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Greater Victoria, BC News


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2/25/2014 Media Release
Bob Skene Recognized for Lifetime Achievement



Bob Skene Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

February 25, 2014 – Victoria, BC – The finalists for the 2014 Greater Victoria Business Awards are announced, see below, and Bob Skene tops the list as the Lifetime Achievement winner.

“We strive to recognize excellence in business and Bob is being recognized for a lifetime of excellence. The award finalists for all the categories should be proud of their achievement as they stand alongside Bob in being congratulated this year,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of The Chamber.

Skene has achieved significant business success and given back to the community in many ways including his involvement in Royal Roads University, VIATec and The Chamber to name a few.

“Every year we like to recognize the outstanding achievement of many individuals and businesses in Greater Victoria. This year our finalists show a diverse group of businesses that work hard every day not only to make their business successful but also contribute to the vibrancy of our community,” said Carter. “We look forward to recognizing all our finalists and winners at our April awards gala.”

The 2014 award finalists are:

Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital 
                               •     Chard Development 
                               •     Lifetime Networks

New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-Op 
                               •     Innovative Fitness Victoria 
                               •     PBX Engineering Ltd.

Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 
                               •     AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc. 
                               •     BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver Island Centre

Outstanding Customer Service
                               •     Balance Home Cleaning 
                               •     ICE – Island Centre of Hockey Excellence

Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); 
                               •     Atomique Productions Ltd. 
                               •    Cedarwood Productions Inc.

Business of the Year (11-25 Employees); sponsored by Farmer Construction Ltd. 
                                •     National Courier Service 
                                 •     Triangle RV Centre Ltd.

Business of the Year (26-75 Employees); sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP 
                                •     Outset Media Corp 
                                •     Spinnakers Brewpub & GuestHouses

Business of the Year (76+ Employees); sponsored by the Capital – A new magazine from the Times Colonist 
                                •     Epicure Selections 
                                •     Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.

Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by FortisBC 
                                •     Big Wheel Burger 
                                •     Oughtred Coffee & Tea Ltd.

Employer of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada 
                                •     Accent Inns 
                                •     Seaspan Victoria Shipyards

Business Person of the Year; 
                                •     Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing 
                                •     Sybil Verch, The Verch Group at Raymond James

Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University 
                                •     Andrew Higginson, Higginson Consulting 
                                •     Janna Malo, Fired Up! Paint Your Own Ceramics Studio

Employee of the Year; sponsored by CHEK News 
                                •     Chris Loran, The Q! and The Zone 
                                •     Paul Rudd, Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours

The Awards Gala is a sell-out event every year. This year’s Awards Gala is on Thursday, April 24th at the Fairmont Empress. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3rd at

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, with over 1,500 members, is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region and has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.


For more information contact:
Janet Crocker
Policy and Communications Manager
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (250) 360-3476

Bruce Carter
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (250)360-3470


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