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Ashley Cooper of Paladin Security Group Ltd. named 2012 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY recognizes local game-changing entrepreneurs’ leadership and innovation

(Vancouver, 5 October 2012) Ashley Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Security Group Ltd. — a leading Canadian security service company — is this year’s Pacific EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winner.

“Ashley Cooper embodies the Canadian entrepreneurial spirit to its fullest extent,” says Ron Voyer, Pacific Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Ashley’s vision and unwavering drive to improve client and employee experience has taken Paladin to new heights in British Columbia, Alberta and across the country.”

Ashley has cemented Paladin’s presence in Alberta, and overseen the company’s expansion into Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Paladin is now the largest privately held security company in Canada — a direct result of Ashley’s forward-thinking and innovative approach to security services.

“Innovation isn’t a strategy, it’s a way of being, and one that each of our winners embraces,” says Voyer. “Ashley’s innovative employment screening, training programs and use of technology is not only carving out a competitive advantage for Paladin, it’s changing the face of the Canadian security market.”

But innovation doesn’t happen randomly. EY’s recent report, Innovating for growth, finds that leading innovators take advantage of changes in their external environment, continually revamp their business models and innovate with an end goal in mind. More than anything, it takes a long-term view.

"Year after year, our Entrepreneur Of The Year winners prove that taking a long-term view pays off," says Voyer. "Ashley Cooper is no exception, joining a group of accomplished individuals who embody that entrepreneurial spirit that continues to drive their success."

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including their vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.

Also honoured by EY was Dr. Norman B. Keevil, Chairman of Teck Resources Limited, who received the 2012 Pacific Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his outstanding leadership, support of BC’s business community and his significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur.

For more information on Innovating for growth,click here.

Category winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Pacific Awards:

Business-to-business products and services

Ashley Cooper
Paladin Security Group Ltd. | Burnaby
A leading security company, with services and superior expertise that span all types of protection.

Business-to-consumer products and services

Sylvie Rochette
Epicure Selections | North Saanich
Designs, develops, manufactures and sells premium spice blends, spices, food products and cookware employing a direct sales model, with consultants throughout Canada.

Emerging entrepreneur

Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher  
Daiya Foods Inc. | Vancouver
Manufactures, markets and distributes non-dairy, allergen-free cheese alternatives.

Information technology

Kenshi Arasaki, Wilkins Chung and Eric Diep  
A Thinking Ape Technologies | Vancouver
A technology startup focused on changing the way people socialize and play on mobile.


John Bacher, Steven Gula and Paul Jean  
NII Northern International Inc. | Coquitlam
Designs and manufactures patented flameless candles and decorative garden lighting.

Media and entertainment

Ryan Holmes
HootSuite Media, Inc. | Vancouver
Helps teams engage with audiences and analyze campaigns across multiple social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ Pages from one secure web-based dashboard.

Mining and metals

Frederick Davidson
Energold Drilling Corp. | Vancouver
The largest frontier specialty contract commodity drilling company in the world operating across metals, energy and manufacturing.

Real estate/construction

Ted Pickell
Arctic Construction Ltd. | Fort St. John
Provides a full range of services to the oil and gas industry, from resource site development and civil construction to mine and energy facility commissioning and land reclamation.

Special citation — Social entrepreneur

Social entrepreneur is a unique category that awards a special citation to an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social change and improved people’s lives or quality of life.

Michael Fergusson
Ayogo Games Inc. | Vancouver
Creates games that nurture human connection, motivate, educate, and promote health and wellness.

What’s next?
As the Pacific region’s 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year, Ashley will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region for the national honour of Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, to be presented at a gala celebration January 16, 2013, in Toronto. In June 2013, Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year®.

About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Pacific judging panel consisted of Peter Barnes, 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year mining and metals category winner, Founding Shareholder, DeepGreen Resources; Ryan Beedie, 2009 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year winner, President, The Beedie Group; Jim Case, CEO, Travelers Financial Group; Wanda Costuros, Corporate Director; Amar Doman, 2005 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year business-to-business products and services category winner, Chairman and CEO, CanWel Building Materials; Mary Jordan, Corporate Director and Chair, Vancouver Airport Authority; Catherine Osler, President, TEC Canada; and Chad Wasilenkoff, 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year winner, CEO, Fortress Paper.

For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit

For ticket information about the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Gala on January 16, 2013, please contact Katelyn Jarosz at 416 941 1810 or

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This year’s national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.

About EY’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice
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