Canaccord founder recognized by Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program
(Vancouver, 8 September 2010) – Today, Peter M. Brown was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of his outstanding support of BC’s business community and his significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur. This year, the program proudly recognizes its seventh lifetimeachievement award recipient in the Pacific region.
“Peter embodies the true spirit of an entrepreneur. He is a born leader with an innate business sense and an admirable hunger to succeed," said Fred Withers, Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Pacific region. “He possesses the unique ability to effect change and has been an icon of philanthropy throughout the community during his impressive career."
Peter began his entrepreneurial career in 1962. Over the past 40 years, he has worked diligently to raise the standards of venture capital finance to become a respected vehicle for economic growth and wealth creation in Canada and around the world. In 1968, Peter founded Canaccord Financial Inc. and in four decades has transformed it from a Canadian-based venture capital firm into a leading global financial services firm. Peter’s dedication to success has not only resulted in the remarkable growth of Canaccord, but has also shaped the business community by playing a fundamental role in financing many of Canada’s successful businesses.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made a lasting impression on the Canadian business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talents.
Former Pacific recipients of the lifetime achievement award include Jim Pattison (2000), Joseph Segal (2001), Milton Wong (2002), William L. Sauder (2004), Dr. John MacDonald (2006) and Robert Lee (2008).
Ernst & Young will present this prestigious award to Peter M. Brown during the Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards banquet at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 28, 2010. For ticket information, please contact Sandie Atkinson at 604 643 5486.
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 the awards program
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is proudly celebrating 17 years of honouring Canada’s outstanding entrepreneurs from all areas of business. For more information on the program, please visit ey.com/ca/eoy.
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