Pierre Martell, founder of Martell Home Builders in Moncton, New Brunswick, is the recipient of the Deloitte Corporate Social Responsibility Award. This special prize, which includes $10,000 worth of general consulting advice from Deloitte, was announced at the Business Development Bank of Canada’s 2011 Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) ceremony in Saskatoon May 3, 2011. At the gala ceremony that night, Pierre was also named BDC’s Young Entrepreneur Award winner for New Brunswick.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by Deloitte honours a YEA winner whose company and personal practices promote community well-being, sound human resources management or environmental protection. Pierre received the award in recognition for his involvement in local and international social programs, and for his green business practices.
Martell Home Builders supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through the CIBC Run for the Cure and has helped raise close to $900,000 for the Address of Change campaign at Moncton Youth Residences. This initiative offers at-risk and homeless youth a safe place to live and a chance for a better future. Pierre is also a member of Kiva, a non-profit organization through which he lends money to entrepreneurs in developing countries who work mostly in the homebuilding industry.
“It’s very satisfying to receive emails saying that our loans have been fully reimbursed, and that the entrepreneurs we support are doing well,” he says.
Now 29, Pierre founded Martell Home Builders in 2006. His company provides clients with a personalized website that offers real-time access to building project information. This online service is virtually paperless, and reduces the company’s environmental footprint. Clients save time and money because they no longer need to visit construction sites.
“We are delighted to sponsor this award and to highlight the contribution to social responsibility made by leading young entrepreneurs,” says Deloitte National Private Company Managing Partner, Peter Brown. “Pierre and his team are making an impact in Canada and globally and leading the way for other young entrepreneurs to emulate. We at Deloitte applaud Pierre’s leadership and encourage other entrepreneurs to follow his lead.”
“Pierre’s commitment to his community and to the world beyond Canada’s borders is a great example of corporate social responsibility,” says Jean-René Halde, BDC President and CEO. “In addition to being an innovator in the construction industry, Pierre shares his success and uses his expertise to make a real difference, especially in the lives of young people.”
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About BDC’s Young Entrepreneur Awards
Created by the Business Development Bank of Canada in 1988, the Young Entrepreneur Awards pay tribute to successful Canadian entrepreneurs between 19 and 35 years of age. YEA winners are recognized for their business prowess, creativity, innovative spirit and community involvement. The BDC 2011 Young Entrepreneur Awards are sponsored by Deloitte, Cisco, BLG, Sage and The Globe and Mail.
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