Ernst & Young unveils Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award
finalists for 2008
CALGARY, 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
"The energy, ingenuity, resiliency and passion displayed by our Prairies
entrepreneurs are inspiring," said Barry Munro, Director of the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for the Prairies region. "This year's
Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are leaving their mark and making
us leaders in our region, in our country and around the globe."
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 the
country'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 Prairies region winners will be announced
at a banquet on October 21, and the overall winner will represent the region
at the national banquet in November.
The 2008 Prairies region finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year are:
Biotechnology and Technology
Clifford Giese, Kevin Giese
Biotechnology company that develops and commercializes novel therapeutic
technologies. It has exclusive licence of MBP8298, a proprietary
techology in late-stage clinical trial, for the treatment of multiple
Developer and manufacturer of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based
products for the communications, energy, life sciences and transportation
markets. MEMS technology enables industrial components to be
significantly smaller, faster and less expensive.
Developer of print-tracking software and hardware solutions that enable
organizations to analyze, reduce and recover their printing and
Supplier of high-speed local and wide area networks and Internet access
using fixed wireless technology up to one gigabyte per second.
Business-to-Business Products and Services
Sara Consulting & Promotions Inc.
Promotional services provider that creates successful product experiences
and builds relationships between retailers, manufacturers and consumers.
Solution 105 Consulting Ltd.
Provider of full utility management services, including historical
billing reviews, load profiling, budget creation/variance reporting,
procurement assistance, monitoring and verification services, as well as
online systems for monitoring budgets, real-time prices and automating a
response to price spikes.
ZCL Composites Inc.
North America's largest manufacturer of fibreglass underground storage
tanks, with over 500 employees and 13 manufacturing facilities across
Canada, the US and the Netherlands.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
EvelineCharles Salons Spas
Found in seven locations in Alberta and British Columbia, EvelineCharles
Salons and Spas operates hair salons, day spas, the EvelineCharles
Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics, and manufactures a product line in
body care, cosmetics, hair care, hair colour, nail care and styling
Brent Hesje, Brian Hesje
Provides sales and automotive service from 140 locations, including six
retread plants, four distribution centres and a specialized mine service
Norwex Enviro Products Inc.
Growing organization with consultants worldwide; committed to offering
quality environmentally friendly personal care and cleaning products.
Charles Caldwell, Bruce Gilkes
C4i Consultants Incorporated
Software development and training services company that specializes in
the design and employment of simulations, communication, collaboration
and planning software.
Dean Andres, Kelly Long, Pieter Spinder
Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats
Marketer and distributor of branded, high-end, value-added fresh and
frozen bison products originating from select producers.
FYi Eye Doctors
Collaboration of 70 optometry clinics across Canada that provide regular
and emergency eye care, contact lenses, prescription and non-prescription
eyewear as well as one-of-a-kind products.
John W.H. Geddes, Bill Lingard
Flint Energy Services Ltd.
Provider of field and facilities construction, maintenance, safety and
oilfield transporation services, and production equipment for oil and gas
companies throughout North America.
Provider of contract mining in the Athabasca oil sands sector.
Tuccaro Inc. Group of Companies
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Provides a range of services to the oil industry: heavy equipment mining,
fuel and lube services, technical staffing, analytical and lab services,
geological core processing, water/vacuum truck services and premium
Peter A. Muhlenfeld, Reinhard Muhlenfeld
Champion Petfoods Ltd.
Manufacturer of world-class pet foods from regional ingredients.
Clemro Western Ltd.
Manufacturer of aggregate, mining and recycling equipment, including jaw
crushers, cone crushers, incline screens, horizontal screens, vibratory
feeders, stackers, conveyors, control towers, idlers, head and tail
pulleys, portable plants, and stationary plants for the road building and
Manitoba Starch Products
The sole Canadian producer and distributor of food-grade potato starch to
customers throughout Canada and the United States.
Spindle, Stairs & Railings
One of Canada's leading designers and manufacturers of made-to-order
staircases, custom railings and interior finished products.
Oil and Gas Producers
Crescent Point Energy Trust
Oil and gas income trust creating value-added growth in reserves,
production and cash flow by acquiring, exploiting and developing high-
quality, long-life, light and medium oil and natural gas properties.
Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
International oil and gas exploration and production company engaged in
the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and
natural gas properties in Colombia, Argentina and Peru.
TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd.
Oil and natural gas company engaging in the exploration, acquisition,
development and production of oil and natural gas reserves, primarily in
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Real Estate/Construction/Financial Services
Andrew Clark, Bill Giebelhaus, Paul Verhesen
Construction company providing general contracting and construction
management services to industrial, commercial, institutional and
municipal clients, primarily in Western and Northern Canada.
Imperial Equities Inc.
Industrial landlord focused on the acquisition, development and/or
redevelopment of real estate, as well as the distribution of
pharmaceuticals through its wholly owned subsidiary.
Meridian Merchant Capital Canada Ltd.
Merchant banking firm providing corporate finance advisory services and
access to capital to established Western Canadian private companies.
The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. The Prairies region sponsors are Calgary Inc. and the
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