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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


 

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John Anderson (OVERALL WINNER)
Chair, President and CEO, The Oppenheimer Group

Frank Dennis
President and CEO, Ten Peaks Coffee Company Inc.

Tony Singh
President, Fruiticana Produce Ltd.


 

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James Wise
Founder, Burrowing Owl Vineyard Ltd.

Mandy Farmer 
President and CEO, Accent Inns and Hotel Zed

Jeffrey Donnelly
President, Donnelly Group


 

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Trevor Styan
General manager, Northern Civil Energy, Inc.

Trevor Dunn
Managing partner, Sea to Sky Gondola

Arnold Leung
CEO, Appnovation Technologies, Inc.


 

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Lisa Shields
Founder, Hyperwallet Systems Inc.

Michel Giasson
CEO, Nudata Security

Hamed Shahbazi
Chair and CEO, Tio Networks Corp.


 

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Brian Scudamore
Founder and CEO, 1-800-Got-Junk?

Ian McIntosh
CEO, Kirmac Automative Collision Systems Inc.

Aaron Hefter
Co-founder and CEO, Nutrabolics, Inc.


 

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Neil Woodyer
CEO, Endeavour Mining Corp.

Judi Hess
CEO, Copperleaf Technologies Inc.

Ryan Benn
President and Publisher, Alive Publishing Group


 

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Renee Wasylyk
CEO, Troika Management Corp.

Raoul Malak
CEO, The Ansan Group

Nicholas Boyd
President, Fusion Project Management


 

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Christopher Krywulak
President and CEO, iQmetrix

Delna Bhesania / Barry Ward
Founders, Bardel Entertainment

Harvey Tremblay
President and CEO, Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd.


 

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Steve Troyer
CEO, Troyer Ventures Ltd.

Andrew Kemp
President and CEO, CMW Insurance Services Ltd.

Timothy Germain
CEO, T-Lane Nation


 

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Shafin Diamond Tejani
Founder and CEO, Victory Square Labs

Morgan Carey
CEO, Real Estate Webmasters

Greg Malpass
Founder and CEO, Traction on Demand


 

louie-family.jpgFAMILY BUSINESS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE // CLICK HERE >>

The Louie family—through its extensive chain of grocery stores and drugstores, with 32 IGAs and 78 London Drugs outlets (51 of them in B.C.)—has built a reputation as one of B.C.'s most customer-centric operations. This year, they've being honoured with the EY Family Business Award of Excellence. We examine one of the province's few long-lived family businesses

 

How the winners are chosen

The 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.

Do you know any rising entrepreneurs? Nominate them for BCBusiness’s 2016 30 Under 30 here.