EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

2016 Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

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We're recognizing an impressive group of Prairies entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We named 50 finalists across 10 categories in this year's Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies 2016 awards program.

The Prairies winners will be announced on 13 October at our Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies Awards gala.

Meet our 2016 Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

Automotive and Transportation

Southland Trailer Corp. | Calgary
Jason Sailer, Ryan Sailer and Scott Sailer
Southland Trailer Corp. manufactures and sells a complete line of steel and aluminum livestock and horse trailers in western Canada with all the fabrication and customization done in-house.
Jason Sailer Ryan Sailer Scott Sailer

Walt Morris Group of Companies | Winnipeg
Walt Morris
Walt Morris Group is comprised of nine automotive companies serving the Winnipeg area providing auto body repair, vehicle rental, detailing, finance and leasing services, and has grown to include Red River Co-op Speedway and Exclusive Bus Lines.
Walt Morris

Wyant Group | Saskatoon
Vaughn Wyant
Wyant Group represents a wide range of the world’s foremost automotive brands at dealerships across Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
Vaughn Wyant


Business-to-Business Products and Services

AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. | Regina
Murad Al-Katib
AGT is a supplier of pulses, staple foods and food ingredients from the best pulse growing regions in Canada, the United States, Turkey, Australia, China and South Africa, shipping products to over 120 countries around the world.
www.agtfoods.com | (TSX: AGT)
Murad Al-Katib

Oliver Capital Partners | Calgary
Margot Micallef
Oliver Capital Partners is a mergers and acquisitions advisory and corporate services provider to public and private companies.
Margot Micallef

Weiss-Johnson Family of Companies | Edmonton
Gordon Garside, Dennis Johnson and Mark Johnson
Weiss-Johnson provides full HVAC, plumbing, electrical and fireplace services to the residential and commercial construction industry.
Gordon Garside Dennis Johnson Mark Johnson


Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. | Altona
Elmer Hildebrand
Golden West owns 41 radio stations and 20 community websites with a focus on serving local communities with family-friendly content and local, weather and sports new in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
Elmer Hildebrand

CMS Famous Toys Ltd. | Edmonton
Richard Pierson
CMS Famous Toys is a family-owned and operated national children’s toy wholesale distributor and seasonal Halloween retailer.
Richard Pierson

Coventry Homes | Edmonton
Henri Rodier
Coventry Homes builds single-family and multi-family homes in the Edmonton area with a commitment to quality craftsmanship and customer service.
Henri Rodier

Remedy Café | Edmonton
Zee Zaidi
Remedy Café designs and offers a unique combination of Asian and American food as well as Asian tea blends mixed with dried fruits and spices. Products are sourced from local and Canadian producers, farmers, gardeners and bakers.
Zee Zaidi


Cleantech and Environmental

Borealis Geopower Inc. | Calgary
Craig Dunn
Borealis GeoPower Inc. is a team of world-class geoscientists, engineers and project developers that have come together to enable geothermal power and heat production throughout the Canadian energy market.
Craig Dunn

CLEANTEK Industries Inc. | Rockyview
Josh Curlett and Jesse Curlett
CLEANTEK Industries Inc.is a technology-driven enterprise that imagines, designs, patents, manufactures and markets technology-based equipment for mining, construction, military, government and oil & gas sectors.
Josh Curlett Jesse Curlett

Envirotech, Envirosoft and TARGET Group of Companies | Calgary
Daniel Bulat, Ted Hart and Terence Trefiak
The Group of Companies specialize in providing web-based emissions management software, fugitive emissions detection services and environmental consulting expertise to a broad range of sectors, with particular focus on the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries.
www.envirosoft.com, www.envirotecheng.com, www.envirosoft.com, www.targetemission.com
Daniel Bulat Ted Hart Terence Trefiak

NovaGreen | Killam
Larry Donovan and Barry Farquharson
NovaGreen’s proprietary solution suite effectively transforms low-value biomass into a number of high value, environmentally friendly nutrition and green tech solutions, which are increasingly used in a wide range of processed food and nutrition applications.
Larry Donovan Barry Farquharson


Emerging Entrepreneur

Arlington Street Investments | Calgary
Frank Lonardelli
Arlington Street Investments is a Calgary-based real estate development firm committed to projects that revitalize and enhance neighbourhoods across Canada.
Frank Lonardelli

Nomodic Modular Structures | Calgary
Kevin Read
Nomodic Modular Structures is a turnkey design-builder of custom sustainable prefabricated buildings that are built for durability and environmental sustainability, reducing maintenance costs and long-term expenses.
Kevin Read

Right Choice Camps & Catering Ltd. | Edmonton
Dan Sly
Right Choice Camps & Catering offers turnkey remote modular workforce accommodations including catering and housekeeping to the resource and remote industries within Western Canada.
Dan Sly

SuperPro Painting Systems International Inc. | Edmonton
Michael Duchnij
SuperPro Painting provides painting services in multiple vertical markets.  The company incorporates painter training programs and franchising opportunities.
Michael Duchnij



Empire Camp Equipment LTD. | Edmonton
Jeff Strank
Privately-held rental provider of camp and well site buildings for the energy, mining and construction sectors.
Jeff Strank

Imaginea Energy Corp. | Calgary
Suzanne West
Imaginea Energy Corp. is an energy company that produces oil and gas while focusing on sustainability and community responsibility.
Suzanne West

Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. | Calgary
Ron Hozjan and Brian Schmidt
Tamarack Valley Energy identifies, evaluates and operates resource plays in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin using a rigorous, proven modelling process to manage risk and identify growth opportunities.
www.tamarackvalley.ca | (TSX: TVE)
Ron Hozjan Brian Schmidt

Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. | Calgary
Mike Miller
Tundra provides a variety of solutions for industrial, light industrial and commercial process applications in the oil & gas industry by supplying the equipment, full facility and in house custom solutions to any application.
Mike Miller


Health and Wellness

Christenson Developments | Edmonton
Greg Christenson
The Christenson Group designs and develops Urban Village communities--walkable, sustainable neighbourhoods for a variety of multi-family lifestyles.
Greg Christenson

Fitter International Inc. (Fitterfirst) | Calgary
Louis Stack
Fitterfirst designs, manufactures and distributes products that help people from elite athletes to seniors to children, encouraging them to stay mobile, healthy and active at work and play. Products include everything from home gym equipment to products as a solution to the sedentary work day.
Louis Stack

Medicure Inc. | Winnipeg
Dr. Albert Friesen
Medicure is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for the U.S. hospital market.
www.medicure.com | (TSX: MPH)
Albert Friesen

The Organic Box | Edmonton
Danny Turner
The Organic Box is a team of farmers, producers, warehouse and delivery staff working to deliver food that is grown without pesticides, herbicides or insecticides to consumers.
Danny Turner



Startec Compression & Process | Calgary
Kristi Cawthorn
Startec Compression & Process is an integrated engineered equipment fabricator specializing in modularized design and packaging of process and refrigeration equipment solutions.  Startec’s collaborative approach offers a better way to provide custom solutions for your unique challenges and opportunities.
Kristi Cawthorn

Timber Tech Truss Inc. | Lethbridge
Wendy Going
Timber Tech Truss designs and manufactures engineered floor and roof systems for wood construction single family, multi-family, agricultural and commercial projects.
Wendy Going

Universe Machine | Edmonton
Kurt Feigel Sr.
Universe Machine is a family-owned machine shop providing services and products for several industries, including oil & gas and forestry.
Kurt Feigel Sr.


Real Estate and Construction

CHANDOS Construction | Edmonton
Tom Redl
Chandos Construction is a 100% employee-owned general contractor that aims to be the most progressive and collaborative contractor in Canada.
Tom Redl

FWS Group of Companies | Winnipeg
Brent Clegg
FWS Group of Companies is a design-builder with a fully integrated approach to construction that unifies owners, consultants and contractors, resulting in accountability, improved cost control and shorter time frames.
Brent Clegg

PCL Construction | Edmonton
Paul Douglas
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia that has diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial and buildings markets.
Paul Douglas

PD Group of Companies Inc. | Edmonton
Jeff Granberg
PD Group of Companies Inc. provides a full suite of coatings, blasting, fireproofing, insulation, scaffolding and containment services to industrial customers.
Jeff Granberg


Technology and Communications

Benevity | Calgary
Bryan de Lottinville
Benevity is a global leader in workplace giving, volunteering and grant management programs. Many leading brands rely on Benevity to connect their people to the millions of causes that matter to them.
Bryan de Lottinville

Production World Inc. | Edmonton
Kelly Kimo
Production World produces music and media for both corporate and private clients in Canada and internationally.
Kelly Kimo

RTDS Technologies Inc. | Winnipeg
James Giesbrecht, Rick Kuffel, Trevor Maguire and Rudi Wierckx
RTDS Technologies Inc. provides Real Time Digital Simulators (RTDS®) and simulation services, a specialized computer hardware and software to the electrical power industry.
James Giesbrecht Rick Kuffel Trevor Maguire Rudi Wierckx

Solido Design Automation Inc. | Saskatoon
Amit Gupta
Solido provides variation management software that enables the creation of electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs, cars and TVs.
Amit Gupta


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