Business of the Year (30+ Employees) Finalists

The Business of the Year (30+ employees) Award is for Tri-Cities businesses that have demonstrated an outstanding level of business performance, innovation, and community service.


  • Demonstrates an exceptional level of leadership and is regarded as a leader in its industry.
  • Demonstrates excellence in performance as evidenced by longevity, retention, financial growth, and reputation (please provide documentation if at all possible).
  • Innovative based on the unique product and/or service it provides to the Tri-Cities including exceptional customer service and satisfaction, and community services.
  • Demonstrates a positive social conscience by utilizing its resources to improve its community through events & initiatives, support of local not-for-profits, and reducing its environmental impact.
  • Has an overall positive impact on the Tri-Cities and makes the community a better place to live and work.

2017 Winner: Canstar Restorations

Community Fire Prevention

Community Fire Prevention is a family owned business that has provided over 30 years of service to the fire protection industry.  Community Fire Prevention is relied on by thousands of customers in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley for all of their fire and life safety needs. It provides fire protection, suppression, inspection, installation, maintenance, and service.

Its purpose is to build a relationship that exceeds your expectations. It’s the service after the sale that separates us from other fire protection companies. Community Fire has built its business around excellent customer service, passion for fire safety and quick response times. We aim to protect your most important assets by delivering consistent quality service and equipment.

Community Fire Prevention has grown rapidly year-over-year through hard work and community involvement. This expansion has enabled Community Fire to create additional full-time employment opportunities for local residents, expansion of building square footage and an opportunity to in-turn give back to the community through local charities and fundraisers.

Community Fire is also an innovative leader in its own industry, and has recently expanded its list of services to include a full service electrical, mechanical, and emergency preparedness division under its umbrella.

Inno Foods

Inno Foods Inc. started from humble beginnings – a small family bakery called Park’s Bread ‘N’ Buns was born in 1983 on Ridgeway Ave in Coquitlam. It grew to a second location in Port Coquitlam on Marpole Ave and now the company manages 3 production facilities, 2 bakeries, and 2 warehouses in the Tri-Cities.

Inno Foods started a non-profit charity called Goodseed Mission. Its goal is to help young entrepreneurs make their way in the start-up business sector. Goodseed Mission is a large 10,000 sq. ft. space in Port Coquitlam for people to work, mindshare, connect or be connected which may be that little boost they needed to get their feet off the ground.

Inno Foods Inc. supports many local businesses and charities through financial and product donations including BCCA (British Columbia Christian Academy), BC Cancer Society, PoCo Charities, Athletic Tournaments, etc.

John B Neighborhood Pub

The John B Pub has recently celebrated its 40th year in the business. Its space is considerably different then it was in the late 70s, but the way it treats its guests hasn’t changed a bit. Anyone who has stopped by the John B for lunch, to unwind after work, watch the game or make a night of it can tell you, it truly offers something special. Boasting the largest back bar in BC with over 465 different spirits, one of the most impressive draught selections in the province with 86 different taps, live music 4 nights a week featuring the best local bands & DJs, and a unique spin on upscale bar food; the John B truly has something for everyone.

The local pub has been supporting the local community by hosting events, providing donations, and so much more since its opening in 1978.