Andre Rochette Wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Quebec Service Business Category

On October 25, Ecosystem’s president and C.E.O. was presented with his award at the annual black-tie gala honouring “game-changing entrepreneurs.”

“Ernst & Young is doing such important work by encouraging entrepreneurship, one of Canada’s most important natural resources,” said Andre Rochette during his acceptance speech. “It’s especially critical in the field of building energy efficiency. North Americans need to catch up to the Europeans—the economic, employment, health and environmental benefits are too good to pass up.”

Rochette also expressed his gratitude to the Ecosystem team, saying that while he was “getting the recognition, this story is really that of an extraordinary team turning an ordinary guy into a winner.”

Two key members of the Ecosystem team, his mother and father, received special thanks. Ecosystem’s first corporate headquarters were located in the basement of Pierrette and Jacques Rochette’s family home and they have remained actively involved in the firm over the last 20 years.

Under Andre Rochette’s leadership, Ecosystem has grown from a basement start-up to a flourishing industry leader with offices in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and New York City. The firm’s trademark out-of-the box thinking and holistic approach to energy management have generated more than $150 million in savings for its diverse range of public- and private-sector clients.

Read more about Andre Rochette and Ecosystem in a recent Postmedia News feature.