Brian Hill takes top honours as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 for the Pacific region

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - A true entrepreneur who has grown a unique
business concept into a remarkable brand, Brian Hill of Aritzia LP is the
Pacific region's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award recipient.
    "Brian Hill's trend-setting retail concept is thriving across Canada, and
in the U.S.," said Fred Withers, Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of
The Year Awards program for the Pacific region. "He is an innovative thinker
who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Hill has revolutionized the
shopping experience for customers, and left a lasting mark on the local and
national retail business scenes."
    Mr. Hill, President and CEO of Aritzia LP, received the award at a formal
gala held last night, in Vancouver. Aritzia is a vertically integrated women's
apparel retailer. Founded in 1984, Aritzia is an offshoot of Hill's of
Kerrisdale, a long-established Vancouver department store owned and operated
by the Hill family. Mr. Hill has served at the helm of Aritzia since its
beginnings in Vancouver, and built the boutique into an
internationally-renowned retailer known for its one-of-a-kind shopping
experience. Inspired by the energy and culture of the surrounding city, each
Aritzia shop offers clothing and accessories designed with style, quality and
value in mind. Mr. Hill has worked closely with staff over the years, ensuring
the Aritzia brand of total customer service is consistent in stores across the
continent. Mr Hill also received the business-to-consumer products and
services category award.
    In addition, Robert H. Lee was recognized last night as the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Lifetime Achievement 2008 Award winner, in
recognition of his innumerable contributions to the growth of the real estate
investment industry on Canada's West Coast. The other recipients of the
Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 awards are:

    Natural resources and energy

    Ross Beaty, Chairman
    Pan American Silver Corp. (Silver mining company)
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Turnaround entrepreneur

    Amiee Chan, President and CEO
    Norsat International Inc. (Provider of microwave components and portable
    satellite systems)
    Richmond, British Columbia

    Business-to-business products and services

    John Davis, Co-CEO and Founder
    Lotte Davis, Co-CEO and Founder
    AG Hair Cosmetics (Manufacturer of shampoos, conditioners, styling and
    finishing products)
    Burnaby, British Columbia


    Kevin Ham, CEO and Founder
    Reinvent Technology, Inc. (Internet media company)
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Real estate/construction

    Ivan Harmatny, Director
    Ron McNeil, Director
    Lower Mainland Steel Group (Rebar supply, fabrication and installation)
    Surrey, British Columbia

    Social entrepreneur

    Clarence Louie, President and CEO
    Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation (Wholly owned business
    operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band, with interests in retail activities,
    vineyards, construction and tourism)
    Oliver, British Columbia

    Emerging entrepreneur

    Davis Yung, President
    Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. (Transports and distributes produce to
    retailers and wholesalers)
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    What's next?

    As the Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, Mr. Hill will compete with
top entrepreneurs from the Atlantic, Prairies, Ontario and Québec regions for
the honour of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, to be announced November
26, 2008, in Toronto. In June 2009, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008
will move to the world stage to compete with more than 40 country recipients
for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year(R). Canada's own
Guy Laliberté from Cirque du Soleil was the recipient of the 2007 World
Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

    About the awards program

    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.
    Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed
of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The
members of the Pacific region panel for 2008 were Art Aylesworth, President,
Osprey Management Ltd.; Donna Bridgeman, Vice President, Investments,
GrowthWorks Capital Ltd.; Bev Briscoe, President, Briscoe Management Ltd.; Jim
Case, President & CEO, Scotia Dealer Advantage Inc.; Bob Gayton, Director,
Western Copper Corporation; Tracey McVicar, Managing Director, CAI Capital
Management Co.; Jim Moore, President & CEO, Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
    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. To learn more, visit

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