VICTORIA — Quality Foods was announced as the Business of the Year at the 17th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, honouring the best of the best in Island business January 26 at the sold-out Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria.
Quality Foods was joined as a finalist in the Business of the Year category by Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress and Chemistry Consulting of Victoria, and The Coulson Group of Port Alberni.
Bruce Williams of CTV Vancouver Island served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which had Black Press as a Platinum Medium Sponsor this year.
RBC Royal Bank and Grant Thornton LLP were Gold Sponsors. Category sponsors were CIBC, Coastal Community Credit Union, Helijet, Grieg Seafood, Top 20 Under 40, Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corporation and Invest Comox Valley.
Other winners included RingPartner as Entrepreneur of the Year, Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems as Green Business of the Year, Bayshore Home Health of Sidney as Health Care Business of the Year, Victoria Eye as Professional Business of the Year, Coastal Heat Pumps of Sidney as Trades Business of the Year, Level Ground Trading of Central Saanich as Small Business of the Year (Less than 50 employees), and Inn at Laurel Point as Hospitality Business of the Year.
Inn at Laurel Point shared the Hospitality award with Telegraph Cove Resort of Telegraph Cove near Port McNeill, as they were tied on the judges’ ballots. Salish Sea Foods of the Comox Valley was Aquaculture Business of the Year, Bailey Western Star Trucks as Automotive Business of the Year, GNB Builders of Ladysmith as Construction/Development Business of the Year, The Nest Bistro of Nanaimo as Food Establishment of the Year, Woodland Flooring of the Comox Valley as Wood Products/Forestry Business of the Year, Westholme Tea Company of the Cowichan Valley as Manufacturing Business of the Year, NYLA Fresh Thread of Nanaimo as Retail Business of the Year, SEAMOR Marine as Technology Business of the Year, and Living Forest Oceanside Campground of Nanaimo as Tourism Business of the Year.
— Submitted by Business Examiner