Edmonton, October 22, 2016 – This evening the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité du Canada, (RDÉE Canada) presented trophies to the six winners of the 2016 Small and Medium Business’ Awards.

This is the seventh award ceremony. The event is an opportunity for all Canadians to applaud the excellent entrepreneurial skills of businesspeople in the country’s Francophone and Acadian communities.

The national selection committee awarded prizes in five categories based on strict criteria for assessing the winning businesses:

Retail sales
LMS Rail Services (Ontario)

Immigrant entrepreneur
Terre Boréale (Yukon)

Young entrepreneur
Étchiboy (Manitoba)

Services
Transmed (New Brunswick) and 7shifts (Saskatchewan) ex æquo


Processing
Leisure Farms (Ontario)

The awards were presented at the Rendez-vous d’affaires and Gala des Lauriers de la PME – Alberta, organized by the Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta (CDÉA) and held at the Delta Edmonton.

Mr. Matifat, the Chair of RDÉE Canada’s Board of Directors, stated that, “We are proud to celebrate the fact that people can generate considerable economic results and contribute actively to the vitality of their community while at the same time living in French in Francophone and Acadian communities. I am particularly honoured to have seen this evening a real enthusiasm for these deserving entrepreneurs who have built a place for themselves in Canada’s socioeconomic ecosystem.”

RDÉE Canada wishes to congratulate the winners and to thank all the finalists who participated in the 2016 Small and Medium Business’ Awards!

RDÉE Canada also wishes to thank its partners, without whom the event would not have been possible.