KPU Distinguised Alumni Award
George Preston Business Person of the Year – 2019
Lilian Cazacu says hard work, honesty make it almost impossible to fail as an entrepreneur in Canada
When Lilian Cazacu left Moldova more than a decade ago, he and his wife – Ala – had a dream of building a new life for their young family in Canada.
With no job prospects, unable to speak English, and armed with his law degree that he soon learned wasn’t recognized in Canada, he had reason to be overwhelmed and give up. But his passion to build that better future for his wife and one-year-old daughter wouldn’t let him quit.
He set to work. And those efforts were recognized in spades on Thursday, when the Langley notary public was crowned the community’s businessperson of the year.
Each year since 1989, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce presents this award – which now bears the name of its first recipient – the now late George Preston of Preston Chev Olds Cadillac. And this year, in seeking to recognize a community leader, contributor, and successful business operator (like the award’s namesake), they picked the 41-year-old Aldergrove father of four to carry the proverbial torch.
Entrepreneur of the Year – 2018
Now, after 4 years since Lilian has founded the LC Notary Corporation, his team consists of 8 people and keeps growing every year. During this time, Lilian has been nominated and awarded with several prestigious local, provincial, and national awards. He is the winner of the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur of the year in B.C. (awarded by the SmallBusiness BC) and the winner of the Business Person of the Year under 40 (awarded by the Langley Chamber of Commerce). In 2018, Lilian has been shortlisted as one of the top 3 finalists for the highest award at the Cloverdale’s Business Excellence Awards – Bill Reid Memorial Business Person of the Year and he made it as one of the top 50 finalists for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.
During this short period as an entrepreneur, Lilian has also been involved in various community projects and organizations. He is the Chair of the Notaries Chapter in Fraser Valley, the Vice-President of the Aldergrove Business Association, a Board Director for the Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council, a Founding Board Director of the BC Moldovan Community Association, an Advisory Committee Member for the Legal Assistant program at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Member of the Rotary Club of Langley Central, Member of the Walnut Grove Business Association, and a Member of Langley and Cloverdale Chambers of Commerce.
Best Immigrant Entrepreneur of BC – 2017
“Langley notary Lilian Cazacu was awarded Best Immigrant Entrepreneur at the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards ceremony held in Vancouver on February 23, 2017. This year’s competition was the largest and fiercest yet, with 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province. More than 500 people attended the gala ceremony. Cazacu, who came to Canada with no money and not speaking English, now employs four people at his notary office in Langley.”
U40 Business Person of the Year – 2016
“Ten years ago, Lilián Cazacu decided to move to Canada to make a better life for himself and his family. Arriving unable to speak English and armed with his legal degree and a passionate desire to give his newly-created family a better future, Lilián soon discovered that his degree was not accepted in Canada. Not to be deterred, he figured out the solution and Lilián Cazacu Notary Corporation was formed. Since the beginning, Lilian has been involved in every aspect of his company, while continuing to grow, provide excellent customer service and be involved in the local community.
Equipped with all these skills and aptitudes, Lilián is ready and willing to serve his community by providing competent and proficient services. Since Lilián is a “problem-solver” rather than a “product-seller”, he makes sure that his clients’ interests are always put first and he does not let anything or anyone stand in between him and his clients. Ultimately, Lilián is building his practice on integrity and the tradition of trust.”