West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter April 20, 2016
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President's Dinner & Excellence Awards 2016


Tuesday, April 26, 2016
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
 Hollyburn  Country Club

Presenting Sponsor

Awards Finalists

Citizen of the Year
Sponsored by Hollyburn House
Harry Greenwood
 Jess Ketchum

Business Person of the Year
Sponsored by BlueShore Financial
Rick Amantea - Park Royal Shopping Centre, 
Peter King - Bowen Island Community Transit Ltd. * 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by The Great Canadian Landscaping Co. 
Pavan Avinashi - Hollyburn Eye Clinic
Andrea Clark - Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen  * 
Sebastian Cortez - Sebastian & Co Fine Meats Ltd.

New Business of the Year
Sponsored by Capilano University
Fisherman's Market - Katie Budd
Flour Bakery - Boris Schaffer & Monica Danon-Schaffer
Jones & Company Custom Framing- David Jones

Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Loren, Nancke & Co.
Caliente Fashions Inc. - Jane Edgar
Positively Fit* - Mary Letson 
Seneca Homes - Jonathan Vendargon

Medium Business of the Year
Sponsored by Vancity Credit Union
Bowen Building Center Ltd.*
Gleneagles Clubhouse - Rachael Des Lauriers
Hugos - Bonnie Sauder

Big Business of the Year
Sponsored by TD Commercial Banking 
British Pacific Properties - Geoff Croll
Orchard Recovery Center *
West Vancouver Yacht Club 
* Bowen Island business
(Winners will be announced at the Awards April 26)

Film Sponsor 

Media Sponsor


Award Sponsors

Hollyburn House Loren Nancke & Co



Taste of Ambleside 

Highlighting our fabulous businesses in Ambleside 

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
along Marine Drive from 13th to 19th Street & 
Bellevue Avenue

Gold Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Stroll door-to-door and visit 60+ businesses in Ambleside. Your ticket is a passport - to receive a sample from each business! Food, coupons, wine, samples and more....This fun event is your chance to catch up on what your local businesses have to offer.  Tickets available in May.  More details soon.
Presented by
 West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce



Cypress Village Speakers Series - join the dialogue

Join British Pacific Properties and The West Vancouver Nature House Society May 3 at the Kay Meek Centre for the first in a three-part, thought-provoking speaker series.

Admission is free but registration is required.; BPP will donate $10 to Nature House for every attendee.  

Three distinguished thinkers will explore our community’s future as part of the Cypress Village planning process. 

MAY 3 – 7pm
Co-presented with the West Vancouver Nature House Society
Speaker: David Foot professor, Department of Economics at the University of Toronto 
David Food is a world renowned demographer, economist and co-author of the best-selling books Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift and Boom Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century. 

JUNE 21- 7pm
Co-presented with Pauline Johnson Community Park 
Speaker: Charles Montgomery, Award winning Canadian writer and urbanist
Charles Montgomery is the author of the award winning Happy City, and is founder of the consultancy of the same name. 

Co-presented with Hollyburn Family Services Society 
Speaker: Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University and a Visiting Fellow at Florida International University
Richard Florida is a world leading urbanist and has penned several global best sellers, including The Rise of the Creative Class. 
For further information: CYPRESS VILLAGE

Free Government Security Clearance Info Session 

Interested in supplying or subcontracting with the federal government? Have you had issues obtaining an appropriate security clearance? The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate
are offering a free Security Clearance information session:  Vancouver workshop – May 3rd (8:00 am to Noon)
These Contract Security Workshops have been created to teach you what you need to know and most importantly, what you need to do, when your organization is considering bidding on a government contract that has security requirements.
For more information on the Contract Security Program, please visit WORKSHOP INFO

Your'e Invited! Technology Fair at the West Van Memorial Library 

Imagine IT! Conversations about technology and the West Van Library
 Friday, April 29th  4pm – 8pm
Saturday, April 30th 10am – 4pm

Try a 3D Printer, digitize an old photo or slide, learn to code, see robots in action and more….
  • 1-2-3 Code!
  • Intro to Raspberry pi
  • HTML/CSS Intro
This fun all ages event will bring people up close and personal with technologies, The Library wants to hear what services, programs, equipment and infrastructure you think we should bring on board over the next few years.   - 

For more information, visit

Government of Canada opens public consultations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership


The Government of Canada is offering open-ended consultations on the Trans Pacific-Partnership. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, invites and encourages members of our community who would like to share their view on the Trans-Pacific Partnership  to participate. 

These consultations are part of a study launched by the Standing Committee on International Trade on the TPP. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, are committed to hearing from all Canadians on the TPP before the government makes a decision on whether or not to ratify the agreement.

The Committee is inviting Canadian individuals and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on the TPP agreement and invites Canadians to request to appear as a witness before the committee, either as an individual or as a representative of an organization. There is no deadline for the end of consultations at this time.

Canadians who wish to appear as a witness can make their request at any time during the study. They should provide their name/contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: Written submissions should be emailed to the same address.
Further info:
West Vancouver
Stephanie Kiernan

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the # 1 plan in Canada!
For employee benefits, covering over 25,000 small businesses across the country. ALL types of businesses are eligible for the program - no industry exclusions! 
For further information contact: Jason Weinstein, CFP® Benefits Specialist
P: 604-637-1137
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