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.
2018 winner, Freshworks Studio (pictured above), is an award-winning Victoria & Vancouver-based firm working in the space of digital transformation. They specialize in designing and developing mobile and web apps with clients including BC Ferries, Harbour Air, Used.ca, BC Government, CGI and Sierra Systems. Who takes the prize in 2019? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for Best Immigrant Entrepreneur:
Marwick Marketing, Squamish
Marwick Marketing has a mission as a digital marketing agency to leverage the very best on digital marketing channels and capitalize on the power of the Internet and SEO as a tool for building, growing and optimizing a clients’ brand exposure, website traffic, high-quality sales leads and profit.
LifeStyle Channel Ltd. Vancouver
LifeStyle Channel Ltd. is a full-service Digital Marketing Agency. They weave stunning visual content, utilize their innovative new marketing channel, and find new ways to engage with your customers aligned with a strategy that works for your goals.
Liontech Solutions, Vancouver
Liontech Solutions was founded in 2017 by a reputable local technician with 10 years of experience in the field. The Liontech team is strong in a variety of IT areas, whether it’s a server or network solutions, wiring job, cloud solutions, desktop support or customer services.
NextBillion.org helps people with disabilities connect with inclusive employers in tech. Each student receives a 4-8 week mentorship plan to decide and work toward a career goal in tech.
e-Visa Immigration Services Inc. Vancouver
e-Visa Immigration is a full service immigration firm that was founded in 2014. They currently have 27 employees, five regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants, offices in Vancouver and Toronto and over 5,000 successful cases.
HJ Wu & Company Inc. (CPA), Vancouver
HJ Wu & Company Inc. is an established boutique full-service chartered professional accounting firm located in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. They provide complete assurance (audits, reviews), notice to reader/compilation, trust examination, strategic accounting, advisory, management, taxation, payroll, finance controller, and associated consulting services to help organizations & private clients focus on what they do best – growing their business.
Kipling Media Ltd, Vancouver
Kipling Media is a team of dedicated no-frill Canadian marketers. They take pride in non-conformist, cavalier ways. A good marketing strategy goes against the flow, not with it. It makes you stand out from the crowd. They are always learning new methods, pushing digital boundaries to give unparalleled design, websites and marketing to clients.
Arora Comfortechs, Vancouver
Arora Comfortechs an IT services provider focused on providing highly scalable business with innovative approach & advanced methodologies. They provide strategic development for the global business community through a wide array of solutions & services.
Moving2Canada founder, Ruairi Spillane, moved to Vancouver in 2008 to take up a role in finance. Life was good, but something was missing. He kept wondering why nobody was providing newcomers to Canada with information from the exploring stage all the way to long-term settlement. With entrepreneurial zeal, Ruairi built a network that filled those gaps in knowledge. Since launching in 2012, Moving2Canada.com has been the one-stop shop for free, impartial information and resources to make the transition to Canada enjoyable and simple.
Westbridge Media, Vancouver
Westbridge Media is a Vancouver based WeChat marketing agency that connects brands with Asian consumers.
The Small Business BC Awards Gala will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards.
Hosted by a special guest Emcee, this is THE event where small businesses are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community and the BC economy.
Join us as we raise a glass in honour of the small businesses, on their night to shine on the podium.