Ecostar Awards Honour the Environmental Achievements of 2019

The Ecostar Awards 2019 recognize the outstanding environmental achievements and leadership on Vancouver Island. The awards are presented to island based businesses, non-profits, academia, governments and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in sustainability.

EcoStar Winner Douglas magazine Vancouver Island News
Russell Markel, president of Outer Shores Expeditions, aboard Passing Cloud. Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet.

 When Outer Shores Expeditions takes clients out on its 21-metre classic wooden schooner, Passing Cloud, to iconic places like the Great Bear Rainforest, or Haida Gwaii, a commitment to the environment is second only to a focus on safety to this carbon neutral niche adventure travel company.

Outer Shores’ commitment to the environment, in general, and to preserving the pristine beauty of Canada’s wild Pacific Coast in specific, has earned them a 2019 Ecostar Award. The company is among 20 winners of the prestigious award, which is administered by Synergy Sustainability Institute to recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership on Vancouver Island.

The 2019 Ecostar Awards Gala was held on November 21 at the Delta Hotel in Victoria, B.C. Photo by Belle White.

Now in its 5th year, Ecostar’s list of winners includes businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions, government and individuals. Please see below for the full list of winners.

Award Category



Climate Action Harbour Air Seaplanes Ocean Outfitters
Community Leadership The Narwhal Camosun College
Ecological Stewardship (Business) Eagle Wing Tours Whole Foods Market
Ecological Stewardship
Marine Education and Research Society Victoria Airport Authority
Ecopreneur of the Year Tayler Krawczyk
Hatchet & Seed – Edible Landscapes
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Educational Leadership (Individual) Jackie Hildering
Marine Education and Research Society
Educational Leadership (Organization) The Compost Education Centre Vancity Credit Union
Experiential Tourism Tesla Tours Destination Greater Victoria
Greenest Lodging Huntingdon Manor Hotel & Pendray Inn and Tea House Destination Greater Victoria 
Greenest Office Focal Engineering  Monk Office
Greenest Restaurant Locals Restaurant Food Eco District
Greenest Retailer West Coast Refill Downtown Victoria Business Association
Inspirational New Venture Zero Waste Emporium City of Victoria
Leadership in Design and Construction Cascadia Architects Vancity Credit Union
Local Food TOPSOIL – Innovative Urban Agriculture INC. Big Wheel Community Foundation
Manufacturing Excellence Eluma Beauty Inc. City of Victoria
Maritime Excellence Outer Shores Expeditions Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
Social Impact Social Root Consulting Vancity Credit Union
Technology Excellence Animikii Inc.
Waste to Resource ANIÁN Clothing Capital Regional District
Water Stewardship Victoria Distillers Capital Regional District

This article is from the December/January 2020 issue of Douglas.