Dale Wishewan of Booster Juice named 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY celebrates 20 years of inspirational entrepreneurs, including Prairies Legends

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(Calgary, 18 October 2013) EY celebrated 20 years of honouring great entrepreneurs by presenting Dale Wishewan of Booster Juice — an international quick-service smoothie chain — with the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

Dale is a natural leader and born entrepreneur. With no franchise, food or beverage experience, he grew Booster Juice to 50 locations in just two years — a Canadian franchising record. Today the company boasts 300 stores worldwide.

“Dale set out to create an international brand when the concept of on-the-go smoothies was in its infancy,” says Rob Jolley, EY Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. “That’s exactly the kind of fearless forward thinking we need to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs — no idea is too big, or too great to achieve.”

According to EY’s G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013, although Canada scores very highly on its entrepreneurship culture, relatively low levels of self-employment suggest there’s room for larger numbers of people to be encouraged to capitalize on the country’s supportive environment.

“Fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture starts by building a strong pipeline of entrepreneurial talent,” says Jolley. “Government, academia and business must work together to encourage the next generation to pursue their ambitions.

“We’re proud to include Dale on our program’s long list of inspiring entrepreneurs — and to share stories like his that can set the wheels in motion for future business leaders,” adds Jolley.

Entrepreneur Of The Yearcelebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

The gala also celebrated seven past Prairies winners who went on to win the title of Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year with Prairies Legends awards. 

Category winners of the 2013 Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards:

Business-to-business products and services

Jeff Polovick
The Driving Force Inc. | Edmonton
drivingforce.ca
Offers vehicle rentals and sales and leasing services for a variety of industries in Western Canada and the Arctic.

Business-to-consumer products and services

Dale Wishewan
Booster Juice | Edmonton
boosterjuice.com
An international quick-service restaurant chain offering customers premium real fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, hot food and snacks in a fun, vibrant atmosphere.

Cleantech

Mogens Smed
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. | Calgary
dirtt.net
Manufactures prefabricated modular solutions for building interiors, including walls, power, data networks, flooring and millwork, to create sustainable, adaptable and enduring environments with clean construction.

Emerging entrepreneur

Dan Smith, Darrell Boulter, Greg Hartman, Paul Smith
RIDE Inc. | Drayton Valley
rideinc.com
Designs, manufactures and distributes emergency egress equipment for escape from any configuration of elevated platform.

Energy services

Mervyn Pidherney
M. Pidherney’s Trucking Ltd. | Rocky Mountain House
pidherneys.com
Provides oilfield construction, civil construction, remediation and reclamation services, sand and gravel sales, concrete supply and delivery, and specialty equipment services.

Manufacturing

Joe Makowecki
Heritage Frozen Foods | Edmonton
cheemo.com
Produces over three million perogies per day in a state-of-the-art food processing facility, providing consumers with a variety of flavours.

Oil and gas

David Bouchier, Nicole Bourque-Bouchier
The Bouchier Group | Fort McMurray
thebouchiergroup.com
A leading service provider of civil construction, earthworks and general site services to the oil sands.

Professional and financial services

Jean-Pierre Parenty
Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services | Winnipeg
parentyreitmeier.com
Specializes in technical translation and localization in more than 100 languages for global clients.

Real estate and construction

Reza Nasseri
Landmark Group of Builders | Edmonton
landmarkgroup.ca
One of the largest production homebuilders in Alberta specializing in developing sustainable building.

Technology and communications

Michael J. Sikorsky
Robots and Pencils Inc. | Calgary
robotsandpencils.com
Develops iPhone and iPad apps, creators of the #1 app in the world: Spy vs Spy.  

What’s next?
As the Prairies region’s 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Dale will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions for the national honour of Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013, to be presented at a gala celebration on 27 November 2013 in Toronto. In June 2014, Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 other country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new possibilities. We’ve shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years — and we’ve only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2013 Prairies judging panel consisted of Tony Franceschini, retired President and CEO, Stantec Inc.; Linda Hohol, Corporate Director; Curt Vossen, President, Richardson International; Kelley Smith, Independent Consultant; and Stephanie Yong, Director, W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.

For more information about our National Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on 27 November 2013, please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or Julie.Olden@ca.ey.com.

Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYPrairies.

This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In the Prairies, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Business in Calgary, Business in Edmonton, and the Calgary Herald. 

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