Douglas Weekly – November 20th

Linda Biggs (L) and Jayesg Vekariya
Linda Biggs (L) and Jayesg Vekariya of joni. Awarded 2023's Ecostar Awards (Social Impact) an organization that has made significant impact on addressing social needs. Photo by Belle White.


The 2023 Ecostar Awards
Recognizing 15 companies that walk the walk of environmental action.

The annual Ecostar Awards recognize sustainability in action. This year’s winners include a First Nation’s effort to restore and reopen local shellfish beds, a constructions company that has diverted more than 130,000 tonnes of waste soil from B.C. landfills, and a society that strengthens the local food economy by providing food boxes, meals and garden plots, and harvests food from homes and farms that would otherwise go to waste. 

The winners, announced at the Inn at Laurel Point on November 9, 2023, prove that environmental concern and innovation go hand in hand. The eighth annual awards, hosted by the non-profit Synergy Foundation, honors sustainable businesses from around the Island. The Gala’s 2023 Title Sponsor was Vancity Credit Union, with Schneider Electric and Destination Greater Victoria as Gold Sponsors. 


5 Trends That Are Changing the Face of Event Planning
Today’s conference attendees are demanding purposeful experiences.

Meetings don’t look the way they used to. Today, businesses and meeting planners alike are racing to adapt to trends that make conferences and events more engaging and dynamic than ever before. While the shifts are plentiful, there are five trends that stand out.

Read the full story here.


November 21: Navigating Discipline and Dismissal
November 21: City of Colwood Prosperity Roundtable Lunch
November 22: RFP Tender Guide for Small Businesses
November 23: Emergency Preparedness Workshop
November 23: Saanich Chamber Mixer
November 28: Hope in the City Luncheon
November 29: Wisdom for Family Enterprises
November 29: Building a Business Without the Burnout
November 30: Victoria Tech Morning Coffee
November 30: VIATEC Community Awards
November 30: Greater Victoria Business Banquet

December 8: Nanaimo’s Biggest Small Business Christmas Party
December 11: Island Women in Science and Technology General Meeting
December 14: Victoria Newcomers Virtual Networking Night

January 21-24: Impact Sustainability Travel and Tourism Summit 

March 6-8: South Island Prosperity Partnership Rising Economy Conference