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Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corp., Guelph, ON, is among 65 people competing for a world entrepreneur award. The winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year will be announced on June 6 in Monaco, the event's location.

 Hasenfratz won Canada's 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. She was recognized in Canada for accelerating the growth of Linamar. She will be among 65 country winners representing 53 countries to compete for the award.

"It's a tremendous honour to represent Canada at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award event in Monaco," says Hasenfratz. "I'm excited to compete against the other 64 entrepreneurs from around the world, because this competition goes beyond recognizing financial success. There is a focus on innovation, community building and creating a legacy you are proud of."

The overall winner is chosen by an independent judging panel of distinguished former EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners and other leading entrepreneurs. The award is given on the basis of six criteria, giving all country winners an equal opportunity to compete: entrepreneurial spirit; financial performance; strategic direction; global (or community) impact; innovation; and personal integrity/influence.

The independent judging panel will be chaired by Rebecca MacDonald, founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Just Energy Group (Canada), and 2003 Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. Joining her will be:

  • Fadi Ghandour of Aramex and Wamda Capital (UAE)
  • Nobuyuki Idei of Quantum Leaps Corporation (Japan)
  • Dr. Ruth Oltjer of Chemi-Pharm AS (Estonia)
  • Ewald Raben of Raben Group (Poland)
  • Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin of EcoWorld Development Group Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Michael Wu of Maxim's Caterers Limited (China)

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