VICTORIA, BC – Always a leader, it is no surprise that Frank Bourree has the distinction of being the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce's first recipient of the Governors' Award of Distinction.
“Frank is a long-time colleague and good friend. I couldn’t agree more with our Governors, who chose Frank to receive this award,” Chamber CEO Bruce Williams says. “Frank’s commitment to the tourism sector and his work on economic development are second to none. If there was an award for top dad and grandfather, he would be contender for that one too.”
Now retired, Bourree is well-known in our region as a co-founder of GT Hiring Solutions and Chemistry Consulting Group. The companies shaped our region by providing employment services to people most in need, and tracking data that helped the tourism industry tell its story through statistics.
“Over the many years we’ve known each other, Frank has always been gracious with his time. He continues to volunteer on numerous boards and has spent countless hours patiently offering career guidance to anyone in need of advice,” Chamber Chair John Wilson says. “Congratulations Frank!”
Bourree served as chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber from 2014-15. During his term he was passionate about local government engagement, and spearheaded an effort to get digital access to local council meetings as well as vote tracking. Frank is also a collaborator. In his time on the board, he worked with staff to bring together key regional stakeholders to optimize $1.3 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada to promote our region as a desirable place to learn, play and do business.
The Governors' Award of Distinction, sponsored by the Times Colonist, is a re-imagining of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award of Distinction recognizes a business person who has contributed to a prosperous community through leadership and vision. Criteria includes having served as a positive role model in the business community, and a long-time association with The Chamber.
In December, John Espley was announced as Chamber Member of the Year for 2021.
The 2021 Business Awards feature 14 categories recognizing businesses that distinguished themselves in many ways, including excellent customer service, sustainable business practices, emerging professionals and non-profit association of the year. If you know of hard-working entrepreneurs, business people and community leaders who were able to rise above the uncertainty of the pandemic, we encourage you to nominate them at victoriachamber.ca. Individuals and organizations can also nominate themselves. Nominations close Jan. 25.
Winners will be determined by an independent panel of prominent business leaders who will serve as judges. The Chamber's 2021 Business Awards will be broadcast on CHEK TV at 6 pm, May 15. Last year’s show reached 50,000 viewers.
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. In 2020, the Chamber Champions initiative added a powerful resource to provide leadership and guidance to our organization. Current Champions are: Big Wheel Burger, CHEK News, CIBC, Kinetic Construction, Knappett Projects, MNP, RBC, Seaspan, TELUS, and the University of Victoria. Find out more at VictoriaChamber.ca.
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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.