Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hands out hardware at annual biz excellence awards

Best businesses honoured

A company that was incorporated in 1967 was the big winner last week during the 35th annual Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards.

Northside Industries topped BDO and Valley First Credit Union in the Large Business of the Year category at the gala, which was held at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in front of a crowd of more than 450.

“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,” Northside President Mark Burleigh said.

Modern PURAIR captured the Mid-size Business of the Year honour, while Strut Footwear & Apparel won the Small Business of the Year award.

Fortune Creek was named the Rising Star Business of the Year, while First Nations Finance Authority took home the Indigenous Business of the Year award.

“All the finalists embraced the challenges of the past couple of years, displaying unparalleled passion and resiliency,” presenting sponsor Petraroia Langford LLP partner Aaron Dow said. “We were impressed by how focused everyone was throughout the evening and delighted to be a part of this remarkable annual event.”

The winners are:

Rising Star Business of the Year
Fortune Creek
Sponsored by Argus Properties

Arts and Entertainment Excellence
Snc?wips 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

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