Business Excellence Awards

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2016 Business Excellence Awards

Panorama Mountain Resort hosts a room full of winners!

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October 20th, 2016:  The 18th Annual Columbia Valley Chamber Business Excellence Awards were hosted for the first time ever at Panorama Mountain Resort and as always it was a sold-out event! Congratulations to the 77 finalists and the 13 winners!  With the help of Inspire Floral Boutique the Panorama Mountain Resort team transformed the Great Hall into an elegant mountain chic banquet room. With over 190 guests the evening was an evening full of celebration and laughter. Starting with a wine tasting reception hosted by the College of the Rockies followed by a family style dinner prepared by Panorama’s culinary team and a variety of presentations before the awards and entertainment. College of the Rockies President David Walls shared the new vision and successes of the College including advising the audience that the CVCC advocacy for a 2-year fulltime hospitality program that will also address workforce shortages that tourism businesses experience in the busy seasons is currently being designed. Dee Conklin a member of the CVCC board and on the fund-raising committee for the CV Community Centre showed an inspiring video about the new centre scheduled to open in 2017. After the awards presentations Steve Paccagnan President and CEO of Panorama Mountain Resort generated several rounds of applause when he announced the January booking numbers for the resort and the crowd did not miss the economic impact of a sold out ski hill on the rest of the Valley’s economic outlook. The evening finished with the edgey comedic stylings of Lori Ferguson-Ford who filled the room with laughter.

But the reason we were all there was to celebrate business excellence in the Columbia Valley, handcrafted, unique pieces of art created by the Bavin Family were awarded to thirteen very deserving individuals. The selection committee didn’t have an easy task but they were able to select the following winners:

Recipient Award Sponsor
Maxwell Realty Invermere PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Community Futures East Kootenay
Bighorn Meadows Resort Tourism / Hospitality Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Black Forest Restaurant Food and Beverage Bighorn Meadows Resort
AG Valley Foods Retailer of the Year Rocky River Grill
Amped Up Electrical Service Trade Services Invermere Hardware and Building Supplies
Palliser Printing & Publishing Ltd. Small Business Excellence Fairmont Business Association
Fairmont Creek Property Rentals Business Excellence 10+ Green Andruschuk LLP
Christina Boucher Employee of the Year Fairmont Mountainside Vacation Villas
Hospice Society of The Columbia Valley Not For Profit Organization Columbia Valley Community Foundation
Leanne Tegart Young Entrepreneur College Of The Rockies
Michael Anderson Business Leader Ski Home Ltd.
Om Organics New Business of the Year Imagine Kootenay
Main Street Fun & Games Family Friendly Business Family Dynamix

“It was a great evening and the CVCC Board of Directors congratulates all the nominees, finalists and recipients and we look forward to another strong year of business growth and success due to the excellent products and services provided by businesses and their employees throughout the valley.” Stated Chamber President Peter Smith.bea-sponsors2

2015 Business Excellence Awards

October 22, 2015 – Columbia Valley, BC – The 17th Annual Columbia Valley Chamber Business Excellence Awards was another sold out event at Copper Point Resort. Congratulations to the 78 finalists and the 13 winners!  Thank you to our amazing sponsors for your generosity and commitment to excellence.

Back L-R Dave Hessel, Dianna Hessel, Stephen Seheult, Nancy Hetherington, Sidney Anne Porter, Keith Mose Front L-R Nic Veen, Trish Reed, Kaylene Earl, Lucille Shovar, Paige Ukass, Dee Connell, Greg Lapointe, Eric Lapointe, Al Miller (missing Invermere Medical Clinic)
Back L-R Dave Hessel, Dianna Hessel, Stephen Seheult, Nancy Hetherington, Sidney Anne Porter, Keith Mose
Front L-R Nic Veen, Trish Reed, Kaylene Earl, Lucille Shovar, Paige Ukass, Dee Connell, Greg Lapointe, Eric Lapointe, Al Miller (missing Invermere Medical Clinic)                                                                                                                           photo credit: Nicole Trigg, Columbia Valley Pioneer

Thank you to this year’s artist Leslie Rowe-Israelson. Leslie created 13 original pieces of art for the awards each award was a unique and one of a kind piece of of fused glass art.

2015 BEA Award
A Sense of Place ~ This award not only shows our emotional connection to nature and the beauty that surrounds us but also celebrates our willingness to stand together as one voice . This special bond speaks true for all the nominees as well as the recipients; binding them together in true collaborative spirit of community , and that through hard work,  new visions, a willingness to share, and co-operate, that excellence can be achieved.   Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards – ~ Leslie Rowe -Israelson – 2015 ~

And the winners are….

Award  Winners
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Qualifying organizations: Accounting, Law, Medicine, Alternative Health Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Surveying, Insurance, Financial, Real Estate. Criteria: professional organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large and considered to be an outstanding employer. Invermere Medical Clinic
FOOD AND BEVERAGE Qualifying organizations: Restaurants and Caterers. Criteria: organization providing exemplary service to their clientele and outstanding food, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel Haus
TOURISM / HOSPITALITY Qualifying organizations: Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, RV Parks /Campgrounds, Golf Courses, Recreational Facilities, Adventure Tourism Companies. Criteria: tourism based organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized for their marketing of the Columbia Valley in relationship to their product/service, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Lakeshore Resort & Campground
RETAILER OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All retail shops in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A retail organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. AG Valley Foods
TRADE SERVICES Qualifying organizations/individuals: Professional company / contractor and/or tradesperson. Criteria: Organization or individual providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, who takes pride in their work and has a reputation for being honest and ethical. Rainbow International Restoration
SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE  – (1 – 10 Employees) Qualifying organizations: All businesses with less than 10 Employees Criteria: organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. House Mouse Carefree Cottages Inc.
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE –  10+ Employees   Qualifying organizations: All businesses with more than 10 Employees. Criteria: Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Kicking Horse Coffee
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Qualifying Individual: An individual who has been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 2 years. Criteria: An employee who is personable, respectful, strives for excellent customer service, is friendly and courteous to both customers and staff. Trish Reed
NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All Not For Profit Organizations serving the Columbia Valley.Criteria: A society or association recognized as socially responsible, well managed, with measurable results benefitting the community. Invermere Health Care Auxiliary
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (Less than 35 years of age) Qualifying Individual: Business Owner under the age of 35. Criteria: Individual who is an owner or part owner of a well-run company and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through involvement and leadership. Keith Mose
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR Qualifying individual: Business Owner or member of an organization’s senior management team.Criteria: Individual owns and/or operates a well run organization and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through the involvement and leadership. Allen Miller
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than  5 years. Criteria:  Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Main Street Fun & Games
FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than 5 years.   Criteria: A Business that has human resource policies and procedures to support a family friendly workplace. The staff are welcoming and offer assistance to families. The premises is safe, accommodating and has an accessible environment that supports a family friendly experience. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

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2014 Business Excellence Awards

Back Row L-R: Barry Maybuck, Inside Edge; Sheldon Mose, Keith Mose, Dusk Building Systems; Jason Powers, Rocky River Grill; Al Miller, Home Hardware; Michael Anderson, True Key Resort Middle Row: Beth Young, Mountainside Villas; Pat Cope, Family Resource Centre; Kim Sanderson, KRS Photography; Leanne Tegart, Arrowhead Brewing; Lucy Miller, Home Hardware; Cajsa Fredin, Black Star Studios Front Row: Becky Green, Fairmont Creek Property Mgmt; Jen Abra, Natalie Ruby, Black Star Studios; Sandy Tourond, Fairmont Creek Property Mgmt.
Back Row L-R: Barry Maybuck, Inside Edge; Sheldon Mose, Keith Mose, Dusk Building Systems; Jason Powers, Rocky River Grill; Al Miller, Home Hardware; Michael Anderson, True Key Resort
Middle Row: Beth Young, Mountainside Villas; Pat Cope, Family Resource Centre; Kim Sanderson, KRS Photography; Leanne Tegart, Arrowhead Brewing; Lucy Miller, Home Hardware; Cajsa Fredin, Black Star Studios
Front Row: Becky Green, Fairmont Creek Property Mgmt; Jen Abra, Natalie Ruby, Black Star Studios; Sandy Tourond, Fairmont Creek Property Mgmt.

October 23rd, 2014 – The 16th Annual Business Awards held at the Copper Point Resort was an evening of celebrating success, achievement and excellence. The Radium Hot Springs and Columbia Valley Chamber’s of Commerce partnered for the 4th year to celebrate business demonstrating just a few of the individuals and businesses that make our communities excellent places to live, play and work.

There has always been a general theme and message that when we work together we can create something better than we can when we work individually but this year the message was emphasized throughout the event. The award was the result of an unexpected collaboration between two competing artists, photographers Kyla Brown and Kimberly Rae Sanderson and the result was nothing short of spectacular. The inspiring piece wasn’t anything that one might expect from two successful photographers. They describe it best:

2014 AwardThis piece tells a story of just what is possible when creative minds join together to inspire and nourish one vision. It is a symbol for our community of connection and growth. It is a reflection not only of our valley and the luminous people and businesses that thrive here, but of ourselves and the infinite depth that we each have to offer. It is our hope that in our willingness to be open and vulnerable to our gifts and our strengths, a shared recognition will embrace our community…encouraging a celebration of one another and igniting a revolution of co-creation.

It is in the joining of forces, talents and visions that anything is possible.

– Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards –

Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography & Kyla Brown Photography, 2014

“When I asked the artists if they would be willing to work together neither one of them hesitated, they both agreed and were excited by the prospect. I believe that when people can put aside their own individual agendas and share a common goal that is bigger than themselves they create something quite amazing and unexpected and this collaboration demonstrates that belief,” said Susan Clovechok. “Imagine if we could work this same way as a community.”

And the winners of these beautiful awards (pieces of art) are:

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Qualifying organizations: Accounting, Law, Medicine, Alternative Health Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Surveying, Insurance, Financial. Criteria: professional organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large and considered to be an outstanding employer. Lambert Insurance Agencies Ltd.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE Qualifying organizations: Restaurants and Caterers. Criteria: organization providing exemplary service to their clientele and outstanding food, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Rocky River Grill
TOURISM / HOSPITALITY Qualifying organizations: Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, RV Parks /Campgrounds, Golf Courses, Recreational Facilities, Adventure Tourism Companies. Criteria: tourism based organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized for their marketing of the Columbia Valley in relationship to their product/service, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Fairmont Creek Property Management
RETAILER OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All retail shops in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A retail organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Inside Edge Boutique & Sport
TRADE SERVICES Qualifying organizations/individuals: Professional company / contractor and/or tradesperson. Criteria: Organization or individual providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, who takes pride in their work and has a reputation for being honest and ethical. Dusk Building Systems Ltd.
SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE  – (1 – 10 Employees) Qualifying organizations: All businesses with less than 10 Employees Criteria: organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Arrowhead Brewing Company
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE –  10+ Employees   Qualifying organizations: All businesses with more than 10 Employees. Criteria: Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Invermere Hardware & Building Supplies Co. Ltd.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Qualifying Individual: An individual who has been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 2 years. Criteria: An employee who is personable, respectful, strives for excellent customer service, is friendly and courteous to both customers and staff. Beth Young
NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All Not For Profit Organizations serving the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A society or association recognized as socially responsible, well managed, with measurable results benefitting the community. Family Resource Centre
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (Less than 35 years of age) Qualifying Individual: Business Owner under the age of 35. Criteria: Individual who is an owner or part owner of a well-run company and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through involvement and leadership. Kimberly Rae Sanderson
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR Qualifying individual: Business Owner or member of an organization’s senior management team.Criteria: Individual owns and/or operates a well run organization and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through the involvement and leadership. Michael Anderson
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than  5 years. Criteria:  Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Arrowhead Brewing Company
FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All businesses in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A Business that has human resource policies and procedures to support a family friendly workplace. The staff are welcoming and offer assistance to families. The premises is safe, accommodating and has an accessible environment that supports a family friendly experience. Black Star Studios

 Thank you to all our generous sponsors!

We couldn’t have done it without you!


2013 – Business Excellence Awards

Created by Black Star Studio
2013 Business Excellence Awards a collaboration by artists at Black Star Studios

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The 15th Annual Business Excellence Awards were held at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in partnership with the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Key Note speaker this year was Keith Wood, Senior Advisor to the California Chamber of Commerce who presented a very compelling and entertaining speech about “Success Leaves Clues…How Successful Communities got that Way.”

A Selection Committee  counted the votes, ensured the criteria for each category was met and selected the winners. All winners received a window decal and the 2012 BEA Trophy; a unique collaboration of the three artists from Black Star Studios. The remaining 5 qualifying nominees  received a window decal recognizing  their nomination.   The awards were presented at the Awards dinner held on April 25, 2013.

General Award Criteria

All winners must hold all necessary permits required by law and have a current membership at either the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce or the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.

 And the WINNERS ARE…..

Award Winners
1.  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Qualifying organizations: Accounting, Law, Medicine, Alternative Health Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Surveying, Insurance, Financial. Criteria: professional organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large and considered to be an outstanding employer. Kootenay Savings Credit Union – Invermere
2.  TOURISM / HOSPITALITY Qualifying organizations: Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, RV Parks /Campgrounds, Golf Courses, Recreational Facilities, Adventure Tourism Companies. Criteria: tourism based organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized for their marketing of the Columbia Valley in relationship to their product/service, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
3.  FOOD AND BEVERAGE Qualifying organizations: Restaurants and Caterers.Criteria: organization prov.ding exemplary service to their clientele and outstanding food, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer.   From Scratch – a Mountain Kitchen
4.  SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE  – (1 – 10 Employees) Qualifying organizations: All businesses with less than 10 Employees Criteria: organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Canterbury Flowers
5.  RETAILER OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All retail shops in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A retail organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Essentials Department Store
6.  YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (Less than 35 years of age) Qualifying Individual: Business Owner under the age of 35. Criteria: Individual who is an owner or part owner of a well-run company and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through involvement and leadership. Leanne Tegart – Arrowhead Brewing Co.
7.  EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Qualifying Individual: An individual who has been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 2 years. Criteria: An employee who is personable, respectful, strives for excellent customer service, is friendly and courteous to both customers and staff. Pearl Busch – Bighorn Meadows
8.  BUSINESS EXCELLENCE –  10+ Employees   Qualifying organizations: All businesses with more than 10 Employees. Criteria: Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Kootenay Savings & Credit Union – Invermere
9.  TRADE SERVICES Qualifying organizations/individuals: Professional company / contractor and/or tradesperson. Criteria: Organization or individual providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, who takes pride in their work and has a reputation for being honest and ethical. Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning
10.  NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All Not For Profit Organizations serving the Columbia Valley.Criteria: A society or association recognized as socially responsible, well managed, with measurable results benefitting the community. ICAN
11.    BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR Qualifying individual: Business Owner or member of an organization’s senior management team.Criteria: Individual owns and/or operates a well run organization and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through the involvement and leadership. Dee Conklin
12.  NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than  5 years.Criteria:  Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Swansea Communications
13. FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than 5 years.   Criteria: A Business that has human resource policies and procedures to support a family friendly workplace. The staff are welcoming and offer assistance to families. The premises is safe, accommodating and has an accessible environment that supports a family friendly experience. Monkeys Uncle Toy Store

 

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