Ernst & Young unveils Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
VANCOUVER, July 3 /CNW/ - Today's entrepreneurs continue to fill a
critical role in the success of the Canadian economy, Ernst & Young said today
when unveiling this year's finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The
"I am amazed by the entrepreneurial determination and perseverance
thriving here in British Columbia," said Fred Withers, Director of the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for the Pacific region.
"Entrepreneurs drive our region's business success, while motivating others
through their unwavering commitment and innovative thinking. And this year's
finalists are no exception."
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is
proudly celebrating a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring Canada's
most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
In 2007, Canada's own Guy Laliberté (founder of Cirque du Soleil) brought
home top honours, winning the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year(R)
Award. This year's finalists embark on the same path, providing great examples
of entrepreneurism at its best. The Pacific region winners will be announced
at a banquet on October 8, and the overall winner will represent the region at
the national banquet in November.
The 2008 Pacific region finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year are:
Business-to-Business Products and Services
John Davis, Lotte Davis
AG Hair Cosmetics
Manufacturer of shampoos, conditioners, styling and finishing products.
Holey Soles Holdings Ltd.
Designs, markets and distributes innovative lifestyle products featuring
technically advanced closed-cell polymer foam, including shoes, hats,
bags, accessories and specialty children's collections.
L.B. Maple Treat Inc.
Manufacturer and distributor of maple syrup and products across Canada
and the US, and exporter to Asia and Europe.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
Retailer of women's apparel. Aritzia's boutiques are featured in select
cities across Canada and the US.
David K.J. Heffel, Robert Heffel
Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Auction house for fine American, European and Canadian art.
West Coast Air Ltd.
Locally owned and operated floatplane company with more than 35 years of
Twin Otter scheduled service experience.
Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.
Transporter and distributor of produce to retailers and wholesalers
Peter C. Dupuis, Sid Landolt
S&P Destination Properties
International full-service real estate company.
Charles Steele, David Udow
Ziptrek Ecotours Inc.
Zipline tour company that builds environmental awareness through
education, with minimal impact to the environment.
Natural Resources and Energy
Pan American Silver Corp.
Silver mining company with a focused strategy of low-cost silver
production growth through exploration, development and construction.
Plutonic Power Corporation
Renewable energy producer that promotes, supports and develops
sustainable, renewable, green energy projects in British Columbia.
Quadra Mining Ltd.
A growth-focused mid-sized copper and base metal producing company.
Ivan Harmatny, Ron McNeil
Lower Mainland Steel Group
Rebar supply, fabrication and installation company.
Ruskin Construction Ltd.
Specialized foundation, marine and industrial bridge construction
John C. Scott
Scott Construction Group
Construction company offering preconstruction and construction services
customized to the needs of their clients.
Tara Cullis, David Suzuki
David Suzuki Foundation
Non-profit environmental organization working to find ways for society to
live in balance with the natural world.
Provides preventative child and family safety education, products and
Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation
Wholly owned business operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band with interests
in retail activities, vineyards, a winery, construction businesses and
Absolute Software Corporation
Provides firm-based, patented technology solutions for regulatory
compliance, mobile data protection and computer theft recovery.
John S. MacDonald, George Rubin
Day4 Energy Inc.
Solar energy company that designs, manufactures and sells photovoltaic
modules, which convert light into electricity.
Reinvent Technology, Inc.
Internet media company seeking to connect to people through words and
Army & Navy Department Store Ltd.
Department store chain with locations in Vancouver, Langley, New
Westminster, Calgary and Edmonton.
Norsat International Inc.
Provider of microwave components and portable satellite systems.
G. Bruce Dean
The Whistler Brewing Co.
A BC-owned brewing company with a passion for beer and an incredible
story to tell.
The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. Pacific region sponsors are BC Business magazine and
the Vancouver Sun.
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