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.
"I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people around and wouldn’t change a thing."
“We want to be as large a company as we can,” Blake says. "It’s the Wild West of the food industry," Kroecher explains.
"All three of us had always had a very good eye for identifying holes in the marketplace,” Gula says.
“I believe our industry is critical. We want to do it with as small a footprint as possible, with maximum social benefit.”
“Getting together, sharing recipes and eating — it really struck a chord,” Rochette says.
“What we’re really trying to do is help the tech industry grow in Vancouver,” Arasaki explains.
“What I do is absolutely wake up every day and work as hard as I can.”
“I’m all about challenges. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the project, the more interested I get.”
“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.
From manufacturing to mining and metals, these are the runners-up for 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year.
Photos from the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala.
The sights and sounds from the 2012 Pacific Region EOY Gala.
A look at the judging criteria, the judges, and the process of becoming B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.