December 5th 2011

Award enters its second year with
the bar set high and a new judging panel

MONTREAL, December 5, 2011 – After a successful first year filled with outstanding nominees and winners, the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and Montreal-based accounting firm Fuller Landau LLP have begun their search for the 2012 Fuller Landau Family Business Award winners and announce a new judging panel for the second edition of the award.

The award recognizes Quebec-based family-owned businesses whose policies and business practices have a positive impact on the community and stimulate economic growth through local entrepreneurial ventures. Nominations are evaluated based on financial success of the company, quality of business and family linkages, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices or strategies.

“The applications we received in our first year have set the bar high for 2012,” said Michael Newton, Managing Partner of Fuller Landau LLP. “We look forward to seeing what a new year of nominations will have in store. Family businesses play a vital role in communities across Quebec and we are happy to have the opportunity to recognize these hard working enterprises that help fuel our economy.”

Nominations will be reviewed by a new panel of judges, co-chaired by Dr. Michael Carney and Dr. Alexandra Dawson. The five voting members of the judging panel consist of Terry Didus, Partner at Heenan Blaikie LLP; Michèle Desjardins, President of Koby Consulting and Senior Associate at Lansberg, Gersick & Associates; and J. Sebastian van Berkom, President and CEO of van Berkom and Associates Inc., as well as last year’s winners Norman Hébert Jr., President and CEO of Groupe Park Avenue Inc.; and Leslie Machan Jr., Vice President of Pension Planning Centre.

Awards will be handed out in three categories: Small business, less than 25 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenues; Medium business, 25-100 full-time employees or between $1 million and $5 million in annual revenue; and Large business, more than 100 full-time employees or over $5 million in annual revenues.

Winners of the 2012 Fuller Landau Family Business Awards will be announced during an award presentation at the John Molson School of Business in May 2012. Winners of the Best Undergraduate and Graduate Student Family Business Paper awards will also be presented.

Nominations much be received by January 31, 2012 at which point the judges will ask finalists to submit a full application form by March 15, 2012. To learn more about the award and to submit a nomination, visit: