Greater Victoria Business Awards

  • Paula Parker posted an article
    Finalists for The Chamber’s 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards. see more


    VICTORIA, B.C. – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the finalists for The Chamber’s 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards. 

    The finalists have distinguished themselves in many categories and many ways, including excellent customer service, sustainable business practices, young entrepreneurship and business leadership. 

    From start-ups to local legends, The Chamber’s 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards shine a light on hard-working businesses, business people and community leaders in 14 categories worth celebrating. Finalists were chosen by an independent panel of prominent business leaders who served as judges. 

    “As always, there was a lot of debate among our judging panel as we were deciding on this year’s finalists,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “The calibre of our nominees was phenomenal and truly reflects the high quality of Chamber members who serve our community. All of our finalists have truly distinguished themselves, and I look forward to celebrating with them at our awards gala on May 12.” 

    As previously announced Bill McCreadie will receive the 2020 Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award. And Max Furniture’s Rahim Khudabux has been named The Chamber’s Member of the Year. 

    The Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award honours an individual for his or her outstanding leadership and accomplishments over the decades. 

    The Chamber Member of the Year award recognizes an individual who has served as a volunteer at The Chamber, has taken an active role with the board or committees, fosters relationships with the community and advocates on behalf of business. 

    The Chamber’s 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards will be held May 12, at the Fairmont Empress. 

    The Chamber 2020 Business Awards Finalists

    (Finalists listed alphabetically) 

    Community Builder; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings 

    • Scale Collaborative  

    • Victoria Cool Aid Society  

    Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 

    BRNKL by Barnacle Systems 

    • Moduurn  

    Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. 

    • Victoria Comfort Keepers  

    • Victoria HarbourCats 

    Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Camosun College 

    • Elate Cosmetics  

    • TOPSOIL – Innovative Urban Agriculture INC. 

    New Business; sponsored by AMEX 

    • Fettle + Food 

    • KWENCH 

    Business Person of the Year; sponsored by Deloitte Canada 

    • Lise Gyorkos, Page One Publishing  

    • Dave Obee, Times Colonist 

    Emerging Business Person of the Year (Under 35); sponsored by Royal Roads University 

    • Erin Boggs, Robinson’s Outdoor Store 

    • Mike Walker, Roll.Focus Productions 

    Outstanding Workplace of the Year sponsored by Ralmax Group of Companies 

    • The Butchart Gardens  


    Non-Profit of the Year; sponsored by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 

    • The Cridge Centre for the Family  

    • Ocean Networks Canada 

    Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by City of Victoria 

    • Four Frames Photo Booth  

    • House of Boateng 

    Business of the Year (11-39 Employees); sponsored by TELUS Communications 

    • Maple Leaf Adventures  

    • Russell Books 

    Business of the Year (40+ Employees); sponsored by Berwick Retirement Community 

    • Heart Pharmacy 

    • Ralmax Group of Companies 

    Chamber Member of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada 

    • Rahim Khudabux, Max Furniture 

    Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award; sponsored by Times Colonist 

    • Bill McCreadie 

    With 1,400 members, The Chamber’s mission is to serve Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community through advocacy, networking events, professional development and other unique activities. Find out more at 

    Media Contact: 
    Jim Zeeben 
    Communications and Project Manager 
    250 360-3471 

  • Kevin Oke posted an article
    LlamaZOO wins Innovation Award at 2016 Greater Victoria Business Awards see more

    Victoria, BC - April 22, 2016 - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. was named the Innovation Award winner at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Greater Victoria Business Awards.  This award recognizes LlamaZOO for its efforts to revolutionize education through the creation of an interactive 3D learning platform.

    “Innovation is interesting because it’s constantly advancing.” says Charles Lavigne, LlamaZOO’s co-founder and CEO. “For us, winning an innovation award represents that we’re still on the cusp of innovation. What we’re trying to do is incredibly difficult, and getting recognition along the way feels fantastic.”

    The Innovation category was narrowed down to only two finalists prior to the awards gala held at The Fairmont Empress - LlamaZOO and StarFish Medical.

    “To be alongside an amazing company like StarFish Medical is an honour, and testament to the vibrant high tech industry in our city,” says Kevin Oke, co-founder and VP of Sales.

    In addition to this Innovation Award, LlamaZOO has also been recognized as one of Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch in 2016, the only company in BC to receive the 2015 Futurpreneur Spin Master Innovation Fund, and Startup of the Year at the 2015 VIATEC Technology Awards. Having recently advanced to Round 2 of this year’s BCIC New Ventures Competition, LlamaZOO appears on track for even more recognition and success in the near future.

    About LlamaZOO

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. has set its sights on revolutionizing education by developing an e-learning platform that marries interactive 3D, with gamification, and teaching methods based on cognitive neuroscience. The first product built using the platform is “EasyAnatomy.” Catering to the fields of veterinary and animal science education, it features a fully interactive 3D canine model that can be manipulated and taken apart, layer by layer, organ by organ, on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.

    Founded in 2014 and privately held, LlamaZOO is headquartered in Victoria, BC, Canada.

    Media Contact:

    Charles Lavigne