Introducing Your Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Top 10 Semi-Finalists

Our Immigrant Entrepreneur Award recognizes the success and contributions of outstanding new Canadians who have started a successful business in British Columbia. This individual hasn’t just surmounted the challenges inherent in moving to a new country. They’ve also taken on the mantle of entrepreneurship, exhibiting leadership in their community, and within their business. The award is judged on the following criteria:

  • Overcoming Adversity: This individual has achieved success despite the challenges of being an immigrant in Canada.
  • Leadership: They showcase strong leadership through both business practice and involvement within the community they operate.
  • Track Record and Growth Plan: The business demonstrates a proven track record of financial success and is positioned for growth.

Last year’s winner, Lilián Cazacu, (pictured above) exemplifies the spirit of our Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award. Lilián moved to Canada 10 years ago without speaking any English, but with a passionate desire to give his family a better future in Canada. Since his degrees, both Master and Ph.D. in Law, were not accepted in Canada, he went back to school to get another Master in Legal Studies at SFU, and started his Notary practice in Langley.

Here are your 2018 Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Top 10 Semi-Finalists:

ChopValue Manufacturing

Location: Vancouver

ChopValue is a product engineering and design firm that creates innovative materials with recycled chopsticks. Inspired by Vancouver’s love of Asian cuisine, the company’s mission is to guide British Columbia toward greener and more sustainable actions.

Driving Miss Daisy

Location: North Vancouver

Driving Miss Daisy helps seniors to stay connected to family, friends, and community. Services include support and transport for seniors, those with mobility, visual and cognitive challenges, and people recovering from surgery.

Envisioning Labs

Location: Vancouver

Envisioning Labs is an innovation consultancy based in Vancouver that assists organizations in identifying growth, innovation and business opportunities. They also offer innovation training and research & development services.

Fans of Vancouver Tours

Location: Vancouver

Fans of Vancouver Tours offer uniquely designed tours around Vancouver. They range from blockbuster movie walking tours, seasonal walking tours, and day adventures around Canada’s own “Hollywood North”.

FreshWorks Studio

Location: Victoria

FreshWorks Studio is an award-winning Victoria & Vancouver based firm working in the space of digital transformation and specializes in designing & developing mobile & web apps. The clients include BC Ferries, Harbour Air,, BC Government, CGI, Sierra Systems etc.

IRL Construction Ltd.

Location: Vancouver

IRL Construction was established in 2011 by William Donnellan, an Irish expat with years of experience in the construction industry. Since then, the company has grown to encompass 49 employees and earn its reputation as one of the most trusted names in the Vancouver construction industry.

Little Hut Curry

Location: Powell River

Husband and wife team, Mohinder and Janmeet, have helmed Powell River’s Little Hut Curry since it opened in 2009. They are active members of the local community, sponsoring popular events like the Palm Beach Folk Festival, Blackberry Street Festival, and charity drives.

Miku Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Since opening in 2008, Miku Vancouver has cultivated a sparkling reputation amongst local foodies and the media. The restaurant specializes in beautifully executed Aburi (flame-seared) sushi and entrée dishes.


Location: Vancouver

Ophthalight designs and manufactures portable smart ophthalmic diagnostic/monitoring equipment and software which provides a simple, digital alternative to conventional eye exams.

Wize Monkey

Location: Vancouver

Wize Monkey produces farm-direct coffee leaf teas that are smooth, sustainable, and packed with antioxidants. Their products are sold in over 600 retail locations across North America.