British Columbia entrepreneurs raising the bar on business success

    Ernst & Young unveils Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
    for 2008

    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
Year Awards.
    "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.

    Joyce Groote
    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.

    Luc Bergeron
    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

    Brian Hill
    Aritzia LP
    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.

    Rick Baxter
    West Coast Air Ltd.
    Locally owned and operated floatplane company with more than 35 years of
    Twin Otter scheduled service experience.

    Emerging Entrepreneur

    Davis Yung
    Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.
    Transporter and distributor of produce to retailers and wholesalers
    across Canada.

    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

    Ross Beaty
    Pan American Silver Corp.
    Silver mining company with a focused strategy of low-cost silver
    production growth through exploration, development and construction.

    Donald McInnes
    Plutonic Power Corporation
    Renewable energy producer that promotes, supports and develops
    sustainable, renewable, green energy projects in British Columbia.

    Paul Blythe
    Quadra Mining Ltd.
    A growth-focused mid-sized copper and base metal producing company.

    Real Estate/Construction

    Ivan Harmatny, Ron McNeil
    Lower Mainland Steel Group
    Rebar supply, fabrication and installation company.

    Andrew Purdey
    Ruskin Construction Ltd.
    Prince George
    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.

    Social Entrepreneur

    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.

    Samantha Wilson
    Kidproof Canada
    Provides preventative child and family safety education, products and

    Clarence Louie
    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
    tourism-related businesses.


    John Livingston
    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.

    Kevin Ham
    Reinvent Technology, Inc.
    Internet media company seeking to connect to people through words and
    visual information.

    Turnaround Entrepreneur

    Jacqui Cohen
    Army & Navy Department Store Ltd.
    Department store chain with locations in Vancouver, Langley, New
    Westminster, Calgary and Edmonton.

    Amiee Chan
    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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