FBA Excellence Awards

Celebrate with us on February 12th!

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2020 Family Business Excellence (FBE) Award Recipient

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

See News Release at the bottom of this newsletter.

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Incredible Experiences in the Remote Wilderness

Nimmo Bay has always been a family business. Craig and Deborah Murray realized their vision 40 years ago and their children, Fraser, Clifton and Georgia, have all been involved in the operation and development of Nimmo Bay over the years. Initially starting as an ocean fishing lodge, the first guests arrived in 1981. Helicopter Fishing was added to its offerings in 1983 which saw Nimmo Bay grow in reputation for the following two decades, particularly in the USA market.

In 2011, Fraser Murray took over operations with his partner Becky and together they have reformed Nimmo Bay to fit the current traveller market. Over time, they started adding new programs while also rebuilding and renovating the resort. Today, revenues have increased by a multiple of 7 and the team has grown from 12 to 60 employees. While personal hospitality still remains at the heart of the operation, itineraries now include extraordinary wilderness and wildlife adventures, wellness offerings, corporate leadership retreats, culinary experiences, and more, as the team welcomes guests from across the globe.

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49th Parallel Grocery - Finalist

Changing, Growing & Evolving

A 43 Year Journey

The 49th is your local grocer. They began in Ladysmith in the 1940’s as a coffee shop in the front of a couple’s home, later evolving into a food service and supply store. The business of six employees, was purchased in 1977 by Wayne and Harmina Richmond. It has grown from an initial 2,000 square foot store to five locations ranging from 5,000-22,000 square feet and 275 employees, serving the communities of Ladysmith, Chemainus, Cedar and Duncan. They have now started the transfer of control of the operating companies to Peter and Kathy Richmond, the second generation.

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Young Entrepreneur Award

Erin Boggs, Robinson's Outdoor Store

4th Generation Owner at the Age of 30

Robinson’s Outdoor Store proudly bears the name of the family that started it more than 90 years ago. After stepping into leadership in 2005, when the store was on the edge of closing, Gayle Robinson was able to turn the store around by focusing on 3 key areas, hiking, adventure travel & fly fishing, regaining market share on the island and the lower mainland. In March 2017, Gayle’s Daughter, Erin Boggs, signed succession documents to become the 4th generation owner, in partnership with long-time employee, Matt King. They decided on a 5-year plan, and with the help and mentorship of Erin’s Family Business Advisory Team, her confidence, knowledge and ability grew. Today, at the age of 30, she is extremely grateful for the opportunity to carry the business forward while still taking the time to be involved in multiple volunteer initiatives.

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Sponsor Recognition Ceremony

Thank you to all sponsors who are making our 2019/20 programming possible. We look forward to recognizing your generosity at our gala event.

Click HERE to see our valued sponsors.

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So Many Reasons for YOU to Celebrate with Us!

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Family Business Excellence (FBE) & Young Entrepreneur Awards

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

Union Club, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC

Members $55 (plus GST); Non-members $75 (plus GST)

Registrations now closed.


Meal included in ticket price (dietary needs provided)

  • Beet Salad arugula, roasted apple, goat cheese, shallot vinaigrette

  • Free-Range Roasted Breast of Chicken 48. mashed potato, seasonal vegetables, thyme jus

  • Vanilla Crème Brûlée dark chocolate biscotti, glazed berries

Everyone Welcome!

Inquiries: 250-532-2402

Email: info@fbavancouverisland.ca

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Our Mission

To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through community and shared experience.

Our Vision

We are an engaged and supportive community of vibrant Vancouver Island business families and advisors who connect, share ideas and learn from each others’unique experiences.

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Contact Us

Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director

T. 250-532-2402

E. fba@familybusinessassociationvi.ca

W. www.familybusinessassociationvi.ca

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