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Welcome to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

The Kelowna Chamber is an Accredited Chamber of Commerce with Distinction. This means that we are a chamber that is run in a strategic and professional way and that our operations reflect national standards of business excellence. We work to ensure the Okanagan region will become the most economically prosperous region - and the most desirable place to live and work - in Canada. As the area's leading membership driven business organization, we are committed to providing value to our members.  


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  • And the Award goes to...
    Oct 20, 2016

    Walking through the door the finalists were greeted with a red carpet and smiling Chamber faces. They were then offered an opportunity to get their portraits taken, complimentary. Making their way to the reception, a blue-lit ice sculputure of the crystal award they were all hoping to go home with, shone bright. The 4-foot tall statue, a glistening reminder of the sacrifice and hard work it took them to be considered a finalist, an honour in itself... As bright as it was, moments later it was outshone by a fury of fueled flames surrounding two talented firedancers. Cosmic Co Motion entertained the crowd for the remainder of the reception. 

    This was the scene at the 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards.

    Nearly 400 guests attended the ceremony and dinner, emceed by the lovely and talented Tamara Joel. The evening was photographed by Mr. Alex Hill, a dedicated professional who did a splendid job capturing the evening. 

    The awards recipients, in order:

    1. RISING STAR AWARD: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery

    Sponsored by: Urban Systems

    2. SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (4-15 employees): Highstreet Ventures Inc.

    Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union

    3. MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees): Diversified Rehabilitation Group

    Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP


    Sponsored by: Interior Savings

    5. YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD:  Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design Inc.

    Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport

    6. SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.

    Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board

    7. DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards

    Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna

    8. MARKETER AWARD: Csek Creative.

    Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP


    Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan

    10. LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees): Sun-Rype Products

    Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP


    Sponsored by: MNP LLP 

    Thank you to all who attended -  and a special thank you to Dan Albas, for an incredible job of tweeting!  See Alex's photos here!  See our amature photos of the reception here. 

    See you at the 30th!




  • 2016 Business Leader Announced
    Oct 07, 2016
    The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced today that Tony Stewart has been named 2016 Business Leader. The award recognizes and celebrates Tony for his outstanding contribution to the business community in the Central Okanagan. 

    Tony Stewart grew up in the Okanagan fruit industry but has made a career in the Okanagan wine industry for the last 25 years. He has been CEO of the Stewart Family's winery, Quails' Gate, since 2005 where he has focused his efforts on the development of Quails' Gate as one of Canada's top wine brands and a leader in the Okanagan culinary scene. 

    "Our goal at Quails' Gate is to be one of Canada's foremost estate wine properties. We are committed to ensuring excellence in the experience at the winery, our restaurant and through our wines. We feel very privileged to be considered one of the world's top 20 winery culinary destinations and truly appreciate our dedicated team members that make the experience at the winery so special. Our family is honoured to be leaders in the wine industry and are committed to helping establish the Okanagan Valley as North America's leading wine and culinary region" 

    In industry, Tony is the current Chairman of the Canadian Vintners Association which represents the interests of wineries across the country; a Director of the Beverage Alcohol Containers Management Council of BC; and a past chair of the BC Wine Institute. This year, Tony was honoured by the BC Wine Industry with the Award of Distinction for outstanding contributions to the industry. 

    Tony has also been very active in the community serving a variety of organizations. He is currently serving as a Director of Tourism Kelowna and the Kelowna Airport Advisory Board. He has also served as a Past Director and Past President of the Central Okanagan Foundation as well as a Director of the Canada West Foundation based in Calgary. 

    Tony Stewart will receive his award at this year's ceremony at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort on Thursday, October 13th. The awards mark the Kelowna Chamber's 29th annual Business Excellence Awards, one of many events they are hosting this Small Business Month. 
  • Top 40 Program Grows Up...
    Sep 22, 2016
    Yesterday was the launch of our third-edition of the Top 40 Program presented by BDO, however new this year -  the program will feature Over 40s! That's right, for all of you amazing people that didn't qualify for the Top 40 Under 40 program - this one's for you! Nominate an amazing individual today! 

    Last weekend, our Executive Vice President attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina and voted on many successful resolutions to help benefit business conditions. Both BC-made policies were passed, and each were aimed at boosting Canada's access to major economies. We're calling on government to lower taxes and fees and improve air access in order to make the domestic airline industry more competitive in the global arena; and to advance two international agreements that are pivotal to growing BC's economy. The Canadian Chamber will take those policies forward and be our voice in parliament.

    We also attended three ribbon cuttings this past week at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness in Spall Plaza; Hazmasters in McCurdy Plaza; and the new Trades Complex at OC. Join us at the grand opening of Houle Electric's new location on Lougheed Road on September 29th from 1-5pm - we will cut the ribbon at 3pm! 

    Next Thurdsay is also when we see off our thirty-six Iceland travellers for their eight-day adventure. Stay tuned for photos!
  • 2016 Finalists Announced - Business Excellence Awards
    Sep 13, 2016
    The judges have narrowed down the sixty-two semi-finalists -  and determined that thirty finalists will be honoured at this year's Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP.  

    The annual gala, in its 29th year and emceed by Kelowna's own Andy & TJ, will be held on October 13th at the Delta Grand Okanagan. This year's theme is Fire & Ice, and the community is invited to attend and support these businesses that have gone through the demanding eight-month process.  One business or individual in each of the ten categories will receive the prestigious crystal award, in addition to the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
    The Business Excellence Finalists for 2016:

    BNA Eatery & Brewery
    Intraline Canada Inc.
    Stikshen Inc.
    Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
    SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)
    Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
    Highstreet Ventures
    i-sight Optometry
    Touchstone Law Group LLP
    Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
    MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)
    Associated Property Management
    Diversified Rehabilitation Group
    Venture Academy
    Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP

    Two Hat/Community Sift 
    Mamas for Mamas
    Urban Matters CCC
    Sponsored by:  Interior Savings Credit Union

    Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design 
    William Walczak, Hiilite
    Ariele Parker, martketer inc.

    Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport

    Ogo Car Share 
    Evergreen Building Maintenance
    Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board

    Gray Monk Estate Winery
    Let's Go Transportation
    The Harvest Golf Club
    Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna

    Csek Creative + Pulse
    Fortune Marketing Inc.
    Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
    AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)
    Cape Communications
    Lighthouse Chiropractic
    Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
    LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)
    Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.
    Northside Industries
    Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
    Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
    Tony Stewart, Quail's Gate Winery
    Sponsored by MNP LLP 
    Ticket Prices: $125 plus GST.  Discounts available on table purchases. All ticket sales will close at 4 pm Oct. 7.  Click here to reserve your seats for this popular event!