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Nov 1, 2006
Dru Narwani: High Flyer
As told to Jessica Werb

It’s early afternoon in downtown Vancouver, and Dru Narwani has just sat through a three-hour board meeting for Nova Pole, a Vancouver-based tubular steel-pole company. The 58-year-old retired banker still has to get back home to Victoria. It’s a trip that would have most people groaning in anticipation of ferry lineups, travel times and lumpy clam chowder.

Oct 2, 2006
Entrepreneur of the Year: 2006 Runners-Up
BCBusiness D.B.

As candidates for Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, these business people not only put the dictionary to shame, they also submitted themselves to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges. This list of high-performers comprised the list of runners-up for 2006.

Oct 2, 2006
The Visionary: Roger Hardy
Vicki O’Brien

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, Roger Hardy submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the category of Business-to-Consumer Products and Services.

Oct 2, 2006
Big Gains: Jim Case
Katya Holloway

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, Jim Case submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the category of Business-to-Business Products and Services.

Oct 2, 2006
Child's Play: Jim Moore
Katya Holloway

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, Jim Moore submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the "Turnaround" category.

Oct 2, 2006
Man of Steel: Earl Hirtz
Jessica Werb

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, Earl Hirtz submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the category of Manufacturing.

Oct 2, 2006
Taste for success: Jeffrey Fuller
Peter Mitham

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PACIFIC REGION program, Jeffrey Fuller submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the category of Hospitality and Tourism. Jeffrey Fuller is the President of Joeys Restaurants.

Oct 2, 2006
Healthy Margins: John DeHart, Ken Sim
Elizabeth Hoath

John DeHart, Ken Sim are Co-founders of Nurse Next Door Professional Homecare Services Inc. John DeHart throws his cards down on the table. “You win again, Jimmy!” he exclaims. His partner has just laid down a three of clubs, a four of hearts and a queen of spades. It...

Oct 2, 2006
Day in the Sun: Art Aylesworth
Andrew Findlay

As one of the winners of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Region program, Art Aylesworth submitted himself to intense scrutiny by a top accounting firm and hard-nosed panel of judges, and came out on top. He was deemed a winner in the category of Technology and Health Sciences.

Oct 2, 2006
Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications
BCBusiness D.B.

Talk about an industry at a crossroads. Only a decade ago, if you wanted to hook up your TV, you’d call the cable company. If you wanted phone service, you’d call the phone company. Today it’s like the Wild West: the fences are down and Rogers, Shaw, Bell and Telus are scrambling to stake their claims on our data-delivery dollars. Peter Bissonnette is at the centre of the fray.

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