2017 BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 NANAIMO – MAY 5, 2017

2017 BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Nineteen excited businesses and non-profit organizations received top honours at Nanaimo’s 17th Annual Business & Achievement Awards in the Port Theatre Thursday night.

“Out of over 125 nominations, 57 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel and the winners were the top-ranked among those finalists. Businesses did not have to be Chamber members to qualify. This was the largest group of nominees we’ve ever seen and the best-attended awards event we’ve held,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for making this ‘Oscar-style event’ a night to remember for so many Nanaimo organizations.”

Micro Business of the Year sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

NYLA Fresh Thread

Left: Leon Drzewieki, owner, Right: Don Tamelin VP & GM Wealth Management, Coastal Community Credit Union

Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.

left: Don Tamelin, CCCU and  right: Cheryl Foley, owner  

Major Employer of the Year sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

Tilray

Left: Joshua Eades, Vice President Tilray, Right: Greg Phillips, Chair, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

 

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

Left: Dianne Babyak, owner, Right: Sean McCue, Publisher, Nanaimo News Bulletin

Arts & Culture Business of the Year sponsored by Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Left: Julie Bevan, Executive Director, Right: Dr. Ralph Nilson, Vice Chancellor & President, VIU

Professional Services Business of the Year Sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Primal Communications

Left: Robert Dobbs, owner Right: Rob Bye, GM Island Broadcasting

Planning / Design Firm of the Year sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Datum Point Studios

Right: Rob Bye, GM Island Broadcasting Left: Austin Werner, Principal

Developer / Builder of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Alair Homes

Left: Stu Hopewell, Regional Partner & Owner   Right: Kelly Whitton, Chair, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Technology-Based Business of the Year sponsored by The Wave and The Wolf

Resonance Software

Left: Rob Bye, GM Island Broadcasting   Right: Ivan Eggers, Principal

Sustainability Excellence of the Year sponsored by MNP

Chatwin Engineering – Cowichan Tribes Partnership

Left: Brian Chatwin, Owner, Chatwin Engineering, Middle: Jenn Bogwald, MNP

Right: Chief Chip (William) Seymour, Cowichan Tribes

© 2017 HA Photography

Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Tilray

Left: Joshua Eades, Vice President, Tilray   Left: Greg Phillips, Chair, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by MNP

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

Left: A.J. Hustins, President    Right: Jenn Bogwald, MNP

Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by Coast Capital Savings

Coco Café

Left: Patricia Johnston, Coco Cafe

Middle: Bret Torok-Both, Senior Manager Commercial Banking Coast Capital Savings

Right: Melanie Caddon, Owner

 

Not For Profit Organization of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo Association of Community Living

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

Left: Nanette Leather, Assistant Director; Middle: Robert Dawkes, Program Director

Right: Kelly McBride, Acting Executive Director


Inclusive Employer of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo Association of Community Living

London Drugs

Right: Randy Humchitt, Deputy Executive Director NACL   Left: Carol Hubick, Manager, London Drugs

Automotive Business of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

Left: Dave Seymour, owner  Right: Sean McCue, Publisher, Nanaimo News Bulletin

Building Trades Business of the Year sponsored by Vancouver Island University

Mazzei Electric

Left: Ben Mazzei, owner Right: Dr. Ralph Nilson, Vice Chancellor & President, VIU

© 2017 HA Photography

Retailer of the Year sponsored by Nanaimo News Bulletin

McLean’s Specialty Foods

Left: Eric McLean, owner Right: Sean McCue, Publisher, Nanaimo News Bulletin

Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Futurepreneur

Catrina Elliot – Elite Image

Right: Mina Haghighi, Business Development Manager, Futurepreneur

Middle: Shaylee McAllister, Manager  Left: Catrina Elliot, owner

 

Special Thank you to the “71st  Miss Nanaimo Ambassador Program”

 

2017BusinessAwardsWinners

2017 Finalists

http://nanaimochamber.bc.ca/baa-finalists-2017/