Montréal, Canada - Jacques Lariviére, founder of polyurethane foam systems maker Demilec Inc., has been named the 2009 Québec Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Demilec is one of Canada's fastest-growing manufacturers and marketers of urethane foam systems, a 2 Oct statement from Ernst & Young said. The company's insulating products are developed at Demilec's 70 000-sq.ft. (6503-sq.m.) manufacturing site in Boisbriand, Québec. The company also sells its products in 20 retail outlets across North America.
Demilec is committed to supporting clean technology and uses recycled plastics, renewable natural oils and water in their products to protect the atmosphere, Ernst & Young said, adding that the company was also the first Canadian maker of spray polyurethane to banish the use or production of ozone-depleting chemicals in 2000.
"Ecological responsibility is a priority on everyone's agenda. Jacques has capitalised on opportunities in this market and has driven his company to the top," noted François Dufresne, director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. "Demilec Inc. is a pioneer in the manufacture of environmentally friendly products, and tomorrow's entrepreneurs will be inspired by his achievements," he added. (RD)