Island’s Best New Businesses

Douglas magazine has announced the winners of our seventh annual 10 to Watch Awards for 2016. These awards highlight the very best of Vancouver Island’s new businesses.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on April 6 at The Union Club in downtown Victoria, B.C. and were selected by an independent panel of judges that included business owners and representatives of the University of Victoria Peter Gustavson School of Business and Royal Roads University School of Business.

The 2016 10 to Watch winners are:

  • The Wandering Mollusk Oyster Catering Co. 
  • Toque Catering(Victoria)
  • E-Quick Eco Courier (Victoria)
  • Easy Job Quote (Victoria)
  • Echosec (Victoria)
  • Enigmatic Events (Victoria)
  • Joma Environmental
  • LlamaZoo Interactive
  • Resthouse Sleep Solutions (Duncan)
  • TellWell (Victoria)

“These 10 winners are an inspiring group who dare to think different,” says Lise Gyorkos, whose company Page One Publishing produces Douglas magazine. “Not only do they demonstrate innovation and a dedication to their businesses, they embody the entrepreneurial spirit that the 10 to Watch Awards were created to champion.”

Now in their 7th year, the 10 to Watch Awards recognize Vancouver Island’s best new companies, which have been in business for three years or less. Previous winners include: DeeBees Organics, Flytographer, Indochino, SendtoNews, Rumble Energy Drink, Parc Modern Interiors, Cook Culture and Aquarium of the Salish Sea (previously Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre).

Douglas is Vancouver Island’s business magazine, published by award-winning Page One Publishing. Page One also publishes YAM magazine, Victoria’s lifestyle magazine, and Salt, a Vancouver Island travel and lifestyle magazine for Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver readers.

Douglas magazine publishers Lise Gyorkos (L) and Georgina Camilleri (R) with Penny Sopel of Title Sponsor Peninsula Co-op.
Douglas publishers Lise Gyorkos (L) and Georgina Camilleri (R) with Penny Sopel of Peninsula Co-op, the Title Sponsor for the 10 to Watch Awards.

The 10 to Watch Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Title Sponsor Peninsula Co-op and supporting sponsors: Stantec, TD Canada Trust, BDO, the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPA), Acacia Landscape, Equitex Realty, Graphic Office Interiors, Baker Rejuvenation Centre, Royal Roads University and the City of Victoria Business Hub.

Douglas magazine also thanks out event sponsors: The Union Club, Smart Events, CTV and Chocaterie Bernard Callebaut.