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Oct 9, 2008
Innovative Cultivators: Canabis Crops
Susan Hollis

Most people wouldn’t willingly file their income taxes under the category of “marijuana grower,” but Eric Nash and his wife Wendy Little aren’t most people. The Vancouver Island residents are bona fide organic pot producers, legally selling their product to Health Canada-approved patients who use cannabis to ease medical discomfort.

Oct 9, 2008
David Sidoo: The Player
David Jordan

David Sidoo likes to say that running at anything less than flat-out just isn’t in his genes. But the 49-year-old former pro-football player and stock broker has clearly turned it down a notch since the early days of his career, when he was juggling two full-time jobs while starting a...

Oct 9, 2008
Robert Lee: Lifetime Achievement
BCBusiness D.B.

Robert Lee The Prospero Group Robert Lee has not only left a mark on his home city of Vancouver through a remarkable career in real estate but he has set the bar for community involvement through his tireless commitment to numerous boards and foundations. The UBC graduate co-founded Wall Financial...

Oct 9, 2008
Turnaround Winner: Amiee Chan
by Valerie McTavish

Amiee Chan Norsat International Inc. When Amiee Chan, 40, accepted the position of president and CEO in 2006, Norsat International (NII-T), a public company providing microwave and satellite technology, was on the brink of insolvency with a year-end loss of over $4 million. With the U.S. military as its primary...

Oct 9, 2008
Technology Winner: Kevin Ham
Kevin Chong

Kevin Ham Reinvent Technology Kevin Ham is far too low-key and modest to invite comparisons to Donald Trump. But by quietly amassing a stable of more than 300,000 web domain names, including laptop.com, attorney.com and weddingcatering.com, the CEO of Reinvent Technology is a virtual real estate titan. Having put together...

Oct 9, 2008
Social Entrepeneur Winner: Clarence Louie
Jessica Werb

Clarence Louie Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp. It’s the end of a long July day when Chief Clarence Louie answers the phone in his office in Oliver, B.C. Louie, president and CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp. (OIBDC), which owns and operates 10 businesses on the 12,800-hectare Osoyoos...

Oct 9, 2008
Energy/Natural Resource Winner: Ross Beaty
Brennan Clarke

Ross Beaty Pan American Silver Corp. Fourteen years ago, Ross Beaty founded Pan American Silver Corp. with one singularly ambitious yet straightforward goal in mind: building the largest and lowest-cost silver mining company in the world. After two decades as a trained geologist and mining entrepreneur, Beaty foresaw tremendous growth...

Oct 9, 2008
Construction/Real Estate Winner: Ivan Marmatny and Ron McNeil
Brennan Clarke

Ron McNeil and Ivan Harmatny Lower Mainland Steel Lower Mainland Steel owners Ron McNeil and Ivan Harmatny have come a long way since they started out as what McNeil describes as “two guys in a pickup truck” 21 years ago. The company was originally called VanRon Construction and it generated...

Oct 9, 2008
Business Quotations: The Silver Lining
by Davinia Yip

Nobody likes the sound of failure. But if you listen to some of the brightest minds and the most accomplished leaders of our time, you’ll find that the measure of success has everything to do with our ability to embrace the value of losing.

Oct 9, 2008
Emerging Entrepeneur Winner: Davis Yung
By Jessica Werb

Davis Yung Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. If there is such a thing as the Canadian dream, Davis Yung would be the first to tell you he’s living it. Twenty-one years ago, the Hong Kong émigré was shuffling through Grade 12 orientation at King Edward high school and settling into life...

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