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Oct 14, 2020

Virtual Celebration of Chamber Finalists - Kelowna Chamber 2020 Business Excellence Awards

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October 14, 2020

 

Virtual Celebration of Chamber Finalists

Kelowna Chamber 2020 Business Excellence Awards

 

Kelowna:  The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced 32 finalists in thirteen categories at a virtual celebration of business excellence today in the run-up to its 33rd Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on November 26.

“Our independent Chamber judging panel reviewed all completed applications from the 146 nominations we received since mid-summer,” said Chamber President Jeffrey Robinson.  “This final list represents the best of the best who will vie for the hardware at our virtual gala November 26. All the finalists are outstanding, and we are inviting our thousand-strong Chamber membership to tune in and follow the action. Even though the usual gala excitement will be on a different plane, the excellence of the companies and individuals remain outstanding.”

This year, judges will combine in-person visits with virtual reviews of all finalists’ places of business. Video profiles of each finalist at work will be compiled for online viewing prior to November 26.  Winners will be revealed throughout the Resiliency-themed event.   

“Business success in 2020 requires excellence in all areas of operation, and we have seen this drive some remarkable stories of resiliency this year. We are fortunate that Kelowna continues to attract national and international companies, while home-grown businesses accelerate their expansion into new markets. The Chamber is proud to help grow the people who power Kelowna, and we celebrate their prowess in providing products and services of value right here in our hometown.” 

The Business Leader of the Year is selected by an independent committee and will be named in early November. Co-presenting sponsors in 2020 are Farris LLP and Interior Savings Credit Union.  

Awards are open to companies, organizations and not-for-profit groups which operate within the Central Okanagan.  

For more information, visit: kelownachamber.org/bea. #KelownaBizEx2020

BACKGROUND – ALL FINALISTS

 

Rising Star Business of the Year – less than three years in business

  • TasteAdvisor
  • You Are Collective
  • Shambhu’s Spice House Cuisine of India

Sponsor: GreenStep Solutions

 

Small Business of the Year – 1-15 employees

  • Portia-Ella
  • Twirling Umbrellas
  • DEW IT Solutions

Sponsor: Prospera Credit Union

 

Midsize Business of the Year - 16-50 employees

  • Kelowna Hyundai
  • Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
  • TKI Construction Ltd.

Sponsor: BDO LLP

 

Large Business of the Year – 51+employees

  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Current Taxi Ltd.
  • Highstreet Ventures Inc.

Sponsor: Grant Thornton LLP

 

Not for Profit Excellence Award

  • The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society
  • Childhood Connections
  • BC SPCA

Sponsor: Impact Tomorrow Foundation

 

Social Leadership Award - for profit

  • Kelowna Hyundai
  • BalAnce Well-Being Centre Inc.
  • Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Sponsor: Rogers for Business

 

Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel
  • Okanagan Bucketlist

Sponsor: Pushor Mitchell LLP

 

Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award

  • Kelowna Pride Society
  • Studio9 Independent School of Arts Society

Sponsor: Hergott Law

 

Technology Innovator of the Year

  • Hybrid Elevators
  • The Valens Company
  • Perfit Dental Solutions Inc.

Sponsor: The University of British Columbia Okanagan

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jaclyn Robertson from Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel
  • Julie Michaud from Portia-Ella
  • Brandon Panopoulos from TKI Construction Ltd.

Sponsor: TD Benefits Solutions

 

Ethics in Business

  • Inspire Property Management Ltd.
  • Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
  • TKI Construction Ltd.

Sponsor: Better Business Bureau

 

Inclusive Workplace Award

  • Hampton Pools & Landscape
  • Mario’s Towing Ltd.
  • Kelowna Pride Society

Sponsor: Crowe Mackay LLP Diamond Sponsor

                                 

Excellence in Tourism

  • Paynter’s Fruit Market Ltd.
  • Big White Ski Resort Ltd.
  • Myra Canyon Ranch

Sponsor: YLW & EIA International Airports

 

Business Leader of the Year Award

Sponsor: MNP LLP

The Award winner is chosen by the Independent Judging Committee and will be announced at the beginning of November.

 

Other Business Excellence Sponsors in 2020 include:

  • Farris LLP and Interior Savings Credit Union – Co-presenting sponsors
  • Crowe Mackay LLP – Diamond Sponsor
  • TELUS – Platinum Sponsor
  • Fortis – Platinum Sponsor
  • PARC – Pacific Arbour Retirement – Platinum Sponsor
  • TD Bank Group – Premier Sponsor
  • Bell Media – Media Sponsor
  • KelownaNow – Media Sponsor

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dan Rogers, Executive Director, Kelowna Chamber

dan@kelownachamber.org