Business of the Year: (50 employees or more) – 2015 Chamber Award Nominees

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in this year's Chamber Awards.

Honors a business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service; and an outstanding commitment to quality and the community.

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Bill Howich Chrysler RV & Marine

Bill Howich Chrysler RV and Marine: Sales, Parts & Service of vehicles, RV’s, boats and cargo trailers. I was working as Sales Manager for Warren Burd Motors; I was promoted to General Manager and given the opportunity to buy the business in 1990. It was a 10 year plan to buy the business, but thanks to strong vehicle sales I was able to complete it in 6 years. I started Bill Howich Chrysler Ltd., and expanded by opening an RV location 10 years ago, then purchased Island Outboard 9 years ago, and amalgamated it into Bill Howich RV and Marine 5 years. We now have 4 locations Bill Howich Chrysler, Bill Howich RV & Marine, Bill Howich Detail Center and Bill Howich Clearance Center.


Campbell River Mirror

The Campbell River Mirror is Campbell River’s authoritative news source and premier advertising vehicle. With a circulation of almost 18,000, the Campbell River Mirror provides unprecedented advertising reach with award-winning community news coverage.

In April 2014 the Campbell River Mirror earned first place in BC and the Yukon for Newspaper Excellence for all community newspapers of its kind. The judges base their decision on criteria including the Front Page, Community News, Editorial/Opinion Pages, Local Features, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Overall Design and Appearance, Photography, Advertising Content and Design as well as Classified Advertising.

In May the Campbell River Mirror followed the Provincial Newspaper of the Year with a National Award beating out over 2,000 Community Newspapers in Canada (all sizes) with the Youth Engagement Award for the bi-weekly feature “Carihi Mirror”. This feature included three bi-weekly writers from Carihi School writing stories about the events and issues of Carihi.

Last year the Campbell River Mirror donated almost $1 Million in advertising sponsorship to over 120 local Campbell River Non Profit groups. These partnerships have given local non profits the ability to fundraise millions of dollars to assist those in need in Campbell River.


Cermaq Canada

Cermaq Canada is a salmon farming company headquartered in Campbell River, British Columbia. It is part of Cermaq, an international salmon farming business with operations in Canada, Chile and Norway. Cermaq is a fully-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. Cermaq Canada’s vision is to be a global leader in the aquaculture industry, creating value by farming salmon in a sustainable manner. Cermaq Canada produces approximately 25,000 metric tonnes of fresh, farmed Atlantic salmon annually at 27 sea sites around Vancouver Island. Cermaq Canada employees take pride in producing quality salmon, and on how they farm in a way which respects the local environment and the communities where the company operates.


Discovery Foods

Discovery Foods is a family owned and operated Grocery Store and it has been for over 25 years. We are committed to providing a shopping experience that is pleasant, positive, and memorable for our customers. We pride ourselves on serving Fresh Produce, High Quality Cuts of Meat, Ready to Serve Meals from our Delis, and competitive prices on many Grocery items. Our motto has and always will be “Your Friendly Neighborhood Grocery Store”. We are determined to be competitive and remain relevant in this ever-changing economy, supporting Local Producers and Suppliers and providing the best customer service on the Island.


Dolphins Resort

The Dolphins Resort is located on Vancouver Island, just 10 minutes north from downtown Campbell River. Open year round, the panabode cabins nestled amongst the trees exude tranquility, romance and relaxation. These quaint cabins are uniquely furnished with antiques and wood burning fireplaces presenting an ambiance of warmth and old fashioned charm. Our cabins also come with fully equipped kitchens, fine linens, luxury comfort mattresses and private hot tubs, which allow friends and family the opportunity to kick back and relax. The breath taking views overlooking Discovery Passage, majestic firs and lush gardens make The Dolphins Resort a wonderful location to get away to come together.

The Anglers Dining Room at the Dolphins Resort features innovative west coast inspired gourmet cuisine and caters onsite. From buttlered appetizers to a five course meals our catering team is well seasoned in customizing our products and services to meet the needs of our guests. Our executive chef takes special pride in offing our guests the best local fresh ingredients, and has allowed the Dolphins Resort the opportunity to create an innovative west coast culinary experience.


Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

The United Nations has predicted that the world’s population is expected to increase by 38%, from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 9.6 billion in 2050. World-renowned marine explorer Jacques Cousteau has said, “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.”

Grieg Seafood began salmon farming on Vancouver Island’s west coast in 2000, when past CEO Per Grieg realized that producing food to feed the world would be of key importance in the 21st century. Grieg’s has 103 employees residing in 12 communities with nearly half living in Campbell River. They coach sports teams and volunteer in theatre groups and at local festivals and community events. Most have young families and are putting down roots in Campbell River.

Grieg utilizes services valued at more than $60 million annually from more than 100 BCsupplier and contract service companies.

The Grieg family, who operate salmon farms in Norway and the Shetland Islands, recognized the potential that BC’s coastline would offer as a natural marine environment for farming salmon. In 2007 Grieg expanded to the east coast of Vancouver Island. Today it holds 21 farm licences and operates a hatchery in Gold River.


Marine Harvest Canada

Marine Harvest ASA is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The company employs 10,200 people and is represented in 22 countries. Marine Harvest is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Marine Harvest ASA head office is located in Oslo, Norway with major business units in Norway, Scotland, Chile, Canada, and Ireland.

Marine Harvest Canada farms, processes, and distributes approximately 40,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon (whole fish and fillets), operating on the west coast of Canada primarily around northern Vancouver Island, with some operations on the west coast of the island and further north along the central coast of British Columbia. The company’s head office is located in Campbell River.


Royal Coachman Inn

The Royal Coachman is Campbell River’s first and original neighborhood pub. The pub opened on May 5, 1978 on the site that is now Video Works. Ken and Sylvia Phillips were the original owners and in 1988 they built the existing building and moved across the street. The Royal Coachman is now a family friendly pub, which welcomes minors. Mudslingers Cappuccino & Espresso is part of the Royal Coachman and is open as a coffee shop daily until 5, and serving breakfasts from 8 am daily. After 5 pm the Paddock Lounge becomes an extension of the pub and can also be rented for private parties. Upstairs is the Carriage Room, which is the banquet facility which can host parties of up to 100. Adjacent to the Carriage Room is the Executive Board Room, which can be rented out for meetings or small parties of up to 20. The RC has a gorgeous garden patio, which is a real favorite during the summer. The RC Liquor Store is a freestanding building with excellent access and parking. The RC also has a very busy catering department, which caters to off-site parties large and small as well as in house parties in the private rooms.


Shoppers Drug Mart #209 and #2139

We are a full service pharmacy with front services including prestige cosmetics and fragrances, full post office, photo and passport pictures, as well as convenience food and confection.

Our pharmacists are injection certified and can give flu, hepatitis and travel vaccines. We are open the widest range of hours of any pharmacy in town, and always have a pharmacist on duty to help with prescription or OTC counselling. They can also do in dept medication reviews. Because of our hours, we have developed special programs with the crisis nurse and palliative care programs.