Awards shine the spotlight on Canadian entrepreneurs' ability to create
sustainable growth - and jobs
TORONTO, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to announce the
finalists in this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing
entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation
across the country.
"We're excited to honour this year's group of finalists who have shown
the remarkable ability to build businesses from the ground up," says
Rob Jolley, Prairies Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "It's
business leaders like these who continue to be a driving force behind
the Canadian economy and job creation."
According to the recent Ernst & Young report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada - and globally - by 16% in 2011
and still show signs of growth.
"Each year we have the pleasure of celebrating a group of entrepreneurs
who not only contribute to Canadian business but to their communities
across the country as well," says Jolley. "Statistics reveal that the
majority of these business leaders actively support community services,
and 25% have created or funded an educational program."
These results combined are proof points that show how important it is
for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship in Canada and abroad.
"Our Entrepreneur Of The Year program is one way we're drawing attention
to the amazing contributions these men and women are making - but
there's always more work to be done," says Jolley. "Each and every one
of us has to step up to the plate and support local talent if we're to
create a truly thriving entrepreneurial culture."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The Prairies winners will be announced at a banquet on October 11, and
the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held
in Toronto on January 16, 2013.
For more information on Global job hot spots: help wanted, click here.
The 2012 Prairies finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Maury Van Vliet, Scott Van Vliet, Todd Van Vliet
Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc.
Provides complete fuel management, including procurement,
transportation, onsite delivery and storage, and project administration
Executive Mat Service Ltd.
A market leader in the textile rental market providing quality product,
superior service and environmental stewardship
The Little Potato Company Ltd.
A leading brand in the creamer potato market sold through major
retailers and foodservice companies across North America
Business-to-consumer products and services
Dr. Alan Ulsifer
The first and only eye care company to merge full scope optometric
practices into a single entity
An online travel agency offering luxury hotel booking services in select
North American destinations to global clientele
Pomeroy Lodging LP
A full-service hospitality company focused on limited-service hotels in
secondary and tertiary markets, providing development, construction,
management and franchise services
Earthmaster Environmental Strategies Inc.
Provides environmental consulting services and has co-developed a
proprietary phytoremediation technology for cost-effective cleanup of
Greengate Power Corporation
Develops quality wind energy projects across Alberta
Evan Chrapko, Shane Chrapko
Converts waste to energy and provides algae growth and harvest
Dan Guenette, Don Guenette
Manufactures combustion process and incineration-related products and
state-of-the-art infrared imaging, and provides consulting services,
combustion equipment optimization and maintenance
Oak Point Energy Ltd.
An oilsands exploration and development company delivering value through
high-quality resources, game-changing technology and an experienced,
highly committed team
Lyle Michaluk, Cliff Wiebe
Poseidon Concepts Corp.
Provides safe, innovative fluid-handling solutions to the oil and
natural gas sectors across North America
Provides top-quality, natural, convenient and enjoyable food products
Energy - privately held
Cougar Drilling Solutions
Supplies high-performance vertical, directional and horizontal drilling
services to the oil, gas and geothermal exploration and development
CSI Canada Safety
Provides experienced rig, completions and construction safety
Noralta Lodge Ltd.
Provides remote workforce accommodation services to the Canadian
Petrospec Engineering Ltd.
Provides turn-key reservoir monitoring solutions to unconventional oil
and gas companies
Energy - publicly traded
A leading distributor, blender and manufacturer of drilling fluids and
Capital Power Corporation
Produces, develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation
from a variety of energy sources
A one-stop shop for onshore and offshore oilfield tools and
Convey-All Industries Inc.
Manufactures conveyors and equipment for the grain-handling and oilfield
Dynamic Solutions/DSI Thru-Tubing
Specializes in the design, manufacture and operation of coiled tubing
ICI Artificial Lift Inc.
Designs, manufactures, installs and services a unique line of oil and
gas production equipment
A multi-divisional company servicing several aspects of the oil and gas,
construction and agriculture industries
Professional and investment services
Blackjack Investments Ltd.
A privately held investment company in the energy and resource sector
David Aplin Group
Provides recruitment services across Canada for executive, mid- to
senior-level technical, professional and office personnel
David Cronin, Chris Izquierdo
DevFacto Technologies Inc.
A software consulting company specializing in systems integration and
solutions for construction and energy verticals
Real estate and construction
Bert DeBruin, Jeanette DeBruin
An electrical contracting company providing design and build electrical
services for commercial and industrial services
Alex Pagnotta, Mario Pagnotta
Pagnotta Industries Inc.
Provides construction management and concrete contracting
Sprague Group of Companies
A full-service contracting company that offers fully licensed and bonded
services in civil, commercial and industrial construction work
Provides meaningful product choices for single- and multi-family homes
Trevor MacFarlane, Glenn Yuen
Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc.
Works with pipeline companies to model their pipelines in an effort to
identify where problems may occur and their consequences
A leading global provider of web-based stock plan administration
technology and services
SPLICE Software Inc.
A global leader in provisioning human voice messaging and interactive
voice solutions across virtually any industry group that communicates
regularly with its customer base
About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an
independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business
leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Prairies judging panel
consisted of Mike Duff, President and CEO, Design Group Staffing; Tony
Franceschini, retired President and CEO, Stantec Inc.; Linda Hohol,
Corporate Director; Curt Vossen, President, Richardson International;
Kelley Smith, Vice President, Corporate Development, Viterra; and
Stephanie Yong, Director, W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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