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 TheYear 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.”
Dr. Ulsifer, along-side his founding partners, started FYidoctors in April 2008 and today it has over 100 locations across Canada.
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 honoring 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 responsibility.
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 this page.
FYidoctors is a private, optometry owned eye care services company with its home office located in Calgary, Alberta and a fully automated production and distribution facility based in Burnaby, British Columbia. FYidoctors is currently one of Canada’s largest providers of ophthalmic products and services with over 100 locations across the country.
For more information on FYidoctors please visit www.fyidoctors.com.