2012 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year

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2012 Entrepreneur of the Year | BCBusiness


2012 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year


Entrepreneurs are, by reputation, daring risk takers, mavericks who put everything on the line to turn inventive ideas into bold juggernauts. But while it does take guts of steel to reap great glory in the dog-eat-dog business world, the most successful entrepreneurs take only calculated risks, extensively analyzing their market before leaping into action with secure initial capital, a tenacious business plan and robust financial controls at their backs.

Ashley Cooper, Paladin Security | BCBusiness

2012 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year: Ashley Cooper

"I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people around and wouldn’t change a thing."

Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher, Daiya Foods | BCBusiness

2012 Emerging EOY: Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher

“We want to be as large a company as we can,” Blake says. "It’s the Wild West of the food industry," Kroecher explains.

Steven Gula, president, NII Northern International | BCBusiness

2012 Manufacturing EOY: Steven Gula, John Bacher and Paul Jean

"All three of us had always had a very good eye for identifying holes in the marketplace,” Gula says.

Frederick Davidson, CEO, Energold Drilling Corp. | BCBusiness

2012 Mining and Metals EOY: Frederick Davidson

“I believe our industry is critical. We want to do it with as small a footprint as possible, with maximum social benefit.”

Sylvie Rochette, president, Victorian Epicure | BCBusiness

2012 B2C Products & Services EOY: Sylvie Rochette

“Getting together, sharing recipes and eating — it really struck a chord,” Rochette says.

Kenshi Arasaki, Wilkins Chung & Eric Diep, A Thinking Ape | BCBusiness

2012 Information Technology EOY: Kenshi Arasaki, Wilkins Chung & Eric Diep

“What we’re really trying to do is help the tech industry grow in Vancouver,” Arasaki explains. 

Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite Media Inc. | BCBusiness

2012 Media and Entertainment EOY: Ryan Holmes

“What I do is absolutely wake up every day and work as hard as I can.”

Ted Pickell, president, Arctic Construction Ltd. | BCBusiness

2012 Real Estate and Construction EOY: Ted Pickell

“I’m all about challenges. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the project, the more interested I get.”

Michael Fergusson, CEO, Ayogo Games Inc. | BCBusiness

2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Michael Fergusson

“I’m what they used to call a self-made man – it sounds better than high school dropout.”

Norman Keevil, CEO and chair, Teck Resources Ltd. | BCBusiness

2012 Lifetime Achievement EOY: Norman Keevil

Norman Keevil, CEO and chair, Teck Resources Ltd.

2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Runners-Up

From manufacturing to mining and metals, these are the runners-up for 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.

2012 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala

Photos from the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala.

Video: Live from the 2012 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year Gala

The sights and sounds from the 2012 Pacific Region EOY Gala.

2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Judging | BCBusiness

How B.C.'s EOY 2012 Winners Were Chosen

A look at the judging criteria, the judges, and the process of becoming B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.

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