Rising Star of the Year


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This Whistler business person is starting to make an impact beyond their years. They show outstanding success at a young age, give back by supporting the community, and are on a clear leadership track. They should have a culture of trail blazing and a solid plan for future career and performance development.


Congratulations to the 2021 Winner: Padraic O’Rourke


Meet The 2021 Finalists

Padraic O’Rourke

(Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

Twenty years international experience. Love everything about golf and feel very lucky to work for a great company but even luckier to live in Whistler.

Michael Barton

(Indigenous Life Sport Academy)

A member of Ginglox, Nisga’a Nation. Manager of the Indigenous Skateboard Team, head coach of the Indigenous Snowboard team, and thirteen years working for Whistler.

Gizem Kaya

(Whistler Community Services Society)

Gizem Kaya is the Food Security & Community Development Manager at Whistler Community Services Society, where she works to ensure the food security needs of our community is met by serving low-barrier programs such as the Food Bank & the Breakfast Club across five schools in Whistler.

The 2020 winner 


Court Larabee – Whistler Blackcomb

Traditional Name: Siginaak aka Blackbird. Indigenous sports and community advocate, business owner, public speaker and snowboard enthusiast.

The 2019 winner 

Isabel Chung – Fairmont Chateau Whistler

As Executive Chef at Fairmont, Isabel oversees creative and strategic culinary initiatives of 6 award-winning restaurants, plus room service + banquets, in the 539-room hotel

The 2018 winner 


Josianne Fox – SmartFox Consulting

Josianne is an innovative HR and Coaching Professional. Her mission is to optimize human potential, increase happiness, and maximize employee engagement for clients she believes in.

The 2017 winner 


Kara Mcmaster – Caveman Grocer

Community driven mother of a growing Whistler family, Kara has been disrupting ideas of convenience food using her ecommerce knowledge and industry experience since 2012.