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Home builders awarded

Several North Shore designers, builders and renovators recently took home Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association 2014 Ovation Awards.

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North Vancouver's Shakespeare Homes and Renovations won the 2014 Grand Ovation Award for Renovator of the Year - Large Volume, plus Best Addition Renovation, Best Renovation $500,000-$799,999 and Best Renovation over $800,000.

Alchemy Construction's Lonsdale Contemporary Development won three awards: Best Townhouse/Rowhome Community: 1,500 square feet and over; plus the BC Housing Award for Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing Choices and the FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Residential Construction.

Milori Family of Companies won Best Townhouse/Rowhome Community: Less than 1,500 square feet for Cove Gardens.

The Ovations Awards honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multi-family homes as well as the renovation of existing homes in Metro Vancouver.

Red carpet debut

West Vancouver's Hidden Garden Foods had its new line of glutenfree cookies with hidden vegetables featured in the official gift bags at the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 6 in New York City. The gift bags were presented to 900 attendees at the event, which included people in sports broadcasting, celebrities, athletes and members of the press.

Startup nominated

North Vancouver finance startup LedgerDocs has been nominated for a 2014 CPA Practice Advisor Tax and Accounting Technology Innovation Award.

LedgerDocs is a cloud-based document management tool designed to help bookkeepers and accountants manage, share and collaborate on important documents with their clients. The service is integrated with Dropbox.

Award recipients will be decided by a committee comprised of the editorial staff at CPA Practice Advisor.

Inaugural Y.E.S. event

The first annual Young Entrepreneurs Symposium, hosted by Digby Leigh & Company in partnership with the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, is set for June 5. The half-day event, to be held at Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, is designed to bring together and inspire young people (40 and under) in business and will feature five expert speakers from the business community. Visit for more information.

Engineering excellence

The District of North Vancouver has received the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Award of Excellence for installation of a debris flood catchment net on Mosquito Creek.

The installation is the latest initiative in the district's awardwinning Natural Hazards Management Program. The net was installed last year in a remote canyon upstream from the Baden Powell footbridge crossing and is designed to provide added protection to residents and properties downstream in the event of a debris flood.

The district and consulting engineers, Tetra Tech, were presented with the award at the 2014 ACEC-BC Awards of Excellence event April 12.

ePACT ready to take off

North Vancouver-based startup ePACT Network was recently named a 2014 Ready to Rocket company in the information and communications technology sector.

The ePACT emergency network is made up of emergency management specialists and web technology experts who help North American communities better manage crises.

Ready to Rocket is a business recognition program for B.C.'s tech sector that showcases companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth.


Compiled by Christine Lyon. Submit information on North Shore business groups or events to

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