Calgary's Dr. Alan Ulsifer of FYidoctors named Canada's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012

Calgary's Dr. Alan Ulsifer of FYidoctors named Canada's Ernst & Young 
Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 
Game-changing vision and leadership earns top honours   
TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Alan Ulsifer, President and Chief Executive 
Officer of FYidoctors — Canada's largest independent eye care product and 
service provider — is this year's National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The 
Year( )winner. 
"Dr. Alan Ulsifer's achievements are no small feat. His innovative vision of 
merging full scope optometric practices into a single entity — the first of 
its kind in the country — transformed Canada's optometry industry," says 
Colleen McMorrow, Partner and National Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year. 
"These kinds of innovative solutions that overcome a struggling economy take 
strong leadership and an even stronger team." 
That's something Ernst & Young finds common to many entrepreneurs. The recent 
report, Defying gravity: high-growth entrepreneurship in a slow-growth 
economy, which surveys more than 600 US Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 
finalists, shows that over 40% believe their greatest source of success is 
assembling the right management team — a finding that rings true in Canada 
as well, McMorrow says. 
"High-performing entrepreneurs understand the power and potential of 
developing strong people teams," she adds. "They excel at creating these 
teams, innovating among them and instilling vision and passion in them." 
More than 25% of respondents also believe that their ability to identify and 
develop talent is their biggest strength — a quality Alan has proven is key. 
"Having the right people in place can mean the difference between overcoming 
roadblocks and hitting them head on," says McMorrow. "Alan's commitment to 
building leaders, not just managers, at all levels of the business is what 
makes FYidoctors a true stand-out." 
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution 
of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its 
19th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all 
areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, 
including their vision, leadership, financial performance and social 
For more information on Defying gravity, click here. 
National special citations awarded: 
Many of the award winners across the country stand out not only as leaders in 
their industry, but also for the unique mark they've made on the 
entrepreneurial landscape. The following entrepreneurs are Ernst & Young 
Entrepreneur Of The Year category award recipients in their regions and were 
also selected by the national judges as special citation honourees. These 
entrepreneurs have demonstrated outstanding growth through environmentally 
conscious global expansion, leadership by embracing business challenges and 
opportunities with passion, purpose and execution, and realized unprecedented 
financial results. 
Pacific Frederick Davidson
Energold Drilling Corp. | Vancouver, British Columbia
Outstanding growth 
The largest frontier specialty contract commodity drilling company in the 
world operating across metals, energy and manufacturing. 
Jon Hantho
Maxxam Analytics | Mississauga
Entrepreneurial leadership 
Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, 
environmental, food and DNA industries. 
Robert Herjavec
The Herjavec Group | Toronto
Financial performance 
IT security/infrastructure integration firm specializing in security 
solutions, WAN acceleration and emerging technologies. 
What's next?
The 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year(®) awards will be held June 6 to 9 in 
Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dr. Alan Ulsifer, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year, will 
compete with more than 50 other country recipients for the title of Ernst & 
Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year(®). 
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several 
distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 
national judging panel consisted of Peter Barnes, Founding Shareholder, 
DeepGreen Resources Inc. (and 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year mining 
category winner); Jean Cloutier, Vice President Finance and Operations, 
Outdoor Gear Canada (and 2010 Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year manufacturing 
category winner); Mike Duff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Design 
Group Staffing Services (and 2006 Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year 
professional/financial services category winner); Mike Mallory, New Brunswick 
Group Chair, TEC Group; David R. Shaw, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management (and 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The 
Year professional/financial services category winner, 2010 National Special 
Citation, Customer-Driven Excellence); and Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard 
Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. 
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit 
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI. 
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