Entrepreneur of the Year | BCBusiness

Entrepreneur of the Year | BCBusiness

EY releases its list of finalists for the 21st annual Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year awards, sponsored by BCBusiness

EY released its full list of finalists for its Entrepreneur of the Year awards, co-sponsored by BCBusiness, featuring 29 entrepreneurs from a range of industries and from across B.C.
 
"Our finalists continue to achieve incredible economic growth and make a name for Canada on the world stage," said Lui Petrollini, program director, in a statement. "But it's their role in job creation that really makes us proud. Our survey shows that last year's finalists created jobs at an average pace of 25 per cent in 2012."
 
This year’s Pacific region finalists employ to close to 5,000 across Canada. That number grows to 37,000 when all Entrepreneur of the Year regions are accounted for. A survey conducted by EY found that Canada’s 2013 program finalists recorded average year-over-year revenue growth of 37 per cent, above the global average of 29 per cent.
 
The Pacific winners will be announced at a gala on September 30, and the overall winner will represent the Pacific region at a national gala held November 25 in Toronto.
 
The Pacific region finalists include:
 
Business-to-business products and services
Thomas Leavitt, Leavitt Machinery, Langley
Rick Gibbs, Neutron Factory Works, Delta
Scott Edmonds, Webtech Wireless Inc., Burnaby
 
Business-to-consumer products and services
Natacha Beim, CEFA Early Learning, Vancouver
Brad, Mike and Mitch Trotman, Trotman Automotive Group, Surrey
Charles Chang, Vega, Burnaby
 
Emerging entrepreneur
Vern Brownell, D-Wave Systems Inc., Burnaby
Franck Point, Madeleine (Canada) Investments Ltd., Vancouver
Lisa Tuningley, T-Rail Products Inc., Surrey
 
Energy
Larrie York, Frontier Power Products Ltd., Delta
Carlos Villavicencio, Natural Trade Ltd., North Vancouver
Aaron Rokstad, Rokstad Power Corporation, Coquitlam
 
Entertainment and hospitality
Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Absolute Spa Group – Crew Management Ltd., Vancouver
Jason and Sacha Mclean, The McLean Group of Companies, Vancouver
Thomas Haas, Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, North Vancouver
 
Information technology
Ho Kim, CAMACC Systems Inc., Saanichton
Stephane Bourque, Incognito Software Inc., Vancouver
Jack Newton, Themis Solutions Inc. (Clio), Burnaby
 
Mining and exploration
Bradford Cooke, Endeavour Silver Corp., Vancouver
Ross McElroy and Devinder Randhawa, Fission Uranium Corp., Kelowna
Mark O’Dea, True Gold Mining Inc., Vancouver
 
Manufacturing
Dan Eisenhardt, Recon Instruments Inc., Vancouver
Jake Fry, Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing Inc., Vancouver
Steve Curtis, Zag Group Inc., Vancouver