Geoff Chutter, President and CEO of WhiteWater — is this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Pacific winner.
“Just like its slides, WhiteWater has had its own ups and downs, but it’s the way that Geoff positively approaches challenges head-on with perseverance and a true entrepreneurial spirit, that really impressed the judges,” says Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Program Director. “When an economic downturn comes knocking, consumer discretionary spending is typically the first to go. But Geoff didn’t let this stop him in the early 2000s. Instead, he turned it into an opportunity and has made WhiteWater a force to be reckoned with ever since.”
Over the last 14 years, WhiteWater has seen 185% growth. In part, credited to WhiteWater’s global focus, opening offices in emerging markets ahead of competitors to give the company a first-player advantage. Another factor in Geoff’s success can be tied to his purpose-driven leadership and commitment to providing a positive, safe and collaborative work environment.
Geoff also fosters a culture of giving back at WhiteWater by supporting Thanks for Giving and Give Kids the World Run and personally supporting Covenant House in Vancouver as the Treasurer and Chair of the Development Committee. But his global impact is perhaps best summarized by the number of global projects — approximately 200 a year in 30 countries — WhiteWater completes to provide more accessible water fun to millions around the world.
As the Pacific region’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019, Geoff will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic regions for the national honour of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Canada, to be presented at a gala celebration on 28 November 2019 in Toronto. In June 2020, Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Pacific category award recipients:
First West Capital | Vancouver
WhiteWater | Richmond
Consumer Products & Services
Otter Co-op | Surrey
SmartSweets | Vancouver
Environmental Products and Services
Clevest | Burnaby
Food and Beverage
Warehouse Group | Vancouver
Dan Wilson, Kyle Tweter
Natural Resources and Energy
San Group | Langley
Kamal Sanghera, Suki Sanghera
tentree | Vancouver
Arthur Kononuk, David Luba, Derrick Emsley, Kalen Emsley, Stephen Emsley
Galvanize | Vancouver
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The 2019 Pacific independent judging panel consists of Ali Pejman, Partner, Fort Capital Partners; Cathy Thorpe, CEO, Nurse Next Door; Jill Earthy, Head of Growth, Female Funders; Keith Spencer, Partner, FASKEN; Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination British Columbia; Rob McCurdy, CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy; and Sacha McLean, Vice Chairman, The McLean Group.
This year's program national sponsors are The Globe and Mail Inc., ICI RDI, TMX Group, Air Canada, Media One Creative and The Printing House Limited. Pacific regional sponsors are BCBusiness, Canadian Western Bank, Captivate Networks, Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours and LEONE Luxury Fashion.
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