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October 2016

In this issue

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Healthcare Services
Dee Hon

When Cathy Thorpe joined Nurse Next Door as its president in 2014, she already knew the home-care provider from being a customer five years earlier. Her mother was recovering from surgery, and she was struck by the quality of care the company delivered to her family. Four months later, Thorpe began a friendship with co-founder John DeHart, whose daughter attended...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Emerging Technology
Jessica Barrett

After nearly three decades with some of North America’s largest publicly traded lighting companies, Tim Berman found himself feeling limited. “You reach a point when you’re very high up that you become more of a politician than a doer.” That didn’t sit well with Berman, who realized something needed to be done to bring lighting into the modern era. While the...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Retail/Hospitality
Jessica Barrett

For Jean-Pierre and Kate Ross LeBlanc, the old adage of keeping business and personal separate has never applied. In fact, it was an intensely personal experience that led the married couple to begin Saje Natural Business Inc. After a car accident that left him with serious soft-tissue damage, Jean-Pierre began investigating essential oils in the early ’90s as an alternative to...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Construction
Jacob Parry

For the Jacob brothers, born and raised in Sidney, B.C., construction runs in the family. Sons of a carpenter, each was well into his own career—Scott, 52, a general contractor; Todd, 48, a developer; and Jason, 47, a general contractor specializing in road repairs—when the opportunity to join forces presented itself. Over a six-pack of Heineken the evening after an...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Marketing Technology
Dee Hon

With a little more forethought, Matias Marquez might never have founded Buyatab. Marquez was a 21-year-old SFU student in 2008 when he ran into a problem: he needed to send a gift card to someone whose birthday was that day. It was too late to send one by mail, and no online cards or time machine were to be found.

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Infrastructure
Brenda Bouw

It was at a friend’s wedding in Australia just over a decade ago that investment banker Paul Dunstan and some colleagues came up with the idea to start their own public infrastructure development and investment company, which would help to plan, finance and erect buildings and bridges across North America. Vancouver-based Plenary Group was founded three months later, in July 2005...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: B.C.'s winners
Stories by Jessica Barrett, Brenda Bouw, Marcie Good, Dee Hon and Jacob Parry

Every year since 1994, BCBusiness has partnered with Ernst & Young (EY) to produce the definitive look at entrepreneurship in British Columbia. The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program honours the very best in our business world—the risk-takers and game-changers whose visionary leadership and exemplary performance put them a step above the rest. Below, you’ll meet the 30 entrepreneurs who made the cut this year—including the 10 category winners and our overall Pacific Region winner

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Consumer Technology
Marcie Good

Shoes.com has a typical startup creation story. In his Dunbar basement suite five years ago, Sean Clark set up a website offering shoes he didn’t own. He bought Google AdWords ads by credit card to direct Canadian shoe-shoppers to Shoeme.ca, and when the orders started coming in, he frantically drove around Vancouver finding shoes to repackage and send out. But he...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Fintech
Jacob Parry

A rookie car salesman with a knack for building websites, Cody Green had an idea. Customers at the Saskatoon Hyundai dealership where he worked were coming in to find the vehicle of their dreams—only to discover that loan payments were higher than they expected, or worse, that they wouldn’t be approved for a loan at all. So Green, then 24, decided...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Business-to-Business Products and Services
Jacob Parry

For Dr. Allen Eaves, it took mandatory retirement to kick-start the growth of his company, Stemcell Technologies, into one of Canada’s largest biotechnology companies. Formerly the founding director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Terry Fox Laboratory and head of clinical hematology, Eaves was required under B.C. law to step down at the age of 65. “I wasn’t really interested in...

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