The best of Prince George’s business community were feted Saturday night at the 32 annual Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards at the Playhouse
This year’s theme featured a new format for the annual event. The chamber “ditched the dinner” for a red carpet-style event, starting with a cocktail hour including appetizers and drinks, theatre seating, and entertainment by Judy Russell Presents. Returning Emcee Kyle Sampson was joined by Sandra Clermont, playing on Kyle’s last-minute role of Emcee in 2016 and providing ample entertainment as he endeavoured to chase an acting career.
Ten awards were handed out in categories ranging from the prestigious Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year awards to the ever popular Service Excellence and Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Voting for the Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador Award occurred publicly on Facebook from October 18-21; this award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated community pride and a commitment to making Prince George a positive place to live and work.
Tim Bennett, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George was named this year’s Business Person of the Year. “It’s an incredible honour,” said Bennett. “I’m truly speechless.”
Northland Auto Group hosted the official After Party, where guests celebrated the success of all winners and finalists.
This year, over 215 people attended the event.
And the winners are:
Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Waste Management of Canada Corp.
Play Grounds Café
Business Person of the Year Award
Sponsored by: BDC
Tim Bennett (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George)
Innovator of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Heather Sadler Jenkins
Prince George Diaper Service
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sponsored by: KPMG
Eoin Foley (Betulla Burning & Nancy O’s)
Outstanding Corporate Culture
Sponsored by: Canadian Western Bank
Tourism and Hospitality
Sponsored by: Tourism Prince George
Micro Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Telus
Service Excellence Award
Sponsored by: Pine Centre Mall
MP Makeup Artistry
Community Impact Award
Sponsored by: Prince George Airport Authority
Prince George Public Library
Environmental Awareness Award
Sponsored by: EDI Environmental Dynamics Ltd.
Play Grounds Café
Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador Award
Sponsored by: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation
The Little Dillers