The Stars Walked The Red Carpet At The 2019 Chamber Awards

Stu Tunheim of IG Wealth Management gives the Small Business of the Year award to Tanya Archambault of Komox Grind Expresso & Smoothie Bar

The Comox Valley community came out in full support of a diverse and exciting cohort of local businesses, community leaders, and organizations for the sold-out 2019 Chamber Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Bert Heeringa of Canadian Tire received the Business of the Year award from Karen Guinan of MNP

Fifteen Chamber Award winners were announced after starring in their own short movie filmed with Daniel Kooman of Unveil Studios and showcased in an Academy Awards-style production. It was a star-studded affair.

The quality of work that the nominees and finalists are achieving is a testament to the collaboration and community spirit of the Comox Valley. More than one acceptance speech mentioned how they work with other finalist businesses to support each other. One such collaborative mention was the New Business of the Year recipient Blue Spruce Ice Cream who was nominated with Land & Sea Brewing and Church St. Taphouse.

Business of the Year was awarded to Canadian Tire. In the acceptance speech Bert Heeringa, owner of Canadian Tire, said that four employees had a combined 125 years of working in the store. That speaks to the management and their consistent success and support of the Comox Valley.

Tanya Archambault, owner of Komox Grind Espresso & Smoothie Bar, started her business when she was just 17. She was honoured with the Small Business of the Year. In her acceptance speech Tanya said she hopes she has made a difference not just in enabling folk’s caffeine addictions but also in providing a safe and inclusive work environment for young people.

The businesses, organizations, and individuals nominated for the 2019 Chamber Awards are the driving force behind the local economy, the up-and-comers, and the catalysts for amazing work. These stars deserve their walk of fame. Congratulations to all nominees, finalists, and recipients listed on the chamber website along with each award sponsor:

The Comox Valley Chamber has honoured members of the business community with an award since 1974. The Chamber Awards, as they are now called, is a true reflection of the community with all nominations coming from the community at large.


Dianne Hawkins is CEO of The Comox Valley Chamber: Building Good Business. For more information on the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit: or call 250-334-3234.