Last updated: August 28, 2019

The Family Business Association Vancouver Island (FBAVI) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Family Business Excellence (FBE) Award and the Young Entrepreneur Award. The FBE Award is given annually by FBAVI to recognize, celebrate and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy. The Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes an outstanding young leader in the family business. The recognition for both awards from the Vancouver Island family business community is an honour and a privilege.

Past FBE Awards recipients include: Proline Management; DriveWise BC; Titan Boats; Tru Value Foods; Wilson’s Transportation; Canada Homestay Network; Capital Iron; Country Grocer; McCall Gardens; Pacific Sands Resort; Robinson’s Outdoor Store; Monk Office and Accent Inns. The first two Young Entrepreneur award were given to Andrew Wilson in 2019 and Daisy Klaibert in 2018.

Nominations will be accepted until October 11, 2019. The celebration gala will take place on February 12, 2020 at the Union Club in Victoria, BC.

Family Business Excellence Award Eligibility: An applicant must be a Vancouver Island-based “family-owned business”.   A “Family Business” is defined as a business that has one of the following characteristics: 1) has been owned and operated by different generations of a family, or 2) where the potential exists for ownership to be passed on to another family member, or 3) more than one member of a family has active employment in an organization owned by a family.

Young Entrepreneur Award Eligibility: An applicant must be an individual 35 years of age or younger who has been involved in a family business on Vancouver Island for a minimum of three years.

Nominating a Family Business and a Young Entrepreneur:

To nominate a family business or young entrepreneur, (self-nominations are welcome) visit the FBAVI Website at or contact Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director, at 250-532-2402 ~


FBAVI is an energetic and dynamic organization filled with knowledgeable family businesses and advisors to family businesses. For 20 years they have focused on providing relevant educational events and a framework for peer support groups, recognizing that the challenges of operating a family-owned business are unique. Opportunities to mix and engage with other family businesses is often exactly what is needed to overcome the challenges of running a family business. It’s a way to find inspiration, ideas and energy from like-minded people who appreciate the opportunity to learn from each other.

Event PLATINUM Sponsor: Dean Innes: Sotheby’s Realty International. GOLD Sponsors: Bellrock Benchmarking; CIBC; Country Grocer; Country Grocer Salt Spring Island; Hot House Marketing; Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort; Reed Pope Law & Wilson’s Group of Companies. Media Partners: Black Press & Business Examiner

More information: Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director, Family Business Association Vancouver Island:


To download a PDF of this news release, click here.

To download a Word Document of the 2020 FBE Awards Nomination Form, click here.

For details about our Awards & Sponsor Recognition Ceremony, click here.