Nominations for Top 20 Under 40 being accepted now

Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards are now being accepted.

Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement awards are welcome and seek to recognize those under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to community through business or charitable endeavors.

A series of kickoff events are also being held in various communities during the month of January to lead up to the prestigious Black Tie Gala Event to be held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo on April 18.

The free kickoff events are networking opportunities where you can have light appetizers, and learn more about the Top 20 Under 40 awards.

The first event is being held in Duncan on Jan. 9 at Original Joe’s. Other kickoff event locations include the Comox Valley on Jan. 10  at Chances Casino, in Victoria Jan. 11 at the Robert Bateman Centre, in Campbell River Jan. 16  at the Rip Tide Marine Pub, and in Port Alberni at the RimRock Casino on Jan. 18.

All pre-gala event times are from 5-7:30 p.m. and require an RSVP to reserve your place. Contact Roger McKinnon 250-755-6465 or email to reserve your spot.

There are also valuable sponsorship opportunities for businesses who would like to take part in recognizing today’s top performers and the potential economic drivers. Sponsorships  include the promotion of your brand and business among other leadership businesses and organizations on the island as well as exclusive networking opportunities for following 20 Under 40 events in the coming fall and winter.

An annual multi-media program also offers sponsors year round opportunities for promotion through social media channels and traditional media partnerships to enhance community recognition.

Nominations by peers and colleagues for this prestigious Top 20 Under 40 award  will be accepted online until Feb. 18, 2017 and should include a summary of achievements as well as letters of reference.

All nominations are reviewed by a panel of regional judges who will announce their selection of finalists based and their education, community service, participation in industry, business associations, accolades and previous awards.

Entries are open to all Vancouver Island residents involved in the private, public and non-profit sectors who meet other  eligibility requirements.

Tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40 Gala event on April 18 are now available at early bird prices.

Tickets can be purchased online either individually at $100 each, or you can plan a night out with friends and purchase tickets for a table of ten for $1,000.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, upcoming events, or nominations, visit