October 29, 2012

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

On October 25, Ecosystem’s esteemed founder and chairman was presented the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Canadian program at the annual black-tie gala honoring “game-changing entrepreneurs.” This award has celebrated over 11,000 ambitious visionaries across 60 countries globally. Finalists for the award are selected according to their vision, leadership, financial achievements, and commitment social responsibility.

“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 heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated Ecosystem team, humbly acknowledging that “getting the recognition, this story is really that of an extraordinary team turning an ordinary guy into a winner.”

Special recognition was extended to two pivotal figures within the Ecosystem team – the founder’s parents, Pierrette and Jacques Rochette.  Ecosystem’s first corporate headquarters were located in the basement of Rochette’s family home and the two have remained actively involved in the firm over the last 20 years.

Under Andre Rochette’s leadership and through his entrepreneurship, 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.

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