Every year, the Business Development Bank (BDC), which works with entrepreneurs in all industries, organizes an event called the Small Business Week. Amongst the many entrepreneur-oriented activities and seminar it offers, the Young Entrepreneur Award is without doubt the most exciting, as it highlights the year’s most innovative canadian businesses by people under 35. Leadership, passion, dedication, etc. are all at the forefront of this event and this year’s winners no doubt have all those aforementioned qualities. Allentrepreneur will post the complete profiles of a few of the more interesting winners. Here is a sneak peak:

Maurice Meagher, 34, Nova Scotia – Opening the first Archadeck franchise in Nova Scotia in 2003, Maurice has brought a unique style to custom-designed outdoor living spaces. Archadeck designs and builds environments for outdoor living, including decks, screened porches, sunrooms, outdoor kitchens and specialized exterior lighting. Maurice and his team have established steady year-over-year-growth by offering homeowners and builders a turnkey solution. He plans to capitalize on emerging opportunities arising from proven demand for screened porches and sunrooms, ever-growing interest from custom home builders and strong potential in the exterior lighting market.


Patrick Brassard, 34, Quebec – While on assignment in Indonesia for a steel company, Patrick discovered Quebec had little to offer in the field of passivation, a chemical process used to treat stainless steel surfaces for the prevention of rust and corrosion. Just eight months after returning home in 2004, this go-getter jumped on that opportunity and opened Passive-Action. In a short time, work was flowing in from major clients in Quebec, the Maritimes, Ontario and the western provinces. Patrick then acquired his main competitor, making Passive-Action the largest company of its kind in Canada.

Sidney Sommer, 33, Ontario – An ad for a digital video camera that could be controlled live over the Internet led Sidney to create UCIT Online (pronounced You-See-It-Online), to-day a multimillion-dollar business. UCIT Online, founded in 2002, installs these cameras on construction sites and feeds the video to a monitoring centre where an alarm alerts the centre to any trespassing. Working directly with the police, the company averages two arrests a week, a record in the security industry. The company has branched into the transportation and manufacturing sectors and launched a new service called Remote Concierge that replaces building concierges with round-the-clock remote monitoring.

Robb Denomme, 31, Winnipeg – Robb was just 17 when he helped business partner Lance Kingma to build a wine cellar. The two started out making wine cellars on request for a specialty wine shop and as demand began to grow, established Genuwine Cellars in 1995. The design capability and quality of the craftsmanship attracted clients from Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Now one of the world’s premier manufacturers of these custom-made products, Genuwine Cellars caters to an “A-list” clientele of renowned hotels, business figures and celebrities.


Ted Kouri & Jared Smith, Both 33, Edmonton – Nine years ago, a shared passion for marketing led these two innovators to create Incite Solutions, specializing in marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. With a strong focus on relationship-building, they have refined their approach and expanded the business into a flourishing, full-service marketing company. By combining research, planning, strategy and execution services under one roof, they are helping clients to build enduring customer relationships. Incite Solutions’ success has garnered national recognition on PROFIT magazine’s 2008 list of Canada’s “next 100” fastest growing companies.


Doug Elder, 33 & Danny Elder, 27, Saskatchewan – With their finger on the pulse of Regina’s youth culture, these brothers have built a business that caters to wakeboarders, snowboarders and skateboarders, and also includes lifestyle events that attract big-name sponsors and young people in the thousands. A shared passion for wakeboarding propelled them to open Off Axis Boardshop in 2000. They started organizing lifestyle events which were soon attracting sponsors such as telecom companies and auto dealerships. To-day, these events feature vendor villages where patrons, numbering well over 10,000, can shop for all kinds of youth-oriented items.

Stay tuned for the full articles.