Business Person of the Year  – Presented by  BDO

This Whistler business person has had a major impact on the landscape of the local business community. They are an exemplary leader, and exhibit vision and passion. They have an innovative brand and they continuously give back by supporting community initiatives and projects.

An eligible candidate must:

  • Have been in operation for a minimum of five years
  • Exercise care and empathy with employees
  • Create a work environment that fosters growth and encourages development of employees
  • Be an exemplary leader and demonstrate passion, vision and positive moral character
  • Emphasize the importance of delivering high levels of customer service to all clients
  • Be a leader in their industry
  • Have leading products and/or services
  • Have a major impact on the landscape of the local business community
  • Gives back to the community by supporting local initiatives and projects

Meet the 2022 Finalists:

Norm Mastalir

(Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

A hospitality veteran of 42 years, he has had the pleasure of spending the last 12 years overseeing operations at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Jackie Dickinson

(Whistler Community Services Society)

Currently the Executive Director of Whistler Community Services Society, Jackie is passionate about the work of the society whose mission is to support and advocate for a healthy community.

Ian Ritz


2021 Winner: Jerry & Sana Marsh (Creekside Market) 


Jerry & Sana Marsh, Creekside Market

Jerry & Sana moved to Whistler in the summer of 1988 to operate the Food Plus they bought earlier that year, running Food Plus for 16 years until they opened Creekside Market in 2004.  They both feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to move to Whistler to operate their business and be able to raise their family in such a great place.

The 2020 winner 


Naoko Homma – Sushi Village

With her husband Miki, Naoko took ownership of the iconic restaurant in 2001, and they built Sushi Village into a much-loved local institution and a globally recognized Whistler icon.

The 2019 winner 


Sarah Strother

Sarah is publisher of Pique Newsmagazine and President of Whistler Publishing LP which also publishes the Squamish Chief, Whistler Magazine and several tourist publications

The 2018 winner 


Matheo Durfeld

General Contractor with 43 years of expertise in high end and timber frame construction. Recently, Matheo is recognized for helping pioneer the Canadian Passivhaus movement.

The 2017 winner 


Mike Conway – Back In Action Physiotherapy 

Titled sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapist, co-owner Back In Action Physiotherapy & Massage, passionate about helping patients recover from injury and in developing injury prevention tools.

The 2016 winner 


Thank you to our Award Sponsor