Business Leader of the Year Finalists

For an individual whose talent, vision, expertise, dedication, and performance have defined them as an outstanding leader in the Tri-Cities business community.


  • Has a proven track record of sustained success in his or her field.
  • Has had a significant impact on his or her business as evidenced by growth, innovation, and an established reputation as a business leader.
  • Demonstrates leadership by way of giving back through participation with local business initiatives and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Has a reputation of business excellence and expertise in his or her field.
  • Has an innovative spirit and has demonstrated an exceptional level of performance and dedication to leadership.

2017 Winner: Vivien Symington, Club Aviva Recreation

Jamie Banfield, Jamie Banfield Design

Jamie Banfield is the Founder and Principal Designer of Jamie Banfield Design in Port Moody. The award-winning interior designer is a creative force in the industry, being recognized for his signature West Coast style. His business acumen and willingness to put everything into being successful is truly inspirational. He is known as a leader in the interior design industry and has collaborated with multi-national companies.

Formally trained in interior design, with a complementary background in manufacturing, construction, and custom millwork, Jamie has an intrinsic understanding of the total design process. Jamie Banfield will not be quitting his day job and lends his talent to TV outlets and Lifestyle talk shows such as Global TV, CTV, Vancouver, That Talk Show and The Marc + Mandy Show. Jamie frequently lends his style advice as an international speaker on stages such as The International KBIS, BC Home + Garden ShowVancouver Home + Design Show, and the Edmonton Renovation Show, to name a few.

Jamie supports the local community through donations and volunteerism, for companies including Kidsport and Crossroads Hospice. Jamie is also a strong supporter and a fairly well-known figure in the Tri-Cities Young professional group.

Jamie Cuthbert, Rocky Point Kayak

Jamie Cuthbert, a successful entrepreneur, has been operating businesses in the area for over 20 years. He started Rocky Point Kayak & Rocky Point Ice Cream at the age of 21 and has continued to steadily grow both businesses. In 2016, both employed over 75 employees with combined sales of over $1.7 million.

He has become identified as a successful “entrepreneur” within the community with the development and growth of three companies. He created the first “food-truck” style ice cream truck in Canada in the early stages of the craft food movement in Tri-Cities.

Josh Bath, Josh Bath – Keller Williams ELITE Realty

Josh Bath is a realtor with over 20 years of real estate experience in the Tri-Cities. He owns three real estate offices with over 275 agents and is the President of the Burnaby/New West/Tri-Cities Division of the Real Estate Board.

He leads is life by the main principle of excellence. His determination for excellence is what allows him to drive his business and company to where it is today. Josh believes in continually striving to learn and improve the way he serves clients and take care of the agents around him.

Josh gives back to my industry by teaching peers the systems he has developed over the years. He doesn’t believe that he is competing in this industry, rather he has colleagues and it is a source of great satisfaction for him to teach and give back.