Celebrate Whistler’s innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators! Whistler’s virtual business and community awards build brands and honour local legends.

Hosted by the Whistler Chamber in partnership with Whistler Community Foundation, Arts Whistler, AWARE and presented by BlueShore Financial – the evening is dedicated to honouring excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, outstanding leadership in the arts, business and community service. The Rising Star Award catapults careers for those under 40 on the fast track to success.

Watch the VIRTUAL 2021 Whistler Excellence Awards!

Meet the 2021 Whistler Excellence Awards Winners:

Innovative Business of the Year – Bluebird Strategy/WNORTH

Sustainability in Action Business – Whistler Community Services Society

Service Excellence – Small Business – Whistler Medical Clinic

Service Excellence – Large Business – Portobello Bakery

Rising Star of the Year – Padraic O’Rourke – Fairmont Chateau Whistler

*New for 2021* Resilient Business of the YearWhistler Blackcomb

The Citizen of the Year Karin Kausky

Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture- Dave Petko Black Ohm Tattoos

Business Person of the Year – Jerry & Sana Marsh – Creekside Market

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.


The 2021 Whistler Excellence Awards Finalists:

Business Person of the Year  Presented by BDO

Jerry & Sana Marsh – Creekside Market
Kaoru and Hidemi Ono – Senka Florist
Priyanka Lewis – Brickworks Hospitality Group

Citizen of the Year  Presented by Race & Company LLP

Karin Kausky
Yoann Barelli
Stella Harvey

Innovative Business of the Year Presented by Beedie Living

Whistler Connection
Whistler Institute
Bluebird Strategy/WNORTH

Rising Star of the Year  Presented by Hotel Association of Whistler

Michael Barton – Indigenous Life Sport Academy
Padraic O’Rourke – Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Gizem Kaya – Whistler Community Services Society

Sustainability in Action Business  Presented by Cascade Environmental Resource Group

Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Community Services Society
Innovation Building Group

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

Dave Petko – Black Ohm Tattoo
Brandon Barrett – Pique Newsmagazine
Shauna Hardy – Whistler Film Festival

*New for 2021* Resilient Business of the Year  Presented by BCIT

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler Racket Club
Whistler Blackcomb

Service Excellence – Small Business  Presented by Reactive Design

Whistler Medical Clinic
Moguls Coffee House
Armchair Books 

Service Excellence – Large Business  Presented by Whistler Blackcomb

Nesters Market & Pharmacy
Creekside Market

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