Victoria entrepreneur Keith Dagg earns Lifetime Achievement Award

A man known for putting on big events and getting things done in the community will be honoured at another big event later this spring as the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce presents Keith Dagg with a lifetime achievement award.

The award will be handed out at the chamber’s annual awards gala April 23 at the Fairmont Empress hotel. It recognizes the 76 year-old Dagg’s unfailing energy and effort on behalf of his own businesses and the city as a whole.

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“Keith Dagg represents true entrepreneurial spirit and generosity in our community,” said John Espley, chairman of the chamber’s board of governors, which selects the lifetime achievement award. “We are pleased to recognize his achievements at an event that showcases local business leadership success stories.”

Dagg has been a tireless promoter of Victoria and made a name for himself as a volunteer quick to lend his name and support to myriad causes. Though he may be older, he hasn’t lost his drive for bringing large-scale events to the city and rallying troops to make them a success.

Dagg co-chaired the highly successful 2005 World Men’s Curling Championships and is doing it again this year as the world’s will be at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre from March 30 to April 7.

He has also offered his time and talents to the Time Colonist Island Open Golf Tournament, the Highlanders Soccer team and sits as director on six local boards of directors.

“Keith is such an amazing guy around town and he’s done so much. The amount of volunteer work he’s done and the impact that has on the community is staggering,” said Bruce Carter, chamber CEO.

Dagg, who moved to Victoria in 1962, partnered with Clare Copeland to build CFAX 1070 into a media staple, which was sold in 1977 to Mel Cooper.

Dagg again partnered with Copeland and Pam Middleton in 1980 to form Copeland Communications, a company he sold to his son Steven a few years ago, and has since closed its doors.

Dagg retired from Copeland in 2009, but has continued with a consulting business that remains active today. “I have lived in Victoria for 51 years and winning this award is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me in my business life,” said Dagg. “I am so happy to share this wonderful news with my family.”

The chamber also released 26 finalists, narrowed down from more than 150 nominations, for the 13 awards that will be handed out at its gala.

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