Canadian entrepreneurs raising the bar on business success

    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
    BioMS Medical
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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
    sclerosis (MS).

    Chris Lumb
    Micralyne Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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.

    John MacInnes
    Print Audit
    Calgary, Alberta
    Developer of print-tracking software and hardware solutions that enable
    organizations to analyze, reduce and recover their printing and
    photocopying costs.

    Bob Kennedy
    WiBand Communications
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    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

    Gail Murphy
    Sara Consulting & Promotions Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Promotional services provider that creates successful product experiences
    and builds relationships between retailers, manufacturers and consumers.

    Chris Vilcsak
    Solution 105 Consulting Ltd.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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.

    Ven Côté
    ZCL Composites Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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

    Eveline Charles
    EvelineCharles Salons Spas
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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
    Fountain Tire
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Provides sales and automotive service from 140 locations, including six
    retread plants, four distribution centres and a specialized mine service

    Debbie Bolton
    Norwex Enviro Products Inc.
    Dauphin, Manitoba
    Growing organization with consultants worldwide; committed to offering
    quality environmentally friendly personal care and cleaning products.

    Emerging Entrepreneur

    Charles Caldwell, Bruce Gilkes
    C4i Consultants Incorporated
    Calgary, Alberta
    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
    Calgary, Alberta
    Marketer and distributor of branded, high-end, value-added fresh and
    frozen bison products originating from select producers.

    Alan Ulsifer
    FYi Eye Doctors
    Calgary, Alberta
    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.

    Energy Services

    John W.H. Geddes, Bill Lingard
    Flint Energy Services Ltd.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Provider of field and facilities construction, maintenance, safety and
    oilfield transporation services, and production equipment for oil and gas
    companies throughout North America.

    Dan Klemke
    KMC Mining
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Provider of contract mining in the Athabasca oil sands sector.

    Dave Tuccaro
    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
    bottled water.


    Peter A. Muhlenfeld, Reinhard Muhlenfeld
    Champion Petfoods Ltd.
    Morinville, Alberta
    Manufacturer of world-class pet foods from regional ingredients.

    Ralph Fasoli
    Clemro Western Ltd.
    Calgary, Alberta
    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
    mining industries.

    Earl McLaren
    Manitoba Starch Products
    Carberry, Manitoba
    The sole Canadian producer and distributor of food-grade potato starch to
    customers throughout Canada and the United States.

    Kevin Halliday
    Spindle, Stairs & Railings
    Calgary, Alberta
    One of Canada's leading designers and manufacturers of made-to-order
    staircases, custom railings and interior finished products.

    Oil and Gas Producers

    Scott Saxberg
    Crescent Point Energy Trust
    Calgary, Alberta
    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.

    Dana Coffield
    Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
    Calgary, Alberta
    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.

    Brett Herman
    TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd.
    Calgary, Alberta
    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
    Clark Builders
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Construction company providing general contracting and construction
    management services to industrial, commercial, institutional and
    municipal clients, primarily in Western and Northern Canada.

    Sine Chadi
    Imperial Equities Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    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.

    Keith Turner
    Meridian Merchant Capital Canada Ltd.
    Calgary, Alberta
    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
Calgary Herald.

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