Winners of the 2009 West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

This years winner for Business of the Year is: Delany’s Coffee House

Robin and Jennifer Delany and been in the coffee business for 15 years and have grown their business to 5 stores, including their West Vancouver locations in Dundarave and the Village at Park Royal. Their Village location is the highest grossing independent coffee house in British Columbia. As a family owned business, they have strong ties to the community; sponsoring and fund-raising for 50+ events each year on the North Shore and in West Vancouver. Robin has volunteered his time serving as the Vice President of the Dundarave Merchants Association for the past six years.

The winner for Business Person of the Year is: Linda Swain of Cypress Mountain

Linda Swain is the General Manager of Cypress Mountain, one of the largest employers on the North Shore. Linda has been instrumental in the growth of Cypress Mountain taking the local ski area with 80,000 visits in 1984 to 500,000 in 2008. Linda Swain is a lead Liaison with VANOC and has been very involved in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics games from the Bid. She is one of only three female general managers in the ski industry in North America and has been involved in the growth of skiing as a viable and profitable business on the North Shore. Linda is also a member of the Vancouver Tourism Foundation working group and the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

The winner for Young Entrepreneur is: Megan Sewell of Sewell’s Marina

Megan Sewell is the General Manager of Sewell’s Marina and has taken a longstanding family business to new endeavours through diversification of the Sewell’s Marina products offered to their customers. Megan has incorporated business dealings with numerous organizations such as BC Ferries, Department of Fisheries Canada, Microsoft, Intrawest and many large product suppliers to help push the business into substantial growth and increase development opportunities. Megan is active in giving back to the community, speaking to University students, making charitable differences to young people in the community and volunteering her time serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The winner for Most Green Business of the Year is: Park Royal Shopping Centre

Park Royal has begun a sustainability journey to operate on an economically prudent basis with regard for the environment and the community. Several changes have already been made including washroom renovations with reduced water consumption, low-voltage electric currents, recycling programs with new bins throughout the malls, organic waste pilot program with seven tenants, retrofitting 3,000 parking lot lights, having tenants and customers to recycle soft plastics including bags, a green roof will soon appear on the south mall and by April 2011 plastic bags will be eliminated at Park Royal.

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