Micro Business of the Year

Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

NYLA Fresh Thread

Testimonial

“I have witnessed first-hand his indomitable drive and spirit to embrace the challenge of opening up and succeeding as a Downtown Business. As one of my clients, Leon with his menswear store NYLA Fresh Thread, has demonstrated innovative marketing techniques, and incredible vision. Because of this his business has grown and flourished when others have not. This has helped create an awareness of our vibrant downtown.”

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops

Testimonial

“Bill’s donation of beautiful quartz countertops (valued at $30,000) have added a touch of class and durability that we otherwise would have been unable to afford. Bill was one of the very few companies who stepped forward to get involved without being approached first”

Proline Management Ltd.

Testimonial

“Extremely knowledgeable and experienced about all things related to stratas.” I am delighted to say that thanks to the hard work and professionalism of our property manager I have seen that we can indeed look to Proline and trust that we are being enabled to do the best for our complex.”

Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

G.T. Hiring

Testimonial

“I was without work and desperate, a single mother of three young children. When I went to GT hiring there were like my sunshine every day. My caseworker helped me attend workshops and referred me to the wage subsidy program. I wanted to branch out and do something different and they helped me do this.”

 

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Testimonial

“Very strong personal customer service- always made to feel like the most important client.

Long time Nanaimo business embracing a smaller style business to keep it personal for clients.

Went to a paperless business many years ago before it became the environmental thing to do.

They have trained many young accountants over the years obtaining their accounting designations.”

 

Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.

Testimonial 

“I have known Cheryl and Noel professionally and I am impressed with their entrepreneurial spirit. From where they started to where they are now is exceptional. Starting in a basement in the beginning to the manufacturing plant where they are now is no easy feat. Their drive, determination and ingenuity is inspiring. Their dog treats are now sold all over North America”

 

Major Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

 

Quality Foods

Our history and culture is being involved in the communities that we serve. Our people give selflessly of their time and talents to make this a better place for all. To them we say, “Thank you”.  For the tenth consecutive year Vancouver Island grocer QF has been selected to retain its prestigious accreditation as a Best Managed Platinum member.

 Tilray

Tilray is a global leader in medical cannabis research and production dedicated to providing safe, consistent and reliable therapy to patients. In honour of our Canadian veterans who served in Afghanistan and in keeping with the celebratory spirit of 4/20, we are donating 10% of all proceeds from the sale of this strain To Light on PTSD. Funds go to support future initiatives for families struggling with post traumatic stress.

 

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

Sponsored by MNP

      Nanaimo North Town Centre

Key Achievements in Sustainability: Energy Study of the property and energy audits;Tracked greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water usage in 3rd party software applications. Utilizing social media to promote sustainability; participating the the BC Hydro energy manager program. Achieved BOMA BESt certification – aiming for gold certification.

Cowichan Tribes-Chatwin Engineering Partnership

Key Achievement of the  Parntership:  Enhancement of spawning channel for salmon; innovative technique to connect house sewers to the Cowichan Valley Regional District Sewer System; Elimination of pollution from failed septic systems; Safe supply of drinking water and also a water system for fire protection;Sustainable strategy to remove log jam, improve channel flow and build salmon spawning habitat.

 

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Sponsored by MNP

Coastal Community Credit Union

Testimonial

“Coastal Community Credit Union has been a huge supporter of Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. From offering a first rate banking and insurance experience for our business needs, to supplying volunteers to support our ongoing operaitons, to generously supporting us financially, CCCU has been exceptional partner in our mission to serve the community. We are so thankful for their support!”

 

Coast Hotel

Testimonial

“The General Manager, Henry Traa, Management Team and more than 100 Coast Ambassadors, pride themselves in being involved in “OUR” community.  Weather it is a standing Board member of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce or Committee member, Rotary, Nanaimo Hotel Association or assisting whenever possible for the Christmas Kettles or supporting United Way, the Coast Bastion Team will do what they can to be a big part of our community.”

Nanaimo Clippers

Testimonial

“The Nanaimo Clippers have had a huge positive influence on my son.  He has seen that you must work hard to achieve your goals but most importantly that those goals are achieved with the help of many others along the way.  He has also seen and experienced first hand the importance of caring for and about your community.  It is obvious that this level of caring and commitment is demonstrated from the owners and management down to the players.”

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

Testimonial

As a business owner, a volunteer, the Chair of the Chamber and of NEDC and someone that I have done business with. In each of these roles – AJ is the consummate professional. He is dedicated to his community, generous in his time and money. Passionate about making a difference whether it is his role of CEO of his own business or for those boards he volunteers for. He believes if you want something to change “get involved.”

Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings

Coco Café

Testimonial

“Thanks to Coco Cafe for your donation to TD Auto Finance’s 2016 United Way Campaign. We are so thankful for your support and your awesome staff. We love your support for inclusion & opportunity for those with developmental disabilites in the community- what a fantastic story of how it all came about. Can’t wait to drop in for lunch and meet the team”

Charlies Closet

Testimonial

“From the inception, Nadine has positioned a large trunk in the store where items are placed that are not selling quickly or possibly slightly damaged. Items are sold for $1.00 each. Each month, Nadine takes all the proceeds from the trunk sales, purchases food or other items for one struggling family in the Nanaimo area.”

Not for Profit Organization of the year

Sponsored by NACL

Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Testimonial

“Hello, I just wanted to thank you for all that you do. This is a really important service that you do and I want you to know how much I appreciate it. The Crisis line saved my life.”

BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch

Testimonial

“I am eternally grateful to the Nanaimo BC SPCA. They have given me (and thousands of other families) the greatest gift: a new member of the family. They bring joy to families, hope to animals, and love to everyone.”

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

Testimonial

Rashad Kadah, a Syrian refugee, who recently was relocated to Nanaimo, began developing his skills as a barber as a child. He has found part-time employment with Sports Barbers with the help of CVIMS. “ Nanaimo News Bulletin

 

Inclusive Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Nanaimo Association for Community Living

 

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

Testimonial

“Based on personal experience, Dave rallied his Serauxmen Service Club members to support the purchase of a van for the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society. This van is being used for our addiction treatment program to provide support for residents of our supportive recovery housing program. “

MBA Games

Connect. Inspire. Impact – the theme of the BC MBA Games

Testimonial

“Not only did the MBA Games reinforce the importance of community engagement for business leadership, but they also provided the opportunity for students to show how their MBA programs have shaped them into full-rounded and passionate leaders. The MBA Games worked with NACL and the Moosehide campaign as inclusive partners.

London Drugs

Testimonial

“We have been hiring from VIVRS and many other work experience organizations including VIU for a number of years now. For many of them it could be their first job and we have seen them grow into mature strong leaders that have gained confidence to move forward in their lives. It is the most rewarding experience for me personally and my company.”

Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Sponsored by Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Testimonial

“Excellence in public viewing – quiet moments allowed in this space. Curating and thematic informative and stimulating. Great opportunity to view an expansive selection of Canadian artists and mediums.” J. Wilson; “ “Best show in BC that I’ve seen in many years. Congratulations to all the artists!”

Vancouver Island Symphony

Testimonial

“The “My Symphony Education Show” that introduces the benefits of music to our community Grade 4 and 5 students is invaluable. So many young students now have the opportunity to feel and play an instrument, realize “they can sing and experience the joy of making music that could bring them pleasure for a lifetime”

Dale Schulz – DaschStudio

Testimonial

“Dale Schulz has been making my ideas come to life for years now. I really don’t think my business would be as successful without Dale’s help. Dale is a gem in the creative landscape of Nanaimo! “Dasch’s work is unique and eye catching. There is absolutely no one like him in our city of Nanaimo.”

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

Testimonial

“Great restaurant, very authentic Mexican food. I love the tacos, especially the paseos, carnitas(street tacos) and the vegos. Everything is fresh and nicely spicy. The tortilla soup is to die for!”

 Power House Living Foods Co.

Testimonial

“Customer service is almost always 10/10! They have quality ingredients and great tasting products!! Have never been disappointed and I always feel great after eating/drinking there!!Power House is your destination for FRESH, healthy & delicious RAW Vegan food, prepared daily with LOVE, from organic and local ingredients, whenever possible.

         

Milton Street Public House

Testimonial

First time in pub and it was fabulous! Couldn’t get past the appetizers… had the pretzel ( best ever) olives ( yum!) and hummus ( amazing) Great service ! Will definitely be back. M.H.PH is the result of Rob and Sandy’s passion to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while providing quality food and drink.

Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

 McLean’s Specialty Foods

Testimonials

Great Establishment – Philippines, Nice Place, Good Food, Friendly people – Slovak Republic; Like a Slice of Europe – CA.

Automotive Business of the Year

Sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

 Tim’s Automotive Repair and Used Car Sales

Testimonial

“A bouquet of hugs, kisses and gratitude to Dave and his mechanic Perry for finding the problem with the engine on my car. I had taken my car to three different garages in Nanaimo over the last 1and 1/2 years spent over $1,000.00 dollars and the problem was never fixed.  I brought my car to Dave at Tim’s Automotive Repair and Perry had repaired it in a very short time at no charge.”

Trojan Collision

Testimonial

“Great service and very friendly staff! I was rear ended and had to have my car repaired. It was a tricky situation with my alberta insurance expiring while I was sorting everything out. They gave me multiple rides to and from the shop and went out of their way for me. Highly recommend.”

 

Planning / Design Firm of the Year

Sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Datum Point Studios

Testimonial

“We have had the privilege of working with Datum Point Studio for the past number of years. Our clients have been very happy with the finished drawings and this past year one of the houses designed for us has been nominated for the Best House Award for the VIBE Awards. “

The Vancouver Island Chapter: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association

Testimonial

“We are looking at some ideas to add texture to the space and give a reason for people to come into the downtown space.” Kressock said. Kressock, a principal architect with Winnipeg-based LM Architectural Group, is just one of a number of architects, urban planners and various other design professionals from across the country who participated in The Festival of Architecture’s design charrette. Nanaimo 2016. Nanaimo News Bulletin

 

Technology-Based Business of the Year

Sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Seamor Marine

Testimonial

“Awesome hand built observation class ROVs from Canada!”

SEAMOR Marine Chinook ROV was used to confirm the identity of a 1897 schooner barge, the Antelope, found 300 feet down at the bottom of Lake Superior near Wisconsin, USA. This ship is one of the most intact wooden schooners to be found at the bottom of the lake with its masts still standing. Its cargo (coal) may have helped the ship sink slowly, coal being a buoyant load, preventing the ship’s hull from collapsing during its descent.

Resonance Software

Testimonial

“You’ve got a good product, and I can understand the complications with keeping things moving forward and synchronized with different clients! It’s pretty impressive how well it’s able to adapt to different customers. You’re responsive to requests, which goes a long distance in keeping frustration down.”

Pixelstream Communications

Testimonial

Frank’s conceptual-scientific grasp and practical systems sense are a terrific combination in bounding a problem and realizing a system to solve it. He can proceed rapidly from principles to concept to experiment across a wide range of practical problem grounded in physics.He is a willing and interactive colleague, perceptive, and good company! Pixelstream has developed a data broadcasting technology that can deliver web-based content to any point on the globe served by television.

Professional Services Business of the Year

Sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Primal Communications

Testimonial 

“Robert is President & Creative Director of Primal Communications which he co-founded in 1994. Primal is an international award winning design studio with an international client roster. Robert is the also the current President of his Rotary club, committed to helping children in our community.”

Eric Kuehnel – Raymond James 

Testimonial

“As I started to get to know Eric better, my admiration and respect increased even more. How he looks to his clients really makes me feel comfortable and honoured to refer to him. He is knowledgeable and trust worthy, and he sincerely cares about his clients.”

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Testimonial

“Very strong personal customer service- always made to feel like the most important client.

Long time Nanaimo business embracing a smaller style business to keep it personal for clients.

Went to a paperless business many years ago before it became the environmental thing to do.

They have trained many young accountants over the years obtaining their accounting designations.”

 

Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year

Sponsored by The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Testimonial

“The staff is very professional and knowledgeable but always caring” “I love that eh staff demonstrates the highest quality of work, and “The people who care for my son truly love him”

Tilray

Tilray provides a 24/7 customer care center to answer questions and assist patient and health care providers any time of day, all year long, and the industry leading, Tilray Assurance Program provides discounts to assist veterans, seniors and low income patients.

 

Developer / Builder of the Year

Sponsored by The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Alair Homes

Testimonial

“I would certainly recommend Alair Homes to anyone interested in building a home here in the Nanaimo area…the main reason is that they listen to your needs, they are attentive to those needs, and they practise to deliver on those needs.” client

Gallant Homes

Testimonial

“I wanted to build a home that is ecologically sound and will last…within our budget. B.Gallant Homes were recommended to me by a supplier..they listened to my visions, respected my budget and shared my beliefs that expensive does not mean better.” Mike L.

Windley Contracting Ltd.

Testimonial

“Windley Contracting, working with the Tillicum Lelum Society, constructed a beautiful facility. Windley utilized timber frame construction and an exterior that features a cedar board construction much the same way the First Nations have used for centuries. We used conventional construction finishes on the walls but used a natural finished concrete floor for the public areas. Future plans for this property also include a “Safe House”, a “Gathering Place” a community centre and a daycare.”

 

Building Trades Business of the Year

Sponsored by Vancouver Island University

Mazzei Electric

Testimonial

“My company has been sub-contracting with Mazzei since 2007. Ben Mazzei, owner, has consistently provided excellent quality and service. Ben has also donated his company’s services or charge only his costs to community projects we have done pro bono: The new Hospice House, Vancouver Island Symphony, Dragon Boat Society, KidSport Nanaimo and many others”

 

Young Entrepreneur

Sponsored by Futurepreneur

Elite Image

Testimonial

“We are truly blown away by the quality of your work. Elite Image brings an effective and innovating alternative to a growing market in need of high end branding at a reasonable cost. What a brillilant idea.” “Elite gives us a seamless control to create custom marketing materials, quickly and easily. Elite is an idea whose time has come.  Catrina Elliott, owner of Elite has recently purched Coastal Colour Printing, Coastal Die Cut and Printing, partners in Eco Wash, Xposure Multimedia and works tirelessly for International Widows & Orphans Fund, Dog4Life Rescue among others.

Oceanvale Mortgage & Finance

Testimonial
“Highly competitive rates and great service. Nolan and Nikki have done an excellent job for me again and again. They were able to provide me with very good rates and provide great service. As an investor, with little time to waste, I appreciate that I can confidently rely on Nolan and Nikki to look after my financing needs. Fast, efficient, professional service and competitive rates. What more can you ask for?”

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops

Testimonial

“A few months ago, Bill was approached by the Bryan Baeumler team for his business to qualify to be a Bryan Baeumler approved. To obtain this approval, one’s company must be approved for quality workmanship. Bill Cruikshank Jr, owner is a young, dynamic and committeed entrepreneur with a natural business sense and dedicated community spirit.”