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Meet The Finalists


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.

Kevin Winter – Coast Mountain Brewing

After perfecting his craft abroad, Kevin has returned to Whistler; opening his family-run brewery with an aim to produce beer that locals and tourists alike will love.

Dana Friesen Smith – RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate Whistler  

Owner of an award-winning Real Estate Business with RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate. Fuelled by her keen eye, meteoric drive to succeed, and deep love for Whistler.


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Rising Star of the Year Award Description


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.


An eligible candidate must:


  • Be age 39 or under on May 11, 2017
  • Be in ownership, management or another leadership capacity within a Whistler business organization
  • Exhibit outstanding performance and definite career progress –demonstrated through measurable results
  • Be highly active in the community and committed to making a difference
  • Demonstrate a pattern of risk taking or trail blazing
  • Have future plans for career and performance development
  • Have been in business or role for less than five years – if someone in this age category has been in their role or business for over 5 years then we would recommend the business person of the year award
  • Open to both current and future Whistler Chamber of Commerce members