Honouring some of the province's boldest and most innovative business leaders is always a special occasion.
In 2018, though, BCBusiness marks a milestone: the 25th anniversary of our partnership with Ernst & Young (EY). From cleantech to mining to tourism and hospitality, the latest EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program for the Pacific Region upholds a long tradition of excellence. The 35 women and men chosen by the judges—including winners in nine categories and the overall Pacific Region winner—show why B.C. deserves its reputation for producing top-notch entrepreneurs. Congratulations to everyone, and here’s to another 25 years of EOY!
Christian Chia (Pacific Region Overall Winner)
President and CEO, OpenRoad Auto Group
CEO, FHC Enterprises
CEO, Meridian Meats & Seafood
Founder and CEO, Tap & Barrel Restaurants
President and CEO, Accent Inns
CEO and Principal, Joseph Richard Group
CEO, Indochino Apparel
President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems
President and CEO, Inter-Urban Delivery Service + Argus Carriers
Dr. Zak El-Ramly
President & CEO, ZE PowerGroup Inc. & ZE Power Engineering Inc.
President and CEO, Clevest Solutions
President, Keystone Environmental
CEO, Bedrock Capital Corp.
CEO and director, Leagold Mining Corp.
David Strang + Noel Dunn
President and CEO + Executive Chair, Ero Copper Corp.
Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV Corp.
Founder, President and CEO, Merchant Advance Capital
Founder and CEO, Real Estate Webmasters
Co-founder and CEO, Unbounce
President, Left Coast Naturals
Zeeshan Hayat + Karina Hayat
Co-founder and CEO + Co-founder and President, Prizm Media
Jon Friesen + Randy Shier
CEO + President, Mission Group Enterprises
Chris Guillemet + Davide Xausa + Boris Martin
Co-founder and CEO + Co-founder and President + Co-founder and VP Operations, Velofix Group of Companies
Founder and CEO, SemiosBio Technologies
Co-founder and CEO, Bench Accounting
Founder and President, Blue Pine Enterprises
Founder and President, Pedalheads Group
CEO, Fully Managed
Matt Collingwood + Tamsin Plaxton
Co-founders, Tamwood Group of Companies
How the Winners Were Chosen
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is an annual global awards program administered by Ernst & Young (EY). Canada’s Pacific Region program is overseen by EY, which selects judges from among business leaders and past EOY winners. Judges evaluate the nominees based on several factors, including vision, leadership, innovation, financial performance and social responsibility. The Pacific Region overall winner is one of five regional winners who compete for Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year; the Canadian winner advances to an annual competition, held in Monte Carlo, that sees World Entrepreneur Of The Year chosen from among 60 country winners. Details of the nomination process and judging criteria are available at ey.com/ca/EOY. Nominations are accepted year-round.