34th Annual Business Excellence Awards

The Kelowna Chamber salutes all Kelowna-area businesses and how they have rolled with the many punches thrown at them during 2021. While we all had planned to be through the pandemic by this point in the year, we're not quite there yet. That said, we're still seeing terrific business stories in our community: leaders, entrepreneurship, new ideas, innovation across many organizations and industries. Our 2021 Business Excellence Awards will celebrate those accomplishments. We have sixteen awards to give out this year, including Business Leader of the Year. The awards will be given out in February 2022 at our Business Excellence Awards Gala.

Our theme is "Rockin' Resilience" - and awards in 2021 will celebrate in particular those businesses which embody those traits: the ability to keep going, keep staff and customers engaged, keep the lights on, keep moving forward. GALA TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

In light of recognizing excellence and resilience, we're honoured to be once again be joining our co-presenting sponsors Farris LLP and Interior Savings Credit Union to celebrate the exceptional business and community leaders within our community. As well, numerous other sponsoring organizations throughout the local business community have said "yes" to making this year's Awards possible. Thank you, all.

Since 1987, our Business Excellence Awards have presented nearly 275 awards to businesses and community leaders in Kelowna and the surrounding area. This program offers award recipients, finalists, and all nominees well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments as well as valuable publicity for their organization and Kelowna’s burgeoning reputation as a centre of excellence.

We were nominated for Small Business of the Year. We were introduced to 300+ members of the Chamber at the awards ceremony and our presence was greatly elevated to the general public. The experience turned out to be a great promotional tool for us. 

Sean MacMillan | Orthoquest Pedorthics

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Shane Osborne: shane@kelownachamber.org
 


 

Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists:

Rising Star Business of the Year (less than 3 years)
  • Barn Owl Brewing
  • HUB Office Furniture Inc.
  • Vigilante Marketing
Small Business of the Year (1-15 employees)
  • Modern PURAIR
  • Potentia Human Resources Inc.
  • Sturt Footwear and Apparel
Mid-sized Business of the Year (16-50 employees)
  • Benson Law LLP
  • Coe & Company Electric Ltd.
  • Tranq Sleep Care
Large Business of the Year (51+ employees)
  • Ace Plumbing and Heating
  • Cintas Canada
  • Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Not-for-Profit Excellence Award
  • Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
  • Kelowna Gospel Mission
  • Meals on Wheels
Social Leadership Award (for-profit)
  • Crasian Food Truck
  • Hampton Pools and Landscape
  • Level Up Strategies
Excellence in Agriculture Award
  • FloraMaxx Technologies Ltd.
  • Spierhead Winery
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award
  • Festivals Kelowna
  • New Vintage Theatre
  • Uptown Rutland Business Association
Technology Innovator of the Year
  • Acres Enterprises Ltd.
  • FloraMaxx Technologies Ltd.
  • The Valens Company
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 40)
  • Courtney Koga - Crasian Food Truck
  • Harmony Nikakhlagh - Harmony Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic
  • Ashley Sali - Vista Academy
Ethics in Business Award
  • Miss Tulips Green Dry Cleaner
  • Secure Rite Mobile Storage 
  • TKI Construction Ltd. 
Inclusive Workplace Award
  • Inspire Property Management Ltd.
  • TKI Construction Ltd.
  • Tranq Sleep Care
Excellence in Tourism Award
  • O'Rourke's Peak Cellars
  • Oyama Zipline Adventure Park
  • Smile Cycle Tours
Indigenous Business of the Year Award
  • Moccasin Trails
  • Okanagan Select Salmon
  • Valley West Dental Centre
Environmental Impact Award
  • Ecora Resource Group
  • Miss Tulips Green Dry Cleaner
  • The Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites
     


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors:

 

 




Past Recipients

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