22 pacific business leaders thriving in the age of uncertainty

Meet the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific program.

Each year, consulting firm EY recognizes entrepreneurs across the country who showcase innovation and success. Earlier this week, the organization named 22 business leaders as finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific program.

“Despite the ongoing shutdowns across BC—and the rest of the world—causing knock-on disruption to operations and supply chains, these companies have managed to push challenges to the sideline and respond with resilience and agility," says Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Program Director.

"It's no surprise the technology industry has a good showing in this year's group of finalists,” Petrollin added, “as many of these companies were in an optimal position to pivot and accommodate new demands.”

Indeed, the tech industry made a strong showing with companies like Beanworks (sold for $105M+), AbCellera ($650M+ IPO) and Tasktop Technologies (raised for $126M) represented among the list of finalists.

Here’s the full list:

  • AbCellera (ABCL), Carl Hansen

  • Apply Digital, Chris Coghlan, Gautam Lohia

  • Beanworks, Catherine Dahl, Reza Sanaie

  • Copperleaf, Judi Hess

  • Cymax Group Technologies Ltd., Rizwan Somji

  • DeeBee's Organics, Dionne Laslo-Baker

  • Fresh Prep Foods Inc., Becky Brauer, Husein Rahemtulla, Dhruv Sood

  • HME Mobility & Accessibility, Robert Boscacci, Cameron Fleming

  • Jane App, Trevor Johnston, Alison Taylor

  • Keystone Environmental, Raminder Grewal

  • Legends Haul, Craig Sheridan

  • Natu'oil Services Inc., Haresh Bhatt

  • Nude Beverages, Julius Makarewicz

  • Power Wood Corp, Jake Power

  • Save-On-Foods, Darrell Jones

  • Somatic - Mechanical | Electrical | Plumbing, Gilbert Ghezesan, Patrick Wu

  • Tasktop, Mik Kersten

  • The Pro-Claim Group, Tony Scott

  • Vessi, Mikaella Go, Andy Wang, Tony Yu

  • Weatherhaven, Ray Castelli

  • Western Logistics Inc., Mary Waring

  • WPIC Marketing + Technologies, Jacob Cooke, Joseph Cooke


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