Celebrating Whistler’s Most Excellent! 

The Whistler Excellence Awards are our chance to celebrate Whistler’s innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators! Whistler’s business and community awards build brands and honour local legends.

Hosted by the Whistler Chamber in partnership with Whistler Community Foundation, the Whistler Arts Council, AWARE and presented by BlueShore Financial – each year, the evening is dedicated to honouring excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, outstanding leadership in the arts, business and community service.

New this year was the Emerging Business of the Year, awarded to a business who has recently emerged in our community and demonstrates exceptional promise for continued growth.

2022 Theme – The Art of Business

Being in business means you undoubtedly find “creative” ways to solve problems, reach new or existing markets, implement new procedures, connect with your customers…finding new ways to improve your business every single day. Over the past twelve months, as we continue to navigate the new business landscape, industries and individuals are overcoming obstacles and setbacks showing incredible resiliency.

This year, on Thursday October 20, 2022 we celebrated the imagination and ingenuity of our own Whistler Community at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Whether it’s the process leading to the end product, where you draw your inspiration from; your muse, or how a vision becomes reality, there’s no argument; business is an art form. This year we celebrate The Art of Business.

Photos are available for purchase from Joern Rohde – Publisher/Principal Photographer Whistler Traveller Magazine

Congratulations to the 2022 Whistler Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists!

(Click on the Awards category to view the winner’s video.)

Business Person of the YearPresented by BDO

Winner: Norm Mastalir – Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Finalists: Jackie Dickinson – Whistler Community Services Society & Ian Ritz – Chromag

Citizen of the YearPresented by Race & Company LLP

Winner: Stella Harvey
Finalists: Dave Williamson & Carol Leacy

Rising Star of the YearPresented by Hotel Association of Whistler

Winner: Moody Dan – Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Finalists: Shea Emry – Whistler Racket Club Alistair Cray –Whistler Cooks, Hunter Gather, Fridge Full, Cranked

Emerging Business of the YearPresented by BCIT

Winner: Picnic Whistler
Finalists: Alpine Learning & Creekside Health

Innovative Business of the YearPresented by Beedie Living

Winner: Stinger Boards & Foils
Finalists: Alipine Learning & Whistle! Ride

Sustainability in Action Business – Presented by Cascade Environmental Resource Group

Winner: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Finalists: Moguls Coffee House & Velvet Underground

Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture, Business – Presented by The Whistler Real Estate Company & Arts Whistler 

Winner: Audain Art Museum
Finalists: Sushi Village & Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Service Excellence – Small Business – Presented by Reactive Design

Winner: Slope Side Supply
Finallists: Cutting Edge Signs & Coast Mountain Brewing

Service Excellence – Large Business – Presented by Whistler Blackcomb

Winner: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Finalists: Blueshore Financial & Quattro Restaurant

The Story Behind the Artwork

Local artist, Catkin Pritchard (Catkin Design), created the artwork for this year’s event. In this video she explains her inspiration and what the piece represents.


Thank you to all our Partners:

Presenting Partner

Award Partners

Community Partners

Opening Reception Partner

Beverage Partner

After Party Partner

Venue Host

Media Partner

Radio Partner

Design Provider

Art Partner

Animation Partner

Entertianment Partner