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Ernst & Young celebrates Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010
[July 06, 2010]

Ernst & Young celebrates Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010

VANCOUVER, Jul 6, 2010 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Firm recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs who make a difference in the global economy Canada's most successful entrepreneurs improve the quality of life for people across the globe, Ernst & Young said today as the firm announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2010 Awards.

"This year's exceptional Pacific finalists all share a commitment to innovation, an inherent ability to spot opportunities and the perseverance to keep trying," says Fred Withers, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for the Pacific region. "They have the ability to help drive the economic rebound and propel growth throughout Canada and beyond." According to a recent Ernst & Young publication, A world of opportunity: Entrepreneurial perspectives on the impact of globalization, entrepreneurs have been quick to seize opportunities presented by the opening of new markets.

"Because of advanced communications and technology, Canadian entrepreneurs can acquire greater insight and information into global markets," notes Withers. "While this helps them pursue opportunities abroad, it's also much more feasible for worldwide competitors to enter Canadian markets." In a recent Ernst & Young report, Ambitious, adept and agile, just over two-thirds of entrepreneurs surveyed agreed that globalization has opened the door to new and unforeseen competitors. Companies are suddenly finding a new generation of rivals from both local and international markets.

"Entrepreneurs should draw on the intellectual and cultural strength of their people, suppliers and partners to boost creativity and design better products and services," says Withers. "Companies that step up their innovative abilities can take their businesses to new heights and change our lives for the better." Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs in Canada and around the world who drive growth, transform industries and build communities. The Canadian program is in its 17th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.

The names of the Pacific winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Vancouver on September 28, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national banquet in Toronto on November 17. For ticket information regarding the regional and national banquets, please contact Sandie Atkinson at 604 643 5486.

The 2010 Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year: Business-to-business products and services << Olivier Vincent Canpages Inc./Burnaby Canpages is Canada's fastest-growing local search company. They offer online, mobile and print search options focused on delivering relevant, local search results.

Robert Burns Canpro Global Services Inc./Coquitlam Canpro Global is an international leader in delivering professional risk mitigation services, including risk solutions, investigations, HR services, training resources, and labour risk management.

Charles Kim Trans Pac Group of Companies/Vancouver Trans Pac, primarily a wood products business, specializes in log and lumber exports to Asian markets.

>> Business-to-consumer products and services << Samir Manji Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc./Vancouver Amica is a leader in the management, marketing, design and development of luxury housing and services for mature lifestyles.

Arash Fasihi Cymax Stores Inc./Vancouver Cymax is one of the fastest-growing e-retail furniture businesses, with more than 100 specialty online stores and one of the largest selections of products on the web.

John Nicola Nicola Wealth Management/Vancouver Nicola Wealth Management is a boutique financial planning and wealth management firm servicing high-net-worth clients across Canada.

>> Cleantech << George Rubin Day4 Energy Inc./Burnaby Day4 Energy designs and manufactures high-performance solar electric modules, with the goal of revolutionizing solar power used in residential, commercial and utility power generation.

James Tansey Offsetters/Vancouver Offsetters is Canada's leading carbon management provider, helping individuals and companies understand, reduce and offset their climate impact.

Nicole von Stefenelli Urban Impact Recycling Ltd./Richmond Urban Impact is a commercial transportation and processing company specializing in recycling, shredding and waste management services.

>> Hospitality/tourism << Yuri Fulmer FDC Brands Inc./Vancouver FDC Brands has various holdings in the food and beverage industry, including a substantial equity stake in Mr. Mikes(R) Steakhouse & Bar, and is one of Canada's largest A&W franchisees.

Emad Yacoub Glowbal Restaurant Group Inc./Vancouver Glowbal aims to provide customers with a satisfying restaurant experience on every level. The group comprises six restaurants, two lounges and a full-service catering company.

A. Craig Widsten Shearwater Marine Limited/Richmond Shearwater Marine Group is a diversified organization that offers marine services, freight service, eco-tourism, a fishing resort, bars and restaurants, an RV campground, a marina, and hardware and grocery stores.

>> Information technology << Christopher Krywulak iQmetrix Software Development Corp./Vancouver iQmetrix is a leading provider of retail management solutions for the cellular and wireless retail and telecommunications industries.

Elton Pereira ParetoLogic, Inc./Victoria ParetoLogic creates a wide range of user-friendly computer security and utility programs, including anti-virus, registry cleaner, child protection, driver updater, file extension repairer and data recovery software.

Andrew Reid Vision Critical Inc./Vancouver Vision Critical is a strategic interactive research company that combines interactive technology, strategic researchers and global panels. It uses a visual approach, panel technology and its own national panels to embrace global markets.

>> Manufacturing << Dan On Dan-D Foods Ltd./Richmond Dan-D Foods is a fine food importer, manufacturer and distributor of snack foods and spices from around the world.

Chad Wasilenkoff Fortress Paper Ltd./North Vancouver Fortress paper is an international manufacturer of specialty and security papers.

Karen Flavelle Purdy's Chocolates/Vancouver Purdy's Chocolates is a manufacturer and retailer of premium-quality chocolates.

>> Mining and metals << John Whittington Farallon Mining Ltd./Vancouver Farallon is a Canadian company with a zinc-rich polymetallic mine in the State of Guerrero, Mexico.

Rick Clarke Red Back Mining Inc./Vancouver Red Back is a leading gold mining company, with an extensive exploration portfolio in Ghana and Mauritania.

Peter Barnes Silver Wheaton Corp./Vancouver Silver Wheaton has quickly positioned itself as the largest metals streaming company in the world. It currently has 13 silver and two precious metals purchase agreements.

>> Social entrepreneur << Janice Abbott Atira Property Management Inc./Vancouver Atira Property Management offers quality property management services for strata corporations, developers, rental properties, non-profit housing, and housing cooperatives in Greater Vancouver. The company uses all profits to fund the Atira Women's Resource Society's housing and support programs for women and children who have been impacted by violence.

Tim Cormode Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society/Victoria Power To Be provides outdoor recreation programs that enrich the lives of disadvantaged children, young adults, their families and the communities to which they belong.

Daphne Nederhorst Sawa Global/Vancouver Sawa Global supports local heroes who have found their own solutions to extreme poverty in their communities, and helps them tell their stories of leadership.

>> The Pacific regional judges: << Ryan Beedie, President The Beedie Group Bev Briscoe, President Briscoe Management Ltd.

Jim Case, CEO Travelers Financial Group Amar Doman, Chairman and CEO CanWel Building Materials Ltd.

Tracey McVicar, Managing Director CAI Capital Management Co.

Jim Moore, President Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.

Grant Weaver, Partner Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP >> Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI. Pacific region program sponsors are the Vancouver Sun and BCBusiness magazine. The Pacific region banquet sponsor is Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours, and the program patron is Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

About Ernst & Young Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 144,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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SOURCE: Ernst & Young Melissa Prince,, 416 943 3474; Brooke Morris,, 604 899 3597; Julie Fournier,, 514 874 4308

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