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Mar 31, 2022

CENTRAL OKANAGAN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 

CENTRAL OKANAGAN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Winners Announced at March Gala

 

Kelowna Chamber Board President Pamela Pearson celebrated the Chamber’s 16 Business Excellence Awards for 2021 Wednesday night at a long-awaited gala. “It was a great evening – a great opportunity to celebrate the resilience of area businesses.” said Pearson.

The Large Business of the Year, which always attracts a lot of attention, went to ACE Plumbing and Heating; the company founded in 1979 by Ray Walters. Forty years later his son Brian, with wife Corallee, carry on the tradition of quality products, exceptional service, and fair pricing.  Tranq Sleep Care and Modern PURAIR took the Mid-Size and Small Business of the Year honours respectively while Young Entrepreneur of the Year went to Courtney Koga of CrAsian Foods Corp.

New 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.  Owner Greg Hopf used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to reinforce how important the work is which his company does in building bridges through economic reconciliation. It was a message that was well received by the almost 400 that gathered for the event.

“We were pleased to be able to work with all our sponsors to finally stage this in-person event,” said Dan Rogers, Executive Director of the Chamber .  “We were also delighted to pay tribute to Marion Bremner who officially received the hardware recognizing her as the 2021 Business Leader of the Year.”

“It was a night to remember,” said Ted Schisler of co-presenting sponsor Interior Savings Credit Union. “All the finalists embraced the challenges of the past two years with unparalleled resiliency.”  Aaron Dow of co-presenting sponsor Farris LLP echoed the sentiment as he saluted all the businesses in attendance.  The 2022 Business Excellence Awards cycle will begin in a few months with the Gala set for early November.

 

For more information:

Dan Rogers, Executive Director – dan@kelownachamber.org

 

BACKGROUND

WINNERS – BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2021

Rising Star Business of the Year Award: HUB Office Furniture Inc.

Sponsor: Argus Properties Ltd.

Arts & Entertainment Achievement Award: Festivals Kelowna

Sponsor: Hergott Law

Social Leadership CrAsian Foods Corp.

Sponsor: Rogers for Business

Ethics in Business Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Sponsor: BBB

Inclusive Workplace: TKI Construction

Sponsor: RBC

Environmental Impact: Ecora

Sponsor: Parc Retirement Living

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Courtney Koga, CrAsian Foods Corp.

Sponsor: Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Not-For-Profit Excellence:  Habitat for Humanity Okanagan

Sponsor: Boyd Autobody & Glass

Excellence in Agriculture: FloraMaxx Technologies

Sponsor: TD Benefits/Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

Excellence in Tourism:  O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars

Sponsors: EIA – Edmonton International Airport & YLW – Kelowna International Airport

Technology Innovator of the Year:  Acres Enterprises Ltd.

Sponsor: University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus

Indigenous Business of the Year:  Moccasin Trails

Sponsor: Pushor Mitchell LLP Lawyers

Small Business of the Year:  Modern PURAIR

Sponsor: Prospera Credit Union

Mid-Size Business of the Year: Tranq Sleep Care

Sponsor: CWB Canadian Western Bank

Large Business of the Year: ACE Plumbing & Heating

Sponsor: Grant Thornton

Business Leader of the Year:  Marion Bremner

Sponsor: MNP

 

For more information and to obtain photos from the event, please contact:

Lauren Martell, Manager, Member Services  lauren@kelownachamber.org   250-469-7352

A full list of 2021 finalists, finalist videos, past winners and sponsors may be found here: https://www.kelownachamber.org/events-programs/business-excellence-awards/