Squamish Celebrates at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards

Squamish Chamber of Commerce Media Release

For immediate release – May 1st, 2018

Squamish, B.C. – The Squamish Chamber of Commerce celebrated the success of local businesses and community leaders at the 2018 Squamish Business Excellence Awards, presented by TELUS.

Squamish is full of amazing entrepreneurs, progressive businesses, and strong leaders who are dedicated to improving the well-being of this wonderful community. On April 27th, the Squamish Chamber of Commerce recognized and celebrated the successes of local entrepreneurs and leaders at Norman Rudy’s at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, Squamish. The evening was full of celebration, champagne, fabulous food, photo booth fun, dancing and festivity. Congratulations to all the winners:

Service Excellence, Large Business, Sea to Sky Gondola

presented by TELUS


Project of the Year, Crave- Dining for Dignity

presented by Mountain FM


Service Excellence, Small Business, Tall Tree Bakery

presented by Blue Shore Financial


Green Business of the Year, Cheakamus Centre

presented by Squamish CAN


Arts & Culture, Squamish Academy of Music

presented by Britannia Mine Museum


Bill Manson Citizen of the Year, Maureen Mackell

presented by The Sea to Sky Gondola


Innovation, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits

presented by BC Timberframe Co


Non Profit of the Year, Squamish Helping Hands

presented by Race and Company


Business Person of the Year, Susan Chapelle

presented by The Squamish Chief

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Nate Kelly

presented by S2S Promo



We would also like to recognize all of the short-list finalists:


Coast Aggregates 

Squamish Terminals Ltd

Canadian Outback Rafting

McDonalds Restaurant (Jim Pike Ltd)

Norman Rudy’s 

No Limits Motorsports 

A Frame Brewing 

Sea to Sky Sign Company

Sea to Sky Air 

Squamish Rafting

Squamish Connector

Between Shifts Theatre

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #277

Rotary Club of Squamish

Squamish Farmers’ Market Association 

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society


Carl Fortin, Flow Training Centre

Robyn Lord, Flacas Tacos

Kevin Young, XOCO

Adrian Blachut, Zephyr Cafe 

Katie Youwe Matt Harris, Alice & Brohm 

Bus Shelter Program – Actuate Communications

Pearl’s Vintage

Squamish Wind Festival

Squamish Public Library

Me and You Arts 

Mountain FM

Alex Fawkes

Squamish Arts Council



Rope Runner Arial Park

The Common

Jared Sissons, Executive Suites

Colette Morin, Glacier Air

Bob Fast, Cardinal Concrete

Shannon Lorenz, Garibaldi Events

Angie Vasquez, Thornhill Real Estate

Maureen Mackell (Squamish Helping Hands)

Dwayne Kress (Spa’k’wus 50)

Angus Thomson and Connor Lum (Amped in the Park)

Cydney Lyons (Squamish Arts Council)

 Amy Fast (Squamish Days Loggers Sport Festival)

The Squamish Chamber would also like to thank our Title Sponsor TELUS and our entire group of amazing event sponsors who made this event possible. Thank you to Darren Roberts from The Squamish Chief for co-hosting. Also to Cat Madden from Amped in the Park for her brilliant acoustic performance which left the room in awe. Thank you to Scully Insurance for hosting the Champagne reception which started the party off with a bang. Last but not least, everyone who nominated, voted and joined us in celebration. 

To learn more about the Squamish Business Excellence Awards, visit www.squamishchamber.com/squamish-business-excellence-awards Photos will be posted soon!


About The Squamish Chamber of Commerce

The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Squamish community by actively supporting business, economic growth and diversification. The Chamber takes a leadership role in advocating for the interest of Squamish business and provides member services such as networking and educational events, policy positions and partnerships with other organizations.

Media Contact

Louise Walker
Executive Director
T: 604.815.4991
E: louise@squamishchamber.com