The ARISTA Provincial Contest is an annual event organized by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal and presented by BMO Financial Group. The purpose of our well-known contest is to recognize the talent and success of young businessmen and businesswomen working in all economic spheres throughout the Province of Quebec. With its high profile, the prestigious Arista contest is a great opportunity for young professionals to increase visibility for themselves and their companies.The contest is open to people aged 18 to 40 years. More than 500 applications were received from across Quebec for the 2016 edition.
ARISTA rewards and showcases young business leaders from Quebec that stand out and demonstrates leadership and innovation in their category, whether by their professional success or by their contribution to the community.
The contest contains 9 categories. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the 2017 edition is marked by several changes including the consolidation and revision of some of the existing categories plus the addition of 2 brand new categories.
1. Applications: apply by February 6, 2017 via the online form.
2. Pre-selection event: more than 100 members will debate to select 3 finalists in each category amongst all applications.
3. The Jury’s interviews “Les matinées du jury”: all finalists will meet the jury for a fifteen minute interview on March 21st, 22nd and March 23rd 2017.
4. Gala ARISTA: the 9 winners will be announced at our prestigious gala to be held on May 29th, 2017 in Montreal.
Quebec Young Executive
The candidate must assume a position of executive, that is to say performing tasks that include supervising personnel or managing an area of activity, within an Enterprise or an Organization and on the Reference date.
Quebec Young Professional
The candidate must, for the majority of their professional activities, practice their profession and be a member in good standing of a Québec recognized professional order governing the practice of this profession or be a member of a professional association supervising the practice of this profession on the Reference date.
Quebec Young Self-employed individual
The candidate must work by themselves, either directly or through an Enterprise of which they are the sole shareholder or shareholder with Related persons, in the course of the year prior to the Reference date. They must conduct business with one or more Enterprises or Organizations. They must not have employees and must not have had employees in the course of the year prior to the Reference date.
Quebec Young Entrepreneur: start-up
The candidate must have (i) established an Enterprise, must (ii) hold a voting position or exercise de facto control in the Enterprise and (iii) exercise a significant influence over the operations and the strategic directions of the Enterprise. The candidate’s Enterprise must have been in operation for at least six (6) months prior to the Reference date. The candidate’s Enterprise must show innovation and strong potential for development. Note: If their Enterprise has been in operation for more than two (2) years, the candidate can register as Young Entrepreneur: growing enterprise, if significant results were achieved.
Quebec Young Entrepreneur: growing enterprise
The candidate must have (i) established the Enterprise, must (ii) hold a voting position or exercise de facto control in the Enterprise and (iii) exercise a significant influence over the operations and the strategic directions of the Enterprise. The candidate’s Enterprise must have been in operation for at least two (2) years prior to the Reference date and must show significant results with regards to revenue development and value creation (e.g. number of employees, income, profit, economic benefits, visibility for Montréal and the province of Québec, etc.).
Quebec Young International Leader
The candidate must (i) be primarily and directly responsible for initiatives beyond Québec’s borders (rest of Canada and/or internationally) that must (ii) have been underway for at least 6 months prior to the Reference date. For example, initiatives can be: the export of goods and services, business acquisitions, the creation of a new division or the practice of their profession. The initiative must have a positive effect on Québec’s economic development and its influence in the rest of Canada and internationally. The candidate must work for an Enterprise or an Organization with a business address located in Québec.
Quebec Young Leader: social responsibility
In the course of their employment, the candidate (i) has carried out, has managed or has directly contributed to the implementation of a project or initiative that has made a positive contribution on social, economic and/or environmental levels. The project or initiative must (ii) offer a solution to one of the three (3) pillars of sustainability (society, economy, environment). The project or initiative must (iii) have been implemented prior to the Reference date. The Enterprise or Organization the candidate works for does not necessarily have to focus on sustainability as a main vocation or mission. Any activity outside of their job scope (association, board of directors, etc.), paid or voluntary, does not apply to the present category.
The candidate must (i) have acquired an Enterprise or taken over the management as a Partner, Director General (DG), President or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an existing Enterprise or Organization, must (ii) hold a voting position or exercise de facto control in the Enterprise and (iii) exercise a significant influence over the operations and strategic directions of the Enterprise. The acquisition or the takeover of an Enterprise by a current employee, an external individual or a member of the same family are accepted. The change of administration must have occurred at least one (1) year prior to the Reference date.
The candidate must have (i) established or acquired a non-profit Organization, must (ii) hold a voting position or exercise de facto control in the Organization and must (iii) exercise a significant influence over the operations and the strategic directions of the Organization. The Organization must (iv) operate in the cultural field and must pursue a professionally artistic mission: visual arts, cinema, video arts, digital arts, performing arts (dance, theater, circus arts), multidisciplinary arts, aboriginal arts, architecture, music and literature. The candidate’s Organization must (v) have been in operation for at least one (1) year prior to the Reference date.
**Reference date : December 31st, 2016.
Deadline : February 6th, 2017
For all nine (9) categories, the pre-selection committees and jury will evaluate the candidates on the basis of the information provided in their application form and the supporting documents based on the following criteria: Leadership, Achievements, Vision and perseverance, Spirit of innovation and their level of involvement.
General Regulations : the General Regulations of the ARISTA Provincial Contest.
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