Northside Industries Named Central Okanagan’s Business of the Year


Kelowna: More than 450 business and community leaders were on hand as Northside Industries was named the 2022 Business of the Year at the 35th Annual Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards Wednesday.   In operation since 1967, Northside Industries prevailed over BDO and Valley First Credit Union who were the other finalists in the Large Business of the Year category. 


“I am very excited for not only what our team has done over the last couple of years but what the future looks like for our organization,” says Northside President Mark Burleigh.


Other award winners included Modern PURAIR and Strut Footwear & Apparel which won the Mid-Size and Small Business of the Year Awards respectively while the First Nations Finance Authority was recognized as Indigenous Business of the Year.  (A complete list of award recipients is provided below.)


Kelowna’s new mayor, Tom Dyas, helped open the celebration, saying “the City applauds all of you who make our community stronger and I particularly want to congratulate the 2022 Business Leader of the Year: the impactful Brea Lake.”


Chamber Board President Pamela Pearson was thrilled with the turnout, “We particularly want to thank all our sponsors, especially Interior Savings and Petraroia Langford LLP who were presenting sponsors of the Awards Program.”


Ted Schisler, COO of presenting sponsor Interior Savings added, “All the finalists embraced the challenges of the past couple of years, displaying unparalleled passion and resiliency.”  Meanwhile Aaron Dow, Partner, presenting sponsor Petraroia Langford LLP was enthusiastic about the program, “We were impressed by how focused everyone was throughout the evening and delighted to be a part of this remarkable annual event.”


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Rising Star Business of the Year

Fortune Creek

Sponsored by Argus Properties


Arts and Entertainment Excellence

Sncəwips Heritage Museum

Sponsored by Hergott Law


Indigenous Business of the Year

First Nations Finance Authority

Sponsored by Pushor Mitchell LLP


Social Leadership

Haven Sleep Products Limited

Sponsored by Rogers


Ethics in Business

Okanagan Restoration Services Ltd

Sponsored by Better Business Bureau


Technology Innovator of the Year

Innovative Aerospace Services Ltd.

Sponsored by UBC Okanagan


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Harmony Mir - Harmony Chiropractic Clinic Sponsored by Futurpreneur Canada


Inclusive Workplace

Tranq Sleep Care

Sponsored by Acres Enterprises


Excellence in Tourism

Oyama Zipline Adventure Park

Sponsored by Tourism Kelowna


Excellence in Agriculture

AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.

Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance


Environmental Impact

Meadow Vista Honey Wines

Sponsored by PARC Retirement Living


Small Business of the Year

Strut Footwear & Apparel

Sponsored by Prospera Credit Union


Mid-Size Business of the Year


Sponsored by Canadian Western Bank


Large Business of the Year

Northside Industries Inc.

Sponsored by Grant Thornton


Marketing Campaign of the Year

Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation 

Sponsored by Untold Branding


Not for Profit Excellence

Mamas for Mamas

Sponsored by Kelowna International Airport & Edmonton International Airport


Business Leader of the Year

Brea Lake, CEO, Accelerate Okanagan

Sponsored by MNP