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November 17, 2009 14:54 ET

Minister of State Congratulates Canadian Youth Business Award Winners for the Central Prairies

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - The Honourable, Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), extended her congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) Chairman's Awards for the Central Prairies:

- Jessica Williamson, Hoopla Clothing, Moose Jaw, Central Prairies Best Business Award

- Al Norman, Beval Engineering Inc., Saskatchewan, Central Prairies Outstanding Mentor Award

- Shaun Hampton, Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth, Winnipeg, Central Prairies Outstanding Community Partner Award

"I congratulate the winners of these prestigious provincial awards. Your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit are driving our country's economic success and making our future look promising," said Minister of State Ablonczy.

The CYBF Chairman's Awards recognize the entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and accomplishments of Canada's up-and-coming business people between the ages of 18 and 34, their mentors, and the outstanding community partners who support them.

"Now more than ever, Canada needs dynamic and forward-looking young business leaders to innovate and to shape our future economic success," continued Minister of State Ablonczy. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is supporting our next generation of entrepreneurs to help them innovate, create jobs and generate wealth in every region across the country."

For more information on the awards, please visit the CYBF website (

For more information, please visit Canada's Economic Action Plan website (

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations