel’s fearlessness in the face of adversity has been essential to
Michel acquired then-bankrupt Garaga Inc. in 1983 and by rallying
employees, suppliers, clients and new financial partners, transformed
the company into a profitable — and leading — manufacturing business.
During the economic crisis of 1990-91, Michel also expanded Garaga’s
offerings and implemented new efficiency standards. The risk was worth
the reward. Today, Garaga’s distribution network spans across Canada ,
the United States , Central and South America , and the Middle East .
“Michel’s unwavering focus on innovation, continuous improvement and
integrity has made Garaga Canada’s leading garage door manufacturer and
the seventh largest manufacturer in North America ,” says Vincent.
But innovation doesn’t happen randomly. Ernst Young’s recent report Innovating
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