Mountain Life Media Nominated for 2017 Whistler Excellence Award

We’re happy to announce Mountain Life Media has been nominated as a Top 3 finalist for for the Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture award. We are honoured to be recognized for our contribution to arts and culture in the Whistler community, and want to congratulate all the other nominees on their achievements. Read more about the event below.


Emcee extraodinaire, and Mountain Life Coast Mountains editor, Feet Banks. Photo courtesy Whistler Chamber of Commerce.

From Press Release: The 2017 Whistler Excellence Awards are “Igniting Excellence!”  This is the business and community celebration of the year that brings everyone from youthful innovators to longtime local legends out to recognize the best in the community.  The Whistler Excellence Awards presented by Blue Shore Financial, hosted by the Whistler Chamber in partnership with the Community Foundation of Whistler and the Whistler Arts Council celebrate excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, outstanding leadership in the arts, business and community service.


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Photo courtesy of Whistler Chamber of Commerce.

The awards will take place on Thursday, May 11 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, with returning emcee Feet Banks entertaining guests, as the evening celebrates the theme of Igniting Excellence like only Whistler can. Attendance at the annual event continues to grow each year, with hundreds of Whistler locals coming together for the annual black tie business and community awards. Seats are filling up fast with 320 tickets already sold, well ahead of last year’s sales pace.  The Whistler Chamber expects this year’s celebration will again be the largest to date.

The 2017 Whistler Excellence Awards finalists are:

Business Person of the Year – Presented by BDO Canada
Mike Conway – Back In Action
Cheryl Skribe – Whistler Community Service Society
Duane Hepditch – Guestfolio Communications

Citizen of the Year – Presented by Race & Company LLP
Heather Paul
Karl Ricker
David Oakes
Jennifer Erickson

Innovative Business of the Year – Presented by Community Futures Howe Sound
Zep Mountain Bike Camps
Kahuna Paddle Boards

Rising Star of the Year – Presented by Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre
Dana Friesen Smith – RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate
Kevin Winter- Coast Mountain Brewing
Kara McMaster- Caveman Grocer

Whistler Experience Service – Large Business – Presented by ServiceMaster Clean
Whistler Public Library
Scandinave Spa
Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Mallard Lounge

Whistler Experience Service – Small Business – Presented by Thornhill Real Estate Group
The Beacon Pub and Eatery
Rocks and Gems Canada

Sustainability in Action Business – Presented by Innergex
Seeds Consulting
Raven’s Nest

Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture  – Presented by The Whistler Real Estate Company Ltd
Mountain Life Media
Suzanne Greening
Mountain FM Radio

Above & Beyond – Presented by Keir Fine Jewelry
Nicole Baudisch – Whistler Blackcomb Staff Housing
Mei Madden – Whistler Blackcomb Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented by Resort Municipality of Whistler
Chili Thom


Chili Thom


For full event details visit

About the Whistler Chamber of Commerce

The Whistler Chamber is making business easy.  Representing a robust 50% of the community – with over 700 members – we are the voice of business in Whistler and to the World.  Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are our closest collaborators and partners.  Whistler comes to the Chamber for timely support. We lift as we climb, building a community of leaders and elevating Whistler’s businesses.


The after party. Photo courtesy of Whistler Chamber of Commerce.