Greater Victoria Business Awards Recognized Local Achievements

From an innovative edtech platform Llamazoo to the authentic Neapolitan pizza makers at the Pizzeria Prima Strada to Business Person of the Year John Wilson of Wilson’s Transportation, the Greater Victoria Business Awards highlighted the best and brightest of what Victoria has to offer. 

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce celebrates local business excellence during the Greater Victoria Business Awards hosted on Thursday, April 21 at The Fairmont Empress. Awards were presented in 13 categories.

“Tonight is a celebration of businesses who have demonstrated excellence over the past year in their respective industries. Their hard work and dedication is a testament to the great work being done in our community,” said Al Hasham, Chair of The Chamber. “My heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners, they are very deserving of this recognition.”

The 2016 award winners are:

Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings

Emterra Environmental

Runner-up: Victoria Residential Builders Association


New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-Op

Kingsters Bin Sanitizing Services Ltd.

Runner-up: Metrics Chartered Professional Accounting


Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by Times Colonist

Equilibrium Massage Therapy Inc.

Runner-up: Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission


Business of the Year (11-25 Employees); sponsored by Capital Home

Mayfair Optometric Clinic

Runner-up: Crust Bakery


Business of the Year (26+ Employees); sponsored by Capital Magazine

Pizzeria Prima Strada

Runner-up: MD Charlton Company Inc.


Employer of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada

Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa

Runner-up: Macdonald Realty Ltd.


Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

Runner-up: StarFish Medical


Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Chemistry Consulting Group

S.A.L.T.S. Sail & Life Training Society

Runner-up: The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer


Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Western Forest Products Inc.

The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer

Runner-up: Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours


Business Person of the Year; sponsored by United Way of Greater Victoria

John Wilson, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.

Runner-up: Ken Kelly, Downtown Victoria Business Association


Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University

Regan McGrath, Metrics Chartered Professional Accounting          

Runner-up: Sharon Rai, Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry


Employee of the Year; sponsored by CHEK News

Gord Bridges, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.

Runner-up: Nathalie Ghoos, Macdonald Realty Ltd.