The annual Ernst & Young list of B.C.'s brightest business visionaries finds a fresh crop of leaders building empires in everything from renewable energy to venture capital to social enterprise
Rob McCurdy (Pacific Region Overall Winner)CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.
Zak El-RamlyPresident and CEO, ZE PowerGroup Inc.
Jamil MurjiPresident and CEO, Inter-Urban Delivery Service
Aamir Baig + Fraser Hall + Andy Prochazka + Sam Prochazka Co-founder/Director/CEO + Co-Founder/Director + Co-Founder + Co-Founder/Director, Article.com
Brian Paes-BragaCEO, Lithium X Energy Corp.
Matt Leslie + Kevin Pederson + Mitch EvaneczCo-Founder + Co-Founder + Director of Operations, West Coast Canning
Janet LePage CEO, Western Wealth Capital XVI LP
Garett WallPresident and CEO, Centra Construction Group Ltd.
Jonathan FriesenCEO, Mission Group Enterprises Ltd.
Gary ShokarPresident, AvenEx Coating Technologies Inc.
Ankit SharmaCEO, Kitply Industries
Stephen LawsonPresident, Tag Hardware Systems Ltd.
Scott Phillips President and CEO, StarFish medical
Michael Plotnikoff + Michael PriestCEO + Chief commercial officer, Lite Access Technologies Inc.
Ryan Peterson + Trent ShumayCEO + President and CTO, Finger Food Studios
Jack NewtonCEO, Clio
Morgan CareyCEO, Real Estate Webmasters/Carey Group of Companies
Rick PerreaultCEO and Co-Founder, Unbounce
Nolan WatsonPresident and CEO, Sandstorm Gold Ltd.
Manny PaddaManaging Partner, New Avenue Capital
Catherine Dorazio + Jeff Guise + Corey MacEachern Managing Director, Business Development + Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer + Managing Director, Business Management and Operations, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.
Hamed ShahbaziCEO, Tio Networks Corp.
Dave FellerFounder and CEO, Mogo Finance Technology Inc.
Michael Wendland President and Founder, Refresh Financial Inc.
William LambPresident and CEO, Lucara Diamond Corp.
Steve de JongCEO, President and Director, Integra Gold Corp.
Leigh CuryerPresident and CEO, NexGen Energy Ltd.
Madeleine Shaw + Suzanne Siemens Creative Director +CEO, Lunapads International Products Ltd.
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 60 country winners, held each year in Monte Carlo. Details of the nomination process and judging criteria are available online. Nominations are accepted year-round.