2008 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year

While the Teluses and Teck Comincos of B.C.’s business community get plenty of ink in the local and international press, without the scrappy entrepreneurs at the bottom of the corporate chain, there would be no giant corporations. It’s these bold risk-takers who constantly renew our business culture, building the next generation of corporate leaders. The annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program pays homage to these business pioneers across Canada, and here in the Pacific Region we celebrate the local winners and finalists in the pages of BCBusiness.

Brian Hill President and CEO, Aritzia LP
Video: Brian Hill’s acceptance speech
Video: Interview with Brian Hill
The judges
say…“This incredible performance is indicative of the guts, risk-taking and determination of this entrepreneurial pioneer.”

David Heffel & Robert Heffel Heffel Fine Art Auction House Rick Baxter West Coast Air Ltd.

John & Lottie Davis AG Hair Cosmetics
Video: Interview with John and Lotte

Luc Bergeon L. B. Maple Treat Inc.
Joyce Groote Holey Soles Holdings Ltd.

Davis Yung Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.

David Udow & Charles Steele Ziptrek Ecotours Inc.
Sid Landolt & Peter Dupuis S&P Destination Properties

Ron McNeil & Ivan Harmatny Lower Mainland Steel

Andrew Purdey Ruskin Construction Ltd.
John Scott Scott Construction Group

Ross Beaty Pan American Silver Corp.

Donald McInnes Plutonic Power Corp.
Paul Blythe
Quadra Mining Ltd.

Clarence Louis
Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.

Samantha Wilson Kidproof Canada
David Suzuki & Tara Cullis
David Suzuki Foundation

Kevin Ham
Reinvent Technology

John Livingston Absolute Software
George Rubin & John McDonald Day4 Energy Inc.

Amiee Chan Norsat International Inc.

Jacqui Cohen Army and Navy Department Store Ltd.
Bruce Dean
The Whistler Brewing Co.

Robert Lee
While the Entrepreneur of the Year designation in recognizes outstanding achievement in various categories, the Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an individual who has not only achieved spectacular success, but whose lifetime accomplishments will inspire future generations. It recognizes what EOY organizers at Ernst & Young LLP refer to as “moral philanthropy,” a priceless giving that encourages entrepreneurial spirit in others.

Video: Interview with “Bob the Builder”