The 10 to Watch 2018 Event

Approximately 300 people gathered at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre for the ninth annual 10 to Watch Awards. Photo: Derek Ford.

The ninth annual 10 to Watch event was held at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre on Thursday, April 5. That evening, 10 new honourees were celebrated increasing the tally of winners to 90 businesses on Vancouver Island.

Each year, Douglas magazine’s 10 to Watch Awards recognize Vancouver Island’s 10 best new businesses, celebrating of the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship on Vancouver Island. Past winners say winning a 10 to Watch award strengthens their brand and contributes to significant business growth.

The 10 to Watch Awards event is considered one of the premier business events on Vancouver Island. Each year, the event draws approximately 300 guests. Each winning business is featured in the annual April/May issue of Douglas magazine and celebrated across our social media channels.

The 10 to Watch Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Title Sponsor Peninsula Co-op and our supporting sponsors:  TD Canada Trust, Acacia LandscapeEquitex RealtyGraphic Office InteriorsCity of Victoria Business Hub, The Wilson Group, Andrew Sheret Limited, Royal Roads University, Maximum Express Courier and Zambri’s.

See the list of the 2018 winners here.

Comments from the 2018 event
Thank you, Douglas Magazine. What a lovely evening. We’re so thrilled to be one of the 10 to watch this year!

Congratulations on a stellar event – top notch from the décor to the appies to the program honouring the recipients.  We were delighted to be a part of the Top 10 event again this year.

As someone who has done business in many communities in Canada, Victoria is very represented by community leaders such as yourselves. Your energy, pride and quality of leadership is evident. Kudos to you!

Thank you to you and your Team for a wonderful evening. Everything was perfect and very impressive!

Patti Hunter, Peninsula Co-op and Lise Gyorkos, Douglas magazine. Photo: Belle White.
During the VIP reception before the award ceremony. Photo: Derek Ford.
The Wilson’s Group at the 10 to Watch 2018 event. Photograph by Derek Ford.
Douglas editor-in-chief (centre) and Page One Publishing account manager Deanna Brown (right) chat with Councillor Marianne Alto. Photo: Derek Ford.
The two MCs for the night were Douglas editor-in-chief Kerry Slavens and Joe Perkins from CTV and CFAX. Photo: Belle White.
Attendees were treated to plenty of tasty, local flavours including oysters from The Wandering Mollusk (above), Toque Catering Company. Photo: Derek Ford.
Guests enjoyed beverages from companies like Sooke Brewing Company (above), Blue Grouse Winery and Sheringham Distillery, as well as previous 10 to Watch winners Cultured Kombucha and Victoria Soda Works. Photo: Belle White.
The Victoria Humane Society was chosen as the charity of choice for the 2018 event. Attendees were surprised by the arrival of 11 puppies from the Victoria Humane Society during the award presentation. Photo: Belle White.
The Ghostit team, one of the 10 to Watch 2018 winners, after the reveal of the Douglas April/May magazine. Photo: Derek Ford.
The Island Circus Space team, one of the 10 to Watch 2018 winners, after the reveal of the Douglas April/May magazine. Photo: Derek Ford.