West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter April 13, 2016
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President's Dinner & Excellence 2016

Celebrating excellence in our business community of 
West Vancouver and Bowen Island 



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

Presenting Sponsor

Awards Finalists

(Winners will be announced at the Awards April 26)

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
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


** Would you like to donate an item to our Award's Raffle? Donations for the Awards Dinner Raffle are a great chance to showcase your business to 120+ guests attending!  If you would like to donate an item please contact the Chamber office at 604-926-6614. or email We welcome gift certificates as well. We will arrange for pick up. 


Film Sponsor
Media Sponsor


Award Sponsors

Hollyburn House Loren Nancke & Co




Will Gibson, MBA
Angell Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd. 

Will Gibson has been in sales for over 25 years, starting right out of Wilfred Laurier University when he was 22.  His graduate work was at Queen’s University, (Canada’s Top Business School) and he earned a Masters in Business Administration, in Marketing and Finance. Before entering real estate, Will founded a Medical Sales and Marketing Company in West Vancouver, which he ran for 14 years, honing his sales and negotiation skills. 
When you meet Will, you will find him to be very approachable and easy to trust. With his expertise is in marketing and negotiation he will ensure that you obtain the greatest value for your home  -whether you own a single-family home or a luxury waterfront estate. Come over for coffee! Drop-ins welcome!

Contact Will at:
Angell Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.
1555 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Taste of the Bay - April 28th

The 9th Annual Taste of the Bay presented by the Horseshoe Bay Business Association - takes place April 28th. Tickets are available at Dayal’s Variety Store Bay and the Gleneagles Community Centre. This is a great event that showcases 30+ businesses in food service, professional and retail venues in beautiful Horseshoe Bay, where you are invited into the participating businesses of Horseshoe Bay Village for an “open house” of food and beverage tasting. For further info:

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

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

“The Standing Committee on International Trade is beginning nation-wide consultations on this important trade agreement,” said Goldsmith-Jones. “It is an issue that has complex implications for all Canadians and I know there is tremendous interest in our community.”

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. The committee is also inviting 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 and contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: Written submissions should be emailed to the same address.  More detailed information can also be found on the Committee’s web page:
Contact - West Vancouver
Stephanie Kiernan


BDC Study on Small or Medium Enterprise 

Regardless of whether a business is seeking to make it past the start-up phase, satisfy a
major increase in demand for its products and services, or strengthen its competitive
position, growth is a vital step in the development of a small or medium-sized enterprise
(SME). How many Canadian SMEs are pursuing growth in Canada in 2015? What are the
obstacles they face? And what are the most commonly used strategies for overcoming
those obstacles? check out the BDC's study 
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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