Firm says today's entrepreneurs are tomorrow's market leaders
CALGARY, July 7 /CNW/ - Entrepreneurial-minded companies are growing with
incredible speed and quickly entering into the ranks of the world's largest
corporations, Ernst & Young said today when unveiling this year's finalists
for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.
"Our Prairies finalists this year have accomplished a huge feat - growing
their businesses, creating new jobs and building their communities - all
despite a turbulent economy," says David Boomer, Director of Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Prairies region.
Historically, economists, academics and industry leaders have agreed that
recessions foster the innovative thinking synonymous with entrepreneurship. As
referenced in Ernst & Young's latest white paper, Entrepreneurship and
innovation, many of today's most recognizable brands were actually born during
recessions. Many of these so-called "downturn babies" now have market
capitalizations in the hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars.
"There's no question that innovation stimulates economic growth, and it's
become clear that now is the time to capitalize on entrepreneurial thinking,"
says Boomer. "Those entrepreneurs who seize opportunities can ignite a spark,
and help propel our economy forward."
A recent Ernst & Young survey, Seizing opportunities, shows many
entrepreneurs already have the right idea. Ninety-three percent of respondents
said that, despite the economic downturn, they are broadening their customer
base and entering new markets.
"It's reassuring to see that many of our Prairies entrepreneurs are
already looking ahead and moving forward," Boomer says. "No matter how big or
small your company, you should never lose your entrepreneurial focus. By
building the right corporate culture, even large corporations can think
outside the box and drive new ways of doing business."
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards recognize the spirit and contribution
of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its
16th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all
areas of business.
The Prairies winners will be announced at a banquet in Calgary on October
15, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national banquet
held in Vancouver on November 24.
The 2009 Prairies finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year are:
Business-to-business products and services
H. Wilson Industries Ltd. | Fort McMurray, Alberta
Construction company that provides municipal paving and surface, sewer
and water, excavation, site grading, sand and gravel, concrete works, and
Pinnacle Staffing Solutions | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fast-growing North American executive and professional search firm.
Randy Gee Holdings | Calgary, Alberta
Owns or partially owns businesses that serve unique needs of the oilfield
services industry, particularly in the Fort St. John region, including
airline charter, platform piles, tool rentals, real estate and
Business-to-consumer products and services
Associate Veterinary Clinics Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Owns and operates chain of small animal veterinary clinics and hospitals.
High Speed Crow Inc. | East Selkirk, Manitoba
Wireless broadband internet service provider in rural Manitoba.
Memory Express Computer Products Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Computer and electronics retailer catering to both consumer and corporate
Petland 1009833 Alberta Ltd. | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Retailer of pets and pet supplies and franchising Petland stores.
Alter NRG Corp. | Calgary, Alberta
Delivers clean, efficient alternative energy solutions that are
environmentally sustainable and economically viable.
EarthRenew Organics Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Develops, patents and commercializes technologies for electricity
generation, heat processing, fertilizer manufacture, water desalination
and water treatment for mine tailings and industrial lagoons.
Evan Chrapko, Shane Chrapko
Highmark Renewables Research L.P. | Edmonton, Alberta
Transforms residues from agriculture and food processing into valuable
renewable energy and other renewable products.
Nemalux LED Lighting Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Develops LED lighting products designed for areas where water, vibration,
maintenance, temperature or other hazardous environments negatively
affect conventional illumination.
Carolyne McIntyre, Jodi Willoughby
Crave Cookies and Cupcakes Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Bakers of cookies, cakes and cupcakes from family recipes.
Icon Stone & Tile Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Natural stone fabrication and installation business that develops custom
stone products, ceramic and porcelain tiles, faucets and sinks.
Leder Steel Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
Manufactures and assembles structural steel buildings.
Linda Maslechko, Mona Rae Peterson
Triple Flip Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Designer and retailer of clothing for active pre-teen girls.
Carson Energy Services Ltd. | Lampman, Saskatchewan
Provider of pipeline and facilities construction and maintenance services
to companies in the oil and gas industry in Saskatchewan, Alberta and
Brent Erickson, Todd Guy, Brad Turnbull
Independent Electric & Controls Ltd. | Drayton Valley, Alberta
Electrical, instrumentation and automation contractor serving the oil and
gas, mining, commercial and lumber industries.
Ronald Shannon, Stephen Smith
Strike Energy Services Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Private, employee-owned company that provides pipeline and facility
construction and maintenance, high-density polyethylene, electrical and
instrumentation and fabrication services to the energy industry.
Tuccaro Group of Companies Inc. | Fort McMurray, Alberta
Provides a wide range of services in support of the oilsands industry of
Detechtion Technologies | Calgary, Alberta
Provider of compressor optimization and fleet management to the natural
gas industry worldwide.
GASFRAC Energy Services Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Technology well-fracturing company that has developed a proprietary new
technology, the Vantage(TM) Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Fracturing
Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
High-value provider of technology-based solutions to the oil and gas
industry. Specializes in open-hole, HPHT, high-pressure retrievable
packers, and specialty tools.
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Manufactures movable walls that replace drywall and studs, and are
reconfigurable for office changes.
Judy Quigley, Ron Quigley
Gunnar Manufacturing Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
Manufacturer and distributor of commercial office furniture and movable
Ideal Products of Canada Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
Manufacturer of metal jacketing products for industrial insulation.
Russ A. Edwards
WGI Westman Group Inc. | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Operates manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities in 24 centres
in Canada and the US, maintains dealer networks across North America, and
has a worldwide customer base.
Mawer Investment Management Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Manager of investment portfolios for individual and institutional
investors for more than three decades.
Olympia Trust Company Corporation | Calgary, Alberta
Non-deposit-taking trust company that offers services in health care,
registered plans, shareholder services and foreign exchange.
SCM Insurance Services | Edmonton, Alberta
Canada's largest independent supplier of claims management services for
the insurance industry.
Wellington West Holdings Inc. | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Provides full-service brokerage, financial planning, asset management and
capital markets services.
Earth Water International Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
Bottled-water company that gives 100% of net profits to the United
Nations Refugee Agency to provide clean drinking water to refugees around
Little Warriors | Edmonton, Alberta
National charitable organization focused on the education and prevention
of child sexual abuse.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global
Television Network, National Post, La Presse and RDI. Prairies region program
sponsors are the Calgary Herald and Business in Calgary.
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