• 2018 Black Tie Awards & Auction -  A Celebration Of Excellence

    The 21st Black Tie Awards & Auction was certainly a celebration to remember and one that broke many records for the Chamber.  We received the highest number of nominations in our history of recognizing business achievement, volunteerism and customer service in Cowichan. We welcomed 299 guests on the night – the most ever to attend the Awards. (Download the full Media Release here.)

    The success of the Awards was made possible through the tremendous support of many – Presenting Sponsor Island Savings, Award Sponsors, Media Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, Table Sponsors and contributors to the Silent Auction. Thank you for your partnership and collaboration!

    Thanks to the Finalists, Lifetime Achiever, Dignitaries, emcees and guests who joined us at Brentwood College School – the energy in the room was amazing!

    2018 Black Tie Awards - Finalists & Winners

    There were three Finalists in each of the eight categories and all 24 (left) were honoured with framed certificates and glowing tributes from sponsors and judges. The Winners (below) were announced later in the evening.



    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Stormin' Norm Jackson

    Customer Service Award

    Elly Ruge, Cowichan Auto Repair

    Volunteer of the Year Award

    Anne Balding & Claudia Roland

    Meals on the Ground



    Green Business Award

    John & Katy Ehrlich

    Alderlea Farm Cafe

    Young Entrepreneur Award

    Ian Smith

    Victory Barber & Brand North

    Art in Business Award

    Lorraine Blake

    Steps Ahead Dance



    Business Achievement 1 - 10 Employees Award

    Aly Tomlin, Ralf Rosenke, & Morgan Moreira

    Riot Brewing Company

    Business Achievement 11 - 19 Employees Award

    The Team,

    Taiji Brand Group

    Business Achievement 20+ Employees Award

    The Team,

    Arbutus Farms

  •      Black Tie Awards 2018 - Finalists Announced

    We are pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 Black Tie Awards.  There are three Finalists in each of eight categories: Customer Service, Volunteer of the Year, Green Business, Young Entrepreneur, Art in Business, Business Achievement in 1 - 10 employees, Business Achievement 11 - 19 Employees, and Business Achievement 20 or More Employees.  Over the next few weeks, the Chamber will conduct individual interviews with each of the Finalists.  The results are audited and sealed until the night of the Awards, when the winners are announced.  Congratulations to all the Finalists.

    Media Release - Black Tie 2018 Finalists Announced

    Black Tie 2018 Finalists by Award Category


  • Black Tie Awards 2018 - Nominees Announced


    We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2018 Black Tie Awards. 2018 marks the greatest number of nominations ever received in Black Tie history - 155 nominations.  Now that all the nominations are confirmed and the Chamber has collected further information from the nominators, we will start the process to select Finalists in each Award category. Thank you Cowichan for taking the time to nominate a person or organization deserving of recognition.  And congratulations to the nominees for your dedication to our community.

    Click Here for Media Release

    Click Here for Full List of 2018 Nominees

  • "Stormin' " Norm Jackson Receives 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Norm Jackson. Mr. Jackson is being honoured for significant and lasting contributions to Cowichan during for his extensive volunteer work for the Cowichan Hospital Foundation, Cowichan Golfers Against Cancer, Cowichan Women Against Violence, Kid Sport and many other organizations. As the General Manager and Head Pro at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club, Mr. Jackson has earned multiple industry awards with his team at the club’s Golf Shop, and has twice been honoured as the BC PGA Pro of the Year.

    The Chamber will formally present the Award at the Black Tie Awards & Auction on Sat. Apr. 7/18 at Brentwood College School. 

    See Norm's Bio Here.

  • 2018 Black Tie Award Sponsors

    Customer Service Green Business Young Entrepreneur Art in Business
    Business Achievement 1 - 10 Business Achievement 11 - 19 Business Achievement 20+ Volunteer



    Media Sponsors