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October 2018

In this issue

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Emerging Entrepreneur
Nathan Caddell

Chris Guillemet and Davide Xausa had a similar problem. Both cyclists who had known each other since their early teens, the Metro Vancouver natives felt that bricks-and-mortar bike shops couldn’t cater to their needs. So the pair set out to create a mobile repair service. Guillemet had management expertise from helping run a couple of Vancouver-based companies, while Xausa had...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Social Impact
Felicity Stone

The tagline of Burnaby-based Left Coast Naturals is “Good People Providing Good Food.” The company was one of the first in Canada to receive third-party B Corp certification for meeting social and environmental standards and, as far as it can determine, the first completely non-GMO broad-based food distributor in North America. Co-founder and president Ian Walker grew up in Ontario, where...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Technology
Dee Hon

Shahrzad Rafati has long been taking big risks to chase her even bigger ambitions. The chief executive of Vancouver-based BroadbandTV (BBTV) was born and raised in Iran, but she wanted better opportunities for herself after high school. So she emigrated at age 17 to study computer science at UBC, despite having no family in the city and speaking little English. Rafati...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Mining + Resources
Jessica Werb

As a child growing up in Toronto, Paul Matysek fashioned himself as a magician and fortune teller, charging a small fee for his services. It may have been a lark, but as an adult he began to demonstrate a flair for predicting commodity trends. Matysek earned a master’s in geology at UBC and worked in the public sector before establishing Bedrock...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Cleantech
Felicity Stone

When Zak El-Ramly was passed over for promotion, he started his own company. In 1995, he was executive vice-president of Powerex Corp., the BC Hydro and Power Authority subsidiary that markets the utility’s surplus electricity. Someone else was appointed president of Powerex, and “I realized that my market value is higher than my corporate value, so I decided to leave,”...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Turnaround
Nathan Caddell

Drew Green didn’t launch Indochino, the menswear maker founded in 2007 on the premise that customers shouldn’t have to spend tons of money for custom clothing. But having built a successful business of his own in Shop.ca, the Scarborough, Ontario, native considered taking over as CEO of Indochino in 2015 more challenging than starting something himself. “The company was losing...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Tourism + Hospitality
Dee Hon

Being an entrepreneur is the only kind of work Daniel Frankel has ever known. The founder and CEO of Vancouver-area Tap & Barrel Restaurants tried a few times to land traditional employment, but he couldn’t. “I applied at a bunch of places,” Frankel says. “I never managed to get a regular job.” Frankel, who grew up in Vancouver, earned a film...

Sep 25, 2018
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Business to Consumer
Jessica Werb

Bells have been tolling for car sales of late; even General Motors Co.’s former vice-chair, Bob Lutz, has warned that the rise of autonomous vehicles spells the end of the automotive industry as we know it. But Christian Chia, president and CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, isn’t putting on the brakes; the company he formed in 2000 is going pedal...

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