The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winners.

The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winners.

Chris Gailus, Global BC News Hour anchor and gala emcee; Samantha Legge, Canada Wide Media president; and Matt O'Grady, BCBusiness editor-in-chief.

Chris Gailus, Global BC News Hour anchor and gala emcee; Samantha Legge, Canada Wide Media president; and Matt O'Grady, BCBusiness editor-in-chief.

Finalists Dan Eisenhardt, Recon Instruments CEO; and Hamid Abdollahi, Recon Instruments CTO.

Finalists Dan Eisenhardt, Recon Instruments CEO; and Hamid Abdollahi, Recon Instruments CTO.

Finalist Jack Newton, Clio CEO; and his wife, Tonia Newton.

Finalist Jack Newton, Clio CEO; and his wife, Tonia Newton.

Finalist Carlos Villavicencio, Natural Trade CEO; Bob Turner, TEC Canada CEO; and Ken MacLeod, TEC Canada president.

Finalist Carlos Villavicencio, Natural Trade CEO; Bob Turner, TEC Canada CEO; and Ken MacLeod, TEC Canada president.

Skot Apparel Partyskirts co-founders Mariel Armstrong and Lauren Armstrong.

Skot Apparel Partyskirts co-founders Mariel Armstrong and Lauren Armstrong.

Victoria O'Dea; and her husband, mining award winner Mark O'Dea, Oxygen Capital Corp. founder & chair.

Victoria O'Dea; and her husband, mining award winner Mark O'Dea, Oxygen Capital Corp. founder & chair.

Information technology award winner Ho Kim, CAMACC Systems Inc. president & CEO; and his wife, Shelley Clarke.

Information technology award winner Ho Kim, CAMACC Systems Inc. president & CEO; and his wife, Shelley Clarke.

Devinder Randhawa, Fission Uranium Corp. chair & CEO; Ana Calin, Fission investor relations; and Ross McElroy, Fission president & COO.

Devinder Randhawa, Fission Uranium Corp. chair & CEO; Ana Calin, Fission investor relations; and Ross McElroy, Fission president & COO.

Linda Point; and her husband, finalist Franck Point, Faubourg Paris owner.

Linda Point; and her husband, finalist Franck Point, Faubourg Paris owner.

Liam Kelly, EY accountant; and finalist Brad Cooke, Endeavour Silver Corp. CEO.

Liam Kelly, EY accountant; and finalist Brad Cooke, Endeavour Silver Corp. CEO.

Stephanie Tsoulacos; and Stephane Bourque, Incognito Software president & CEO.

Stephanie Tsoulacos; and Stephane Bourque, Incognito Software president & CEO.

Cindy Beedie; and her husband, Ryan Beedie, Beedie Development Group president and EY Hall of Fame member.

Cindy Beedie; and her husband, Ryan Beedie, Beedie Development Group president and EY Hall of Fame member.

Nicola Lambrechts, National Public Relations VP; Sacha McLean, The McLean Group vice-chair; Richard Jaffray, Cactus Restaurants founder & president; and Jason MacLean, The McLean Group CEO.

Nicola Lambrechts, National Public Relations VP; Sacha McLean, The McLean Group vice-chair; Richard Jaffray, Cactus Restaurants founder & president; and Jason MacLean, The McLean Group CEO.

Karla McCarthy, BMO managing director; Tom Leavitt, Leavitt Machinery president & CEO and Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner; and his wife, Cheryl Leavitt.

Karla McCarthy, BMO managing director; Tom Leavitt, Leavitt Machinery president & CEO and Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner; and his wife, Cheryl Leavitt.

Jenna Bayuk, ZAG Global executive assistant; Steve Curtis, ZAG Global CEO; and Joe Lee, ZAG Global CFO.

Jenna Bayuk, ZAG Global executive assistant; Steve Curtis, ZAG Global CEO; and Joe Lee, ZAG Global CFO.

Alex Beim, Tangible Interaction CEO; and finalist Natacha Beim, CEFA Educational Systems, founder and CEO.

Alex Beim, Tangible Interaction CEO; and finalist Natacha Beim, CEFA Educational Systems, founder and CEO.

Tricia Edmonds; and her husband Scott Edmonds, Webtech Wireless president & CEO.

Tricia Edmonds; and her husband Scott Edmonds, Webtech Wireless president & CEO.

Finalists Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Absolute Spa Group founder, and her husband, Sergio Cocchia, Absolute Spa Group director.

Finalists Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Absolute Spa Group founder, and her husband, Sergio Cocchia, Absolute Spa Group director.

Miriam MacDougall; and George Cross, Haywood Securities resource specialist.

Miriam MacDougall; and George Cross, Haywood Securities resource specialist.

Victoria O'Dea; mining award winner Mark O'Dea, Oxygen Capital Corp. founder & chair; Miriam MacDougall; and George Cross, Haywood Securities resource specialist.

Victoria O'Dea; mining award winner Mark O'Dea, Oxygen Capital Corp. founder & chair; Miriam MacDougall; and George Cross, Haywood Securities resource specialist.

Rich Matthews, Fission Uranium Corp. IR manager; Michelle Borromeo, Miller Energy Resources investor relations; Dev Randhawa, Fission Uranium Corp. chair & CEO; Soheila McElroy; and Ross McElroy, Fission Corp. president & COO.

Rich Matthews, Fission Uranium Corp. IR manager; Michelle Borromeo, Miller Energy Resources investor relations; Dev Randhawa, Fission Uranium Corp. chair & CEO; Soheila McElroy; and Ross McElroy, Fission Corp. president & COO.

Iva Pownall, Blush Bridal managing partner; Mitch Trotman, Trotman Automotive Group director; and Tom Pownall, Scotiabank director wealth management.

Iva Pownall, Blush Bridal managing partner; Mitch Trotman, Trotman Automotive Group director; and Tom Pownall, Scotiabank director wealth management.

Bryan Hawkey, 360 VOX VP development; D.J. Craig, 360 VOX development director; Jamie Lewis; and Brad Trotman, Trotman Automotive Group director.

Bryan Hawkey, 360 VOX VP development; D.J. Craig, 360 VOX development director; Jamie Lewis; and Brad Trotman, Trotman Automotive Group director.

Alessa Haas; finalist Thomas Haas, Thomas Haas Chocolates co-founder; Lisa Haas, Thomas Haas Chocolates co-founder; and Taylor Haas.

Alessa Haas; finalist Thomas Haas, Thomas Haas Chocolates co-founder; Lisa Haas, Thomas Haas Chocolates co-founder; and Taylor Haas.

Emcee Chris Gailus from Global BC News Hour.

Emcee Chris Gailus from Global BC News Hour.

The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winners.

The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winners.

The award winners on stage.

The award winners on stage.

Colleen McMorrow, EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program director; Thomas Leavitt, Leavitt Machinery president & CEO and the 2014 Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner; and Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific director.

Colleen McMorrow, EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program director; Thomas Leavitt, Leavitt Machinery president & CEO and the 2014 Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner; and Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific director.

The 2014 Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner Tom Leavitt accepts his award.

The 2014 Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award winner Tom Leavitt accepts his award.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Gala 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre
September 30, 2014

More than 1,600 guests attended the EY Entrepreneur of the Year gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre, making it the largest Ernst & Young EOY gala in the world. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the grand foyer before the doors opened to the ballroom for dinner and award presentations. They then headed back to the foyer for a dessert reception and a chance to network.

Gala emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC News Hour anchor, introduced the finalists accompanied with video presentations. The Family Business Award of Excellence was presented to Charles Diamond, Diamond Investment Group Ltd. chairman, and Gordon Diamond, West Coast Reduction Ltd. chairman.

The Pacific awards gala brings together our region's entrepreneurs, influential business leaders, educators and the media in one room. The Pacific Region winner is among five finalists for Canada’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year; the Canadian winner advances to the World Entrepreneur of the Year with 50 country finalists, this year held in Monte Carlo.