Program launched to Find British Columbia’s Top Entrepreneur

As the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program celebrates its 25th anniversary in Canada, previous category winner, local entrepreneur and Rocky Mountaineer owner Peter Armstrong is spearheading a campaign to promote the Tourism and Hospitality category with CEOs from the industry.

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, Ernst & Young LLP (EY Canada) has always recognized the value of nurturing entrepreneurs. To formally highlight and celebrate these innovative business founders, a quarter of a century ago the company launched the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Canada.

“The EY EOY program is the biggest of its kind in the world. Every year we are inspired by the individuals and the stories that we encounter through the program,” said Lui Petrollini, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Program Director.

Peter Armstrong, Owner of Rocky Mountaineer, is a previous winner of the Tourism and Hospitality category in the Pacific region. He has committed to sponsoring the category for five years to unearth BC’s brightest entrepreneur.

“I am passionate about tourism and I am proud of the entrepreneurs in our industry. A winner from the Tourism and Hospitality category has never gone on to win the regional Entrepreneur Of The Year accolade and I’m determined to change that. Tourism contributes more to our economy that any other industry in Canada.”

Armstrong has gathered an impressive group to drive engagement with this program. Industry leaders including David Goldstein – President & CEO Destination Canada, Craig Richmond – President and CEO Vancouver Airport, Walt Judas – CEO Tourism Industry Association of BC, Grant Mackay – VP Destination & Industry Development, Destination BC and Peggy Terry, Publisher WHERE Magazine form the initiative’s steering committee.

“As an entrepreneur with a new or small business, anything that brings profile is really important,” said Craig Richmond.

“Canada is competing against the world to attract visitors” said David Goldstein. “Entrepreneurship in the tourism industry is vital so that our collective offering stands above everything else out there. Finding and nurturing entrepreneurs helps our business.”

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