Kelowna Chamber 2023 Business Excellence Award Winners Announced


Kelowna: Four hundred business and community leaders were on hand as Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing was named the 2023 Large Business of the Year at the 36th Annual Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards Friday.   In operation since 2009, Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) grew out of its founding company Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) established in 1979.

“On behalf of our whole team I am delighted to accept this award,” said AEM General Manager Taylor Wylie.


Other award winners included Secure-Rite Mobile Storage and Potentia HR which won the Mid-Size and Small Business of the Year Awards respectively while SncƏwips Heritage Museum was recognized as Indigenous Business of the Year.  (A complete list of award recipients is provided below.)


Kelowna’s mayor, Tom Dyas helped open the celebration, saying “the City applauds all of you who make our community such a great place to live and work and I particularly want to congratulate the 2023 Business Leader of the Year: our own Sam Samaddar of YLW.”


Chamber Board Chair Dan Price was on hand to take part in the celebrations and thanked everyone for attending, particularly the event’s many sponsors, and Interior Savings and Lawson Lundell LLP as presenting sponsors of the awards program.


Ted Schisler, COO of presenting sponsor Interior Savings provided his take on the event: “As the challenges in our operating environments continue to evolve, it’s no small feat to continue to achieve success in running a business.” Meanwhile Samantha Ferguson, Associate at presenting sponsor Lawson Lundell LLP was warm in offering her congratulations to all the finalists and the winners.







  1. People’s Choice Business of the Year

Kelowna Pet Resort

Sponsored by Untold Branding


  1. Excellence in Business Ethics

Manchester Signs, Printing & Graphics

Sponsored by Better Business Bureau


  1. Not-for-Profit Excellence

CMHA Kelowna and District

Sponsored by Kelowna International Airport & Edmonton International Airport


  1. Arts and Entertainment Achievement

Rotary Centre for the Arts

Sponsored by Hergott Law


  1. Excellence in Tourism

Splash BC Water Parks

Sponsored by Tourism Kelowna


  1. Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Ashton Olsen (E-Kruise/E-kruise solutions Ltd.)

Sponsored by Potentia HR


  1. Rising Star Business of the Year


Sponsored by Argus Properties


  1. Excellence in Environmental Impact

FILL – Kelowna’s Refill Store

Sponsored by Okanagan School of Business


  1. Excellence in Agriculture

There & Back Again Farms

Sponsored by TD Benefits


  1. Excellence in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

Sponsored by Coast Capital


  1. Small Business of the Year

Potentia HR

Sponsored by Prospera Credit Union


  1. Mid Size Business of the Year

Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Sponsored by Canadian Western Bank


  1. Technology Innovator of the Year

AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.

Sponsored by UBC Okanagan


  1. Excellence in Community Impact

BrainTrust Canada

Sponsored by Rogers Business


  1. Indigenous Business of the Year

SncƏwips Heritage Museum

Sponsored by Pushor Mitchell LLP


  1. Large Business of the Year

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing

Sponsored by Grant Thornton


  1. Business Leader of the Year

Sam Samaddar, CEO, YLW

Sponsored by MNP

Photo Below: Sam Samaddar accepts Business Person of the Year 2023



Photo Below - Taylor Wylie GM AEM Corp accepts Large Business of the Year 2023