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5 Jul 2018 Vancouver, CA

Pacific entrepreneurs are evolving to expand beyond borders

Each year EY recognizes entrepreneurs who drive growth, live outside the box and disrupt with purpose. Today, the firm has named 35 finalists across 9 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2018 Pacific program.

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Finalists announced for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Pacific program

Each year EY recognizes entrepreneurs who drive growth, live outside the box and disrupt with purpose. Today, the firm has named 35 finalists across 9 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2018 Pacific program.  

“We’ve seen a lot of change in entrepreneurs from the Pacific region over the years,” says Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Program Director. “New companies with cutting-edge products and services are entering the market, while long-standing businesses are welcoming disruption with innovation. Altogether, the region is seeing more diversified sectors, more women in leadership and more businesses reaching global markets.”

In fact, over half (66%) of this year’s finalists have businesses with an international presence. This growth strategy is consistent with 2018 EY Growth Barometer survey results, which finds middle market businesses are prioritizing entry into new overseas markets to drive growth.

“Pacific entrepreneurs are building businesses that contribute to local development and employment while growing Canada’s global footprint,” says Petrollini. “The businesses of this year’s finalists employ more than 9,858 people and see annual revenues of over $2.43 billion — now that’s something worth celebrating.”   

For 25 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program has recognized the achievements of Canada’s entrepreneurial trailblazers — recognizing more than 3,800 finalists and presenting more than 1,000 awards to inspiring Canadian entrepreneurs.

View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Pacific finalists

What’s next?

The Pacific finalists will come together on 25 September 2018 in Vancouver, where EY will name one winner in each of the nine categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year and will later compete with regional winners from Atlantic, Québec, Ontario and Prairies for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from across the globe for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2019.

More information

Follow @EYCanada#EOYCanada and #EOYPacific on Twitter for the latest event updates.

Visit for more program details and information on how to attend one of the regional galas across the country.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program 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 awards program 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 2018 Pacific independent judging panel consists of Charles Chang, President & Founder, Lyra Growth Partners Inc.; Debra Hewson, President & CEO, Odlum Brown; Sacha McLean, Partner, McLean Group; Ali Pejman, Partner, Fort Capital Partners; Lisa Shields, Founder & CEO, FI.SPAN Services Inc.; Bill Tam, Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster; Cathy Thorpe, President & CEO; Nurse Next Door; and Marsha Walden, President & CEO, Destination British Columbia.

This year's program national sponsors are ICI RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Media One Creative, Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada and The Printing House Limited. Pacific regional sponsors are Leone, Canada Wide Media, Hunt Personnel, Rocky Mountaineer and the University of British Columbia.

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