MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2016) - On October 22, the Canada-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented its Technology and Information Award to Mr. Ouissam Youssef, the president and CEO of Valsef Group. Mr. Youssef was recognized at the CCICL's 19th Cedar and Maple Gala, an event held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Montreal to celebrate the achievements of young entrepreneurs of Lebanese origin making their mark in Quebec's business world and beyond.
Hosted by Mme. Céline Nehmé, a notary at Grenier Gagnon, and Mr. Mohamed Badreddine, a lawyer at Fasken Martineau, the gala was presided over by co-chairs Mr. Ghassan Deko, VP of financial commercial services at RBC (downtown Montreal) and Mr. Georges Karam, co-founder of Atelka and director of commercial affairs at Genetec. More than 385 guests, including Quebec, Canadian, and Lebanese political figures, business leaders, and prominent members of the Lebanese community, came together to bestow awards in five categories, including Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre; Mr. Jean-Marc Fournier, mnister responsible for Canadian relations and Canadian Francophonie, Government House Leader, and MP for St. Laurent; and Mr. Fadi Ziadeh, general consul of Lebanon in Montreal.
Mr. Ouissam Youssef, a 2004 Concordia graduate in computer engineering, has been launching businesses since he was 15 years old. As a founder and CEO of Montreal-based Valsef Capital, he has spent the past decade and a half analyzing trends and disruptive changes in media, transforming Valsef into one of the fastest growing technology investment groups in Canada. Following a longevity-based strategy, which Mr. Youssef has dubbed "the 40-year business plan," Valsef has acquired and developed an impressive number of online media properties, becoming one of the world's leading providers of entertainment content and information, with over one billion page views per month. "I am extremely grateful to the CCICL for this award, which I consider a validation of the values and vision of the Valsef Group as a whole," said Mr. Ouissam Youssef. "We are succeeding by adopting a philosophy of long-term value creation. All our investments, acquisitions and expansion strategies are inspired by a profound respect for the work of fellow entrepreneurs and by the desire to grow their companies, keep them in our portfolio forever, and make a lasting impact in key industries."
Valsef's family of entertainment news websites includes ScreenRant.com, TheRichest.com, BabyGaga.com. TheSportster.com, and Comic Book Resources (CBR). ScreenRant is one of most popular film and TV news sites in the U.S., with over 20 million visitors per month, while CBR is the undisputed leader in comics-related content, including movies, television series, and superhero books, generating more than 27 million views per month.
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