Quebec City, CANADA, November 30, 2018 – Germain Lamonde, EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) founder and Executive Chairman of the Board has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Canada at the 25th national EY awards gala in Toronto. After winning at the provincial and now at the national level, Mr. Lamonde will have the honor of representing Canada at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards to be held in Monaco in June 2019.
On accepting the award, Lamonde said, “Like many companies, EXFO started with a somewhat crazy dream and an ambitious mission shared by a talented and determined team. By focusing on innovation and a commitment to excellence, we gradually became competitive in all global markets. This award is the recognition of all of our employees in more than 30 countries who, day after day, help build our success.”
EXFO develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry.
Mr. Lamonde founded EXFO in his apartment in 1985 upon finishing his master’s degree in physical and optical engineering. A consensus-building visionary, he has always had a knack for positioning EXFO as a key player in the fast-evolving global telecommunications industry. In Mr. Lamonde’s words, “Innovation means coming up with solutions that surpass our customers’ expectations. Success can be measured in patents, but especially in market share.”
Mr. Lamonde also plays a very active role in the community and the technology industry. In 2017 he made a sizeable donation to Université Laval’s Faculty of Sciences and Engineering. He was recently appointed Chairman of ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation), which is focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G, and Chairman of the Quebec Digital Transformation Council, whose mission is to advise the Quebec government on key digital priorities.
EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry. Our customers count on us to deliver superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights. Our services are designed to speed up the digital transformation associated with the deployment of optical fiber and 4G/LTE and 5G networks. Customers count on our expertise with automation, real-time troubleshooting and big data analytics, which are critical to their business performance. We’ve spent over 30 years earning this trust, and today 1,900 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond. For more information, visit EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO blog (in English).
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 50 countries. ey.com/ca/EOY
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