Firm recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs who make a difference in the global economy
VANCOUVER, July 6 /CNW/ - Canada's most successful entrepreneurs improve the quality of life for people across the globe, Ernst & Young said today as the firm announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2010 Awards.
"This year's exceptional Pacific finalists all share a commitment to innovation, an inherent ability to spot opportunities and the perseverance to keep trying," says Fred Withers, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for the Pacific region. "They have the ability to help drive the economic rebound and propel growth throughout Canada and beyond."
According to a recent Ernst & Young publication, A world of opportunity: Entrepreneurial perspectives on the impact of globalization, entrepreneurs have been quick to seize opportunities presented by the opening of new markets.
"Because of advanced communications and technology, Canadian entrepreneurs can acquire greater insight and information into global markets," notes Withers. "While this helps them pursue opportunities abroad, it's also much more feasible for worldwide competitors to enter Canadian markets."
In a recent Ernst & Young report, Ambitious, adept and agile, just over two-thirds of entrepreneurs surveyed agreed that globalization has opened the door to new and unforeseen competitors. Companies are suddenly finding a new generation of rivals from both local and international markets.
"Entrepreneurs should draw on the intellectual and cultural strength of their people, suppliers and partners to boost creativity and design better products and services," says Withers. "Companies that step up their innovative abilities can take their businesses to new heights and change our lives for the better."
Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs in Canada and around the world who drive growth, transform industries and build communities. The Canadian program is in its 17th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
The names of the Pacific winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Vancouver on September 28, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national banquet in Toronto on November 17. For ticket information regarding the regional and national banquets, please contact Sandie Atkinson at 604 643 5486.
The 2010 Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Canpages is Canada's fastest-growing local search company. They offer
online, mobile and print search options focused on delivering relevant,
local search results.
Canpro Global Services Inc./Coquitlam
Canpro Global is an international leader in delivering professional risk
mitigation services, including risk solutions, investigations, HR
services, training resources, and labour risk management.
Trans Pac Group of Companies/Vancouver
Trans Pac, primarily a wood products business, specializes in log and
lumber exports to Asian markets.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc./Vancouver
Amica is a leader in the management, marketing, design and development
of luxury housing and services for mature lifestyles.
Cymax Stores Inc./Vancouver
Cymax is one of the fastest-growing e-retail furniture businesses, with
more than 100 specialty online stores and one of the largest selections
of products on the web.
Nicola Wealth Management/Vancouver
Nicola Wealth Management is a boutique financial planning and wealth
management firm servicing high-net-worth clients across Canada.
Day4 Energy Inc./Burnaby
Day4 Energy designs and manufactures high-performance solar electric
modules, with the goal of revolutionizing solar power used in
residential, commercial and utility power generation.
Offsetters is Canada's leading carbon management provider, helping
individuals and companies understand, reduce and offset their climate
Nicole von Stefenelli
Urban Impact Recycling Ltd./Richmond
Urban Impact is a commercial transportation and processing company
specializing in recycling, shredding and waste management services.
FDC Brands Inc./Vancouver
FDC Brands has various holdings in the food and beverage industry,
including a substantial equity stake in Mr. Mikes(R) Steakhouse & Bar,
and is one of Canada's largest A&W franchisees.
Glowbal Restaurant Group Inc./Vancouver
Glowbal aims to provide customers with a satisfying restaurant experience
on every level. The group comprises six restaurants, two lounges and a
full-service catering company.
A. Craig Widsten
Shearwater Marine Limited/Richmond
Shearwater Marine Group is a diversified organization that offers marine
services, freight service, eco-tourism, a fishing resort, bars and
restaurants, an RV campground, a marina, and hardware and grocery stores.
iQmetrix Software Development Corp./Vancouver
iQmetrix is a leading provider of retail management solutions for the
cellular and wireless retail and telecommunications industries.
ParetoLogic creates a wide range of user-friendly computer security and
utility programs, including anti-virus, registry cleaner, child
protection, driver updater, file extension repairer and data recovery
Vision Critical Inc./Vancouver
Vision Critical is a strategic interactive research company that combines
interactive technology, strategic researchers and global panels. It uses
a visual approach, panel technology and its own national panels to
embrace global markets.
Dan-D Foods Ltd./Richmond
Dan-D Foods is a fine food importer, manufacturer and distributor of
snack foods and spices from around the world.
Fortress Paper Ltd./North Vancouver
Fortress paper is an international manufacturer of specialty and
Purdy's Chocolates is a manufacturer and retailer of premium-quality
Mining and metals
Farallon Mining Ltd./Vancouver
Farallon is a Canadian company with a zinc-rich polymetallic mine in the
State of Guerrero, Mexico.
Red Back Mining Inc./Vancouver
Red Back is a leading gold mining company, with an extensive exploration
portfolio in Ghana and Mauritania.
Silver Wheaton Corp./Vancouver
Silver Wheaton has quickly positioned itself as the largest metals
streaming company in the world. It currently has 13 silver and two
precious metals purchase agreements.
Atira Property Management Inc./Vancouver
Atira Property Management offers quality property management services
for strata corporations, developers, rental properties, non-profit
housing, and housing cooperatives in Greater Vancouver. The company uses
all profits to fund the Atira Women's Resource Society's housing and
support programs for women and children who have been impacted by
Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society/Victoria
Power To Be provides outdoor recreation programs that enrich the lives
of disadvantaged children, young adults, their families and the
communities to which they belong.
Sawa Global supports local heroes who have found their own solutions to
extreme poverty in their communities, and helps them tell their stories
The Pacific regional judges:
Ryan Beedie, President
The Beedie Group
Bev Briscoe, President
Briscoe Management Ltd.
Jim Case, CEO
Travelers Financial Group
Amar Doman, Chairman and CEO
CanWel Building Materials Ltd.
Tracey McVicar, Managing Director
CAI Capital Management Co.
Jim Moore, President
Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
Grant Weaver, Partner
Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI. Pacific region program sponsors are the Vancouver Sun and BCBusiness magazine. The Pacific region banquet sponsor is Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours, and the program patron is Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.
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