2015 Business Award Winners 


 

Andreas Souvaliotis

Social entrepreneur, author and public speaker http://www.socialchangerewards.com

Founder of Green Rewards and later AIR MILES for Social Change, the world’s first national environmental and healthy lifestyle incentive programs. His achievements in influencing and rewarding behaviour change on a mass scale have been recognized by global social responsibility leaders, including The Prince of Wales. As a leading social entrepreneur in Canada, Andreas writes and speaks across the country about social change and innovation as well as the emerging shared-value model. He was trained twice by former US Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore and he chairs the national advisory committee on climate change for WWF Canada. He also chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Responsible Leadership at Queen's School of Business and serves on several other academic and non-profit boards. He is a very active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, where he has served as national membership chair for Canada and chair of the Toronto chapter. He holds a MBA degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University. His recent bestselling autobiography Misfit (Changemaker With An Edge) is now being turned into a full feature film by a prominent Greek filmmaker.

 


John Poulos

President and CEO of Dominion Voting http://www.dominionvoting.com

John is President and CEO of Dominion Voting, a company focused on improving the electoral process through the application of technology. Since its creation in 2002, after the Florida recount incident, John has grown the company through direct support to elections in the United States, Canada, Mongolia and the Philippines.

Dominion Voting now offers a full suite of technology-enabled equipment and services for all aspects of election, from compiling lists of eligible voters and recording when they voted, to counting votes and polling stations, to remote voting technologies that take the booth to the voter. Dominion is in approximately 150 municipalities in Canada, and 1,000 United States counties across 35 states. Identifying that automated voting technology could enable disenfranchised voters a transparent say in their own destiny, John co-founded the Delian Project, a non-profit organization that aims to help post-conflict and emerging democracies implement positive change in their electoral process through the application of technology. John has donated his time and technology to democratic outreach in Africa, Haiti, the Republic of Georgia, and most recently as part of the Arab Spring in Libya.

He was selected as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 in 2010 and Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology) in 2011. His company has also been named to Deloitte Canada's Fast 50 Technology Companies for four consecutive years. John was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013 for his philanthropic work, and was recognized as Greek America's 40 under 40.

John Poulos holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master's of Business Administration from INSEAD. He is a youth hockey coach and a mentor to young aspiring business students. He is an active member of YPO, and part of an alliance of Greek-Canadian entrepreneurs who share a common goal to preserve their heritage.

Keynote speaker


The Honourable Maxime Bernier

Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)                                       Constituency:  Beauce (Quebec)                                      http://www.maximebernier.com


Maxime Bernier was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
In July 2013, Mr. Bernier was appointed Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism). Previously, he was appointed Minister of Industry in February 2006, Minister of Foreign Affairs in August 2007 and Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) in May 2011. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Mr. Bernier was vicepresident of the Standard Life of Canada insurance company and manager of corporate and international relations at the Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec. As a consultant, he provided advice on the legislation of financial institutions and the development of regulations governing that sector. Mr. Bernier is a lawyer, holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is the father of two daughters, Charlotte and Megan. He is a seasoned runner and completed a 100 km run for charity in September 2013. He was born and raised in Beauce, Quebec. 





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