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Chamber announces 2020 Business Awards finalists

Chamber announces 2020 Business Awards finalists


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 


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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