VICTORIA, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the recipients of The Chamber’s 2023 Greater Victoria Business Awards. Finalists for the prestigious awards represented a range of future-thinking businesses, ranging from sustainable menstrual care innovators to electric planes to long-time local institutions.
The winners and finalists, listed below, have distinguished themselves across 14 Business Award categories, including outstanding customer service, sustainable business practices, emerging businesspeople and long-term leadership. The recipients were chosen by an independent panel of prominent business leaders who served as judges.
“Tonight’s award recipients are truly exceptional and deserving of being honoured for their contribution to Greater Victoria’s businesses community,” Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. “It’s important to recognize the hard work and innovation of the award winners and finalists. They deserve the spotlight and will inspire our region’s many amazing entrepreneurs to keep striving for excellence.”
This year, two outstanding women will be taking the stage to receive The Chamber’s Award of Distinction and The Chamber’s Member of the Year. The Chamber previously announced Mandy Farmer as the recipient of the Award of Distinction, while Ann Squires Ferguson is the Member of the Year.
The Award of Distinction is in recognition of a Chamber member who has had a positive influence on the economy, businesses, and the overall community. The award signifies achievement, resourcefulness and determination. The Chamber Member of the Year award recognizes an engaged, passionate and committed individual who has taken an active role with the Chamber Board or a committee, and who fosters relationships with the community while advocating on behalf of business.
The Chamber's 2023 Business Awards were held May 4 at the Fairmont Empress with nearly 400 people in attendance to celebrate hard-working businesses, businesspeople and community leaders.
2023 Greater Victoria Business Awards Winners and Finalists
Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by City of Victoria
Business of the Year (11-39 Employees); sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP
Business of the Year (40+ Employees); sponsored by BCLC
Business Person of the Year; sponsored by Canadian Tire
Chamber Award of Distinction; sponsored by Times Colonist
Chamber Member of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada
Community Builder; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings
Emerging Business Person of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University
Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
New Business; sponsored by Futurpreneur
Non-Profit of the Year; sponsored by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc.
Outstanding Workplace of the Year; sponsored by TELUS
Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Camosun College
About Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community for all through advocacy, networking, professional development, and innovative services as changing times require. In 2020, the Chamber Champions initiative added a powerful resource to provide leadership and guidance to our organization. Current Champions are: BC Ferries, Berwick Retirement Communities, Big Wheel Burger, Camosun College, CHEK Media Group, CIBC, ColdStar Solutions, H2 Accelerator, Knappett Projects, Megson FitzPatrick (soon to be Acera Insurance), Mike Geric Construction, MNP, PARC Retirement Living, RBC, Scotiabank, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, Starlight Developments, TD Commercial Banking, TELUS Business, Times Colonist and the University of Victoria. Find out more at Victoriachamber.ca.
Jim Zeeben, Policy and Strategic Communications
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
250 360-3471 | email@example.com
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Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community through advocacy, networking, professional development and innovative services as changing times require.