Business Leader of the Year


Nominees in the Business Leader of the Year category are individuals whose talent, vision, expertise, dedication, and performance have defined them as an outstanding Tri-Cities’ business leader. They emphasize the importance of delivering a high level of service to customers and of treating employees with care and empathy. These candidates continuously give back by supporting community initiatives and projects and by encouraging their employees to do so as well.


Chris Chong – Butter Studios

Butter Media Inc. is an award-winning family of companies established in 2004, comprised of Butter Weddings and Butter Studios Agency.

Butter provides a full range of event and studio photography services in Greater Vancouver and throughout B.C., capturing images that document life and build brands.

With a client list including local and international celebrities, household and luxury brands, and a community of brides and grooms who have commissioned Butter to document the growth of their family, Butter has gained a reputation for their timeless artistry, swift adaptability, depth of experience, and superior service.

Butter and their team of multifaceted photographers and cinematographers lead the wedding, luxury, and corporate event industry with their ‘Artistry Delivered’ promise, going beyond talent and stunning photography, with meticulous management and responsiveness, impeccable presence at events, and prompt delivery.


Ryan Peterson, Finger Food

Ryan Peterson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. He sets the course for the organization with his extraordinary vision, strategic planning, and unshakeable passion.

Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, Finger Food has seen tremendous growth, transforming from a small basement startup to a multi-million-dollar company with 200+ employees over 10 years. Ryan is a proud member of the Tri-cities community and is committed to growth and prosperity in the region.


Angela Calla, The Angela Calla Mortgage Team

Angela Calla is a 15 year award-winning woman of influence and mortgage expert. Alongside her team, she passionately assists mortgage holders get the best mortgage possible.

She leads by example with passion and conviction and is an industry expert on TV and on the radio with Global, CKNW and the Globe and Mail. Every Saturday, long-time host Angela Calla can be heard on ‘The Mortgage Show’, a highly-successful home financing program on CKNW.

She is a best-selling author on Amazon with her book “The Mortgage Code”. Last year, proceeds from her book sales were donated to help finance the Eagle Ridge Hospital Emergency Room expansion. This year, proceeds will go to Access Youth Outreach Services, a local charity that supports our youth.

Angela Calla is known in the community as a magazine contributor, a speaker and author and recently collaborated with a group of women on her second book called Dynamic Women® Success Secrets.

She has managed to continue to run and grow her business while also balancing the role of being a loving wife to her husband and a mother to her 2 small children and actively contributing and giving back to the community. She was recently awarded with the 2019 PoCo Best Biz Awards Entrepreneur of the Year award held by the City of Port Coquitlam.