October 17, 2016 - 11:07 AM
Thirty finalists were honoured at the 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on Thursday evening at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.
Ten recipients, along with the 2016 Business Leader, were presented with awards among a crowd of almost 400 supporters.
The Business Excellence Award Recipients for 2016:
RISING STAR AWARD: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery
Sponsored by: Urban Systems
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (4-15 employees): Highstreet Ventures Inc.
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees): Diversified Rehabilitation Group
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
SOCIAL ENTERPRENEURSHIP AWARD: Two Hat
Sponsored by: Interior Savings
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design Inc.
Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
MARKETER AWARD: Csek Creative.
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD: WTFast
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees): Sun-Rype Products
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: Tony Stewart
Sponsored by: MNP LLP
Speeches by recipients were educational, heartfelt and meaningful and nominees everywhere were seen congratulating each other. From Two Hat: they've already eliminated over one million instances of online bullying, genocide, hate and rape from youth interactions on the Internet.
Tony Stewart, 2016 Business leader urged us to continue to invest in the Kelowna airport, and encourages the business community to support Sustainable development, long-term thinking and civic responsibility.
This year's Award Ceremony was a great reflection of the passion, entrepreneurial & community spirit of our region.
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