Watch Now 30th Annual Commercial Building Awards Winners Presentation

2021 Judges


Ken Featherby is a property manager and leasing agent with NAI Commercial. His real estate portfolio consists of over 25 commercial, industrial and retail properties in the greater Victoria area. His understanding of owners’ and tenants’ requirements helps him to successfully negotiate leases and renewals that benefit all parties involved. He brings a wide array of personnel to ensure the job is done in a timely and efficient manner. Ken served as chair on the Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Executive Council.


Chris Rust is the Senior Vice President of the Investment Properties Group at CBRE Limited and played an integral part in bringing CBRE to Vancouver Island. He is an industry recognized, local and national award-winning producer, ranking in the Top 3 in small markets in Canada since 2015. He has been involved in sales over $1 billion in the last 5 years. Chris continually ranks as one of the market leaders of multi-family and commercial investment grade properties in Greater Victoria. Chris has been involved in numerous multi-family residential developments and has leased and transacted properties all over Vancouver Island including, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria. With his focus on investment sales, Chris has become a local industry leader and has continuously been a valuable advisor to his loyal clients. Chris’ goal is to continue to provide excellent commercial real estate services and further CBRE’s market share on Vancouver Island.


Bev Highton served as a Director at the Victoria Real Estate Board in 1977 and became the President in 1978. He has served in different capacities on the British Columbia Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Corporation. Bev specializes in development and construction of residential and commercial projects i.e. subdivisions, townhouses, condominiums, apartment blocks, shopping centres, office buildings, warehousing, continuous involvement in sales and leasing and property management. Bev is the owner of NAI Commercial Victoria.


Starting her career in 2001 in downtown Vancouver as a real estate broker for Royal LePage Commercial, Anne has been a true business leader and leading commercial real estate professional in Western Canada. With over 20 years of award-winning achievements in corporate leadership, commercial real estate sales and leasing, Anne established her skills in Vancouver, a fast paced, competitive marketplace. In 2008, Anne returned to her hometown Victoria, B.C., to open the Victoria & Vancouver Island office for Cushman & Wakefield.  In 2019, Anne joined Royal LePage Commercial as the Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing and Sales for Victoria and Vancouver Island. Anne excels at building robust relationships with national landlord’s and tenant’s as well as institutional user’s such as the Province of BC and local entrepreneurs.  These relationships have led Anne to complete a majority of the largest sale and lease transactions in Victoria and Vancouver Island.

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Historically speaking

The Commercial Building Awards were started in 1991 by a group of REALTORS® who were concerned that commercial development within the Greater Victoria area was not receiving the recognition it deserved.

The Commercial Building Awards competition is recognized among architects, builders and developers and the real estate community as a prestigious event dedicated to the advancement of excellence in construction and design. Because of its success, the Victoria Commercial Building Awards program is now being emulated by various real estate boards throughout BC and across Canada.

The Commercial Division of the Victoria Real Estate Board is dedicated to advancement in quality developments and to encouraging a better environment within our community and is proud to sponsor this annual competition.