EY celebrates 20 years of inspirational entrepreneurs, including
CALGARY, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - EY celebrated 20 years of honouring great entrepreneurs by presenting Dale Wishewan of
Booster Juice — an international quick-service smoothie chain — with
the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.
Dale is a natural leader and born entrepreneur. With no franchise, food
or beverage experience, he grew Booster Juice to 50 locations in just
two years — a Canadian franchising record. Today the company boasts 300
"Dale set out to create an international brand when the concept of
on-the-go smoothies was in its infancy," says Rob Jolley, EY Prairies
Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "That's exactly the kind of
fearless forward thinking we need to inspire the next generation of
entrepreneurs — no idea is too big, or too great to achieve."
According to EY's G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013, although Canada scores very highly on its entrepreneurship culture,
relatively low levels of self-employment suggest there's room for
larger numbers of people to be encouraged to capitalize on the
country's supportive environment.
"Fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture starts by building a strong
pipeline of entrepreneurial talent," says Jolley. "Government, academia
and business must work together to encourage the next generation to
pursue their ambitions.
"We're proud to include Dale on our program's long list of inspiring
entrepreneurs — and to share stories like his that can set the wheels
in motion for future business leaders," adds Jolley.
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The gala also celebrated seven past Prairies winners who went on to win
the title of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year with Prairies Legends
Category winners of the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
Business-to-business products and services
The Driving Force Inc. | Edmonton
Offers vehicle rentals and sales and leasing services for a variety of
industries in Western Canada and the Arctic.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Booster Juice | Edmonton
An international quick-service restaurant chain offering customers
premium real fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, hot food and
snacks in a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. | Calgary
Manufactures prefabricated modular solutions for building interiors,
including walls, power, data networks, flooring and millwork, to create
sustainable, adaptable and enduring environments with clean
Dan Smith, Darrell Boulter, Greg Hartman, Paul Smith
RIDE Inc. | Drayton Valley
Designs, manufactures and distributes emergency egress equipment for
escape from any configuration of elevated platform.
M. Pidherney's Trucking Ltd. | Rocky Mountain House
Provides oilfield construction, civil construction, remediation and
reclamation services, sand and gravel sales, concrete supply and
delivery, and specialty equipment services.
Heritage Frozen Foods | Edmonton
Produces over three million perogies per day in a state-of-the-art food
processing facility, providing consumers with a variety of flavours.
Oil and gas
David Bouchier, Nicole Bourque-Bouchier
The Bouchier Group | Fort McMurray
A leading service provider of civil construction, earthworks and general
site services to the oil sands.
Professional and financial services
Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services | Winnipeg
Specializes in technical translation and localization in more than 100
languages for global clients.
Real estate and construction
Landmark Group of Builders | Edmonton
One of the largest production homebuilders in Alberta specializing in
developing sustainable building.
Technology and communications
Michael J. Sikorsky
Robots and Pencils Inc. | Calgary
Develops iPhone and iPad apps, creators of the #1 app in the world: Spy
As the Prairies region's 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Dale will
compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and
Atlantic regions for the national honour of Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of
The Year 2013, to be presented at a gala celebration on 27 November
2013 in Toronto. In June 2014, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013
will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 other country
recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new
possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years
— and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent
judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and
previous award recipients. The 2013 Prairies judging panel consisted of
Tony Franceschini, retired President and CEO, Stantec Inc.; Linda
Hohol, Corporate Director; Curt Vossen, President, Richardson
International; Kelley Smith, Independent Consultant; and Stephanie
Yong, Director, W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about our National Entrepreneur Of The Year awards
gala on 27 November 2013, please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYPrairies.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In the Prairies, Entrepreneur
Of The Year is sponsored by Business in Calgary, Business in Edmonton,
and the Calgary Herald.
About EY's Strategic Growth Markets practice
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delivering integrated services tailored to their goals and needs at
every stage of the business lifecycle. We are the world's leader in
advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who propel the
economy - and community - forward.
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