Zak Upton of Oceanside Electric is our U40 Entrepreneur award winner. Zak was born and raised on Gabriola Island. He moved to the mainland at 18 for a 5-year apprenticeship before returning home to bring professional electrical services to Gabriola with Oceanside Electric. “It’s been great,” he says. “Thank you to the whole community for all the support.”

⚡️Oceanside Electric offers electrical contracting for Gabriola and Nanaimo with custom homes, renovations and service. Email, call, or message to book: or 604-790-5248 or DM @OceansideElectric

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Excellent service” – Keith U.

Nominations also mentioned Zak’s “leadership at a young age”, “exceptional entrepreneurial skills,” “innovation and business acumen,” “responsiveness,” and “helpful advice.”


💐Thank you to 2022’s winner,, for gifting our next winner one of her dried flower and eucalyptus bouquets!

Congratulations, Zak, and thank you, community, for encouraging and supporting entrepreneurial spirit on Gabriola!