Ernst & Young honours Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012Awards shine the spotlight on Canadian entrepreneurs’ ability to create sustainable growth – and jobs (Vancouver, 5 July 2012) Ernst & Young is proud to announce the finalists in this year’s Ernst &Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation across the country.
According to the recent Ernst & Young report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada — and globally — by 16% in 2011 and still show signs of growth. “Not only are entrepreneurs an engine of job creation, our survey results reveal that the majority of these business leaders also actively support community services, and 25% have created or funded an educational program,” says Voyer. “And what’s really impressive is how we’re seeing more and more new and up-and-coming players enter the market and make these contributions.”
“This year’s Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are true leaders in their fields and champions in their communities,” says Ron Voyer, Pacific Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. “At Ernst & Young we’re proud to recognize the contributions of these business leaders in Canada and around the world.” These statistics combined are proof points that show how important it is for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship in Canada and abroad. “It’s time to step up to the plate and do our part in helping to create a thriving — and sustainable — entrepreneurial environment,” says Voyer. “Because when we put the pieces in place for our entrepreneurs to flourish, Canada reaps the benefits.”
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 19th 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 Pacific winners will be announced at a banquet on October 4, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto on January 16, 2013.
Pacific Finalists in the Manufacturing category are:
Richard Eppich Ebco Group of Companies ebco.com Provides manufacturing, fabrication and precision sheet metal services
Brian Mullins, Corin Mullins HapiFoods Group Inc. holycrap.ca Creates gluten-free, vegan, certified organic breakfast cereals