The 22nd annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards is a unique chance to peek under the hood of B.C.'s finest businesses. Some of the 30 entrepreneurs featured here are self-made; others are inheritors of a family business; and still others have taken another person’s enterprise and made it their own. What unites them all is a willingness to take risks and succeed. Below, we've grouped 2015's finalists by industry. Winners, who were announced September 24, are in red
John Anderson (OVERALL WINNER)
Chair, President and CEO, The Oppenheimer Group
President and CEO, Ten Peaks Coffee Company Inc.
President, Fruiticana Produce Ltd.
Founder, Burrowing Owl Vineyard Ltd.
President and CEO, Accent Inns and Hotel Zed
President, Donnelly Group
General manager, Northern Civil Energy, Inc.
Managing partner, Sea to Sky Gondola
CEO, Appnovation Technologies, Inc.
Founder, Hyperwallet Systems Inc.
CEO, Nudata Security
Chair and CEO, Tio Networks Corp.
Founder and CEO, 1-800-Got-Junk?
CEO, Kirmac Automative Collision Systems Inc.
Co-founder and CEO, Nutrabolics, Inc.
CEO, Endeavour Mining Corp.
CEO, Copperleaf Technologies Inc.
President and Publisher, Alive Publishing Group
CEO, Troika Management Corp.
CEO, The Ansan Group
President, Fusion Project Management
President and CEO, iQmetrix
Delna Bhesania / Barry Ward
Founders, Bardel Entertainment
President and CEO, Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd.
CEO, Troyer Ventures Ltd.
President and CEO, CMW Insurance Services Ltd.
CEO, T-Lane Nation
Shafin Diamond Tejani
Founder and CEO, Victory Square Labs
CEO, Real Estate Webmasters
Founder and CEO, Traction on Demand
How the winners are chosenThe EY Entrepreneur of the Year is an annual global awards program administered by Ernst & Young (EY). Canada’s Pacific Region competition is overseen by the Ernst & Young LLP Vancouver office, which selects judges from among business leaders and past EOY winners. Judges look for a number of factors, including vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility. The Pacific Region winner is among five regional winners for Canada’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year; the Canadian winner advances to an annual competition for World Entrepreneur of the Year from among 50 country finalists, each year held in Monte Carlo. Details of the nomination process and judging criteria are available here.
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