Business Excellence Awards – BEA’S

  • Business Excellence Awards – BEA’S

BUSINESS excellence awards



Squamish is full of amazing entrepreneurs, progressive businesses and strong leaders who are dedicated to improving the well-being of this wonderful community. It’s time to recognize these individuals and their impact on our community.

The Squamish Chamber is pleased to announce the 2022 Squamish Business Excellence Awards! This year’s awards will take place on Thursday, December 1st at the beautiful Quest University, hosted by the incredible Tamara Stanners.

The festivities will last from 6:00pm-11:00pm and include a Champagne Reception, delicious West Coast inspired canapes, a fabulous gourmet dinner, the Awards Ceremony and Afterparty Reception featuring Coast Mountain DJ’s.

This is your opportunity to dress-to-impress, dust off those dancing shoes and have a great time – celebrating the best in business while connecting with your community and growing your business at the same time! 

Tickets for the 2022 Business Excellence Awards are now Sold Out! 

Please contact for waitlist enquiries.


Call for Nominations and Voting Process

The Call for Nominations is now closed. 

The three finalists for each award have been determined and have been included below. Squamish Chamber of Commerce members have the opportunity to vote for who they think is the most deserving recipient of the award until Tuesday, November 15 at noon.  

Squamish Chamber Members are encouraged to check their emails from November 2nd for a direct link to access their unique voting link. Each member is limited to one vote. If you have not received your link please email admin(at) for assistance.

Please first check your spam and promotions folders to locate the email sent from via Survey Monkey.

Join us on December 1st to find out who the best in business is!

We thank you for your engagement in the annual Squamish Business Excellence Awards! 


Recognizes a business that demonstrates continual business growth and leadership that operates with integrity and passion while being committed to exceptional service delivery and the wellbeing of their employees.

Finalists (Learn more)

  • Climb On Equipment
  • The Squamish Connector
  • A-Frame Brewing

Recognizes a business that demonstrates continual business growth and leadership that operates with integrity and passion while being committed to exceptional service delivery and the wellbeing of their employees. 

Finalists (Learn More)

  • Euphoria Natural Health
  • Soave Distributing
  • Van Urban Timber

Recognizes an entrepreneur who has risen to recent challenges by exhibiting strong business acumen and instilling exemplary practices in their business. This could be a young business person who has demonstrated a high level of entrepreneurial spirit and goes above and beyond in their business and the community. (Individuals should be under 40)


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Sarah Goodman, Chiwis Chips
  • Theodora Jean, Coldwater Communications
  • Nadine Manson, BeWildHer

The Bill Manson Award recognizes a local citizen who has contributed significant volunteer time to enrich the quality of life in Squamish.  This individual, outside of their regular employment, continuously engages in time spent leading or contributing to projects that make our community healthy and sustainable for every citizen.  This individual is well-respected in the community and they inspire others to make positive contributions to Squamish.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Carl Halvorson
  • Sativa the Diva – Chris Cook
  • Karen Vanzella

The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes a local business person who has had a major impact on the landscape of the local business community. They are an exemplary leader, and exhibit vision and passion. They continuously give back by supporting community initiatives and projects. 


Finalists (Learn more)

  • David Arnot, Stark Architecture + TAG Panels + ALBA Distribution
  • Kirby Brown, General Manager, Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Roxana Dees, Owner, Euphoria Natural Health

Recognizes companies with an outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability through actions and leadership.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Nexii Building Solutions
  • GotCans Recycling
  • Eco Living Club

Recognizes a business, organization or not-profit association that has contributed to enriching our community through financial, volunteer or project-based contributions. They have made a marked impact on the lives of Squamish citizens and have made positive enhancements to community infrastructure, services and/or amenities.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Howe Sound Women’s Centre
  • Pride Squamish
  • Squamish Helping Hands

Recognizes a newly founded (3 years or less from date of incorporation), independent business that demonstrates exemplary business practices and shows exceptional promise for continued growth. This new business serves as an inspiration for other new businesses in the community.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • The Little Book Shop
  • Grateful Gift Shop
  • Garibaldi Eye Care

Recognizes a business that excels in demonstrating a commitment to the health, wellbeing and the personal and professional growth of their people through providing an exemplary work environment, corporate culture, and support.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Stark Architecture
  • Atwell Dental
  • Sky High Cannabis

Recognizes a business for ingenuity and innovation in product design, marketing, science, technology, productivity, commercialization, business planning, employee training and other business activities.


Finalists (Learn more)

  • Penny AI
  • 7mesh Industries
  • Sea to Sky Veterinary Clinic


*For the 2022 Squamish Business Excellence Awards we have opened the eligibility requirements to accept nominations for non-members. 


Step 1 – Nominations are open until Thursday, October 27. Anyone is welcome to nominate. Submissions are reviewed by a Nomination Committee with representation from the Chamber Board. Three (3) finalists are selected for each award category. The finalists are determined using the details you provide so please ensure you include ample information.


Step 2 – The finalists are publicized, and Chamber Members have two weeks to vote for the recipient of each Award Category. The Nomination Committee reconvenes, and Award recipients are selected based on the outcome of the member vote, combined with the Nomination Committee vote.


Step 3 – Award recipients are announced and recognized on December 1 at the Squamish Business Excellence Awards!


Large Business of the Year, Presented by Nesters Market

Climb On Equipment

Born from the needs of the climbing community, Climb On Equipment exists to serve the needs of those that play in the mountains and work at heights. Since the mid 1990’s Climb On has been an integral part of the Squamish climbing community for locals and visitors alike. Our focus is to provide trusted expertise and equipment to the whole community. Our extensive selection of climbing equipment is the best in Canada and is all available right here at our retail store in downtown Squamish. We aim to create an inclusive experience and support patrons in their lifelong pursuit of climbing goals. Our Team of over 20 full time staff live, work, and play in our beautiful backyard. Locally owned and operated we give back to our community through meaningful employment, sponsoring community events and local donations.

The Squamish Connector

Despite the challenges of travel lockdowns, a global pandemic, and multiple shutdowns of our biggest tourism partner, the Sea to Sky Gondola, we have not only survived the last few years but have worked hard to cultivate growth at the Squamish Connector. Our community needs transportation options and, as a result, we’ve diversified. While continuing to offer safe, reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally conscious transportation between Squamish, Vancouver, and the North Shore, our custom charter division has taken off in support of local events, festivals, and charitable organizations. We are proud to call Squamish home and hope all of our customers feel like family when they travel with us.

A-FRAME Brewing Company

A-FRAME Brewing Company focuses on community first; for our locals and travelers alike, wanting a taste of Squamish & our #cabinvibes. And it continues with our community efforts outside our walls… Our Paying It Forward program was created to support local charities/non-profits by donating a percentage of sales from merchandise, beers, or volunteering our time. Through this program we have donated to, or supported, groups such as SORCA, RCMSAR, Indigenous Women Outdoors, Evans Lake Forest Society, and Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, to name a few. In 2021 we donated over $5000 to Squamish SAR for equipment to be used for flat and swift water rescues. We have partnered up with Pride Squamish since their inception, with proceeds of our A-FRAME #PRIDE Hats and T-Shirts supporting their initiatives. At A-FRAME, you’ll often hear us say that ‘we are playing the long game’. Keeping our efforts local is the long game.

Small Business of the Year - Presented by BlueShore Financial

Euphoria Natural Health

EUPHORIA NATURAL HEALTH is a integrative health clinic with a store front stocked with professional grade supplements and herbal formulations. Founded 5 years ago by a team of medical practitioners, the business is currently owned and operated by Roxana M. Dees, BSc since 2020. We combine cutting-edge naturopathic and functional medical services include massage therapy and chiropractic, with professional-grade supplements, and the highest quality health-related and toxin-free products. Our experienced team of practitioners takes a science-based approach when offering natural therapies to help patients reach their health goals.

Soave Distributing Ltd

Founded in 2002 by Louie Soave, Soave Distributing has grown into a full service wholesale supplier around coffee and espresso equipment as well as related supplies. We serve the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, including Pemberton and Lillooet. Over the last 5 years we have added a small retail space that allows us to cater to the growing demand for residential espresso equipment, accessories and products. As a wholesale distributor of coffee we have been working with local roasters and suppliers as much as possible. Many roasters and coffee companies trust us as espresso and coffee equipment experts in the corridor. Our flexibility as a small owner-operated local business has enabled us to provide a unique service that is tailored to our customers’ individual needs.

Van Urban Timber

Van Urban Timber was founded by Eric Savics & Danny Hagge. Operations began in the fall of 2010 as Eric & Danny stood up a free service to collect logs in urban areas. The logs were converted to lumber in Eric’s grandparents driveway, and sales were generated via craigslist. In 2015, VUT moved to Squamish & began operating a retail lumber business in the Squamish industrial park serving customers from Pemberton to the Fraser Valley. More than 10 years later, Van Urban Timber re-structured and partnered with Lizzie Bay Logging, processing logs by way of Timber Forest Licenses held in partnership with first nation bands - Skatin, Douglas, and Lil’Wat. All lumber produced at Van Urban Timber starts with our logging operations, where we aim to exceed environmental and forestry sustainability standards. Working closely with our partners to harvest fibre that supports our customers' needs while ensuring no part of the log is wasted. The lumber products we yield from our sawmill operations are sorted and remanufactured to find "long life" opportunities.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Presented by Futurpreneur

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman is the CEO and founder of local snack brand Chiwis. What started as a solo venture during COVID in her home kitchen is now a fast-growing business, Chiwis fruit chips can now be found on over 1400 store shelves across Canada. In the last 6 months, Sarah built a facility in town to cut down on manufacturing costs and hired a team of six. Chiwis has uncomplicated values: make 100% natural snacks that everyone can feel good about eating and feeding to their loved ones. Chiwis works to reduce food waste by using "ugly" fruits, and using as much of the fruit as possible including the skin core and rind of the fruit, which are all edible, delicious, and full of nutrients. Sarah understands the values of outdoor adventure, and a portion of Chiwis profits go to the Take a Hike Foundation to give kids an opportunity to get outside. Sarah also mentors young entrepreneurs in her spare time for The Forum.

Theodora Jean

Theodora Jean is the founder of Coldwater Communications, an agency founded on the core principle that public relations should be used as a tool for good and a driver of social change. In only three years, Theodora has built a communications collective of over 20 specialists across Canada working in areas of social, economic and environmental justice, and the arts. Deeply rooted in the Squamish community, Theodora has sponsored community events, worked with numerous Sea-to-Sky clients, and hired local talent. She currently co-hosts Western Canada’s only PR podcast, Deep Dive, with Squamish broadcast legend Tamara Stanners. Theodora is Past President of CPRS Vancouver and was named one of The Peak’s 2021 Emerging Leaders in Canada and an Inspiring Female Accelerating Change by North America Women in PR. While being a busy mom of two, Theodora is also completing a Certificate of Specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Harvard Business School.

Nadine Manson

Nadine is the founder of the slow fashion activewear brand Bewildher. As an active outdoorsy female Nadine lives her life in activewear, however upon achieving her dream career of becoming a fashion designer, she became faced with activewear's negative social and environmental impacts. This 300-billion-dollar global industry uses materials that create some of the highest carbon emissions and most garment workers, 80% of whom are female, earn below the poverty line – even in Canada. Morally dissatisfied, she founded her brand on a mission to make activewear as ethical and sustainable as possible. Upon the near failure of her start-up, she remodeled her business into being pre-order based, then preserved through the pandemic in support of her supply chain of local female-owner manufacturers and is now remaining resilient in this changing economy. To date, she has recycled over 100,000 plastic bottles into sustainable activewear and has planted over 10,000 trees.

Bill Manson Citizen of the Year - Sea to Sky Gondola

Carl Halvorson

I have lived my life in Squamish and always felt it important to give back for our many blessings. Through the years I have served on every salmon related committee that will have me and every transportation or environment initiative that I can find - mostly as a representative for either the Cheakamus Centre, Squamish Environment or Squamish Trails. They range from fish technical review committees to Safe Routes to School, from Estuary protection to the CN spill response and salmon recovery. I have volunteered to gravel trails to make them safer for seniors and disabled, for Vancouver Coastal Health unit to assist in covid clinics, the Repair Café, Fall Fairs, Test of Metal, Shoreline cleanups, Eagle Watch, bird counts - I try to participate in as many community forums as I can get to. I now obsessively pick up litter… Since retiring I go out most days on my bike for about 20km a day, sun, rain or snow and try to pick up everything that will fit on my bike. I drag all the litter home and it gets sorted to separate anything divertable - reusables (to Pearl’s or Rebuild), recyclables, compostables, things with refunds and those items that need to be broken down to separate metals, electronic recycleables and plastics. Add another obsession to the list.- I have an extensive collection of single gloves…there must be a lot of folks out there with one cold, dirty hand? I have hundreds and hundreds of them - if only I think of something useful to do with them...

Sativa the Diva/ Christopher Cook

This fabulous Drag Queen has been slaying Squamish over the last year, with time to practice over covid Sativa has been blazing new ways to create queer space and positivity throughout Squamish. Beyond Sativa, Chris has worked hard with Pride Squamish to bring the community together and continues to work with many organizations here in the S2S through their Drag art and activism. For someone like myself to even be nominated for this award really shows you how far our community has come and will continue to progress into larger acceptance. Thank you

Karen Vanzella

I moved to Squamish in 1974 with my husband when he began his dental practice. We raised our three sons here and I was involved with many activities as they grew up, volunteering at their schools, and serving on the Executives of the Skating Club, Howe Sound Minor Ball and Howe Sound Minor Hockey. I have worked with Heart and Stroke, as the coordinator of the annual door to door fund raising Campaign and a volunteer with the Rotary Club at many of their fund raising and community events. I was president of Howe Sound Curling Club and active with the Squamish Valley Golf Club. I worked with BC Golf Association to bring the 2005 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to the Squamish course. I am still involved with the provincial and national golf Associations. I have been active with the Community Christmas Care committee for twenty years I began my involvement with Squamish Hospital Foundation in 2002, elected to the Board in 2014. I am now the president.

Business Person of the Year - Presented by the Squamish Chief

David Arnott

Founder & Principal: Stark Architecture, Co-founder: Tag Panels, Co-founder: ALBA Distribution

Relocating to Squamish in early 2018, David moved his 3 person Architectural firm from Vancouver both out of a desire to stop commuting and a recognition of the talent and community in Squamish that had the potential to drive the business forward. Now with 20 full time staff in Downtown Squamish, the depth and range of skilled community members in Squamish has allowed STARK to grow at a record level. Alba Distribution was co-founded with two partners in late 2018 (distributing high end bike products from its base in Squamish.) In early 2019 David and two co-founders established TAG Panels in Squamish, to bring modern off-site construction to the Sea to Sky building environment and beyond. With 12 full time employees, with projects throughout BC, TAG continues to be a pioneer in helping the industry tackle labour shortages and energy efficiency. Giving back to the community, as well as supporting locals in their career has been at the forefront of business decisions, including being a Black Diamond sponsor of SORCA annually since 2018, co-sponsoring events in town, pro-bono work for Squamish groups and being a principal sponsor of the upcoming Women’s Mountain Bike Festival in Squamish in 2023.

Kirby Brown

General Manager, Sea to Sky Gondola LP

In 2015 Kirby moved to Squamish to proudly join Sea to Sky Gondola as the General Manager. Since 2016 he has served as the Chair of Tourism Squamish. He also sits on the board of the Squamish Sustainability Corporation, is the Treasurer of the Granting Committee of Community Futures Howe Sound and was recently named President of the newly formed Squamish Housing Society. Having been blessed to live and work within the unceded ancestral territory of the Squamish Nation, Kirby is honoured to be able to contribute to the work of the Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Housing Society (Hiyam Ha) as an inaugural non-indigenous board member. Outside of work Kirby spends time on his passion project, Playground Builders which has built 260 playgrounds in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories since 2007. Additionally, he is on the Canadian national organizing committee for the 2023 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference.

Roxana Dees

Owner Operator Euphoria Natural Health

Roxana Dees is a local business owner and entrepreneur with passion for naturopathic and functional medicine and an advocate for health and wellness. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology, with a focus on epigenetics - the science of how your the environment can cause changes that influence gene expression, and ultimately the quality of life. Currently she is studying towards obtaining her Masters Functional Nutrition and aims to become a practitioner in the near future, at Euphoria Natural Health. After a lifetime of pursuit of knowledge and a different perspective in natural health, she decided to combine both to form a rich and novel approach to innovative solutions. That’s the setting she developed and extends to Euphoria Natural’s Health clients. Buying a brick and mortar business during a pandemic was something none of her friends and business advisors encouraged her to do. Yet, she believed the clinic was a gift to the community and made it her personal mission to take Euphoria Natural Health to the next level. Her clinic continues to deliver an expedient level of care that seeks to treat the root cause of an ailment and provide a better standard of health, rather than merely addressing symptoms. Her ultimate goal is to facilitate the use of natural means as much as possible to bring people to a state of good health. She believes you have to love helping people if you were ever to be successful in her line of work.

Green Business of the Year - Presented by GFL Environmental

Nexii Building Solutions

Nexii has created a more sustainable approach to construction that requires fewer resources, produces far less waste, and uses non-toxic materials for healthier living. Our breakthrough material Nexiite creates buildings that use less energy, and our off-site manufacturing approach means Nexii buildings can be built in a fraction of the time of conventional builds. Nexii also continues to foster the development of new technology to advance the sustainability of the built environment by collaborating with industry leaders and experts.


GOT CANS is passionate about Squamish and our environmentally sustainable practices. GOT CANS partners B2B to aid businesses with achieving zero waste while increasing their diversion rate. Together, with our business partners, we donate a part of the proceeds collected to local charities such as the Squamish Environmental Society. For free we collect refundable drink containers from businesses each week. We then weigh, sort and then weigh again all the diverted items such as plastics, ensuring all recycled materials find their end-of-life place! We work to divert plastics, refundable drink containers and metals from our local landfill. From Jan to Oct 2022 our team of 2 has recycled 93,467 drink containers and diverted 24,660 plastic drink containers from our local land fill. We will continue to partner with local businesses encouraging improved practices that contribute to a cleaner and sustainable Squamish whilst giving back to our local charities.

Eco Living Club

Eco Living Club is a women-owned company with two exciting products. This eco-friendly company is passionate about zero-waste living. The owners, sisters Tamara & Justine, took their passion and created a fast-growing enterprise, producing sought-after laundry strips and toilet bowl cleaners, and they are changing the way we think about some of the chores we do every day. Customers are raving about their two products; Toilet Bowl Cleaner strips and Laundry Detergent Strips. These strips are plastic/bottle free, so they don’t clog up the landfill. Additionally, they offset their shipping emissions and have completely recyclable cardboard packaging. Eco Laundry Club is drastically reducing the carbon footprint of laundry worldwide. The brand-new toilet bowl cleaner strips are scented with luxurious essential oils: Eucalyptus and Citrus. They are easy to use and a great way to remove limescale and odours from your toilet. The laundry detergent strips are cost-efficient, cruelty-free and certified hypoallergenic. This local cleaning strip company is excited to further develop its line in the coming years and do whatever it can to reduce waste worldwide.

Community Builder of the Year - Presented by RE/MAX Sea to Sky

Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society (HSWC) promotes equality and the empowerment of women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks and their children. We work from an intersectional feminist perspective responding to the needs of people impacted by gender-based violence and working towards the elimination of violence in the communities that make up the Sea to Sky Corridor. Over the past three years, HSWC has grown our programs, services, and capacity to ensure that as our community grows, we are able to keep pace with the demands for access to supportive services. Some notable program expansions these past few years include the establishment of 24-hour sexual assault response services, increased free counselling hours, the renovation of our Squamish Drop-In Centre, and the recently started renovation and expansion of Pearl’s Place Transition House. The core values of HSWC (Feminism, Belonging, Safety, Transparency, Empowerment, Resiliency) are front and centre in all that we do for our community.

Pride Squamish

Pride Squamish is a Nonprofit 2SLGBTQIA+ Registered Society in the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíxw (Squamish Territory) dedicated to creating awareness, togetherness and education within our community. We help individuals and businesses create safe spaces for all, and strive to connect the people that live within the Skwxwú7mesh territory. A sense of belonging is so very important to everyone. Pride Squamish is excited to be creating and promoting socials and events for community members to connect, and we look forward to continued support and collaboration for the work we happily do to gather, grow, and celebrate our community with acceptance and understanding. We all deserve love and respect, and as a farm boy born and raised in Skwxwú7mesh, it is amazing to see the growth and acceptance in my hometown. Thank you so much for your consideration for this honour.

Squamish Helping Hands Society

Squamish Helping Hands Society is an organization whose main purpose is to support people in crisis with access to food, shelter, community, purpose, and health services. Equally important is the upstream work we do – hoping to unravel the problems of poverty, homelessness, inequality, and silos. Upstream vs. band aide solutions, inspiring our community to unify, for a just and humane approach, to build a vibrant and resilient community where everyone matters. Helping hands has led and participated in many such key initiatives, bringing community and stakeholders together for the greater good: Food Rescue Program 2014, Recycle Bicycle 2015, Squamish Integrated Housing Solutions Group 2016; The Volunteer Connector 2019, S2S Outreach Forum 2019; Community Action Team 2019, Under One Roof 2020; Community Food Hub 2020; Harm Reduction/Overdose Prevention Site 2021, Community Resilience Committee 2021, Street Reach 2022, Open Door Health/UOR 2022; Squamish Community Housing Society 2022. Frontline work is the starting point, but the needs must be truly addressed through upstream community building efforts – inspiring strategies and solutions for change that we can all live with.

New Business - Presented by Community Futures Howe Sound

The Little Bookshop

The idea for Little Bookshop was sparked by owner Julie Wilkins’ desire to diversify her own bookshelves. Community interest encouraged the launch of a small mobile business in 2021, and now, a storefront on Second Avenue. By hosting workshops, readings and other creative events in their lovingly curated space, Little Bookshop strives to be an accessible community hub (that also happens to sell great books). They have a talented roster of 8 bookish staff and donate 5% of their profits back to the community in the form of books. You’ll find their mobile shop roaming in neighbouring communities or fostering literary love at Squamish’s schools, parks, markets, and more. Both spaces proudly support Sea to Sky authors, artists and educators via various programs and products. While known for having expertise in kid lit, Little Bookshop also takes pride in their growing selection of gifts, literature, and events for humans of all ages.

Grateful Gift Shop

Grateful Gift Shop is a community space, retail shop and plant-based coffee counter in Downtown Squamish. We strive to sell different products, create unique offerings and curate an atmosphere that feels welcoming and inclusive to all. We take our community very seriously, and strive to build events that make an impact. In our first year of business, we have launched a first-of-its-kind annual not-for-profit skateboarding contest called the Grateful Shred, the first of which brought over 600 people together to raise money for Indigenous Life Sports Academy. We continue to host a number of incredibly successful vintage & craft markets to highlight local artists and makers, known as the Grateful Flea. We lead community clean ups, panel discussions, free skate nights for youth, and use our space for a variety of community-based events. We love this town, love this community, and love being a small business here. We are truly Grateful for Squamish.

Garibaldi Eye Care

Garibaldi Eye Care is a state-of-the-art optometry center run by husband and wife duo Dr. Brandon Baker and Dr. Ashala Mah. We have focused our efforts on delivering personalized care with the most advanced technology available. It’s been a pleasure serving this vibrant community. Over the past year we have serviced over 1200 Squamish residents of all different walks of life. We continue to grow largely through word of mouth and are actively involved in the sponsorship community-based organizations such as the girls U-11 soccer team. We are honoured to be nominated for this award and look forward to continually serving the residents of Squamish and the surrounding area!

Workplace of the Year - Presented by Mountain FM

Stark Architecture

STARK's 20 employees are all Sea to Sky based, working out of a downtown Squamish location. Personal and professional growth are at the forefront of our corporate culture and work environment. We organise a summer and winter trip for staff, recently taking us heli-biking in Tyax this summer and skiing on Powder Mountain last winter. Donut Mondays, Wig Wednesdays and half day Fridays in the summer allow the team to bond and grow as well as having a bit of fun. We invest heavily in training, including sending senior staff to the Chambers leadership training. We also support staff with Passive House training, personnel management and financial management with the Whistler Institute. Our goal is to recognize that work is a part of life and that you can have fun and enjoy spending time with your colleagues inside and outside of the workplace, which ultimately builds a stronger team who can better serve our community and clients.

Atwell Dental

Atwell Dental Centre is honoured to be nominated for the Workplace of the Year Award! Dr. Nancy Clayton has been committed to exceptional service & the well-being of her team & patients since its inception with the installation of specialized water saving equipment, medical grade air filtration devices to limit the exposure to volatile compounds, pollutants & kills bacteria & viruses while we work. We are committed to upgrading our skills & knowledge & regularly attend continuing education courses to ensure the team delivers exceptional, state of the art care in a safe & caring environment. We believe that “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight”! We are honoured to serve the community of Squamish.

Sky High Cannabis Ltd

Sky High Cannabis has been owned and operated by a local family for almost 5 years. Our goal from day one has been to provide a culture based upon respect, encouragement, and promoting a creative and empowering environment for all employees. We do this by: -Encouraging our team members to bring their dogs to work. We always have treats available, so customers’ pets are always welcome. -Our employees have been offered 6 annual sick days since we opened. -Team members receive superior wages and benefits for our industry. -All our employees are regarded with the same care and respect as family members. -Schedule and time-off requests are always approved. -We support our team members in personal endeavours. -Sky High has sponsored training, leadership, and personal improvement programs for our people.

Business Innovation - Presented by Race and Company

Sea to Sky Veterinary Clinic

We’ve tried to build our reputation through partnerships with local breweries, SORCA, MountainFM and sponsoring local clubs. We recognized that no clinic in the Sea to Sky corridor offers endoscopic services for pets. This technology can be life-saving and despite the investment, made by the clinic, to be able to provide these modern medical services, the services are cheaper than conventional surgery and also means the animal’s recover much faster and in less discomfort following their procedure. To date, we’ve been able to use endoscopes to remove: tennis balls, wood BBQ skewers, Apple airtags and numerous other consumed foreign bodies! We fund our staff to take continuing education courses in all of the medical services we provide (dentistry, ultrasound, endoscopy, surgery, etc).

Penny AI

Back in 2017, Co-Founders David Abbey and Chris Noble started something special in Squamish. Penny is innovating the way hundreds of thousands of independent sellers on social media start, build and grow a sustainable business. In one pilot, 1,000 sellers saw a collective revenue increase of $2,740,770 in 3 months — all by completing the revenue-focused tasks generated by Penny. Continuously innovating, Penny recently launched the industry’s first micro-learning experience embedded in a social sales enablement platform. Now, sellers can learn while doing, directly in Penny. Passionate about making Penny a truly diverse and inclusive tech company, Penny prioritizes people’s health and wellness and supports local initiatives like SORCA and Brands for Better. Penny is proud to have created a team with one of the highest percentages of women engineers in all of Canada at 57% (when the industry average is below 30%).

7mesh Industries

7mesh was born out of the realisation that while technical gear for most backcountry adventures had taken great leaps forward, the bike community had been left behind. As riders as well as apparel specialists, we knew that cyclists deserved better. With the vibrant, tech-forward city of Vancouver to the south, the mountains of Whistler to the north, and some of the world's best riding all around us, our hometown of Squamish sits at the crossroads of creativity and adventure. Hands on in Squamish, 7mesh creates bike apparel that stands the test of time, using premium materials, innovative patterning, and advanced construction methods. We believe that clothing shouldn’t call attention to itself, which is why we spend so much time refining every line, seam and shape, while testing new ideas on the mountains that surround us. With each revision we build upon what worked, and improve anything that took us out of the moment, repeating the process until we only see the ride ahead.


A big thank you to the Squamish Business Excellence Awards who help bring this event alive!










2021 Business Excellence Winners

Last year over one hundred nominations were received, reflecting a strong and prosperous business community, full of talent, creativity and innovation. The 2021 Squamish Business Excellence Award Winners were:

Green Business of the Year - presented by GFL

The Nook Refillery

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - presented by Woodfibre LNG

Mike Van Capelle, Blue Water Concepts

Innovation and Resilience - presented by Race & Company

99 North Cannabis Store

Service Excellence - Large Business - presented by BlueShore Financial

Pearl’s Value & Vintage

Service Excellence - Small Business - presented by Nesters Market Squamish

Sḵwálwen Botanicals

2020 Business Excellence Awards

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