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Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Recognizing Entrepreneurial Success 

On Thursday April 26, Douglas College Self-Employment Services hosted the annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Molson Canadian Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino.

The annual event celebrates the success of alumni from the Douglas College Self-Employment Program, recognized as one of the largest and most successful entrepreneurial training programs in Canada.

The fun evening began with a networking reception followed by the awards presentation. Attending VIPs and dignitaries from the Tri Cities included Joan Isaacs, MLA, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain; City of Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and David Munro, Manager of Economic Development; Michael Hind, CEO, Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce and Catherine Ackerman, Board Chair.

Representing the Burnaby Board of Trade was Paul Holden, President and CEO and Tessa Vanderkop, Marketing, Programs and Sustainability Manager. Attending from the City New Westminster was Bill Harper, City Councillor, Carolyn Armanini, Economic Development Coordinator and Blair Fryer, Communications and Economic Development Manager. Lizz Kelly, CEO, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce was also a guest as well as Chamber of Commerce Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows President Ken Holland and Office Manager Flori Chaykowski.



Nominee submissions were selected on the basis of five criteria:  business achievements, product and service differentiators, marketing and operational strategies, community service and revenue. Two finalists and one winner were recognized in seven award categories, including overall Entrepreneur of the Year.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements.

High Tech Category: Aristotel Dascal, Vinebyte Technologies Inc., Port Moody
Finalists: Don Lekei, Help-My Tech; Rob Evans, Rocky Coast Creative Web Design

Construction/Manufacturing Category
: Jeff Oldenborger, A-Frame Brewing Company, Squamish

Finalists: Noe Galindo, Monarch Roofing Services; Tracy Kyle, Woof Works Gourmet Cookies Inc.

Retail Category
: Kelly Savela, Royal City Paws Pet Centre Ltd., New Westminster
Finalists: Tamara Gorin, Western Sky Books; Lucy Ren, New West Optical Ltd.

Service Category: Supneet Kaur Chawla, Ace Trades and Technical Institute Inc., Surrey

Finalists: Michelle Tremblay, MPowerLives; Kelly Marciniw, BrightGo Solutions

Home Based / Mobile Category: Brad-Lee Bussche, Mindesign Kids, Vancouver

Finalists: Kashmir Singh, Brite Smile Dentures Ltd.; Anne James, A Place For Everything


Youth Category: Naomi Martz, Four Beat Farm, Pemberton
Finalists: Adrianna Golinsky, I Heart Clean; Amy Higgins, Moppin' MerMAID


Overall Entrepreneur of the Year:  Mike Londry, West Side Pest Control, Vancouver
Finalists: Jeff Oldenborger, A-Frame Brewing Company; Supneet Kaur Chawla, Ace Trades and Technical Institute Inc.



We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all EYA 2018 sponsors for their contribution to this year's event.  




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