Entrepreneur of the Year 2023

We sat down with the winners and finalists of the 29th annual EY Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year awards

It’s good to be back. Sure, this is the 29th time BCBusiness has profiled the EY Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year winners, but it’s the first time since 2019 that we’ve highlighted all of the finalists, too. The end result is a robust and impressive breakdown of 20 of the most powerful and influential businesspeople in B.C., across industries as diverse as manufacturing, real estate and health.


Musharaf Syed + Aisha Yang, Herbaland

 Herbaland's founders Musharaf Syed and Aisha Yang_credit Adam Blasberg

Michael Menzies, The Universal Group

Michael Menzies fast-tracked the Universal Group's success_credit Adam Blasberg

Mehar Pratap Singh, ProCogia

Mehar Pratap Singh predicts the future with ProCogia_credit Adam Blasberg

Wendy BennisonSaxx Underwear

Wendy Bennison, Saxx_credit Adam Blasberg

Thomas Martini, Apex Aluminum Extrusions and Vitrum Glass Group

Thomas Martini is shaking up manufacturing with Apex Aluminum Extrusions_credit Adam Blasberg

Tamer Mohamed, Aspect Biosystems

Tamer Mohamed Aspect Biosystems_credit Adam Blasberg


Ali Tajskandar, Wishpond

Wishpond Technologies just keeps swimming with Ali Tajskandar_credit Adam Blasberg

Stefan Fletcher, RebalanceMD

Stefan Fletcher RebalanceMD_credit Adam Blasberg

Cory Wright, William Wright Commercial Real Estate Services

Cory Wright expands mindfully at William Wright Commercial_credit Adam Blasberg

Austin Tran, Rayacom Group

Rayacom's Austin Tran_credit Adam Blasberg

Moe Samieian Jr. + Sara Samieian, Moe’s Home Collection

Sara and Moe Samieian_credit Adam Blasberg

Drew Hamilton, Vivreau

Andrew-Hamilton_Vivreau_credit Adam Blasberg

Art Lee, Rove Concepts

credit Adam Blasberg_ Rove's Art Lee

Danny Popescu, Harbourfront Wealth Management

Danny Popescu, Harbourfront_credit Adam Blasberg

Josh Gaglardi, Orion Construction

Joshua Gaglardi, Orion_credit Adam Blasberg

Keenan Fisher, Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop

Keenan Fisher_Credit: Adam Blasberg

Sarathy Naicker + Jason Smith, Klue

Credit Adam Blasberg. Klue's Jason Smith and Sarathy Naicker

How the Winners + Finalists Were Chosen

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is an annual global awards program administered by Ernst & Young (EY). For Canada’s Pacific Region program, EY selects judges from among local business leaders and past program winners. Judges evaluate the nominees based on several factors, including entrepreneurial spirit, value creation, strategic direction, national and global impact, innovation and purpose-driven leadership. Details of the nomination process and judging criteria are available at ey.com/ca/EOY. Nominations are accepted year-round.