Video: Finalists weigh in: why programs like Entrepreneur Of The Year are important
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Survey finds Canadian entrepreneurs exceed global average for annual
CALGARY, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - EY is pleased to announce this year's
gravity-defying Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in the Prairies.
"Entrepreneurs continue to defy the odds, and the impossible," says Rob
Jolley, EY's Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "We've
been celebrating top talent for over two decades and yet every year
these local business leaders exceed our expectations."
In a new survey, EY found that Canada's 2013 program finalists recorded
average revenue growth of 37% year over year in 2012. That's above the
global average of 29% for developed countries. Seventy-four percent
also have an international footprint — compared to 41% in Australia.
"Revenue growth is only half the story," says Jolley. "What really sets
our finalists apart is their ability to create jobs across the Prairies
— and Canada. Our survey shows that last year's finalists increased
employment at an average pace of 25% in 2012."
High-growth entrepreneurs create new markets and industries,
contributing job growth in the economy. This year's 2014 Entrepreneur
Of The Year finalists in the Prairies represent 7,200 jobs in Canada.
Together with all other finalists coast to coast, that number grows to
"It's our pleasure to introduce and recognize another group of
entrepreneurs who continue to build a better work world for all
Canadians," says Jolley. "Celebrating their success is one way we can
all work together to empower the next generation to reach new heights."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 21st 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 Prairies winners will be announced at a gala on 16 October 2014. The
overall Prairies winner will represent the region at the national gala
held in Toronto on 25 November.
The 2014 Prairies finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-Business Products and Services
Advance Coating Solutions Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Provides diverse industrial coating solutions for companies in the oil
and gas industry throughout Western Canada, the Yukon and Northwest
Cal Fairbanks, David Bischoff
ComplyWorks Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Provides clients with compliance management solutions proven to
streamline contractor and supplier pre-qualification and efficient
Side Group of Companies | Grande Prairie, Alberta
Core business interests involve property and land development, rail
reload and transportation, wholesale industrial and oilfield
distribution, vehicle rental, leasing and sales, as well as investment
Western Ag | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Provides commercialized research technology, the Plant Root Simulator
Probe, for use in assessing the soil resource in order to optimize
production of food, fiber and fuel crops.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
Harry Sunner, Joe Sunner
Durabuilt Windows & Doors | Edmonton, Alberta
Proven leader in product innovation serving new construction, renovation
and commercial markets.
Prairie Plant Systems Inc. | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Combines innovation and plant technologies into deliverable plant-based
systems for emerging biopharmaceutical and agricultural market
applications as well as pharmaceutical-grade cannabis.
The Canadian Brewhouse | Edmonton, Alberta
Operates in the restaurant/hospitality industry with 12 locations.
Calgary Shooting Centre | Calgary, Alberta
An indoor range and sporting goods store.
Craig Howes, Heather Murphy
Go Tire Inc. | Red Deer, Alberta
Provides mobile services, including tire changeovers and maintenance,
windshield repair and replacement, auto detailing and additional
Regan Davis, Bailey Epp, Stephen Glanville
STEP Energy Services Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
A privately owned, technically focused, oilfield service company
providing specialized coiled tubing units and associated
pumping/support equipment to service the horizontal well market in
The Headhunters Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
A premier Canadian recruitment firm dedicated to securing top performers
for top companies.
Camex Equipment Sales & Rentals Inc. | Nisku, Alberta
Specializes in oilfield transportation equipment, delivering
customer-specific oilfield transportation solutions to clients around
Enerbuilt Technologies Inc. | Nisku, Alberta
Provides flameless heating services and equipment to companies with oil
and gas and industrial operations and projects.
Helical Pier Systems Ltd. | Sherwood Park, Alberta
Provides engineering, manufacturing and installation services for heavy
industry including oil and gas, electrical power transmission and
distribution companies, and commercial projects.
Katch Kan Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
Designs and manufactures equipment that makes drilling rigs cleaner
safer for workers and reduces the environmental impact of drilling
Inovata Foods Corp. | Edmonton, Alberta
A national frozen food manufacturer that supplies private label
products, its own Bassili's Best line of products and co-packs for
international food companies.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods | Winnipeg, Manitoba
The world's largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell hemp
Dan Leckelt, Lindsey Leckelt
Silent-Aire Manufacturing Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Manufactures custom HVAC units for the institutional, industrial and
data center markets.
Oil and Gas
Grit Industries Inc.| Lloydminster, Alberta
Develops, manufactures and distributes innovative products and
technologies used in the energy production, energy services and natural
gas distribution industries, including burner systems, cold weather
technologies and secondary containment.
MEG Energy | Calgary, Alberta
Focuses on sustainable in situ development and production in the
southern Athabasca oilsands region of Alberta.
Metalcare Group Inc. | Fort McMurray, Alberta
Services the oil and gas, petroleum and petrochemical, chemical, power
generation, and pipeline industries.
Professional and Financial Services
Arrow Engineering Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Provides excellence in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering
services, as well as automation and commissioning.
People Corporation | Winnipeg, Manitoba
An employee benefit, pension and human resource consulting firm.
Greg Sutton, Marnee Brick
TinyEYE Therapy Services | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Provides speech-language pathologists to school districts through
tele-practice, a delivery model commonly referred to as online speech
Real Estate and Construction
Sjoerd Huese, Travis Penner
Bridge Road Construction Ltd. | Winkler, Manitoba
A development, construction, property management and investment company.
Crystal Creek Homes | Calgary, Alberta
A full spectrum builder, experienced in all aspects of new home
Rohit Group of Companies | Edmonton, Alberta
Residential and commercial real estate, land development and capital
Westcorp | Edmonton, Alberta
A vertically integrated investment company focused on income producing
real estate including residential, commercial and hotel properties.
Technology and Communications
Audrey Brattberg, Elmer Brattberg, Holly Brattberg, Susan Brattberg
Global eTraining and the Brattberg Group | Edmonton, Alberta
Delivers computer-based technical training at the college level.
Greg Chudiak, David Beresford
Pandell | Calgary, Alberta
Delivers industry specialized software-as-a-service (SaaS) products and
services to the energy and government sectors.
VistaVu Solutions Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
A leading business management software provider serving North American
energy service and oilfield product manufacturing, distribution and
Willowglen Systems Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Develops technology in the industrial automation arena; specifically
SCADA software and hardware products.
Special Citation — Social Entrepreneur
Social entrepreneur is a unique special citation awarded to an
entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social change
and improved people's lives or quality of life.
BUILD and others | Winnipeg, Manitoba
A social enterprise, non-profit contractor and training program for
people who face barriers to employment.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business
award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through
the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with
potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others
with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only
truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates
those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic
businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global
awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
The 2014 Prairies judging panel consists of Linda Hohol, Corporate
Director, various boards; Darryl Levy, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Wynward Insurance Group; Ashif Mawji, CEO, NPO Zero Corp.;
Kelley Smith, President, 1730682 Alberta Ltd; Dale Wishewan,
Entrepreneur Of The Year winner 2013, Prairies, and President and CEO,
Booster Juice; and Stephanie Yong, Director, W. Brett Wilson Centre for
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about our Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies awards
gala on 16 October 2014, please contact Louise Hyland at 403 206 5372
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOYPrairies.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, TEC Canada, Merrill DataSite, The Printing House Limited and Kira
Talent. In the Prairies, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Business in Calgary and Business in Edmonton.
About EY's Strategic Growth Markets Network
EY's worldwide Strategic Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving
the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years,
we've helped many of the world's most dynamic and ambitious companies
grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap
companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals
draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to
help your business succeed.
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