Announcing the finalists for the 2021 Organization of Great Awards

Business of Good

Our next yearly awards rejoice B.C. organizations that change the rules of social accountability into motion

We imagined launching the Business of Great Awards was going to be a tricky ordeal. And guaranteed, at any time you begin an awards application, it will come with specific difficulties.

But in the finish, our initially annual celebration of regional businesses that raise the bar for social and environmental responsibility went off effortlessly, resulting in a strong print issue and a March 4 function at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

That is proper, we acquired it in juuust before the planet changed.

So of course, the next instalment of the competitors has seemed much different, specified that many of the nominees scrambled to enable their communities and personnel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, we turned to a panel of judges to choose the winners, whose tales we’ll share in our March issue and publish on the web quickly afterward.

For now, below are the 20 finalists, listed alphabetically, in five groups: Local community Involvement, Range and Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability, Imagined Management and Office Wellness.


Arpa Investments


Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business enterprise Ethics, UBC Sauder Faculty of Organization 

East Facet Game titles

Hedgehog Systems

Invito Coffee

London Medicine


Organic Pod

Platinum Pro-Assert Restoration

SMC Communications

Telus Corp.  

Thomas Fx

Thunderbird Entertainment

Tru Earth


Quite Well mannered Company

Veza Worldwide 


The Judges

Darian Kovacs

Kovacs has 15 years’ expertise in marketing and advertising, communications and community relations, and has been a founder and board member of many foundations and charitable companies. By means of his award-successful corporation, Jelly Internet marketing, he’s worked with local, nationwide and world brands to establish and execute their digital and PR tactics.

Carol Liao

Liao is director of the Centre for Company Regulation and associate professor at the Peter A. Allard Faculty of Legislation, and the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar with the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business enterprise Ethics at UBC Sauder College of Business.

Matt O’Grady

The previous BCBusiness editor-in-chief is an award-successful communications professional who has held senior leadership positions at regional and national media corporations, which include head of the World and Mail’s B.C. bureau. In addition to freelancing for a wide variety of outlets—he writes our It’s a Superior Thing column—O’Grady teaches journalism at SFU and Langara University.

Mary Ellen Schaafsma

Director of the Social Reason Institute at United Way of the Lessen Mainland, Schaafsma will work with providers through the region and outside of. She can help them practical experience the rewards of pivoting their enterprise design to instil a social goal at their main whilst creating tangible and significant neighborhood and societal affect.

Judges recused on their own when any conflicts arose through their own or experienced obligations