Jim Wyse, proprietor of the Okanagan’s Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Pacific 2015 in the Hospitality and Tourism Category. On September 24th he accepted the award at a regional award banquet held at Vancouver’s Trade and Convention Centre and emceed by Chris Gailus.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ awards recognize the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Wyse’s vision was to craft world-class wines using environmentally sustainable viticulture and winemaking methods.
“This award is a huge honour,” Wyse comments. “Starting a really unique business is always a big challenge because you need to have faith in yourself, but you also need to have faith that others will recognize the value of what you’re doing. We’re lucky that British Columbians, and now people from around the world, have embraced the idea that making quality wine is good, but making quality wine while working in harmony with nature is even better.”
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ awards were established over 20 years ago. Nominees include individuals from all areas of business who are at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey, separated by category and region. Independent panels of judges consist of business and community leaders, educators, and past award recipients. Nominees are evaluated on their vision, leadership, innovation, financial success, personal integrity, and work in giving back to their communities.
In Canada, there are five regional award programs. In each region a single category winner is named the overall winner, who goes on to compete to become Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™. The Canadian winner will subsequently compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™, which will be announced in June 2016.
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
500 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver
About Jim Wyse: Jim Wyse is the founder of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. He and his wife Midge purchased 100 acres of abandoned vineyard south of Oliver in 1993; since that time, Burrowing Owl has become a major destination for food and wine lovers from around the globe. Prior to establishing Burrowing Owl, Jim worked as a structural engineer and earned an MBA. His early experience as a designer and business consultant proved invaluable over the years when he faced decisions about the winery’s site design and operational practices.
About Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The winery is known for supporting the conservation work that is helping the burrowing owl make a comeback in British Columbia.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.