Well it is that time of year again and we are thrilled to be accepting nominations for the 2022 Business Excellence Awards! With 16 award categories and the Judges Choice for Business Leader of the Year the Awards Gala is a popular way to celebrate businesses in the community.

Joe King and Jessica Samuels, owners of Hub Office Furniture Inc. state: "Our favorite part about doing business in the Okanagan are the people. We've got some amazing clients who really understand what supporting local means: which is supporting the people who work and live in your community. We were honoured to be nominated for the Rising Star Business of the Year award and included in this community of businesses who are all in the same position of working hard and trying to build community. It was very exciting to be recognized."

New in 2021 and up for grabs this year was the Indigenous Business of the Year Award, with the award going to Moccasin Trails, who share their Indigenous culture through the experience of culture, food, ceremonies, and history.

The 2021 winner of Technology Innovator of the Year, Acres Enterprises owner and president Jason Paige commented: “While Acres has been active as a contractor in the Okanagan for two decades, we officially opened a Kelowna office last June. We’re pleased to now not only work in the region, but also be a part of the vibrant community that is continuously growing. The Okanagan is a great place for opportunity, and it’s also a great place to live and play.".

Nominate your favorite businesses NOW!

The 2022 Business Excellence Awards Gala is set for November.


Past Recipients

2021

business excellence awards kelowna

  • Rising Star Business of the Year Award: HUB Office Furniture Inc.
  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Festivals Kelowna
  • Social Leadership CrAsian Foods Corp.
  • Ethics in Business Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
  • Inclusive Workplace: TKI Construction
  • Environmental Impact: Ecora
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Courtney Koga, CrAsian Foods Corp.
  • Not-For-Profit Excellence:  Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
  • Excellence in Agriculture: FloraMaxx Technologies
  • Excellence in Tourism:  O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars
  • Technology Innovator of the Year:  Acres Enterprises Ltd.
  • Indigenous Business of the Year:  Moccasin Trails
  • Small Business of the Year:  Modern PURAIR
  • Mid-Size Business of the Year: Tranq Sleep Care
  • Large Business of the Year: ACE Plumbing & Heating
  • Business Leader of the Year:  Marion Bremner

2020

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Kelowna Pride Society 
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: Okanagan Bucketlist 
  • Social Leadership Award: Secure-Rite Mobile Storage 
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Shambhu’s Spice House Cuisine of India 
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Brandon Panopoulos - TKI Construction Ltd. 
  • Not-for-Profit Excellence Award: The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society 
  • Excellence in Tourism: Big White Ski Resort Ltd. 
  • Ethics in Business: Inspire Property Management Ltd. 
  • Small Business of the Year: portia-ella
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Secure-Rite Mobile Storage 
  • Large Business of the Year: Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Inclusive Workplace Award: Hampton Pools & Landscape
  • Technology Innovator of the Year: Hybrid Elevators 
  • Business Leader of the Year: Laurel Douglas, CEO of SIDIT—the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust

Video Profiles of Finalists

2019

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Kelowna Museums Society
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: Predator Ridge
  • Social Leadership Award: Boyd Autobody & Glass
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Cannary Packaging
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Tyler Robson of Valens GroWorks Corp. 
  • Not-for-Profit Excellence Award: Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
  • Excellence in Tourism: Kelowna Concierge
  • Micro Business of the Year: Serviss Wealth Management
  • Small Business of the Year: The Peacock Sheridan Group
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Hergott Law
  • Large Business of the Year: Valens GroWorks Corp. 
  • Technology Innovator of the Year: Agents of Discovery
  • Business Leader of the Year: Jeff Stibbard - JDS Group

Video Profiles of Finalists

2018

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: New Vintage Theatre Company
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: SK Form & Finish Inc.
  • Social Leadership Award: Refresh Financial
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Start Fresh Kitchen
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Chris & Addie Pafiolis/Sweetlegs Clothing Inc. 
  • Not-for-Profit Excellence Award: Kelowna Community Resources
  • Small Business of the Year: Faction Projects Inc.
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Large Business of the Year: Strategic Aviation Services Ltd.
  • Technology Innovator of the Year: Vitalis Extraction Technology
  • Business Leader of the Year: Dale Wentworth - Wentworth Music

Video Profiles of Finalists

2017

  • Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year: CREW Marketing Partners
  • Excellence in Agriculture: BC Tree Fruits Cooperative
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: Current Taxi
  • Young Entrepreneur Award: Andrew Gaucher - GGroup & Catalyst Land Development
  • Social Impact Award: Volinspire
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Elevator Inc.
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: Newcap Radio
  • Large Business of the Year: Northside Industries
  • Business Leader of the Year: Lane Merrifield - Wheelhouse Ventures

Video Profiles of Finalists

 

2016

  • Business Leader of the Year: Tony Stewart of Quails' Gate Okanagan
  • Social Entrepreneur Award: Two Hat Security
  • Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards
  • Small Business of the Year: (1-10 employees) Highstreet Ventures Inc.
  • Rising Star Business of the Year: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery
  • Marketer of the Year: Csek Creative
  • Mid-size Business of the Year: (11-50 employees) Diversified Rehabilitation Group
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Rachel Clarida of Hatch Interior Design Inc.
  • Technology/Innovation Award: WTFast
  • Large Business of the Year: (51+ employees) Sun-Rype Products
  • Sustainability Award: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.

Video Profiles of Finalists