Seven P.E.I. entrepreneurs awarded by Francophone chamber of commerce

Published on March 20, 2017

Ten Strings and A Goat Skin received the Young Enterprising Person of the Year Award from the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce over the weekend.

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. presented its seven entrepreneurial awards for 2017.

The awards went to a popular Island band, a community care centre for the elderly, a mechanic, a former insurance agent, a cement business, a restaurant owner and a teenage business owner. 

The awards were presented at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside for the chamber's Entrepreneurs' Gala on Saturday. 

“Even though their sectors of activity are miles apart, our winners all have a few things in common: they all contribute a lot to the provincial economy, they create jobs, they help develop our communities and they provide high-quality products and services," said the chamber’s Martin Marcoux.

“They've also got another ace up their sleeve compared to their competitors: they offer their services in two languages.”

Marcoux said the chamber received 21 nominations for the seven awards and named 19 as finalists. Including the winners from this 16th edition of the gala, the chamber has now presented 88 awards over the years.


This year's winners 

• President's Award of Excellence: Egmont Bay Construction (Claude Gallant) of Abram-Village

• Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award (lifetime achievement): Roger Arsenault, formerly of The Co-operators

• Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Joseph Sammoun from Shaddy's Restaurant in Charlottetown

• Social Economy Business of the Year Award: Le Chez-Nous Co-operative in Wellington

• Business Personality of the Year Award: Gerald Arsenault from Wellington Service Centre in Wellington

• Young Enterprising Person of the Year Award: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin from Charlottetown-Rustico

• Young Millionaires Award: Janika Godin from Jabling in Stratford