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LightSpeed CEO and Founder Dax Dasilva Named Ernst & Young's 2012 Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year


LightSpeed, a leading software company that helps retailers reinvent in-store shopping, today announced that its CEO and founder, Dax Dasilva, has been named Ernst & Young's Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Information Technology category. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honoring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award recipients are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

“Dax Dasilva exemplifies the innovative spirit and unique vision of this award,” says Sylvain Vincent, Ernst & Young Managing Partner in Eastern Canada. “LightSpeed offers retailers an innovative software solution that combines user-friendly point of sale tools with an inventory-centric back-office management system, all on one seamless platform. Under Dax's leadership, the company has shown tremendous growth in a brief time span, and is poised for significant development and success in the future.”

“I am honored to receive an award of this prestige,” commented Dax Dasilva. “This is an exciting recognition for LightSpeed, and a true testament to the determination and hard work of our team. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues.”

Dax Dasilva founded LightSpeed in 2005. The Company brings the access, value and speed of the online shopping experience into the store, offering a complete omni-channel solution for a retailer's operations, including the ability to seamlessly integrate e-commerce functions, in-store operations, and a mobile point of sales system – all accessible on one user-friendly interface. Since its inception, LightSpeed has reached 10,000 retailers in more than 30 countries, and is sold through a global network of over 400 resellers.

About LightSpeed

LightSpeed™, led by founder and CEO Dax Dasilva, is committed to its mission of fusing innovation, technology and design to produce the most compelling retail business solution on any Apple platform and help retailers attain their business aspirations. Founded in 2005 and based in Montreal and Ottawa, the LightSpeed team specializes in building next-generation retail software systems that offer business owners powerful, intuitive retail tools for Mac and iOS. With financial backing from Accel Partners, LightSpeed helps retailers and product brands engage with the iGeneration shopper. For more information, please visit LightSpeed's web site at

About Entrepreneur of The Year

Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Québec judging panel consisted of Isabelle Bettez, President and CEO, 8D Technologies inc; Étienne Borgeat, CEO, PCO Innovation, 2010 winner, Business-to-business products and services category; Jean Cloutier, Vice-president, Operations and Finance, Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC), 2010 winner, Manufacturing; Nathalie Marcoux, Vice-president, Finance, Capinabel Inc.; Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Senior Partner, Cycle Capital Management; Guy Michaud, President, DirectLab Inc., 2010 winner, Health Sciences; Pascal Pilon, President and CEO, Averna, 2009 winner, Technology; Alexandre Taillefer, Partner, XPND Capital; and Étienne Veilleux, President and CEO, Distech Controls Inc., 2010 winner, Cleantech. For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit

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