Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

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    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 

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    How 2 Leaders encourage creative thinking and tackle new projects in innovative ways see more

    Source: Douglas Magazine

    How Local Leaders Inspire Creativity and Outside-the-Box Thinking In Their Teams

    How much does creativity drive a business’ success? According to a 2014 study conducted by Adobe and Forrester Consulting, 82 per cent of companies believe there’s a strong correlation between creativity and business results. For many businesses, regardless of the industry, creativity is a key differentiator and integral to a business’ success.

    So how can you help foster a creative office environment? We asked two local business leaders, Dan Dagg of Hot House Marketing and Brianna Wettlaufer of Stocksy United, to share how they encourage creative thinking, tackle new projects in innovative ways, and deliver unique results.


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A portion of Victoria's Airport has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station" see more

    “Tectoria Innovation Station” to launch at the Victoria International Airport

    Ribbon cutting to take place February 20, 2017 at 11am

    VICTORIA, BC (February 15, 2017) -  A portion of Victoria International Airport’s Arrival Rotunda has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station,” a new interactive exhibit heralding Greater Victoria’s long history of innovation and entrepreneurship and the thriving tech sector that developed as a result.

    The installation features a mad scientist's laboratory complete with transparent video screens and detailed historical accounts of our region’s innovations all surrounded by intricate pipes, gauges and switches to catch the attention of passersby and draw them in for a closer look. It was developed specifically to give the local technology sector added awareness, airport guests an added experience, and potential talent and investors a place to go for more information,

    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council) and the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), have spent the last 10 years informally exploring ways to work together to spread the word about our top local industry, technology. ”When we heard that the Victoria Airport Authority had a potential area that we could utilize to build an intriguing interactive exhibit we jumped at the chance,” Dan Gunn, VIATEC CEO explained. “We quickly started developing concepts on something that would be out of the ordinary and soon after opened discussions with potential funding partners.

    “Technology plays such an integral role in our local economy,” says Geoff Dickson, VAA President and CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with VIATEC and showcase this interactive display. It’s a great way for us to support Victoria’s technology sector and to provide our passengers and the public with a unique experience and opportunity to learn about the positive contributions it makes to the region.”

    The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and South Island Prosperity Project (Prosperity Project) were intrigued and agreed to dedicate some of the funding they had received from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to the project.

    ”It takes a village to raise an economy and we are very grateful to the Victoria Airport Authority and our funding partners for making this possible,” acclaimed Dan Gunn. “With 1.85 million visitors walking through the gates at one of the world’s greatest airports, we are fortunate to be offered the opportunity to build a presence at the primary gateway to our community. Tourism is our best draw and once people are hooked on our island lifestyle many of them want to stay. We believe this exhibit will give the ones that want to move here, the info they need to understand how they might find a job or, better yet, invest in or create a new company here.”

    "We're proud to be part of the team that brought this project to life,” said Emilie de Rosenroll, Executive Director of the Prosperity Project. “The Tectoria Innovation Station is a way to raise the profile of our local entrepreneurial culture, and it will help the Prosperity Project connect with new companies and established entrepreneurs through the website."

    “The Tectoria Innovation Station is one of several joint projects that the Greater Victoria Chamber has undertaken over the past three years to support trade and investment,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada and stakeholders throughout the region, we have been able to bring the right people together to see outcomes, like this one, that will resonate within our community and economy for years.”

    The unveiling will take place on February 20, 2017 at 11am in the Arrivals Rotunda of the Victoria International Airport. Following a few announcements and a ribbon cutting, media and the public are encouraged to take the first steps through the installation.



    With the vision statement that, “Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped Victoria’s present, past and inspires our potential going forward.”  VIATEC sought out local designer and fabricator, Russell Papp, to bring a “Mad Scientist’s Lab” theme to fruition. Russell is well known for projects around town including the Phillip’s Beer Wagons and some of Tourism Victoria’s exhibits last October.

    Airport visitors will get to peer into portals containing Holografyx Showcase video displays, press buttons and gears, and flip through drafting table designs containing bits of Victoria’s rich, innovative history. From aviation, to shipbuilding, ocean sciences and education. The first video features short overviews of AXYS Technologies, FTS and Viking Air. The drafting table features are opening with historical overviews of key elements of our economy, and VIATEC is encouraging locals to submit suggested additions and corrections, so that the exhibit is ever-changing and improving. A feedback form on the web site will make it easy for people to provide suggested edits and updates.


    Your readers, listeners and viewers are welcome to learn even more about how to connect with, join or learn more about the local tech scene by attending Discover Tectoria on February 24, 2017 from 11am to 6pm at the Crystal Garden.


    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director, VIATEC
    e:, c: 250-896-7668