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Greater Victoria, BC News


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4/21/2016 Media Release
Greater Victoria Business Awards Recognized Local Achievements

Victoria, April 21, 2016– The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce celebrated local business excellence during the Greater Victoria Business Awards this evening at The Fairmont Empress. Awards were presented in 13 categories.

The 2016 award winners are:

Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings
Emterra Environmental
Runner-up: Victoria Residential Builders Association

New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-Op
Kingsters Bin Sanitizing Services Ltd.
Runner-up: Metrics Chartered Professional Accounting

Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by Times Colonist
Equilibrium Massage Therapy Inc.
Runner-up: Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission

Business of the Year (11-25 Employees); sponsored by Capital Home
Mayfair Optometric Clinic
Runner-up: Crust Bakery

Business of the Year (26+ Employees); sponsored by Capital Magazine
Pizzeria Prima Strada
Runner-up: MD Charlton Company Inc.

Employer of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada
Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa
Runner-up: Macdonald Realty Ltd.

Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
Runner-up: StarFish Medical

Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Chemistry Consulting Group
S.A.L.T.S. Sail & Life Training Society
Runner-up: The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer

Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Western Forest Products Inc.
The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
Runner-up: Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours

Business Person of the Year; sponsored by United Way of Greater Victoria
John Wilson, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.
Runner-up: Ken Kelly, Downtown Victoria Business Association

Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University
Regan McGrath, Metrics Chartered Professional Accounting
Runner-up: Sharon Rai, Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry

Employee of the Year; sponsored by CHEK News
Gord Bridges, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.
Runner-up: Nathalie Ghoos, Macdonald Realty Ltd.


“Tonight is a celebration of businesses who have demonstrated excellence over the past year in their respective industries. Their hard work and dedication is a testament to the great work being done in our community,” said Al Hasham, Chair of The Chamber. “My heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners, they are very deserving of this recognition.”

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Victoria, with over 1,400 member organizations. The Chamber was founded February 9, 1863, and is funded by businesses to support business. It works to strengthen the region’s business community through networking events, mentorship opportunities, professional development activities and other unique programming to support their member businesses. More info at



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