Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AwardsCriteria & Information

2019 Winners

Business of the Year (1-15 Employees)
Storyoga
Sponsored by TELUS PureFibre

Business of the Year (16+ Employees)
Casman Group
Sponsored by Island Savings

Contribution to the Community
All Care Canada, Sidney
Sponsored by: 
Flader CPA & Peggy Yelland & Assoc.

Employer of the Year
BMT Group Services
Sponsored by:
Canadian Tire, North Saanich

Entrepreneurial Spirit
Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation
Sponsored by:
Camosun & UVic Cooperatives

Green Business of the Year
Parsell Vineyard
Sponsored by Peninsula News Review

Lifetime Achievement
Marie C. Rosko
Sponsored by Peninsula Co-op

New Business, Product or Service
The Cut Cartel
Sponsored by Hughesman Morris CPA

Newsmaker of the Year
Peninsula Streams
Sponsored by Times Colonist

Not for Profit Organization of the Year
Sidney Museum
Casman Properties

Outstanding Customer Service
Bayside Diesel & Marine
Sponsored by Victoria International Airport

  • Business of the Year Award (1 - 15 Employees)

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Has been in operation for more than 3 years 
    • Has demonstrated a capacity for or has sustained growth with a pathway to future growth (provide examples in 2 areas – revenue and/or sales, profits, employees, products and/or services, customer base)  
    • Evidence of significant contributions to the health of the community including financial contributions, business growth, employee development, sound or innovative business practices, community service and exemplary customer service
    • Achieved business excellence in their industry and is recognized as a leader in the community    
    • Established employment leadership standards for staff diversity, training, professional development and retention
  • Business of the Year Award (16 + Employees)

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Has been in operation for more than 3 years 
    • Has demonstrated a capacity for or has sustained growth with a pathway to future growth (provide examples in 2 areas – revenue and/or sales, profits, employees, products and/or services, customer base)  
    • Evidence of significant contributions to the health of the community including financial contributions, business growth, employee development, sound or innovative business practices, community service and exemplary customer service
    • Achieved business excellence in their industry and is recognized as a leader in the community    
    • Established employment leadership standards for staff diversity, training, professional development and retention 
  • Business Leader of the Year Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate

    • Demonstrates a commitment to advancing marketplace trust through integrity and ethical business practices  
    • Is a leader in progressing principles of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and in the community 
    • Serves as a positive role model or mentor for other business people and the future generation of business leaders 
    • Demonstrates a commitment to the community 
    • Exemplifies outstanding leadership skills in their own business and has made a notable and sustainable impact on the industry and the Saanich Peninsula region 
  • Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization
    • Evidence that the Mission Statement is being met/fulfilled and stakeholders represented
    • Evidence that the organization has made a significant contribution to the overall economic, medical, educational or financial health and livability on the Saanich Peninsula, providing quantitative results of their initiatives (programs, services, products, funding)  
    • Evidence that the organization benefits and empowers the underserved, underrepresented, or disaffected members of our community, including children, seniors, and those in poverty 
  • Community Engagement Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Evidence that Social Responsibility is one of their tenets or pillars and the social, environmental, and financial outcomes are measurable (provide 3 examples in any or all categories)
    • Uses its resources, creativity, and community connectivity to excel at corporate citizenship and engage employees with their community (provide 2 examples) 
    • Demonstrates a commitment to the community outside of normal business practices and beyond their business or professional responsibility (provide evidence)
    • Recognizes and encourages exceptional activities such as but not limited to volunteerism, community-based learning, or research, outreach, partnerships and curricular engagement   
    • Evidence that the organization/business models diversity and inclusion in the workplace and business decision making 
  • Sustainability Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Is not considered a ‘green business’ and demonstrates environmental and sustainable business practices in their operations outside the product or service they sell and outside of their usual business practices (provide evidence)
    • Demonstrates a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability through leadership and integration of responsible practices into the culture of their business (2 examples of such practices) 
    • Evidence of sustained reduction or improved efficiency in waste outputs, energy usage or environmental impact of their operations (3 examples of projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies or employee engagement)    
    • Evidence of one new “green” project that has been implemented this year and how it has been tracked and measured
    • Demonstrates a commitment to sustainable development and energy conservation and is recognized as a leader in your community and/or your industry
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

      • A person or organization with unique skills and exceptional initiative who has established a business venture with a goal of long-term success and community involvement
      • Demonstrates dedication and commitment to our community above and beyond their business or professional responsibilities through an interest in leadership, mentoring and service  
      • Evidence of efforts to expand the business that support progressive and sustained growth within new and/or prevailing markets
      • Provides an innovative product or a valuable new service, or one which has adapted and improved a current product or service to keep pace with the changing times and needs of its clients
      • Evidence of a Mission Statement that includes respect, inclusion, and diversity in its business practices and workplace 
  • Innovation of the Year Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Evidence that the innovation may disrupt and reshape their industry by pushing conventional boundaries and through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market 
    • The development of a process, product or service that contributes to profitability and/or market share, demonstrated by the use of science or technology, that shows a high degree of originality, creativity, and/or experimentation
    • Evidence that effective adoption of the innovation will benefit customers and provide a positive impact on society and/or the community   
    • Evidence of usefulness, commercial relevance and projected success of the innovation in new or existing markets 
    • The actual or potential benefit of the new product or service
  • New Business of the Year Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Does not include an existing business under new management, or an existing business with a new satellite, mobile, or franchise operation 
    • Is a new and emerging business that has shown growth and profitability in its first 1-3 years of operation 
    • Demonstrates exceptional promise or potential for future growth, commercial success, and/or customer base  
    • Has gained an expanding positive reputation and demonstrates excellence in innovation, management, marketing 
    • Can show how their business has progressed in line with their business plan (provide 2 examples and a copy of the business plan that pertains to the evidence)
  • Employer of the Year Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Leading the way in employee engagement, satisfaction and retention with a strong and sustainable culture for employee compensation, benefits, recognition, training, development, and advancement
    • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to a healthy and balanced work environment with employee programs that support their wellbeing through health and wellness, safety, workplace diversity and community involvement initiatives 
    • Established programs and/or services that support the challenges employees face working on the Saanich Peninsula (transportation, housing, work/life balance) 
    • Is dedicated to providing professional development and/or advancement opportunities 
    • A commitment to providing a healthy and safe work environment that is inclusive, respectful, and diverse
  • Customer Service Excellence Award

    Applicants in this category must demonstrate:

    • Evidence of achieving a high level of exceptional service that consistently exceeds customer/guest expectations (customer satisfaction via letters, emails, online reviews – 3 maximum   
    • Evidence of customer service strategies that encourage customer loyalty 
    • Evidence of how a customer focused strategy has improved operations resulting in increased sales revenue over time  
    • Evidence of ‘customer’ focused development and training (programs, processes, protocols)  
    • Evidence of a Mission Statement or Vision that includes a focus on customer service 

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