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Top Chinese-Canadian businesses pick up hardware

Publication: | April, 2011

Chinese Canadian businesses were in the spotlight Saturday evening as the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs presented its 15th annual awards.

Meanwhile Adrienne Clarkson, former governor general of Canada from 1999 to 2005, received the ACCE’s Lifetime Achievement award for her public service and career as a broadcast journalist with the CBC. While she could not attend the event, Ms. Clarkson did record a brief video accepting the award.

Wally Mah, co-founder of Saskatoon construction firm North Ridge Development Corp., picked up the Entrepreneur of the Year award. His business, started in 1982, built more than 300 units in 2010 for revenues north of $80-million.

“ACCE will continue to further its role as the leading national business association of and for Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs,” Alan Kwong, president of the ACCE, said in a release.

Other winners included Vincent Cheung, who won the Best Start-up award for Shape Collage, a web app that creates collages of various shapes using digital photos, and Joshua Huen of Dr. Battery International Group, who won the Bset Asia Pacific Business award for his company that specializes in distributing batteries for a slew of portable electronic devices. Dr. Battery, based in Richmond, B.C., also has operations in California and Hong Kong.

The ACCE presented nine awards in all, including Ms. Clarkson's award.

About 750 people attended the event, hosted in a Markham, Ont. hotel ballroom. Notable guests included Tony Clement, Federal Industry Minister, as well as provincial and municipal government officials. Representatives from Hong Kong and China also attended.

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