EY announces 2014 Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists today

Survey finds Canadian entrepreneurs exceed global average for annual revenue growth

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(Calgary, 7 July, 2014) EY is pleased to announce this year’s gravity-defying Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in the Prairies.

“Entrepreneurs continue to defy the odds, and the impossible,” says Rob Jolley, EY’s Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. “We’ve been celebrating top talent for over two decades and yet every year these local business leaders exceed our expectations.”

In a new survey, EY found that Canada’s 2013 program finalists recorded average revenue growth of 37% year over year in 2012. That’s above the global average of 29% for developed countries. Seventy-four percent also have an international footprint — compared to 41% in Australia.

“Revenue growth is only half the story,” says Jolley. “What really sets our finalists apart is their ability to create jobs across the Prairies — and Canada. Our survey shows that last year’s finalists increased employment at an average pace of 25% in 2012.”

High-growth entrepreneurs create new markets and industries, contributing job growth in the economy. This year’s 2014 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in the Prairies represent 7,200 jobs in Canada. Together with all other finalists coast to coast, that number grows to 37,000.

“It’s our pleasure to introduce and recognize another group of entrepreneurs who continue to build a better work world for all Canadians,” says Jolley. “Celebrating their success is one way we can all work together to empower the next generation to reach new heights.”

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 21st 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 Prairies winners will be announced at a gala on 16 October 2014. The overall Prairies winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto on 25 November.

The 2014 Prairies finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Business-to-Business Products and Services

Mark Repchinsky
Advance Coating Solutions Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Provides diverse industrial coating solutions for companies in the oil and gas industry throughout Western Canada, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Cal Fairbanks, David Bischoff
ComplyWorks Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
Provides clients with compliance management solutions proven to streamline contractor and supplier pre-qualification and efficient supply-chain processes.

Al Side
Side Group of Companies | Grande Prairie, Alberta
Core business interests involve property and land development, rail reload and transportation, wholesale industrial and oilfield distribution, vehicle rental, leasing and sales, as well as investment and finance.

Ken Greer
Western Ag | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Provides commercialized research technology, the Plant Root Simulator Probe, for use in assessing the soil resource in order to optimize production of food, fiber and fuel crops.

Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Harry Sunner, Joe Sunner
Durabuilt Windows & Doors | Edmonton, Alberta
Proven leader in product innovation serving new construction, renovation and commercial markets.

Brent Zettl
Prairie Plant Systems Inc. | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Combines innovation and plant technologies into deliverable plant-based systems for emerging biopharmaceutical and agricultural market applications as well as pharmaceutical-grade cannabis.

Roger Newton
The Canadian Brewhouse | Edmonton, Alberta
Operates in the restaurant/hospitality industry with 12 locations.  

Emerging Entrepreneur

James Bachynsky
Calgary Shooting Centre | Calgary, Alberta
An indoor range and sporting goods store.

Craig Howes, Heather Murphy
Go Tire Inc. | Red Deer, Alberta
Provides mobile services, including tire changeovers and maintenance, windshield repair and replacement, auto detailing and additional service lines.

Regan Davis, Bailey Epp, Stephen Glanville
STEP Energy Services Ltd. | Calgary, Alberta
A privately owned, technically focused, oilfield service company providing specialized coiled tubing units and associated pumping/support equipment to service the horizontal well market in Western Canada.

Danielle Bragge
The Headhunters Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
A premier Canadian recruitment firm dedicated to securing top performers for top companies.

Energy Services

Pat Wilson
Camex Equipment Sales & Rentals Inc. | Nisku, Alberta
Specializes in oilfield transportation equipment, delivering customer-specific oilfield transportation solutions to clients around the world.

Mike Dunn
Enerbuilt Technologies Inc. | Nisku, Alberta
Provides flameless heating services and equipment to companies with oil and gas and industrial operations and projects.

Alvin Pyke
Helical Pier Systems Ltd. | Sherwood Park, Alberta
Provides engineering, manufacturing and installation services for heavy industry including oil and gas, electrical power transmission and distribution companies, and commercial projects.

Quinn Holtby
Katch Kan Ltd. | Edmonton, Alberta
Designs and manufactures equipment that makes drilling rigs cleaner safer for workers and reduces the environmental impact of drilling operations.


Steve Parsons
Inovata Foods Corp. | Edmonton, Alberta
A national frozen food manufacturer that supplies private label products, its own Bassili’s Best line of products and co-packs for international food companies.

Mike Fata
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods | Winnipeg, Manitoba
The world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell hemp foods.

Dan Leckelt, Lindsey Leckelt
Silent-Aire Manufacturing Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Manufactures custom HVAC units for the institutional, industrial and data center markets.

Oil and Gas

Wayne King
Grit Industries Inc.| Lloydminster. Alberta
Develops, manufactures and distributes innovative products and technologies used in the energy production, energy services and natural gas distribution industries, including burner systems, cold weather technologies and secondary containment. 

Bill McCaffrey
MEG Energy | Calgary, Alberta
Focuses on sustainable in situ development and production in the southern Athabasca oilsands region of Alberta.

Muthu Palanisamy
Metalcare Group Inc. | Fort McMurray, Alberta
Services the oil and gas, petroleum and petrochemical, chemical, power generation, and pipeline industries.

Professional and Financial Services

Greg Burghardt
Arrow Engineering Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Provides excellence in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering services, as well as automation and commissioning.

Laurie Goldberg
People Corporation | Winnipeg, Manitoba
An employee benefit, pension and human resource consulting firm.

Greg Sutton, Marnee Brick
TinyEYE Therapy Services | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Provides speech-language pathologists to school districts through tele-practice, a delivery model commonly referred to as online speech therapy.

Real Estate and Construction

Sjoerd Huese, Travis Penner
Bridge Road Construction Ltd. | Winkler, Manitoba
A development, construction, property management and investment company.

Justin Bobier
Crystal Creek Homes | Calgary, Alberta
A full spectrum builder, experienced in all aspects of new home construction.

Radhe Gupta
Rohit Group of Companies | Edmonton, Alberta
Residential and commercial real estate, land development and capital financing.

Philip Milroy
Westcorp | Edmonton, Alberta
A vertically integrated investment company focused on income producing real estate including residential, commercial and hotel properties.

Technology and Communications

Audrey Brattberg, Elmer Brattberg, Holly Brattberg, Susan Brattberg
Global eTraining and the Brattberg Group | Edmonton, Alberta
Delivers computer-based technical training at the college level.

Greg Chudiak, David Beresford
Pandell | Calgary, Alberta
Delivers industry specialized software-as-a-service (SaaS) products and services to the energy and government sectors.

Jory Lamb
VistaVu Solutions Inc. | Calgary, Alberta
A leading business management software provider serving North American energy service and oilfield product manufacturing, distribution and rental companies.

Wayne Karpoff
Willowglen Systems Inc. | Edmonton, Alberta
Develops technology in the industrial automation arena; specifically SCADA software and hardware products.

Special Citation — Social Entrepreneur

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

Shaun Loney
BUILD and others | Winnipeg, Manitoba
A social enterprise, non-profit contractor and training program for people who face barriers to employment. 

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The 2014 Prairies judging panel consists of Linda Hohol, Corporate Director, various boards; Darryl Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wynward Insurance Group; Ashif Mawji, CEO, NPO Zero Corp.; Kelley Smith, President, 1730682 Alberta Ltd; Dale Wishewan, Entrepreneur Of The Year winner 2013, Prairies, and President and CEO, Booster Juice; 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 Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies awards gala on 16 October 2014, please contact Louise Hyland at 403 206 5372 or Louise.Hyland@ca.ey.com.

Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOYPrairies.

This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, TEC Canada, Merrill DataSite, The Printing House Limited and Kira Talent. In the Prairies, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Business in Calgary and Business in Edmonton.

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