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Welcome to the 18th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards January 25, 2018 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria What a great way to start of 2018 - with an evening of celebration for the “all stars” of business on Vancouver Island over the last year! The businesses represented in this program and that have packed this ballroom represent the best of the best in 17 categories. Business owners, managers and leaders are gathered tonight for an evening of positive reflection about their accomplishments, networking and camaraderie? This what the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards has always been about. There are always good stories to tell in every environment and economy, and these Awards were created for exactly this purpose: To celebrate the successes of companies in our economy in a wide variety of sectors. The pages of this Official Souvenir Book are filled with profiles, photos and contact Information for some of the most successful businesses on Vancouver Island over the 2017 calendar year. There are some amazing stories to be told, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to highlight these as sterling examples of what can be, and is being done, in our region. This event is brought to you by our generous Sponsors: Platinum Media Sponsors Black Press, Gold Sponsors Grant Thornton LLP, RBC Royal Bank, Liquid Capital and Shaw Business Vancouver Island. Our Category Sponsors this year are Grieg Seafood, Island Savings Credit Union, Invest Comox Valley, Helijet, Coastal Community Credit Union and BE Digital. Without them, the Business Excellence Awards would not be possible. And this year, we’re delighted to have Amber Schinkel of CTV Vancouver Island serve as our Master of Ceremonies! Of course, this also wouldn’t be possible without all the businesses that have been nominated for the 17 categories in this year’s awards. Business Examiner Victoria and Business Examiner Vancouver Island tell stories about business, and the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards gives the publication a great opportunity to highlight some of the biggest and brightest stars of the year. They are honored to be able to combine their efforts to put together this night to remember. Don’t forget to look for photos and the winners at:

Table of Contents Category


Judges’ Biographies




Construction/Development & Real Estate 6 Entrepreneur of the Year


Food & Food Production


Health Care




Industrial Manufacturer


Manufactured Wood Products


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Small Business (Under 50 Employees)


Business of the Year


Mark MacDonald President

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Judges for the 18th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards Jolynn Green

Jolynn Green

Jolynn’s hands-on experience assisting hundreds of small business from startup to expansion and her rich and diverse work experience combined with lifelong learning has created a business acumen steeped in business, human resources, project management, organizational development and nonprofit sector management. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has been self-employed. Her career began in the community economic development arena as a Chamber of Commerce Manager/EDO actively pursuing economic development opportunities. Motivated by the grassroots development approach and the business development aspect of Western Diversification Canada’s Community Futures Program mandate, Jolynn joined the team of Community Futures Central Island in July 2010 as an Executive Director. Community Futures, a not for profit itself, understands the need for diversified income streams and self-reliance. Community Futures provides capital to businesses in the way of repayable loans whether operated by an individual, corporation or not for profit. Jolynn’s work experience gave her the desire to continue to expand her knowledge base and as a result she is a graduate from Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC.

Michelle Konkle

Michelle is currently the Director of Excel Career College and has worked at Excel for the past 17 years. Michelle often wears many hats, including Administrative, Instructional, Accounting, and Admissions. Her favourite role is seeking and obtaining government contracts specifically to address skills shortages in various industries and communities. When Michelle is not working she can be found travelling with her husband, Shane, spending time with her 3 kids and other family or 10-pin bowling (typically also while travelling or with her kids).

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Pauline Stevenson

Pauline Stevenson is the President and founder of Excel Career College on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Ms. Stevenson, began her career as a Data Entry Clerk for a Chartered Accounting Firm. Ms. Stevenson, as a young career professional, in 1989, was already committed to service and was a founding member of the Women’s Business Network and served as its President shortly thereafter. Over 20 years ago, Ms. Stevenson demonstrated her trail-blazing spirit once again, by accepting the invitation to be one of the first women to join the all-male (up to that point) Courtenay Rotary Club. Since 2014, Ms. Stevenson has volunteered her time and expertise to the Women’s Enterprise Centre as a mentor for Women in Business and has contributed to many women’s entrepreneurial success. Ms. Stevenson believes in not only helping her students reach their goals – but nurtures the professional growth of her employees, leading to very loyal long-term positive relationships that resemble family in many aspects.

Pauline Stevenson

Derrold Norgaard

For most of his career, Derrold was a Tax Partner with KPMG LLP, one of Canada’s largest accountancy and consultancy firms, working out of both the Vancouver and Victoria offices. Derrold held the dual role of Tax Partner in Victoria and Office Managing Partner for the office until his departure from KPMG LLP in 2008. Derrold is the Principal behind Island Tax. Derrold focuses on a family office role acting as a private tax advisor for high wealth individuals, families and businesses. His team of assistants and associates allow for his work and practice to take place across Canada. Derrold’s primary areas of practice include personal tax planning, international tax and corporate taxation. He has authored several articles on Canadian tax planning and has been an instructor in Canadian Institute tax programs for many years. He is a frequently requested speaker to business groups throughout Canada and Asia. He has also been recognized as one of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Top Instructors for his teaching in various tax programs over the years, including the Advanced Tax Program sponsored jointly by the Canadian Tax Foundation. Over the years, Derrold has worked on a variety of assignments throughout Canada, and has also been an active speaker and seminar leader for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Certified General Accountants Institutes of British Columbia and Hong Kong, as well as various business associations throughout Canada, Germany, and several Pacific Rim nations.

Derrold Norgaard

Amber Schinkel, Master of Ceremonies We’re extremely pleased to have Amber Schinkel, the anchor of CTV Vancouver Island weekend newscasts and a reporter, as our MC this year. Amber joined the team in November 2017 after working for more than a decade with Global News in Alberta; first in Lethbridge and then Calgary. A graduate of Mount Royal University’s Broadcasting program in 2006, Amber started her career in radio with 660 News in


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Calgary. The lure of television news reporting took her briefly to Swift Current, Saskatchewan before settling in Lethbridge in 2007 then Calgary in 2009. Amber grew up northwest of Calgary on a farm and loves the outdoors. She’s looking forward to exploring all the island has to offer in camping, hiking and fishing with her husband, Brendan, and dog, Hatch. She is also an avid equestrian, but her horse, Wizard, hasn’t yet made the move.

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Excellence always deserves recognition.

Hearty congratulations to all of the finalists of this year’s Business Excellence Awards. Your hard work and perseverance are exemplary, and you’re an inspiration to everyone in the Vancouver Island business community.

At Grant Thornton LLP, we’re proud to sponsor this prestigious event. We firmly believe that when private businesses succeed, we succeed. That’s why our dedicated team of professionals is committed to finding solutions that help private business unlock their potential for growth.

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Automotive Harris Mazda Harris Mazda is the longest standing car dealership in Nanaimo having been in business since 43 years. Formerly Christensen Mazda, the Harris Family purchased the dealership in 2007 and this year enjoyed their 10 year anniversary. They are a new and used car dealership representing the Mazda brand and they service all makes an models. Harris Mazda enjoyed explosive growth in 2017 in all aspects of their business. The nexus of their innovative philosophy around automotive retailing began in their sales operation where they made a quantum leap forward in their approach to selling cars. Harris Mazda 2525 Bowen Road Nanaimo


Steve Marshall Ford Steve Marshall Ford is Campbell River’s largest auto/ truck dealer. Steve has been leading the city is sales for over 10 years straight and has been one of leading Ford dealers in BC with Customer satisfaction since his inception in 1966. In 2016 Steve celebrated 50 years of being a ford dealer in CR. The biggest innovation and change has been a new state of the art facility that opened in March, 2017, making the dealership the largest in CR by square footage, total service visits and overall volume of sales. Steve Marshall Ford 2300 N. Island Highway Campbell River

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Alair Homes Founded in Nanaimo in 2007, and over the 10 years since Alair Homes has expanded across Canada and the United States, currently servicing 102 locations. Alair Homes has successfully taken the good business practices they learned here on Vancouver Island to the construction market, growing to the largest custom contracting company in North America. Focusing on custom homes and renovations, they use their unique construction model to work with clients, educate them on the construction process, work hand in hand with

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them to finalize the construction drawings, budget, product selections as well as the construction schedule. By doing this they are able to ensure project budget, quality, and schedule, prior to starting construction. The industry has remained, for the most part, unchanged for decades. Alair used modern tools like its proprietary project management software to bring the construction process into the modern era. This allows all employees to have a flexible work schedule to balance their home and work lives. Out of their Nanaimo Head Office they also process all of the accounting, receivables / payables, payroll, legal, marketing, business coaching, HR, graphic design as well as web design services for all of our locations. They are keeping their roots firmly planted here on Vancouver Island. Alair Homes 96 Wallace Street Nanaimo


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Butler Wilson Quality Construction Ltd. Butler Wilson Quality Construction Ltd. is a family owned and operated construction company serving Ladysmith to Qualicum Beach. They provide framing, finishing, and general contracting services. They have been in business for five years, but their team has decades of construction experience on Vancouver Island. Over the course of the first five years in business, the company has really established itself. They have put together a solid crew and are now operating at maximum efficiency. Butler Wilson Quality Construction Ltd. 3587 Fairview Drive, Nanaimo

Hook & Hook Renovations Hook & Hook Renovations & Design Inc. is a family-owned and operated business specializing in creating custom designs, custom cabinetry, furniture and millworks, and providing full-service project management, from kitchen renovations to renovating a home. Andi and Larry Hook moved to PEI in 2008, where they opened Hook & Hook Renovations and began to specialize in renovating historic homes as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations. When their son, River, was born, they moved to Victoria to be closer to Andi’s mother. Their son, now four, has been learning the family business and is an expert with a drill. Andi brings her expertise and over 10 years of experience in designing custom homes, while Larry brings over 20 years of experience in construction and custom cabinetry. Hook & Hook Renovations #3-2042 Mills Road, Sidney

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Excalibur Custom Homes Ltd. GR Excalibur Custom Homes Ltd. is a general contractor/full construction company, doing everything from small renovations to large custom homes, as well as multi-family projects and commercial work. Excalibur has been in business since 2005 and Excalibur Custom Homes was incorporated in 2009. It has continued to grow and increase profits throughout that time. Based out of Nanaimo and work most of central Vancouver Island, they have done business as far as Courtenay, Port Alberni, Parksville,

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Congratulations to Excalibur Custom Homes on your nomination for a Business Excellence Award

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Lanson’s Drywall Systems With over 40 years of experience, Lanson’s Drywall Systems Ltd. has provided Nanaimo and isurrounding communities with the best in insulation and drywall services, products and expertise. Servicing both the residential and commercial marketplaces, Lanson’s is the established leader in drywall systems for Vancouver Island’s central region; however, the company has completed work from as far south as Victoria and as far north as Port Hardy. They offer the following services: Exterior/Interior Steel Stud Framing, Drywall Installation, Repairs, Retexturing & Finishing, Installation of Blown-In Insulation, Acoustic Insulation, Batt Insulation, and Spray Foam Insulation, Acoustic Ceilings, Suspended Drywall Ceilings, T-Bar Ceilings and Tile Installation. Sales have increased 60% over the previous year. Lanson’s Drywall Systems Ltd. #9-2535 McCullough Road Nanaimo

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Made To Last Custom Homes Made to Last Custom Homes operates in the Cowichan Valley, including the Malahat and surrounding Gulf Islands. Their goal is to provide excellent customer service along with high quality custom home builds. Custom homes is their niche market and focus, and the company has expanded by adding new team members, such as project managers and a salesman so they can give clients the best attention. Their goal is to be the premier custom home builder for the Cowichan Valley and they believe they can attain that through transparency and quality customer care: Putting our clients as number one. The company has updated its website to better suit its vision, and has also created a Home building Guide. Made to Last Custom Homes 2512 Trillium Terrace, Duncan

Congratulations to the Made To Last team on your nomination. 1550 Thain Rd | Cobble Hill, BC 250.743.5804 |

H. GODEFROY & ASSOCIATES INC. Congratulations on your endeavours in the Cowichan Valley 201-281 Canada Avenue, Duncan, BC V9L 1T6 Phone: (250)746-6311 | Fax: (250)746-4227 E-mail:

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Mike Geric Construction is being featured as the lead Business Profile in the February edition of the Business Examiner. The feature was made possible through the support of the company’s vendors and suppliers, including: Cornerstone Properties KPL James Architecture Ruffell & Brown Interiors Seafirst Insurance Brokers AAA Rebar Only Gordon & Gordon Interiors Cox Taylor, Barristers and Solicitors/Notaries Pine Lighting O'G. Painting Ltd. Cougar Pacific Systems Corp

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Mike Geric Construction Mike Geric Construction was founded by Mike Geric (retired) in 1968 to build quality family homes in Saanich. In the almost 50 years since, the Geric family has built more than 1,500 homes and grown the company into a leader in high-quality, sustainable, multifamily development in Greater Victoria. They take great pride in their reputation as a trusted, local developer who plans and builds each of their developments, carefully managing their success every step of the way. The company started out in the business of single-family custom homes. In recent years they have been rapidly expanding - implementing a succession of larger multifamily projects, often with more than one under construction at a time. Since 2010, the company has completed or begun construction on more than 450 homes with projects valued at almost $225 million. Broadmead – 60 Condos $24 million Heatherdale - 93 homes $50 million The Duval - 47 homes $20 million

Brizo 19 - 19 homes $8 million Travino 250 homes $120 million The company is excited about the future because it keeps an ear to the ground to find land in unique locations. They’re nimble and have a solid business foundation so they’re able to make decisions and act quickly when opportunities arise. They know how to use each piece of land to its full potential – that means a profitable development but also a smart and beautiful design that makes communities proud. They expand not to maximize density, but positive growth in the community. Mike Geric Construction 4520 West Saanich Road Saanich

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Construction/Development & Real Estate Sponsored By Nu-View Homes

Nu-View Homes has been on Vancouver Island since 2008. President Keith Andrews saw an opportunity in 2013 to create a construction business that was truly Design/Build by adding Architectural Designer Martine Kiliwnik to the company.

Nu-View Homes 132-328 Wale Road Victoria

Having Designer and Builder exist under one roof creates a synergy to create and plan in complete harmony which allows Nu-View Homes and their clients to maximize the potential of every build. Completing projects throughout all of Greater Victoria including the Peninsula, Nu-View Homes’ model has efficiently and cost-effectively created beautiful custom homes and renovated spaces for a multitude of clients over the past four years. The beginning of 2017 saw Nu-View Homes embark on a new venture (while still servicing their renovation and building clients), implementing their in-house Design/Build model to a multi-family Development project on a highly-prominent corner in Sidney.

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Soare Contracting Soare Contracting is a family owned and operated company and has been in business for 15 years, initially in 2002 as a sole proprietorship doing roofing and siding, and it incorporated in 2007. Soare Contracting provides roofing and exterior finishes such as siding, gutters, door & window replacement, carpentry, etc. with an emphasis on metal panel manufacturing and installation. Soare owns a standing seam metal roofing panel machine that can be used for both roofing and siding. The company services the Greater Victoria area from Sooke to Sidney as well as the Southern Gulf Islands. Soare Contracting Inc. 2519 Wentwich Road Victoria








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Construction/Development & Real Estate Sponsored By Pheasant Hill Homes Pheasant Hill Homes began in 1999 when Ken Connolly embarked on his long-held dream of becoming a quality new home builder and renovator. In 2007 Jason Schmidt joined the company as a partner and continued down the path of offering our clients quality, integrity, and a commitment to listening to them. This approach has put the company on the leading edge of sustainable building on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands for 18 years. Pheasant Hill Homes offers high quality custom new home work, renovations, select commercial projects, passive house building, and sustainable building. In addition to above code building standards, the company offers the opportunity for clients to incorporate the Canadian Passive House Institute Standards, Net Zero Energy housing technology, Energy Star, and Built Green standards into their homes. In addition, detailed budgeting, drafting services, on-line timeline/tracking system, trained project managers, and interior design. Pheasant Hill Homes builds better homes by reducing the environmental impact of the houses it builds.

Proud partner of Pheasant Hill Homes, congratulations on your 2018 Business Excellence Award nomination!

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Coco Cafe

Coco Cafe is a project of the Cedar Opportunities Cooperative. The intention of COCO Operations is to serve the community as a revenue-neutral social enterprise. Coco Cafe has been operational since June 3, 2011. The cafe provides a full breakfast and lunch menu, specialty beverages, frozen retail meals and homestyle baking within the cafe. Coco Cafe has become a local meeting place for members of the community. The cafe makes almost everything it serves from scratch, and subsequently, the Coco staff also learns life skills which will be helpful in finding meaningful employment in the future and can also be used in their everyday lives. Over the past three years, the number of employees with developmental disabilities has risen from 10 in 2015 to 17 in 2016-17, of a total number of staff ranging from 30-36. Coco Cafe (Cedar Opportunities Co-operative) #41 1840 Cedar Road, Cedar


CR Animal Parties CR Animal Parties offers live, educational reptile shows for birthdays, schools and events covering the entirety of Vancouver Island. The company takes in sick or unwanted reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, rehabilitates them and then brings them on location to educate the public on various topics including biology, ecology and pet care. Their shows offer the public a unique, hands-on experience that leaves them raving about it for years to come. Customers get up close and personal with these exotic animal ambassadors while learning to love and respect living things and their care requirements in captivity. Although birthday parties are their primary seller, CR Animal Parties have been repeat guests at adult care facilities, fundraisers, community events and more. CR Animal Parties 3386 Heather Road Black Creek

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Foley Dog Treat Company Foley Dog Treat Company is an independent dog treat manufacturer incorporated under Foley Dog Treat Company in 2010. The company sources and manufactures wholesale dog treats thropughout Canada and the United States. Foley Dog Treats are in local independent grocery stores, independent pet food retailers and Winners and Homesense in Canada and the United States. The company produces a healthy grain and gluten-free dog treat with high quality locally sourced ingredients. They started the year with 6 employees and ended the year with 10-plus employees. In 2017 they expanded their company to accommodate sales in to grocery stores, specifically in the U.S This expansion allowed them to achieve their business revenue goals and hire extra employees. Foley Dog Treat Company B-1945 Bollinger Road, Nanaimo

Juan de Fuca Veterinary Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary hospital serving the Westshore area since 1981. John Gayfer and John Basterfield started working together in 1980 at the original location near Royal Roads University. Very soon, they realized that ownership was the direction they wanted to go, and so, together they purchased Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic in 1981. In 1988 Margaret Cairns joined the group as an associate veterinarian. It didn’t take long to realize that she was the natural fit for the ownership team. She then became the third and valuable partner. When Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic started out it was a mixed practice, caring for both large and small animals. However, with the rapid growth in the Westshore the partners made the decision to focus on small animals only. Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic 117-2244 Sooke Roa, Victoria

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West Coast Heeler Pack West Coast Heeler Pack has been in operation since June, 2016. The primary services they offer includes K9 Adventure Hikes and has expanded to Trick Training in the western communities, specifically Sooke and now Shirley. In addition to the local services, West Coast Heeler Pack serves as brand reps for several outdoor and pet gear companies. West Coast Heeler Pack has worked with Therm-a-rest, Ruffwear, Rex Specs and Zumi, to name a few. In 2017 they had a small feature in Outside Magazine and have twice made the cover of Canadian magazine Pet Connection. They have a large presence on social media, specifically Instagram, gaining almost 80,000 followers. This has been a great platform to showcase life of Heelers, Kona and Cali. West Coast Heeler Pack 2752 Woodhaven Road Sooke & Shirley

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Hearthstone Artisan Bakery is a small artisan bakery in South Nanaimo that believes in producing high quality products with real ingredients from scratch every day. For their breads they use only BC Grown and Milled organic flours and work with local farmers for seasonal fruits and vegetables. They make many different kinds of breads, cakes, and pastries - all with lots of butter and lots of love. They have been in business for almost two years. Since opening on December 28, 2015 their business has quickly grown from 4 to 8 staff in order to keep up with the demand. Hearthstone has caught the attention of YTV for a segment on 92 Things to do in Summer as well as Food Network Canada where they filmed a segment with The Baker Sisters. Hearthstone Artisan Bakery 115A-50 Tenth Street Nanaimo

Salt & Harrow

Salt & Harrow is a 37-acre, certified organic farm located on the beautiful eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The farm sits along French Creek between the towns of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, nestled in the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith. The farm grows over 50 varieties of vegetables, fruits, legumes and herbs and has a small flock of heritage breed hens for eggs. They expanded their acreage to take on more customers and increase sales, so now they offer more produce and have expanded their market share. Simply put: They are farmers, trying to put good, organic food on people’s tables. Salt & Harrow 1477 Hodges Road Parksville



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Riot Brewing Riot Brewing Co. is an award-winning production craft brewery located in Chemainus. They have an on-site lounge, an outdoor patio and retail store, and products are available in 6-pack cans, 650ml. glass bomber bottles, 19 and 50 litre kegs, and growler-fills in the lounge. Riot Brewing currently distributes packaged products throughout the whole of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Whistler and parts of the Okanagan and Interior. Although they incorporated in 2013, it took us an additional 3 years to obtain funding and open the doors. In total, it was a 7-year struggle to realize their dream. They just celebrated their first year in business in November, 2017. The Riot Brewing lounge is family (minors permitted in the company of adult/s) and pet friendly, and they’re able to provide a destination for locals

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Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt is celebrating their fifth anniversary in February. Now delivering to over 200 stores in Canada, the Island company has grown from a farmer’s market business to a federally licensed dairy processor with 14 products popular at the local Thrifty Foods, at BE retailers, and selling as far away as Montreal and Hong Kong. Husband and wife team Scott DiGuistini and Merissa Myles employ a team of 23 and are champions of the local food movement, working with island chefs, farmers and communities to bring island food to life in the kitchens of Canadians. The company’s recipes are known for their quality ingredients and commitment to using 100 per cent Canadian milk, sourced from grass-fed farms on Vancouver Island. In 2017, the company became a federally registered dairy with the capacity to ship across Canada and for export. For sales, the company delivered Island artisan yogurt to 70 new locations in Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. Within production, the company focused on energy efficient upgrades, which helped to reduce production processing time, saved 13,000 litres of water per week, and increased yogurt cup filling capacity by 30 per cent. The team purchased over 416,000 litres of milk produced on Vancouver Island in 2017 and developed three more products made with “More Fruit, Less Sugar”, sourced direct from organic farms, which will hit dairy shelves in February. Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt 3747 Island Highway South Courtenay

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Arbutus Dental Clinic Arbutus Dental is a warm, friendly, bright, modern cheerful dental practice in the heart of downtown Qualicum Beach. When Dr. Francis LaCouvee built the dental clinic in 1998, he was clear that he wanted to create a relaxed, comfortable environment, where patients are greeted by name and have a positive experience. Arbutus Dental is a full service practice offering a broad range of dental services from cleaning and fillings to more complicated root canals, crowns, bridges and implant surgery. The practice is modern with laser dentistry and has fully digital charting and x-ray technology. Arbutus Dental Clinic 183 Fern Road W Qualicum Beach

Clinic 805 Clinic 805 is a fully accredited “state of the art” surgical facility located in the core of Victoria’s vibrant Humboldt Valley. With over 20 years’ experience in the field of cosmetic medicine, Clinic 805 is able to offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Consultation, surgery, and post-operative care take place in one location, providing continuity of care and convenience to patients. As well, they offer clients a full spectrum of non-surgical treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers, Botox, and medicalgrade skincare. Business increased by 17% in 2017 over 2016 through the addition of new laser technologies, addition of another injector nurse, expanding their scar management program, as well as exponential surgical growth. Clinic 805 805 Fairfield Road Victoria

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Colwood Dental Group As Colwood dentists with over 41 years experience, Colwood Dental Group understands what it means to provide exceptional dental care. A patient’s experience starts as soon as they call the office’s fun, friendly staff to book an appointment. Their high-energy professionals value attention to detail and work quickly to ensure dental needs are met as soon as possible. When patients walk through their doors, they will notice a calm, comfortable environment – perfectly suited to a relaxing experience for oral health and hygiene. Colwood Dental Group 318 Goldstream Avenue Victoria

Comfort Keepers Victoria Comfort Keepers Victoria has been in business for 4.5 years and they work primarily in Victoria, but also provide services from Sooke to Sidney. This family-owned company primarily serves the elderly, providing assistance to help them live as safely and as independently as possible, in the comfort of their own home. They essentially have three tiers of service. The first is called “homemaking and companionship” where caregivers assist with tasks such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, driving to/from appointments, helping organizing activities, etc. The next tier is “personal care”, where they provide assistance with showering, toileting, dressing, medication management, dementia care, etc. The final level of service is “24-hour care”. This is usually reserved for clients who have severe health challenges, such as a hip replacement, for those with advanced dementia or those who are in the palliative stage. Comfort Keepers Victoria #202-1770 Fort Street, Victoria


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Home Care Assistance Home Care Assistance is a home support company that focuses on keeping seniors in their own homes and providing the care they require there. They offer Companion, Live-In and Health Care Aide services. We serve all of Lower Vancouver Island. Greater Victoria, Saanich, Westshore, Sooke, Cadboro Bay, Oak Bay, Saanichton, Sidney and everything inbetween. Their goal for 2018 is to expand up Island and open offices in Duncan and Nanaimo. They started using a system called the Balanced Care Method that takes into account all of a client’s potential needs from physical to nutritional and beyond. They also started a Cognitive Therapeutics program administered by all of their caregivers that is really beneficial to clients with Dementia and Alzheimers. This year they focused on building a really solid foundation in terms of team members and focused on recruiting the best caregivers they could find. This has paid off immensely in terms of customer satisfaction and customer retention. Home Care Assistance Victoria 1133 Fort Street Victoria

Victoria Eye VICTORIA EYE is a comprehensive medical eye care centre equipped with the state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology. VICTORIA EYE offers traditional cataract and Femtosecond Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS), Custom Wavefront Guided Intralase Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (iLASIK), Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) and Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS). Since 2015, VICTORIA EYE delivers the highest level of ocular care by being the first to house the Femtosecond Laser and implanting the most current Intraocular Lens implants for ReLACS procedures. Drs. Olivia Dam

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and Darren Behn are assisting patients to see distance and near without glasses. The technology used and procedures performed by the VICTORIA EYE surgeons places Victoria firmly on the map as a leader in refractive and cataract surgical care. Victoria Eye 300-1537 Hillside Avenue Victoria

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Blue Marlin Inn The Blue Marlin Inn is a full facility hotel with 15 newly renovated rooms in 2017, a renovated Cafe (6am to 8pm), Drive thru Chicken/Mexican Cantina MAGS 99 (a branch of our Squamish MAGS 99), a 160 seat pub, and 50 seat lounge, all renovated, including new furniture. Their commitment is to their community so they have many fundraising events for different charities throughout the town. They just finished our biggest event of the year - The Annual Great Sailpast that they hold at the Harbour Quay. This year they had 14 decorated boats, a Fireworks show, gave out hot dogs, hot chocolate, and raised $1,200 for Alberni Valley Hospice Society. The Salvation Army joined them with their kettles, a band, and their van. The Blue Marlin Inn 5022 Johnson Road Port Alberni Email:

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa (BBR) is an award winning, luxury oceanfront boutique resort with 36 beautifully designed suites, an awe-inspiring Dining Room, a casual Pub, a wellness Spa and a Marina all tailored for the luxury traveler. Operating since 2004 on the Saanich Peninsula and servicing both local and international travelers, BBR seeks to enrich the lives of their guests and themselves through collaborative learning. BBR offers space for growth and fulfillment for all who join them. They are mindful which means that that they already know that thoughts, feelings and behaviours either take up space or contribute something to the world. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa 849 Verdier Avenue Brentwood Bay



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Kwa’Lilas Hotel KEDC did a complete, multimillion dollar renovation to an old outdated property in Port Hardy. It is the first major investment in tourism infrastructure within Port Hardy in 15 years (or longer). The retrofit project was a complete overhaul of all aspects of the buildings infrastructure as well as a complete change in concept of the property. KEDC ( is the economic development arm of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation. KEDC has an economic development strategy that is inclusive of a tourism strategy- Kwa’lilas Hotel is the physical manifestation of one component of the strategy. Kwa’lilas is the first luxury First Nations property on the North end of Vancouver Island. The property sits within the town of Port Hardy which is the gateway to many outdoor adventures. Kwa’Lilas Hotel 9040 Granville Street, Port Hardy

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Long Beach Lodge Resort opened in spring 2002 and was designed to resemble a grand West Cost style home. It is located in Tofino, which is a small surf town located at the “end of the road” on Vancouver Island. The luxurious resort has 41 lodge rooms, 20 Rainforest Cottages, and is located on 8 acres of oceanfront property on the beautiful beach of Cox Bay. The Great Room restaurant is the gathering place and the heart of the resort where guests can enjoy full service dining & lounge with spectacular ocean views, comfy chairs, and a roaring fireplace. The Sandbar Bistro is an outdoor patio restaurant and was created as an extension of the Great Room. Being “Tofino’s Luxury Adventure Resort” they offer an on-site surf school and exclusive marine wildlife tours. Long Beach Lodge Resort 1441 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino

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Qualicum Beach Inn The Qualicum Beach Inn is an independent 32 room boutique hotel that strives to provide the ultimate travelling experience for guests who are visiting the Oceanside community. More than just a hotel but an extension of the local community members’ homes, the Inn is a reflection of the values and characteristics that make Qualicum Beach such a unique and wonderful place to experience. The building has been around since the 1950’s as the Shoreline Motor Inn and then the Old Dutch Inn, however the QBI came to existence in 2014 after a series of major renovations. The Qualicum Beach Inn has a private dining and conference room tailored specially for boutique corporate and leisure gatherings. Qualicum Beach Inn 2690 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach

The Stick In The Mud Coffee House The Stick opened on 07/07/07 and has been serving Specialty Coffee in a uniquely West Coast environment in Sooke since that date. The Stick never intended to be a bakery, but the lack of freshly baked goods available in Sooke meant they needed to buy an oven and hire a baker immediately!   In 2009 they reached the goals within their first 5 Year Plan and installed a Coffee Roaster.  This move allowed better vertical integration of their supply chain and enabled them to begin wholesaling coffee to other cafes, restaurants and offices.  In 2011 they began using a larger roaster and have been expanding their retail, wholesale and on-line presence since then. The Stick in the Mud Coffee House Ltd. 6715 Eustace Road, Sooke

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Based in Port Alberni, Coulson Ice Blast is part of the family owned Coulson Group of Companies, which is involved in aerial firefighting, entertainment and now industrial cleaning technology. Coulson Ice Blast is the only manufacturer of industrial cleaning equipment, in the world, that uses ice as a blast media. This newly developed technology is similar to sandblasting, but uses crushed ice instead of sand. Standard ice cubes, made with any freezer, ice cube maker or purchased and delivered from a worldwide network of suppliers, are loaded into our machines. The ice is then crushed into grain sized particles with our patented jaw crusher mechanism, fed into a pressurized air stream and blasted at high

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VMAC Global Technology Inc. Founded in 1986, VMAC began as a family run business. By leveraging its high value core technology, VMAC has grown to become a market leader for mobile air compressors in industries such as construction, utilities, tire service, oil and gas and mining. VMAC designs and manufactures the most compact and powerful mobile air compressors and multi-power systems available, all within its 33,000 square foot facility in Nanaimo. The company features a suite of six different types of air compressors and multi-power systems, including diesel, gas and hydraulic driven air compressors, UNDERHOOD and transmission mounted air compressors, and multifunction power systems.





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Creative Woodcraft Creative Woodcraft specializes in the design, build and installation of custom cabinetry for the home, office or commercial space. Their shop and showroom in Cobble Hill is where almost everything is made and finished. With 11,000 square feet of shop space, and over 30 employees, they are able to take on small and large jobs with a focus on custom manufacturing and quality construction. As a custom manufacturer, they are not restricted to a certain door style or cabinet size. They can take a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas, design it and manufacture it the way the customer envisions. Each job is drawn on their state-of-the-art cabinet drafting software where cabinets are sized to best suit the room

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Cumberland Crate Company The Cumberland Crate Company was launched in 2013 by two old friends, Archie Pateman and Roderick Lane. Their mission was to encourage people to use value added BC wood products instead of plastic. Currently they make custom crates (including customized branding) for over 200 corporate entities. They wholesale their signature line of 30+ products to around 50 retailers, and are a go - to woodshop for many multi-­‐national brands such as Lush Cosmetics and Saje Natural Wellness for all types of custom fixtures and display units. They opened their first brick and mortar storefront in July, 2017 in Cumberland, and they are making plans to open a store in Victoria in 2018. They treat their employees well, and use all natural products, and pride themselves on their customer relations. Their goal is to create an internationally recognized product using local workers, wood and affiliates. Cumberland Crate Company Inc. 2694 Dunsmuir Avenue Cumberland Client: HELIJET / Size: 8.00” x 5.25” / CMYK / BE Awards Ad


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Marine Harvest Canada Marine Harvest globally produces one-fifth of the world’s farm-raised salmon at facilities in Norway, Scotland, Canada, Chile, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Globally, they employ over 12,000 people. Marine Harvest is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) and its shares also trade on the US OTC market. Marine Harvest has been operating in Canada for 30 years. They operate hatcheries and processing plants on the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, where 600 people produce 45,000 tonnes of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon each year. Their salmon is four-star certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices and they are the first company in North America to have a farm certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council salmon standard. Marine Harvest Canada 124-1334 Island Highway, Campbell River

Saltwest Naturals Saltwest Naturals was founded in 2011 by Jessica and Jeff Abel. Canada’s second oldest sea salt producer, Saltwest harvests sea water from Otter Point, B.C. to create a wide variety of salt products: Culinary infused and blended sea salts as well as mineral bath soaks and soaps. Innovating the traditional sea salt methods of production they have created Canada’s first desalinated bottled ocean water, “Salish Pure”. Their burgeoning business has grown to service over 400 locations from coast to coast in Canada, and educate over 1000 visitors every year through our sea salt production tours. Saltwest Naturals 7585 Lemare Crescent Sooke


Sasco Contractors Ltd. is the trusted electrical contractor for many of BC’s premier contractors, property management companies, facilities, and building owners. Based out of Burnaby, with an office in Kamloops, and now an office on Vancouver Island, we challenge ourselves with each new project or service call to build upon our solid reputation within the industry.

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Ocean Products Seaflora Skin Care Seaflora Skincare is a world-class supplier of seaweed-based skincare products for spas. Founded over 15 years ago, Seaflora Skincare uses sustainably harvested ocean products such as seaweed and ocean mud to formulate unique spa treatments and retail products. Promoting the natural resources of Vancouver Island in a sustainable way is the guiding principle at Seaflora Skincare. Bridging together forest protection initiatives and ocean conservation along with the luxury skincare market is what Seaflora accomplishes. Seaflora Skincare now offers a full product line of over 30 products for Face, Body, and Anti-Aging. Sold in both â&#x20AC;&#x153;professional useâ&#x20AC;? and retail, Seaflora Skincare products are found in such hallmark West Coast destinations as the spa at Sonora Resort on Sonora Island, the spa at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, the spa at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, the spa at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, the spa at Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, and more. Seaflora Skincare 2105 Otter Point Road Sooke

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Alinea Legal Coaching Alinea Legal Coaching is a law firm offering a new type of legal services for clients going through separation or divorce, clients dealing with parenting matters or guardianship matters. They provide legal advice, coaching and consultation to clients who want to save cost by managing their own matter themselves. This is a client-guided service and they tailor their legal support to what the client wants and needs. All legal services are provided by lawyers. They opened their doors on October 1, 2016 in Victoria and Duncan. Alinea Legal Coaching #512 – 620 View Street, Victoria 122A Station Street, Duncan

Datum Point Studios Datum Point Studios is a studio practice providing high quality technical building design services, specializing in the planning and design of custom residences and quality market-ready homes within the residential marketplace here on Vancouver Island. Founded in January 2015, its principal Austin Werner brings over 20 years’ experience to each project opportunity. Datum Point Studios is a member in good standing of ASTTBC, ASTTBC-BD, Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and CHBA-VI. Datum Point Studios Inc. 101-5170 Dunster Road, Suite 256 Nanaimo

Engaged HR Engaged HR is a human resources management consulting firm that started in 2011 and transforms workplaces by providing essential human resource management services, systems, advise, and expertise to not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations of all sizes. They are solution-focused in our approach and know that a happy, healthy workplace is within every organization’s reach. Today, Engaged HR is the fastest growing full-service human resources management consulting firm on Vancouver Island, proudly serving well over 100 organizations and helping them achieve success in the people side of their business. They are pioneers of new service delivery models, and consistently provide HR professionals and business leaders with forums for learning and new ways of creating and fostering the culture they wish their organization to have. They are proud to be the HR department for many of Victoria’s most successful organizations. Over the past six years, they have achieved consistent growth off over 40% per year. Engaged HR Inc. 602-620 View Street Victoria

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Old House Law and Notary Public Old House Law and Notary Public is a new way of practicing law (in an old house). How new? Like a partnership between a Notary Public and a Lawyer - they are the second multi-disciplinary practice between a lawyer and a notary in BC. Their work is performed on an â&#x20AC;&#x153;all inâ&#x20AC;? quoted fee, so they take away the fear of hourly costs and mysterious disbursements. They practice in the area of non-contentious law- buying and selling a home, wills, trusts, probate, estate administration and company law. Clients no longer have to choose between the specialized expertise of a notary public and the broader ability of a lawyer to provide more complex legal work. T. Dale Roberts opened his Notary Public practice in 2009 after a long and successful career as an insurance broker. Lyle Carlstrom was a partner in a large successful Alberta law firm and the founder of the iconic Estate and Financial Planning Institute. He wanted to make the move to the Comox Valley. Dale and Lyle have been friends for over 40 years, so a partnership made sense.


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Professional Pain Free Tax

Pain Free Tax & Bookkeeping Service has been in business for four years. They primarily serve clients in the greater Victoria area, but also have a number of clients who are spread across Canada as well as some Canadians who are working around the globe. They prepare taxes and do tax planning for individuals, small businesses, and corporations. For many of these clients they also do their bookkeeping as well as keeping the books for clients who continue to have their taxes done a prior accountant. They now have three office locations to better service clients as well as a small fleet of vehicles, including a Tax Ambulance, to provide mobile tax and bookkeeping help to clients wherever it’s needed. They have been able to make use of modern technology to help clients first get bookkeeping and taxes caught up and then help them continue to keep on top of them. Pain Free Tax & Bookkeeping Service Ltd. 306-830 Shamrock Street Victoria

Waymark Architecture Will King and Graeme Verhulst founded Waymark Architecture in 2015 based on the following principals: - Democratization of design (designing buildings for the people that use them and that are affected by them) - (Re)connection with place (designing buildings to enhance the connections people have with the world they live in and the people they live amongst) - Sustainable design (net positive buildings and interventions in our world) Theirs is a collaborative, expertise driven architecture firm informed by science, ethics, and the arts. They are inspired by Architecture’s potential to contribute to positive change. We offer architectural services and solutions for a broad variety of projects. Their niche is defined not by building type, but by how well a project’s values align with Waymark’s. Waymark Architecture 1826 Government Street Victoria

Western Interior Design Western Interior Design Group Ltd was incorporated in 1991 by founding partner Pauline Van Blokland as a full service commercial interior design studio with integrated procurement and construction management. Their mission statement is: Connect. Create. Construct. They first connect personally with each client, immersing themselves in their world, developing a relationship of trust and shared vision. Then, they tackle the creative process together, coupling their industry specific knowledge with their experience and technical expertise. Finally, they shepherd them through the daunting process of construction, leveraging their personal connections with trades and suppliers to build the physical embodiment of their vision. They have projects in all commercial sectors, designing and constructing hotels, restaurants, medical clinics, elder care facilities, retail stores, spas, salons, offices, multi-unit residential developments, educational and institutional facilities and even a superyacht marina and a radio station. Western Interior Design Group Ltd 100-2105 Dowler Place Victoria

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Big Wheel Burger In November 2011, Big Wheel Burger opened its first location in Cook Street Village. The approach has been simple: re-creating the classic American cheeseburger using quality, fresh ingredients in an environment devoted to sustainability. Big Wheel Burger has been carbon neutral since 2012 making them the first fast-food restaurant in Victoria with this designation.


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Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

Every dish at Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant is created using only the freshest ingredients, and every salsa, marinade and salad dressing is made from scratch. Their Mexican Chorizo, authentic Mexican tamales and their desserts are also all made from scratch. The auhentic menu and atmosphere create a truly enjoyable dining experience. They have a fully licensed bar, and a seasonal outdoor patio. Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant #205-550 Fifth Street Nanaimo

Bread & Honey Food Co. Just 10 days after the husband-and-wife owners married, on June 14th, 2015, they opened the doors to their restaurant for what they have now coined as their ‘Bread & Honeymoon’. Initially it was just the two of them, but as they became established their team did, too. Recently they did small renovations (e.g. painting the restaurant, new dining chairs, kitchen line organization) which has improved daily operations. Global News recognized Bread & Honey as one of Yelps Top 10 restaurants in Canada, along with winning the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Excellence Award, the word was certainly spreading. Bread and Honey’s business increased 38% in 2017 over 2016. They were also nominated and chosen as finalists for the 2016 BCRFA Restaurant Hall Of Fame and Awards in the Best Independent Restaurant category. Bread & Honey Food Co. 4-162 Harrison Avenue, Parksville

Nori Japanese Restaurant Nori Japanese restaurant began in 2010 and became one of the most popular japanese restaurants in Nanaimo.
To owner and chef, John, nothing is more important than the quality or freshness of their food and they are therefore deeply
involved with the overseeing of all ingredients within Nori’s presentational menu.
 Nori not only presents its guests with the finest seasonal ingredients and extensive range of premium wines, and liqueurs, it also
treats diners to traditional japanese refreshments such as sake and shochu, and beverages. Nori Japanese Restaurant 203-6750 Island Highway Nanaimo

Norwoods Restaurant Norwoods restaurant has been open since 2007 and is dedicated to serving indigenous ingredients from the pacific north west. Working with local artisan farmers, they strive to offer high quality ingredients in ways that reflect the chef’s travels through Asia, Europe and the Americas. Customers are as likely to find braised lamb done in the French style as a seviche or plate of very fresh sashimi. This eclectic mix of styles is as diverse as the many cultures Canada represents, allowing guests to experience a wide variety of tastes and textures. All this in a cozy wine bar style setting in a fishing village perched on the edge of Vancouver Island. Norwoods Restaurant 1714 Peninsula Road Ucluelet

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Malahat Chalet

Three and a half years ago, the owners breathed new life into the closed and decaying Malahat Chalet. After three months of intense renovation, they opened in May, 2014. Since then, they have been serving quality, house made meals with an emphasis on quality and supporting local farms, wineries and breweries. Located 500 feet above sea-level, overlooking the Saanich Inlet, they are a destination to travellers from all over the globe. They are a great meeting place for Islanders and, while they meet many interesting folks, they have enjoyed being part of creating a sense of community on the Malahat. In addition to food services, they have a gift shop where they support BC artists and host live demonstrations for them. In 2017, they launched a wholesale business; expanded their grab-and-go counter sales by providing more take away and baked goods; and opened up to include full catering services.

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Alcove Homegrown Living Established in June 2016, Alcove Homegrown Living is a 500 square-foot retail shop located in the heart of Qualicum Beach. They sell handmade, local products created within 100 miles of the shop! They are passionate about supporting the local community and the people who make the products and provide the services to sustain our daily lives. Alcove is always filled with fresh and unique products including apparel, jewelry, home decor, body care products, cards, books and artwork. In 2016 they were awarded the “New Business Of The Year” award by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce. Alcove Homegrown Living 689 Memorial Avenue Qualicum Beach

April’s Tack Boutique April’s Tack Boutique officially opened April 15, 2016. Thanks to the incredible support of family, friends, and Community Futures, this dream of an Equestrian store became a reality. April’s Tack Boutique carries superior quality English horse equipment (including English saddles, bridles, strapgoods, horse blankets, grooming supplies), and Equestrian Apparel (Riding breeches, helmets, gloves, shirts, show clothes and Riding boots). Products are sourced primarily from Canadian and European companies, to ensure quality, good business practices, and uniqueness. April’s Tack Boutique also displays multiple pieces of locally made Equestrian Art, serving as a gallery for these artists. They offer saddle fitting services to those looking for optimal fit for their horse and themselves. April’s Tack Boutique 411B 1st Avenue Ladysmith

Cascadia Liquor - Langford Cascadia Liquor in Langford is unique in the local liquor retail market. It is a large- scale boutique store dedicated to delivering outstanding service and a diverse product range with a focus on local, organic and hard-to-find products from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, all at everyday best value pricing. They pair a unique product mix with a commitment to exceptional customer service. Staff goes out of their way to help guests find special bottles for big occasions. When they can, they will consult on building a wine cellar, stocking home bars and tracking down hard to find products. Their craft beer wall is unmatched in the area. It allows them to carry a dizzying array of products from all the local breweries. Cascadia Liquor – Langford 107-977 Langford Parkway Victoria

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Close To You was started in 1991 as a small 700 sq ft. lingerie store. Over the years they have evolved into a full store, occupying 4,300 sq feet of women’s fashion, lingerie and footwear. They are proud to have maintained their Parksville location while building their client base to include all of Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and of course visitors from all parts of the globe. They offer lingerie in a full range of sizings and have recommendations coming from friends, family and health practitioners. A few years ago, with the increase in health issues, they are proud to say they added providing breast prosthesis fittings and products to their services. After many requests they added clothing and have not turned back since. Their fashions compliment the women of today…those 30-80 year old fashion forward women who appreciate style and want to feel and look great! Their clothing lines represent many recognized Canadian collections and designers with an ever-expanding request to carry even more lines. They expanded the store again in 2010 and have added a footwear division. Close To You Ltd. 174 Corfield Street, Parksville


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Retail Maffeo Salon and Day Spa Maffeo Salon and Day Spa is located in beautiful downtown Nanaimo. Previously the home of former mayor Pete Maffeo and his family, this fine historical house has been transformed into an elegant and attractive full-service salon. The inside of the salon features a relaxing waiting area with comfortable seating and tables, and clients are able to relax in an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere while knowing that their stylist will strive to provide professional top-quality results. They consistently achieve a high standard in all of their services, by maintaining a weekly training program, monitoring fashion trends, and listening closely to the individual needs of clients. Maffeo Salon and Day Spa 538 Wentworth Street Nanaimo

Tudor House Liquor Store Established in 1970 as the former Tudor House Pub & Liquor Store, the business has risen from the ashes as a state of the art Liquor Store in late 2017 following the fire that destroyed the business in 2013. From the architecture to our selection, everything in the store is unique. Its history is engraved in the walls, since they are covered by pictures that were recovered from the fire and others that they got from the Esquimalt archives. The west coast look and design features like the living walls were thought in detail to balance each other and bring life to the building and color to an open concept retail space. Their in-house sommelier has hand-picked an impressive selection of wines that range from affordable, easy-drinking Tuesday night table wines to impressive cellar-able selections that can be found in their Cellar Room. They have also talked with local brewers and will be cellaring some of their oak aged cellar beers from 2017 in their glass bottle wall. Tudor House Liquor Store 533 Admirals Road Victoria

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M&N Mattress Shop M&N Mattress Shop has been in business for the last 17 years and counting. They specialize in B.C made bedroom furniture, Mattresses and cabinet beds. Their clientele is primarily Vancouver Island based with focus on Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and Nanaimo, but their company has reached just about the whole Island and as far as Ontario, California, Phenix, Maui, and Puerto Rico.

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They have created their own brand â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cella Sleep productsâ&#x20AC;? (mattresses and pillows) which are hypo-allergenic and are deemed to be a class 1 medical device in Canada. They are working on expanding and opening a new store in Victoria, which will be our third store. Sukh

With the increase of sales, they have expanded our store by opening an additional warehouse as well as a clearance center. They have also installed a state of the art surveillance and alarm system to improve the safety of their store and staff. M&N Mattress Shop #1-291 East Island Hwy Parksville

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First Light Technologies In October 2017, First Light Technologies celebrated 8 years in business. They are Solar Lighting experts. Since their inception they have designed and manufactured over 12,000 self-contained solar powered light fixtures. Most of them are installed in commercial and municipal environments around North America, but they have worked in more than 30 countries. Their solar lights are mainly deployed along pathways, in parks, and in parking lots. All their products are designed and manufactured at their facility in Victoria and they ship hundreds of lights every week. They source as much of their materials locally and ensure that everything is recyclable at end of life. First Light Technologies 104-455 Banga Place Victoria

FreshWorks Studio FreshWorks Studio is an award winning Victoria and Vancouver based firm working in the space of digital transformation and specializes in designing & developing mobile & web apps. They have offices in Victoria, Vancouver, San Francisco, and India. Their primary client base is in BC though they have clients from across Canada and in the US. Originally started under the name AirSenze in 2014, the company became FreshWorks and fully adopted the current business model in January 2016. They are currently ranked #1 in BC and #3 in all of Canada for app developers with a client portfolio that includes BC Ferries, BC Hydro, Harbour Air,, BC Government, CGI, Ipsos, CBRE, Deloitte, and Sierra Systems. FreshWorks Studio 101-736 Broughton Street Victoria


Resonance Software Resonance Software Inc., founded in 1993, created the WorkSight workforce management solution — a secure SaaS and On-Premise application trusted by many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the most recognized brands in North America. The secret to the company’s success is that its products work how employees want, while also granting enterprise IT teams the data security, visibility, and control they require. Resonance’s team encompasses some of the most experienced consultants, developers, and trainers in North America, specializing in workforce management solutions for the manufacturing environment. All WorkSight products and solutions are designed by industry experts, created specifically for niche markets, and are developed from industry analysis to maximize appeal for the target consumer. Resonance Software, Inc. 208-335 Wesley Street Nanaimo

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VRX Simulators VRX Simulators designs, fabricates, and assembles the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most advanced simulation systems by integrating high-end hardware with leadingedge software, for clients all over the world. Since 1999, VRX has worked with leading edge technology and gaming companies to develop state-of-the-art simulators used for interactive training and entertainment solutions.

as Microsoft and D-BOX, incorporating their technologies into VRX manufactured designs, to create unparalleled simulation experiences. VRX Simulators 8-2042 Mills Rd West Sidney

Their main area of products/services to date has been: racing/flight simulator, driving simulator, and entertainment solutions. At VRX their mission statement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to expand the possibilities for simulation, and to provide the highest quality solutions for entertainment and human interaction in a simulation environmentâ&#x20AC;?. To achieve that, VRX has formed strategic alliances with corporations such

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Cove Adventure Tours Cove Adventure Tours offers hassle-free hiking tours to remote locations on Vancouver Island North. They are currently in their first year of business and their main offering is day tours to San Josef Bay in Cape Scott Provincial Park. They want to make the rugged, hard-to-access locations easy and safe for guests to visit. They also offer custom hiking tours and corporate excursions. They currently have two tour guides and one employee who works in their storefront for a total of three. They plan on hiring another tour guide for the upcoming season. Cove Adventure Tours 8640 Granville Street Port Hardy

Eagle Wing Tours Eagle Wing Tours is an ecotourism company offering year-round whale and wildlife tours from Victoria, extending throughout the Salish Sea. Since their inception in 1997, they have dedicated themselves to becoming the most environmentally sensitive whale watching company, offering not just an opportunity to see whales in the wild but also to develop educational programs for youth, educate the travelling public on each and every tour, and fund projects that sustain and enhance the marine wildlife in our region. They are the leaders in sustainability in Victoria, financially supporting not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the long-term study and conservation of the endangered southern resident killer whale population in Washington and British Columbia. Eagle Wing Tours is a founding member of the Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance, an organization dedicated to informing people about sustainable tourism in the region and encouraging other businesses to become more sustainable. Eagle Wing Tours Ltd. 12 Erie Street Victoria


Maple Leaf Adventures Corp. Maple Leaf Adventures has a reputation as one of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top operators of small ship cruises, providing multi-day boutique expeditions. They are world renowned for giving guests one-of-akind experiences in some of the most beautiful and rare places on earth. Maple Leaf Adventures has been delivering on the promise of big adventures and memorable experiences since 1986 aboard their expedition ships, Maple Leaf and Swell. Each ship is a unique, heritage piece of art built with coastal woods. A long time practitioner of ecotourism, they have pioneered travel in BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island, making significant contributions to conservation. By travelling with Maple Leaf, guests become part of the important, emerging conservation-based economy on the coast. Their careful, thoughtful approach to trips, to nature, and to all of the people they visit has earned them a reputation as a model for conservation travel. Maple Leaf Adventures Corp. 1110 Government St. Suite 209 Victoria

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Alpine Auto Repair & Tirecraft Alpine Auto Repair & Tirecraft has been locally owned and operated for 15 years. The business is operated by the owner Dale and his two daughters Jessica and Jennifer. They are located in downtown Langford and are very fortunate to have customers that come from all areas of the southern island. They are a full service automotive repair and tire shop. They have the ability to work on all makes and models of vehicles, including motorhomes. Dale has over 40 years of experience in the automotive and tire industry. They pride ourselves on providing our customers with honest reliable work. Alpine Auto Repair & Tirecraft 110-721 Station Avenue Victoria

Tex Electric Ltd. Tex Electric Ltd is a newly founded electrical contracting company based out of Port Hardy. Incorporated in May 26, 2016, they set out to serve the North Vancouver Island. Tex Electric Ltd specializes in installations, maintenance, and trouble shooting with: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, High Voltage, Marine Electrical, Automation and Process Control With a combined 40 years experience, they pride themselves with their ability to deliver fast, friendly, and affordable electrical contracting services to the businesses and people of the North Island. As they continue to expand, it allows them to meet the continuing demands of our growing customer base. Tex Electric Ltd. 9200 Trustee Road Unit 9A Port Hardy Tel.: 250-230-1027 Email:

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales Tim’s is a full service auto repair and inspection facility and used car dealership. Tim’s was started in 1982 as a mobile repair business and then expanded to a brick and mortar repair facility in 2005. Dave Seymour purchased the business on May 20, 2010 and continued the same business model until December of the same year. At that time, due to safety and environmental concerns, they discontinued the mobile service and added the used car sales. They sell lower cost vehicles, which provide a market for everyone including those with limited funds and ability to get credit. All their vehicles come with a limited warranty regardless of their value. Most of their business comes from the Nanaimo area; however they have customers from all over Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales 1481 Bowen Road Nanaimo,

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Mazzei Electric Ltd.

Mazzei Electric Ltd. is a family owned and operated electrical contracting business that has been operating on Vancouver Island for 23 years. The Company President, Ben Mazzei is a third‐generation electrician, who began working for the company in 2002. Mazzei Electric specializes in residential, commercial and industrial installations. The company takes on a wide variety of projects from residential services to large scale commercial projects and everything in between. Their core values include: Safety, Integrity, Teamwork and Quality. Mazzei Electric is committed to the health, safety, and well‐being of all of our staff and customers, and strives towards the goal of an accident‐ free workplace. In addition, we operate with the highest standards of integrity throughout all levels of the company. They remain true to their founders’ values of quality, honesty, and hard work. They recognize that their primary asset is people. To be successful, Mazzei Electric must be a rewarding place to work. They provide opportunity and encouragement to help their people work in a professional environment and inspire them to reach their full potential. They serve clients all over Vancouver Island as far north as Gold River, and as far south as Victoria and everywhere in between. They expanded north to the Fort St. John / Dawson Creek area in 2013. Mazzei Electric Ltd. 10 – 1850 Northfield Road, Nanaimo


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Totem Tree Service Totem Tree Service is a full service tree service that has been operating since 2012. They offer danger tree removal, bucket truck services, spiral pruning, wind firming, chipping and clean up stump and root grinding, pruning and hedge trimming and trail building. They work in both residential and commercial settings. Located in Port Alberni, they conduct business on the West Coast of Vancouver island from Ucluelet and Tofino, through Port Alberni, Cowichan, Bamberton, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Denman island, Courtenay, Campbell River, Quadra, and as far as Port Hardy. They also work in remote locations such as the West Coast Trail and Heli or boat access only sites. Totem Tree Service 5189 Compton Road Port Alberni

Wade Roberts Plumbing Wade Roberts Plumbing is a full service plumbing company, with a dedicated team that will go above and beyond with plumbing service work, drain cleaning, and gas work/fitting. They provide a wealth of knowledge with experience behind their name, being in business since 2005.â&#x20AC;¨Wade Roberts Plumbing also provides emergency services insuring no one gets left out in the cold when emergencies happen outside of normal operating hours. â&#x20AC;¨ Fully Servicing the greater Victoria area as a focus, the company has been known to go from the tip of Sidney to the Comox/Courtenay to look after customers. Wade Roberts Plumbing 15-6782 Veyaness Road Saanichton

Westcom Plumbing and Heating Westcom Plumbing and Heating is a female owned and operated plumbing and gas fitting company that has been in business for almost three years. They offer new construction plumbing and gas, renovations, plumbing and gas service work, water heater replacements, gas fireplace servicing and repairs, and currently service from Port Renfrew to Sidney. The company purchased another two vans and many more tools to offer better timing and options for both serving and new construction jobs to save clients and the company time and money. Westcom Plumbing and Heating 3025 Robinson Road, Sooke

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Island Murphy Beds has been serving the Vancouver Island Market since 2008.

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RBC Royal Bank RBC is proud to be a key sponsor of the Business Examiner’s 2018 Business Excellence Awards. This wonderful event celebrates our best and brightest businesses across Vancouver Island, and we at RBC want to congratulate all the nominees and Award winners for this very well deserved recognition. Entrepreneurship is a powerful force that drives innovation, productivity, job creation and economic growth. Here on Vancouver Island, more and more people are becoming entrepreneurs. The desire to create and grow a business, large or small, requires a combination of character, talent, vision, energy, timing and good advice. Successful entrepreneurs know that good practical information and advice can make a big difference in running a successful business. Your RBC Account Manager is your business partner and 64 18th Annual Business Excellence Awards

BE Award Gold Sponsor advocate, providing solutions to meet your business needs, and help your business to achieve its fullest potential. Your RBC Account Manager will: • Understand your company’s goals and vision for the future • Share their in-depth industry-specific knowledge and experience • Deliver products, technology and services to help your business save money, seize opportunities and reduce risk • Be your Go-To Financial Partner, working closely with your lawyer, accountant, RBC specialists, and other key partners Contact your RBC branch. Let’s make your Someday happen. ™ Congratulations to all those nominees and winners at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards.

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Balance Home Cleaning Balance Home Cleaning (BHC) was founded in 2012 by Mattias Peemoeller, with the goal of providing a fresh alternative in the cleaning industry. Specializing in exceptional quality and personalized customer service, BHC has developed a unique position within the market. Services include; regularly scheduled home and commercial cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning, and


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Bayview Custom Motorcycles To-the-core entrepreneurs Paul and Lori Nielsen make clear that Bayview Motorcycles’ motto is “We just like bikes.” Founded in 2011, the passion and drive to to keep riders safe and on the road is the motivation behind Bayview’s success. They provide sales, service and advice for riders of all stages and motorcycles of all types. Custom builds from the ground up and anything vintage is a specialty, considering Paul has been in the ‘game’ for over 30 years. They welcome riders from anywhere and everywhere, Vancouver Island being their most prevalent customer base. Focusing on Essential Motorcycle Care, (tires, brakes, battery and oil), they always ensure customers have these basics covered before offering accessories and goodies. Bayview Custom Motorcycles 2011 Corp. Unit 1 - 1480 Industrial Way Parksville

Grant Thornton LLP Grant Thornton LLP is proud to honour small businesses by sponsoring the Business Excellence Awards. Business leaders are often community leaders, and the partners of Grant Thornton LLP are committed to giving back to the communities that they live in. It is equally important to recognize those who have taken a leadership role by operating small businesses and taking responsibility for the well-being and improvement of our communities. With offices in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo, Grant Thornton LLP has been meeting their clients’ business needs on Vancouver Island for over 40 years. They have a wealth of experience in diverse

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Beach Fire Brewing Opening in November 2016, Beach Fire Brewing aimed to bring craft beer and innovative cuisine to Downtown Campbell River along with providing a relaxed, open environment for socializing. Their achievements include orchestrating the acquisition and renovation of the space in compliance with regulatory bodies, building and maintaining a team of 20-plus employees and bringing new products and experiences to town. They have shied away from a traditional sports bar with TVs, pub grub and domestic lagers, coming to market with something fresh, homemade and not already offered in town.

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They took a nontraditional approach to tip out, as they pool all tips and tip out to all staff for every hour they work. This encourages a more collaborative environment that focuses on teamwork rather than individual performance. Beach Fire Brewing Company Ltd. 594 11th Avenue Campbell River

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Blinds & Bubbles Boutique Blinds & Bubbles is a Hunter Douglas Centurion Gallery Retail location providing Hunter Douglas window fashions, custom draperies, ultrasonic blind cleaning and repairs. They started in 2004 selling many different manufacturers and covering many geographic regions. They are a husband and wife team and have one other employee, as Tracey and Brenda do the in-home consultations and man the retail showroom, while John does all installations, repairs and cleaning. Over the years, they realized they wanted to provide quality product at a fair price, specialize in what they do and be the best at it..and build their reputation on service, reliability and fairness. This is when they became the first Hunter Douglas Gallery in British Columbia and have never looked back. They currently keep themselves busy mostly in the Comox Valley but through request, will travel including jobs we have done in Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Port McNeil and many in Campbell River and Oceanside. Blinds Bubbles Boutique 221C Church Street Comox


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Mid Island Computer Enterprises Mid Island Computer Enterprises (MICE) Ltd is a computer service company specializing in hardware and software computer repair, data recovery from crashed hard drives, computer networking, web sites and database development. They offer training and coaching and have over 30 years of experience in systems management. The company was started in April 2004. Their service area includes Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Errington, Lantzville and North Nanaimo with onsite support. They also provide remote support to clients who travel or who have moved out of their immediate support area. Mid Island Computer Enterprises (MICE) Ltd. 1405 Reef Road Nanoose Bay

Nurture Collective Founded by three dedicated moms with nine young children between them, The Nurture Collective strives to fill the gap in the lack of support, essential products and education in the Oceanside area. Their aim is to be a centralized business focusing on nurturing families with the essentials and tools for pregnancy, birth and parenting. Their focus is to provide local families with a welcoming place to shop, learn and share the wonders of pregnancy, birth and parenting. A large part of their business is being able to offer workshops, childbirth education, gift mailing and baby shower registries. By utilizing a community approach and striving to be a collective business they create space to offer Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Safety Volunteer support (including car-seat technician), baby sign language classes and weekly drop-in support for Mothers and families. The Nurture Collective Ltd. 100-126 Alberni Highway Parksville     

Port Posh Wash Washed Out Ltd. has specialized in designing, building and operating carwashes for the past 20 years. Their present location for Port Posh Wash is well located, has easy access and has been open since Dec 2014. They have a staffed site which offers two automatic washes, one touchless and one soft touch as well as eight oversized, well lit self serve bays. Each bay has 11 options on the dials which include powerful vacuums and Interior Cleaners which they fabricated. They use a number of products including custom blended products to produce high quality results. Port Posh Wash 4508 Gertrude Street Port Alberni

SignAge SignAge is a premier sign imaging, installation and maintenance and manufacturing company in Nanaimo BC in central Vancouver Island. SignAge Canada is proud of its more than 15 years of service to businesses in and around Nanaimo. Seeing the changes in signage and adapting to new techniques and materials, SignAge has grown into central Vancouver Island’s one stop centre for excellence in all types of signage. SignAge Canada has invested in today’s advanced imaging/printing equipment to bring client’s indoor and outdoor creative concepts to life. If they can imagine it, SignAge’s imaging experts can do it. SignAge Canada 103-2046 Boxwood Road Nanaimo

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Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre Snip and Stitch is a candy store for quilters, sewers, machine embroiders and beginners as well as being a premier Janome and Husqvarna Viking Dealer in B.C. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also added Bernina and Handi Quilter to their flagship of quality sewing machine brands. Their team is comprised of qualified experts in every aspect of quilting, sewing, and machine embroidery as well as machine repairs, who strive to inspire customers and to take them to the next level. The store has been in business since 1968 inspiring and instructing sewers from all over Vancouver Island and beyond. In 2006 after being and employee for 18 years, Kathy Schroter and her husband Perry Schroter purchased the store from Betty & Neil Mclean. They offer four terms of classes each year with 90 to 120 classes in each term. Their classes cover everything for the most basic beginners to the very advanced machine embroidery and computer skills and everything in between.

Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre 4047 Norwell Drive #1 Nanaimo

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StrongHearts School of Movement StrongHearts School of Movement opened January 6th, 2015, serving the Comox Valley. They offer a variety of programming; Crossfit, Movnat, Kettlebells, yoga, outdoor and indigenous skills, and self defence. StrongHearts believes in strength in all its aspects: physical strength, strength of character, strength of integrity, and commitment. They focus on mindful mastery of clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bodies so that they can truly embody virtuosity - doing the common, uncommonly well. They also focus on heart. Heart is the no quit attitude that champions possess - an unshakable inner dialog that says yes, this is possible. Heart is also a symbol of compassion and concern for each other. At StrongHearts they believe that by working together everyone will all achieve results greater than the sum of their parts. They are our community. StrongHearts opened with a mandate to provide quality, affordable programming for families. They have implemented several strategies to reach this goal. Several times a week we run adult and youth classes at the same time. StrongHearts School of Movement Inc 4635B Madrona Pl Courtenay

Tremain Media Tremain Media is a full service media company providing video, web, print, branding and timelapse products as well as social media, marketing and technology services. Consistent, reliable and always excellent, Tremain

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Media has been delivering quality for their clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; diverse communication needs for 16 years. Tremain Media adapts with lightning speed to the changing media and technology landscape. This ability to adapt and grow is a cornerstone of their success. Tremain has created a modern distributed workforce with democratic hours and is proud to have a team that excels at living on the leading edge of change. This skill is recognized not only on Vancouver Island but throughout the province. Tremain Media Inc 595 Birch Street Campbell River

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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

49th Parallel Grocery 49th Parallel Grocery (‘the 49th’) was established in Ladysmith in 1951 and has a long standing and rich history in the community. The 49th was purchased by the Richmond family in 1977 making 2017 our 40th year in business. In fact – 2017 – was quite the year for milestones – their Cedar store celebrated 20 years and their Duncan store celebrated 10 years as well this year. The 49th Parallel team thanks all their valued employees, suppliers and customers for helping make this possible. The 49th group is 100% Vancouver Island owned and operated. They have grown into four community-focused full service grocery stores (Ladysmith, Chemainus, Cedar, Duncan), two dollar store and thrift shop combinations

(Chemainus & Cedar), a flower shop (“Bloooms”), a print shop (“49th Parallel Printers”) and a café (“the 49th café”). Their company vision has always been and will always be to play a big part in the local community. They live this each day by working with suppliers to bring the best value and selection and with their employees to bring the best service possible and by being active in their communities. 49th Parallel Grocery 1020 1st Avenue Ladysmith

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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

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Congratulations on your nomination for Business of the Year from your partners at Elran Furniture. P R O U D LY M A D E I N C A N A D A

2751 Trans Canada Highway | Pointe Claire, QC H9R 1B4 |

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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress Dodd’s Furniture Ltd. has been selling quality furniture and mattresses to greater Victoria residents for over 40 years. This family owned business started in 1977 and is well known for quirky advertising, great deals and extensive involvement in the community. The 35,000 square foot, flagship store, offers furniture, mattresses, rugs and accessories for all tastes and budgets. With the addition of two stores in Nanaimo and Campbell River, and a small fleet of trucks, they are currently capable of servicing the entire Vancouver Island and surrounding Island communities. They have increased their container buying program to reduce costs to customers. They have added two new five-ton trucks to the fleet. They have made changes in management to run warehouse more efficiently and offer faster delivery, and made earth friendly changes to garbage disposal and recycling. They have also developed safety protocols in warehouse and have offered extended health plans to employees. They have increased their annual free Christmas dinners to include all three community locations, and are in the process of building a new facility in Nanaimo to increase the size of that location.


Dodd’s Furniture Ltd. 715 Finlayson Street Victoria 250-388-6663

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Congratulations to Proudly serving BC since 1994 the Dodd’s Family on more than 40 Manhas Mar would like years of success in business! to congratulate Dodd's Furniture on Commercial Banking Congratulations to the Dodd family on 40 successful years in business!


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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees) Mid-Island Co-op

Located on Vancouver Island, Mid Island Co-op has been in business since 1959 and was created by local citizens as an alternative way to provide themselves with goods and services. They currently have more than 57,000 members throughout their territory; spanning from North Cowichan to Sayward. Mid Island Co-op has 15 retail petroleum and convenience store locations, 7 commercial Cardlocks and 2 liquor stores. In order to serve its members better, they are continuing to expand and develop Mid Island Co-op throughout the Mid Vancouver Island Region. All of their profits stay in the communities they serve through reinvestment in the Co-op, equity allocations to their member-owners and through contributions to community organizations and local youth. Mid Island Co-op #103 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2517 Bowen Road Nanaimo

Toll Free: 1.877.907.8060 485 Garbally Rd, Unit D, Victoria

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Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees)

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Tilray Tilray is a global leader in medical cannabis research and production dedicated to providing safe, consistent and reliable therapy to patients. Launched in 2014, they are the first Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified medical cannabis producer in North America, and they currently supply medical cannabis products to tens of thousands of patients, physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, governments and researchers in eight countries, including Canada, Australia, the European Union and Latin America. Tilrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience is unmatched worldwide. Our team of 200-plus professionals on the ground in seven countries across four continents serves thousands of patients around the glove. Their $30 million cultivation facility in Nanaimo is among the most advanced in the world.

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Tilrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nanaimo site was the first GMP certified medical cannabis production facility in North America, meaning that their cannabis products are medical grade and produced under the same quality standards as other pharmaceuticals around the world. All their products are produced with meticulous care to ensure the highest quality, consistency and purity for their patients. Tilray 1100 Maughan Road Nanaimo


Liquid Capital West Coast Financing

Liquid Capital West Coast Financing partners Rebekah Hutchison and Stephen Ison specialize in helping entrepreneurs, and small and medium-size businesses to tional financing options, find alternative financing solutions when traditional bank ng cash with loansAccounts aren’t available. Financing“The andproblem common for many businesses, including start-ups, small businesses in the growth phase, or for established companies with temporary cash flow issues,” Mr. Ison said. “We help provide our clients with much-needed funding so they can continue to grow their businesses.”

Rebekah Hutchison at Ms. Hutchison and Mr. Ison help solve

their clients’ cash-flow needs by providing working capital and trade finance solutions when banks won’t offer companies loans or credit. Mr. Ison and Ms. Hutchison, bring considerable experience and expertise to Liquid Capital West Coast Financing. Mr. Ison worked as a broker and financial advisor previously, and was a senior executive at investment company Edward Jones where he was responsible for the firm’s Western region of Canada. Ms. Hutchison’s experience includes B2B communications, marketing, design and management and has advised clients across many

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sectors, including the health and wellness and real estate industries. “If we help a business owner expand their operations so that they can hire more employees, then every quarter when the national job creation report is released, we can say we did a little bit to help,” Ms. Hutchison said. “This work is exactly what we hoped it would be. It couldn’t be a better partnership to help grow local businesses in British Columbia,” she added. Liquid Capital is a Canadian-based, fullservice working capital and trade finance network and has been in operations since 1998. The Liquid Capital network has the largest geographic footprint of alternative funding professionals, with over 80 2016-11-30 9:58 AM independently owned businesses across North America, offering clients a customized and flexible approach with local decision makers. Liquid Capital West Coast Financing offers a complete range of solutions for all industries and provides immediate financing upon approval with no long-term contracts or hidden fees.Contact them today at and

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BE Awards 2018 Booklet  

Official program for 2018 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, celebrating the best of the best in Vancouver Island business the pre...

BE Awards 2018 Booklet  

Official program for 2018 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, celebrating the best of the best in Vancouver Island business the pre...