Entrepreneurs create jobs that build a better working world in Canada -
VANCOUVER, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - EY is proud to announce the 2013 Pacific
Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists today. The announcement marks 20
years of shining the spotlight on leading entrepreneurs revving the job
creation engine across Canada and around the world.
"We've been celebrating the achievements of local entrepreneurs for 20
years now and their stories still continue to amaze and impress us,"
says Ron Voyer, Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year program director.
"These entrepreneurs have put Pacific Canada on the map — growing local
industry and creating jobs and opportunities that continue to attract
the attention of global players."
The theme of job creation was very clear at EY's World Entrepreneur Of
The Year (WEOY) awards held in Monaco last month. Together, the 47
companies gathered at the event represented a remarkable 59,000 jobs
created in the last three years alone.
That finding was compounded by EY's latest report, Global job creation, which found the leading entrepreneur survey respondents are continuing
to hire, not only to support their entry into new markets but to meet
new demand for goods and services. Accordingly, the future of job
creation is set to come not from the big corporations or government,
but from entrepreneurs who represent 66% of job creation within the
OECD and 85% within the EU.
"There's no denying the impact entrepreneurs have on job creation," says
Voyer. "And our Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are no
exception — their relentless focus on turning innovative ideas into
realities is helping pave the way to a better working world."
From coast to coast our finalists represent 50,909 jobs in Canada.
That's something that WEOY keynote speaker Kofi Annan called a crucial
step toward tackling youth unemployment. Voyer adds: "Research shows
that entrepreneurs recognize that their businesses have a crucial role
to play in tackling the youth unemployment crisis — but to reach their
potential they need our support. It's up to all of us to empower the
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 Pacific winners will be announced at a gala on 4 October. The
overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in
Toronto on 27 November.
The 2013 Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service | Abbotsford
Provides linen services to hospitals and medical facilities in the
western United States and Canada.
Shannon Rogers, Warren Roy
Global Relay Communications Inc. | Vancouver
An expert in compliance messaging solutions, including compliance
archiving, messaging, mobile and collaboration.
The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. | Vancouver
A global leadership development firm.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Jeff Booth, Robert Banks
BuildDirect Technologies Inc. | Vancouver
An online platform for anyone to buy high-quality building materials in
volume quantities for less money than retail.
GLENTEL Inc. | Burnaby
A leading provider of innovative and reliable wireless communications
services and solutions, offering a choice of network carrier and
wireless or mobile products to consumers and commercial customers.
Vega | Burnaby
Leading formulator of plant-based health and sport performance products.
dPoint Technologies Inc. | Vancouver
Manufactures and sells polymer membrane materials and energy recovery
ventilation (ERV) exchanger technology that significantly improves the
energy efficiency, health and comfort of commercial and residential
Endurance Wind Power, Inc. | Surrey
Manufactures wind turbines designed to provide an efficient, reliable,
safe and quiet, renewable form of energy for distributed wind power
Minesense Technologies Ltd. | North Vancouver
Provides a proven platform for the sensing and sorting of low-grade ore
to a level of sensitivity unprecedented in the industry.
BroadbandTV | Vancouver
Helps content creators become more successful online by providing them
with advanced tools and technology.
Idea Rebel | Vancouver
A digital marketing agency that develops world-class social, mobile and
Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. | Penticton
An ultra-premium Okanagan estate vineyard/winery competing with wines on
the international stage.
Igor Faletski, John Boxall, Peter McLachlan
Mobify | Vancouver
A platform for launching fast, adaptive websites for every device and
Plentyoffish Media Inc. | Vancouver
Online personals service.
Vision Critical | Vancouver
Develops insight community technologies, provides solutions that enable
businesses to engage with thousands of customers continuously to gather
insights that help drive better decisions.
Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd. | Invermere
Canada's number-one selling Organic Fair Trade coffee, recognized
nationally and abroad for its exceptional quality, distinctive,
sophisticated and fun-loving brand.
Lush North America | Vancouver
Manufacturer and retailer of fresh, natural, handmade and ethically
produced hair and skin products.
White House Design Company Inc. | Burnaby
Designs, product develops, markets, manufactures and wholesales
lifestyle women's wear.
Mining and metals
B2Gold Corp. | Vancouver
A Vancouver-based gold producer with three operating mines and a strong
portfolio of development and exploration assets in Nicaragua, Colombia,
Namibia and Uruguay.
JDS Energy & Mining, Inc. | Kelowna
Focuses on delivering quality engineering, construction, procurement
management solutions, heavy equipment leasing, evaluation design,
transport solutions, open pit and underground mining operations.
Pretium Resources Inc. | Vancouver
A gold exploration and development company focused on advancing the
Brucejack Project in northern British Columbia, which is one of the
largest and highest-grading undeveloped gold projects in the world.
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 Pacific judging panel consisted of
Peter Barnes, 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Mining and metals
category winner and Founding Shareholder, DeepGreen Resources; Wanda
Costuros, Corporate Director; Fred Davidson, 2012 Pacific Entrepreneur
Of The Year, Mining and metals category winner and President and CEO,
Energold Drilling Corp.; Steven Gula, 2012 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The
Year, Manufacturing category winner and President, NII Northern
International Inc.; Diane Johnson, 2011 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The
Year, Special citation winner and President and CEO, Descriptive Video
Works; Mary Jordan, Corporate Director and Chair, Vancouver Airport
Authority; Donald McInnes, 2011 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year,
Cleantech category winner and Executive Vice Chairman, Alterra Power
Corp.; and Catherine Osler, President, TEC Canada.
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about the Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on 4 October 2013 and sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Sandie Atkinson 604 643 5486 at Sandie.J.Atkinson@ca.ey.com.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI and Merrill DataSite. In the Pacific region, Canada Wide Media is
the platinum sponsor, Hunt Personnel-Temporarily Yours and Sauder
School of Business are the silver sponsors, and Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver is the patron sponsor.
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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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