Ernst & Young’s popular Entrepreneur of the Year award has named its regional finalists for 2014.

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.

“Entrepreneurs continue to defy the odds, and the impossible,” said 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.”

EY said this year’s 2014 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in the Prairies represent 37,00 jobs in Canada.

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.”

Among the startup names to make the final cut was Frank and Oak cofounder Hicham Ratnani, Michael Litt and Devon Galloway of Waterloo’s Vidyard and Vern Brownell of Burnaby’s D-Wave Systems, Inc, among others.

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 | Grand 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, Brick Marnee

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.

The 2014 Pacific finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Business-to-Business Products and Services

Thomas Leavitt

Leavitt Machinery | Langley


Provides sales, rental, servicing and operator/safety training of new and used material-handling equipment in western Canada and the US.

Rick Gibbs

Neutron Factory Works | Delta


The only industrial contractor that provides electricians, refrigeration mechanics, welders and fabricators, millwrights and PLC programmers under one roof.

Scott Edmonds

Webtech Wireless Inc. | Burnaby


Provides fleet telematics solutions that improve efficiency and accountability and reduce costs.

Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Natacha Beim

CEFA Early Learning | Vancouver


Academically prepares children, aged one to five, through a progressive curriculum of games and play.

Brad Trotman, Mike Trotman, Mitch Trotman

Trotman Automotive Group | Surrey


A family-owned and -operated company that has been recognized as one of the most progressive, industry-leading dealer groups in Canada.

Charles Chang

Vega | Burnaby


The leader in the plant-based natural health and performance products industry.

Emerging Entrepreneur

Vern Brownell

D-Wave Systems, Inc. | Burnaby


The world’s first quantum computer company, tackling challenging problems with a breakthrough approach to computation that integrates superconducting and quantum mechanics.

Franck Point

Madeleine (Canada) Investments Ltd. | Vancouver


A bakery chain providing an authentic Parisian experience to the people of Vancouver.

Lisa Tuningley

T-Rail Products Inc. | Surrey


Provides rail source innovations to Canada’s rail transportation industry, from sourcing materials to project management.


Larrie York

Frontier Power Products Ltd. | Delta


Active in the engine and electrical power generation industries in Western Canada.

Carlos Villavicencio

Natural Trade Ltd. | North Vancouver


Specializes in wholesale, trading and exporting softwood and hardwood lumber in North America.

Aaron Rokstad

Rokstad Power Corporation | Coquitlam


Constructs high-voltage power lines and related infrastructure for utilities and infrastructure contractors.

Entertainment and Hospitality

Sergio Cocchia, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia

Absolute Spa Group – Crew Management Ltd. | Vancouver


A group of companies formed in 1992 that focuses on hotel management as well as the Absolute Spa Group and its affiliates.

Jason McLean, Sacha McLean

The McLean Group of Companies | Vancouver


Comprising a real estate development and investment division, Vancouver Film Studios film and TV production facility, and Blackcomb Aviation helicopter and jet charters.

Thomas Haas

Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie | North Vancouver


Manufactures fine chocolate and patisserie.

Information Technology

Ho Kim

CAMACC Systems Inc. | Saanichton


Designs, builds, installs and services advanced high-definition video and digital storage technology across many sectors.

Stephane Bourque

Incognito Software Inc. | Vancouver


Creates and sells off-the-shelf telecom provisioning, administration and management software geared for the worldwide market of internet service providers.

Jack Newton

Themis Solutions Inc. | Burnaby


Offers a cloud-based practice management platform for small to medium-sized law firms.

Mining and Exploration

Bradford Cooke

Endeavour Silver Corp. | Vancouver


A Vancouver-based silver mining company operating three silver mines in Mexico.

Ross McElroy, Devinder Randhawa

Fission Uranium Corp. | Kelowna


A uranium exploration company that has successfully found and developed two major uranium deposits in Canada’s Athabasca Basin.

Mark O’Dea

True Gold Mining Inc. | Vancouver


Discovers and advances gold, copper, nickel and uranium deposits worldwide.


Dan Eisenhardt, Hamid Abdollahi

Recon Instruments Inc. | Vancouver


The world leader in Heads-up Display technology for sports and high-intensity environments, providing performance information, navigation and more, direct-to-eye, in real time.

Jake Fry

Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing Inc. | Vancouver


Builds beautiful small homes, proponent and pioneer of laneway bylaw lobbying and consulting.

Steve Curtis

Zag Group Inc. | Vancouver


Creates natural pharmaceuticals, specifically psychoactive categories such as anxiety, pain, depression and sleep, for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

The 2014 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Business-to-Business Products and Services

José Boisjoli

BRP | Valcourt


A world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles and power sports engines.

Mario Champagne

Le Groupe PPP ltée | Québec City


Designs, manages and distributes products and services that build, secure and maintain customer loyalty among vehicle owners.

Martin Cousineau

Lobe Réseau inc | Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures


A portal bringing together all multidisciplinary clinic managers under the banner of Lobe Santé auditive et communication, giving patients access to hearing, language and speech healthcare professionals.

Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Jean Benny, Vincent Benny, Yves Benny

Benny & Frères | Bois-des-Filion


A rotisserie founded in 1960, Benny & Co is famous for its roast chicken.

Nicolas Tremblay

Construction Junic | Gatineau


Builds extraordinary homes for all generations, setting the standard for both innovation and quality.

Réal Bouclin

Réseau Sélection | Laval


Offers senior housing that stands out for its welcoming, comfortable, stimulating and secure living spaces, where health and prevention are paramount.

Bassel Atallah, Firas Atallah, Rami Atallah

SSENSE | Montréal


A leading online luxury clothing boutique, carrying over 200 men’s and women’s wear collections, including shoes and accessories, from world renowned designers.

Emerging Entrepreneur

Noémie Dupuy, Michael Elman, David Lipes

Budge Studios | Montréal


Creates entertaining apps for kids for smartphones and tablets featuring high profile properties such as Strawberry Shortcake, Garfield, and Caillou.

Frédéric Bastien

mnubo | Montréal


Lowers barrier of entry for connected object manufacturers and accelerate their time-to-market by enabling them with a comprehensive SaaS-based IoT applications platform

Sonny Lamba, Paresh Vadavia

OPMpros.com | Montréal


An award-winning affiliate marketing agency that works closely with major retailers across North America to help maximize online revenues and specializes in affiliate program management across the full range of affiliate networks.

Health Sciences

John Sampalis

JSS Medical Research Inc. | Saint-Laurent


A global clinical research organization.

Louis Laflamme

Opsens Inc. | Québec City


Develops, manufactures, supplies and installs fibre optic systems, notably measurement of Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) in medical instrumentation in the oil and gas industries.

Sébastien Blais-Ouellette

Photon etc. | Montréal


Specializes in optical analysis, designing and manufacturing instruments based on unique patented hyperspectral imaging technologies for research centres around the world and for the industrial sector.

Information Technology

Sébastien Vachon

Korem inc. | Québec City


A leader in geospatial technology solutions, providing a full range of geospatial services, and software and data solutions tailored to client needs.

Danny Chazonoff, Joel Leonoff

Optimal Payments | Montréal


A leading provider of online and mobile integrated payment technologies for millions of consumers and thousands of businesses around the world.

Matthew Cassar, Peter Cassar

SherWeb Inc. | Sherbrooke


A worldwide hosted services leader providing competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world.


Marc-André Lesmerises

Carnot Réfrigération Inc. | Trois-Rivières


Designs and manufactures greenhouse gas-free refrigeration and air-conditioning systems for supermarkets, warehouses, arenas and server rooms.

Serge Gendron

Groupe AGF Inc. | Longueuil


A Canadian leader in the design, fabrication and installation of concrete reinforcing steel (rebar) and post-tensioning.

Michael Cyr

LOCWELD | Candiac


Offers design, detailing, fabrication and galvanizing of steel structures including lattice towers, tubular poles, substation structures, bridges, custom fabrication and much more.

Media and Entertainment

Richard Speer

Attraction Media | Montréal


Brings together six companies from a range of fields, including advertising, film, television, emerging media, radio broadcasting and distribution.

Michael Green

Hueneye Communications | Lasalle


A print management company located in the Southwest of Montréal that specializes in Gang-Run Printing.

Jean Labadie

Les Industries Show Canada Inc. | Laval


Specializes in set production and architectural support services offering project management, design, engineering, manufacturing and installation and maintenance services tailored to its clients’ needs.

Real estate/construction

Simon Labrecque

Air Ambiant inc. | Longueuil


Offers simple, effective solutions for complex projects to upgrade mechanical room ventilation systems for large institutional and commercial buildings.

Johanne Bousquet

Chagall Design | Sainte-Julie


Specializes in commercial development, providing turnkey services, from construction to installation of décor and furnishings to optimize the retail shopping experience.

Élise Beauchesne

Web Estate Management 2009 inc. | Montréal


Web Estate Management Inc. and Web Estate Management 2009 Inc. run SolutionCondo.com, a platform that markets web software dedicated to facilitating the management of cooperatives.

Technology and Communication

Simon Morris

CogniVue Corporation | Gatineau


Licenses embedded vision processor, IP technology, tools and software that allow companies to develop previously impossible high-performance, low-power vision applications for automotive, consumer and industrial markets.

Pierre Racz

Genetec | Saint-Laurent


A global leader in Vide Management Systems used to protect large and small scale critical infrastructure, government, transportation, retail, and campus environments.

Guillaume Poudrier

Géothentic Inc | Montréal


Offers a range of eco-friendly, economical and customized geo-location products to solve various corporate vehicle management issues.

Young Entrepreneur

Wayne Burke, Steve Shoiry

Dominion New Energy | Montréal


Helps customers purchase energy and related products in deregulated energy markets.

Hicham Ratnani, Yifeng Song

Frank & Oak | Montréal


The simplest way to shop the latest trends in menswear, with quality designs, personalized services, and a hassle-free online experience. The vertically integrated brand designs, manufactures and sells premium clothing and accessories.

Carmelo Marsala

Spray-Net Inc. | Boucherville


Offers consumers a permanent exterior paint solution to change the colour of their existing sidings as well as their doors and windows whether they be in aluminum, vinyl, stucco or PVC.

Special Citation — Social Entrepreneur

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

Manon Barbeau

Wapikoni mobile | Montréal


A travelling studio that visits native communities, offering audio-visual training workshops in film and music.

The 2014 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Emerging Entrepreneur

Jonathan Webster

EnvAerospace, Inc. | Brampton


The world’s first environmental aerospace firm and provider of customized nano coating solutions that improve material wear and fuel efficiency for OEMs and end users of gas turbine engines.

Joseph Jackman

Jackman Reinvention Inc. | Toronto


A creative management consulting and activation company focused on retail reinvention.

Neil Sweeney

JUICE Mobile | Toronto


A full-service mobile marketing and advertising technology firm that provides advertising platforms and services to the mobile marketing industry.

Jay Klein

PÜR Gum | Toronto


An aspartame-free healthy alternative chewing gum. PÜR delivers the highest quality flavors and ingredients to consumers by using simple substitutions and eliminating chemical sweeteners

Energy and Cleantech

Paul Bagatavicius, Dean Rookes, Winston Shim

Corrosion Service Company Limited | Markham


Designs cathodic and anodic corrosion protection systems for industrial structures since its founding in 1950.

Emmie Leung

Emterra Group | Burlington


A leader in waste resources management, collecting, recycling and marketing packaging, printed paper and scrap tires to convert waste liquids into green products.

Martin Ritchie, Justin Woodward, Christian Wray

JCM Capital | Toronto


A solar photovoltaic developer with experience managing five solar development funds and developing more than 70 solar PV projects across North and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Food and Hospitality

Joel Flatt, Todd Parsons

Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. | Toronto


A privately owned manufacturer of quality frozen and thaw-and-sell baked goods, operating for over 20 years.

Sujay Shah

Kii Naturals Inc./Shashi Foods Inc. | Concord


Sources and trades commodities and manufactures all-natural artisan crisps, crackers, cereals, grains, super-foods, spices and seasonings.

Chris Neal, Peter Neal

Neal Brothers Inc. | Concord


Markets and distributes retail food products under both the Neal Brothers brand and also for a variety of other brands.

Mark McEwan

The McEwan Group | Toronto


Owner of North 44, Bymark, One and Fabbrica restaurants, as well as gourmet food store McEwan. Food Network chef with The Heat and the head judge of Top Chef Canada. Owner of three catering companies, author of two cookbooks and owner of a cookware line.

Health Sciences

Anthony Giovinazzo

Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. | Toronto


A specialty pharmaceutical company developing a convenient and easy-to-use sublingual (oral) thin film strip for the acute rescue of “off” motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Tom Reeves

Interface Biologics | Toronto


A commercial stage company that develops a transformative biomedical polymer technology to improve the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

Dr. Arun Menawat

Novadaq Technologies | Mississauga


Develops and markets clinically relevant imaging solutions for open and minimally invasive surgical and outpatient procedures that have been shown to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.


Pyarali Nanji

Belle-Pak Packaging Inc. | Markham


Manufactures and supplies flexible packaging products to many of the world’s leading brands.

Linda Hasenfratz

Linamar Corporation | Guelph


A diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products powering vehicles, motion and lives.

Peter Snucins

Polycorp Ltd. | Toronto


Designs and manufactures engineered polymer products for a broad range of customers in the transportation, mining and protective lining sectors.

Media and Technology

James Aitken

Exchange Lab Canada, Inc. | Toronto


Delivers campaigns across digital display, video, social media and mobile channels, evaluating a billion audience interactions daily to find the right audience, at the right time, across digital channels and devices at the most efficient price.

Peter Stavropoulos

FlexITy Solutions Inc. | Richmond Hill


Works collaboratively with clients in aligning their business goals with technology to help them become high-performance organizations.

Leerom Segal

Klick Health | Toronto


The world’s largest independent health agency, laser focused on creating solutions that engage and educate health care providers about life-saving treatments.

James Swayze

Symbility Solutions Inc. | Toronto


A global provider of cloud-based and smartphone-/tablet-enabled claims technology for the property and casualty and health insurance industries.

Paul Genier

Veritaaq Technology House Inc. | Ottawa


A leading Canadian IT consulting firm that helps public and private sector organizations achieve their strategic business objectives by leveraging information technology.

Real Estate

Greg Romundt

Centurion Apartment REIT | Toronto


A private Canadian real estate investment trust with a focus on multi-unit apartment buildings, student housing and lending.

Michael Cooper

Dream Unlimited | Toronto


A real estate investment, management and development company whose purpose is to build better communities to live in and work in.

Jason Castellan

The Skyline Group of Companies | Guelph


Comprising several entities to oversee real estate investment, development, asset management and property management interests.


Lou Serafini Jr.

Fengate Capital Management | Toronto


A privately held asset management firm specializing in alternative assets including real estate, infrastructure and seniors’ housing.

Liz Scott

Organizational Solutions Inc. | Burlington


A disability and workers’ compensation management firm that assists clients in reducing disability cost and lowering durations.  Their expertise ensures sustainable return to work.

Edward Kholodenko

Questrade Financial Group, Inc. | Toronto


An online brokerage, providing clients with direct-access trading in the US and Canadian stock and options markets through its IQ trading platforms, as well as Forex and CFD trading.

Kim Langen

Spirit of Math Schools Inc. | Toronto


Canada’s largest “after-school school” for high-performing students. The drill system, curriculum, problem solving and teacher training provide an all-encompassing program producing top Canadian math students.

Alex Handa, Eugene Winer, Justin Van Camp

S-Trip! | Toronto


Brings students together for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences where they explore the world, volunteer, seek adventure and celebrate milestones with friends.

Young Entrepreneur

Ryan Marien, Anatoliy Melnichuk, Michele Romanow

Buytopia.ca | Toronto


One of Canada’s largest online marketplaces for amazing deals on local goods and services.

Arjun Kumar

Kela Medical Inc. | Whitby


Harnesses the power of innovation and technology to pioneer leading-edge solutions and demonstrate the value of a fully accessible personal health record to individuals, physicians and practitioners of the health care industry.

Bill Hennessey

RoyalPak Inc. | Toronto


Manufactures industrial cleaning products for the janitorial sanitation, automotive, specialty and food plant industries selling to distributors and end users.

Devon Galloway, Michael Litt

Vidyard | Kitchener


Leading provider of video marketing, video analytics and video management solutions that help small businesses, large enterprises and Fortune 1000 companies maximize the impact of online video.

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.

Tim Jones

Artscape | Toronto


A not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

The 2014 Atlantic finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:

Business-to-Business Products and Services

Andy MacGregor, Glen MacGregor

MacGregors Industrial Group | New Glasgow, Nova Scotia


Provides solutions to manufacturing, energy, mining, forestry and construction industries and grown a loyal North American and export customer base over 35 years to become a world class organization that is a leader in our products and services.

Larry McConchie

McConchie Trucking Ltd. | Norton, New Brunswick


Specializes in the transportation of over-dimensional loads, including modular homes and modular units for residential and the commercial sectors.

Paul Antle

Pluto Investments Inc. | St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The private holding company of Paul Antle, Pluto has grown from a small investment in an environmental company into a large diversified portfolio.

Ed Hennessey, James MacDonald

Safety First-SFC Ltd. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Involved in traffic control, small scale manufacturing, retail, product rental, property maintenance, real estate, line painting and providing safety courses throughout the Atlantic.

Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Bonnie Cook

AbbyShot Clothiers | Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador


Provides replica clothing to sci-fi and gaming communities in over 50 countries, partnering with media corporations such as BBC, 20th Century Fox, NBC and Universal.

David Pace

Overhead Door of Nova Scotia | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Supply and install overhead doors and operators for residential and commercial use.

Amy Gordinier-Regan

Skinfix Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia


Makes all-natural, over-the-counter medicinal balms to treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and rashes.

Michael Whittaker

Trucorp Investments | Moncton, New Brunswick


Comprised of Bonte Foods, the region’s largest processor of quality deli meats and Grinner’s Food Systems, as well as the franchisor of three fast food brands: Greco Pizza, Capt Submarine and the newly launched Frozu frozen yogurt chain.

Emerging Entrepreneur

Stephen Jones

4Deep inwater imaging | Halifax, Nova Scotia


Specializes in underwater microscopes that can image, count, size and characterize microorganisms in any body of water in real-time.

Marc Mansour

Immunovaccine Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia


Develops cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the DepoVax™ platform, a patented formulation that provides controlled and prolonged exposure of antigens and adjuvants to the immune system.

Lisa Walsh

Indigena Enterprises Inc. | Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador


Makes all natural handmade skincare from indigenous ingredients from the land and surrounding sea.

David Alston, Robert Begg, Jody Glidden, Stewart Walchli

Introhive | Fredericton, New Brunswick


Solves the question of who knows who for businesses by using relationship analytics software to uncover the relationships a company has with customers and prospects.

Hospitality and Tourism

Mohamed Ali Mhalla

Blue Olive | Dieppe, New Brunswick

A food market offering exotic products from around the world, as well as a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

Ben Cowan-Dewar

Cabot Links Venture Inc. | Inverness, Nova Scotia


Owns and operates Cabot Links, Canada’s first and only true links golf course.

Brenda O’Reilly, Craig Flynn

YellowBelly Brewery & O’Reilly’s Pub | St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


YellowBelly Brewery is a craft brewery, located in a historic property and houses a pub, lounge, restaurant and catering facility. O’Reilly’s Pub is an Irish Newfoundland Pub that specializes in local cuisine and features live music.

Information Technology

Steven Burns

Bulletproof Solutions | Fredericton, New Brunswick


Offers Atlantic Canada and the Maritimes the type of world-class IT service professionals that would otherwise only be available to the very largest enterprises.

Cindy Roma, Sydney Ryan

Telelink | St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


A leading provider of multi-channel 24/7 live safety and inbound customer support solutions to North America’s energy sector.

Rachel Arseneau-Ferguson, Nathalie Levesque

Transmed | Campbellton, New Brunswick


Offers medical transcription, translation and audit services in both English and French.

Jim Fitt

Velsoft | New Glasgow, Nova Scotia


A global educational content company distributing training materials, eLearning and educational technologies to over 10,000 organizations in 164 countries world-wide.


Paul Yeatman

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Develops and produces hydro-acoustic devices.

Jeff LeDrew

Jumping Bean Coffee | St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


A leader in sustainable, premium coffee and a multi-channel business with operations in retail, wholesale, franchise cafes and coffee roasting.

Terry Malley

Malley Industries Inc. | Dieppe, New Brunswick


Manufactures specialty vehicles, including advanced life support ambulances, police and security vehicles, vehicles for persons with disabilities, and produces thermo-formed plastic products for automotive, aerospace and food industry industries.

Media and Entertainment

John Wesley Chisholm

Arcadia Entertainment Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia


An independent TV content production company, operating with commissions for TV series and specials from National Geographic, Discovery Channels and other global broadcasters.

Ed Martin

Best Boy Entertainment — Group of companies | Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador


Develops and creates docu-drama TV, travel shows, children’s television, serious social documentaries, film, children’s educational games, and interactive web content.

Greg Hemmings

Hemmings House Pictures | Saint John, New Brunswick


Produces film, photographic, animation and audio content that creates authentic connections between companies and their customers.

Real estate/Construction

Ted Burden

Brook Construction | Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador


A general contractor for commercial, industrial, and civil construction in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Robert Crosbie

Crosbie Group Limited | St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


Currently involved in offshore oil and gas services, onshore industrial services, real estate and construction.

Tamara Barker Watson

Whitestone Developments Limited | Lakeside, Nova Scotia


A construction company that helps customers decrease their carbon footprint by building energy-efficient custom homes, some of which even produce more energy than they consume.

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