Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce News

Business Excellence Awards Presented by MNP

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Program and Menu

4:00pm – Cocktail Reception

Entertainment by Beyond Brass

6:00pm – Welcome

This Evening’s Master of Ceremonies – Cheryl Blackwell

6:30pm – Dinner is served

First Course –  

Goat Cheese Salad 

Warmer zaatar spiced goat cheese ball, caramelized pineapple, shaved fennel and arugula, toasted sliced almond, cracked pepper, aigre doux  

Main Course –  

Duck Confit 

Celeriac-tahini puree, spiced winter squash, pan roasted sweet potato, pomegranate molasses and pumpkin seeds, fried kale and brussel sprouts  

Vegan Option – 

Pan roasted sweet potato, sauteed smoked tempeh, winter squash, corn, tomatoes with enchilada sauce, pepita sauce 

Dessert –  

Warm coconut toffee pudding with dates, caramelized pineapple, mango sorbet 

White Wine –  Pinot Gris  

Red Wine – Pinot Noir 

Table wine supplied by Sagewood Winery 

7:30pm – Awards Ceremony

The Business Excellence Awards

The Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce and MNP are thrilled to present the 36th annual Business Excellence Awards for our city.  Tonight, we celebrate the very best of our local business community. 

This year our program offers sixteen award categories. Our award process began with each nominee answering to specific criteria.  Their submissions were presented to our independent Selection Committee, comprised of over thirty industry leaders from our community. This group scored each nominee and sent their confidential results to MNP , who then tabulated the scores and identified the top three finalists for each award  

All of the nominees were celebrated in the summer at the Paramount Theatre where the finalists for each award were announced.  The Selection Committee members then interviewed the finalists for each award category and determined the winners, who we are excited to be announcing tonight. 

We would like to extend a special thanks to our premier sponsor MNP to all of our award, supporting and event sponsors, and to our Selection Committee members.  Without your investment in this program, this event would not be delivered to the level that has earned us the reputation of the best award program in the interior. 

We wish the very best of luck to all of this year’s award finalists.  Whether you take an award home this evening or not, you have achieved much and deserve the prestigious recognition of a finalist in the 2022 Business Excellence Awards

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City of Kamloops Community Service Award

This Kamloops-based business has chosen to participate, support and engage in initiatives that enhance the quality of life and wellbeing in the community and supports these activities with time, investment and/or other resources.  Developed a corporate culture of community/giving and supports community building efforts unrelated to their core mandate.  A reputation of outstanding commitment to the betterment of the community and enhancing the lives of those around them.

Andre’s Electronic Experts Retailer of the Year

This Kamloops-area business that is primarily involved in selling retail goods must demonstrate providing superior customer service and creativity in reaching target markets. Demonstrate a strong customer service training program.  Have a reputation of excellent product knowledge.  Demonstrate a commitment to providing quality products

People in Motion Service Provider 1 – 10 Staff Award

This Kamloops-area business with 1-10 staff must demonstrate a proven track record of providing superior service to assist clients in achieving their own objectives.  Have a comprehensive, ongoing employee training program.  Offer a unique value proposition and major strengths amongst competition. Explain overall commitment to its customers. Has consistently innovated and can demonstrate how they stay ahead of the curve

Kamloops This Week Service Provider 11+ Staff Award

This Kamloops-area business with 11+ staff must demonstrate a proven track record of providing superior service to assist clients in achieving their own objectives.  Have a comprehensive, ongoing employee training program. Offer a unique value proposition and major strengths amongst competition. Explain overall commitment to its customers.  Has consistently innovated and can demonstrate how they stay ahead of the curve.

Rocky Mountaineer Environmental Leadership Award

This Kamloops-area business or not for profit organization demonstrates a commitment to sustainable practices and environmental leadership in three or more of the following categories.  

o Waste prevention  

o Recycling, re-purposing, re-using, circular economy  

o Purchasing and procurement policies  

o Energy and water conservation  

o Transportation 

o Operations 

o Stakeholder engagement and participation in development of environmental policies  

o Other as explained by the nominee 

Relevant contributions outlined in the nomination shall be ongoing and have occurred within the 12 months prior to the date of the nomination. 

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Excellence in Trades Award

This Kamloops-area business is involved in the trades and has demonstrated success through:  

• Provides trades-industry services including: 

o Automotive 

o Electrical – Construction, Industrial 

o Instrumentation and Control 

o Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning 

o Heavy Mechanical 

o Piping Trades – Plumbing, Steam fitting, Pipefitting, Sprinkler fitting 

o Power Engineering 

o Welding 

o Other as demonstrated by the nominee 

Exhibiting a history of excellence in the area of workplace safety.  A positive reputation of integrity and leadership within the industry. Provides a quality, certified service and actively seeks ways to enhance offerings.  Excellent client and/or employee relationships 

Open Door Group Inclusive Leadership Award

This Kamloops-area employer can explain the intentions of their overall inclusivity and diversity efforts and their impacts.  This can be illustrated as broad statistics or as a specific single success story.  Showcase how they are changing the culture of the workplace and community.  Demonstrate examples of how they make positive change.  Explain what Inclusive Leadership means to them.  Employers of all sizes are encouraged to apply, whether private, public or not for profit sector.

BCLC Innovation Award

Criteria: This Kamloops-area business or not-for-profit must have a proven record of thriving by adopting, developing and/or creating tools or technology within key areas of organizational operations including: 

o Manufacturing 

o Distribution  

o Information Technology, communications  

o Marketing, communications  

o Service experience  

o Human resources and people management  

o Professional services  

o Creative services 

Instills a culture of innovation and continual learning within the organization. 

Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Indigenous Business Excellence Award

This Kamloops or Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc -area business must be at least 51% Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) owned and operated and must provide a description of the business’ mission, vision, goals, ownership structure, number of employees, number of years in operation; include background information about the nominee &/or business and if the business has an Indigenous employment strategy. Include a description of past and present successes. A description of challenges your business has faced; include your story of resilience and recovery. How have Indigenous values been helpful to the current situation? How has it impacted your business plan and financial outlook? A description of benefits provided to the community, employees, environment, etc. Showcase the benefits provided to the community, employees, environment etc. Explain the Indigenous partner’s role in the Indigenous-Industry partnership, if applicable.

Surerus Murphy Joint Venture Not-For-Profit of the Year

This Kamloops-area not-for-profit organization must be incorporated as a society or charitable organization. Explain mission and purpose and how the work positively contributes/builds community. Showcase how the work positively contributes / builds community. Show organizational excellence with clear policies. Proven record of organizational growth and financial sustainability. Explain unique value proposition and describe the impacts of the organizations work.

Community Futures Thompson Country Emerging Business of the Year

This Kamloops-area non franchised business or start up has been in operation between 1 and 3 years.  Demonstrated proactive and innovation leadership within their business or industry. Demonstrated measurable success, growth, or promise as a business and/or as an employer. Practiced good corporate citizenship and made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment as an employer. Developed expanding positive reputation and has good growth potential. Demonstrates stable operations. Demonstrates community involvement and activity (engagement). Demonstrates willingness to engage with the business community

Community Futures Central Interior First Nation Employer of the Year

This Kamloops-area business must demonstrate exceptional commitment to employees through competitive employment packages.  Dedication to provide professional development and/or advancement opportunities.  Pride in intentional workplace culture and focus on work/life balance, in addition to employee recognition and rewards programs. Minimum of 5 Full Time Employees.

Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Nominee must be the founder or owner of a company and be 35 years of age or younger at the time of nomination submission.  Demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, creativity and purpose.  Has clear vision, and proven ability of achieving professional and personal goals.  Demonstrate measurable success and growth as a business and as an employer.  Be developing a positive reputation within the business community through excellent product or service offerings.

Venture Kamloops Small Business of the Year

This Kamloops-area, non franchised business, with 1 – 10 full time employees, has demonstrated success through commitment to providing quality products and or services with a wealth of knowledge for customer/client benefit.  Proven ability to demonstrate innovation and creativity, within business operations and/or organizational problem solving. Ability to develop excellent relationships with employees, vendors, suppliers and customers. Stable business operations or solid business plan ideas for growth strategy

Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management Business Person of the Year

This Kamloops-area business person must be the founder, owner, CEO, President or Senior Executive of a company(ies). Demonstrate positive economic and/or social impact on the region. Exemplify civic community leadership through company and/or volunteer efforts. A personal reputation of outstanding commitment to the betterment of the community and enhancing the lives of those around them.

FIT Financial Business of the Year

Business of the Year is chosen from all the winning businesses in the other categories by the Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce Land Trust Tax Policy

We need your help – together we are going to tackle affordable housing in an innovative way which empowers communities across Canada to hold land for the community benefit – forever. Ensuring affordability for future generations while driving. This will make a meaningful difference to all Canadians – this is the power of policy with the Chamber of Commerce!  Follow the link below or at the table in the hall to sign the petition. We need your support to bring this to the Federal Government.  

This is just a sample of some of the good work going on behind the scenes, that is guided by our membership. The Chamber offers many other meaningful opportunities that support the local business community and is proud to have hosted this awards program for 36 consecutive years. 

Sign up to receive the petition here.

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Chamber Board / Staff / Committees


President – Kate Stebbings, Trans Mountain Corporation 

1st Vice President – Tim Shoults, Thompson Region Division of Family Practice Society 

2nd Vice President – Cindy Piva, Thrive Business Strategies 

Treasurer – Ab Ashok, Independent

Secretary – Alicia Glaicar, Gillespie & Company LLP 


Nicholas Adams, Interior Display Services

George Casimir, CFDC of Central Interior First Nations 

Sara Lawson, Schoening Funeral Services Associates  

Mickael Maddison, SilverServers Inc. 

Michael Martens, Rocky Mountaineer 

Colin O’Leary, O’Leary & Associates Ltd. 

Phillip Stagg-Tanner, Acres Enterprises 

Rick Welch, NRB Modular Solutions 


Daniel Carroll, Fulton  


BC Chamber of Commerce Director – Korah De Walt, New Gold Inc. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Director – Aleece Laird, Amplify Consulting Inc. 

Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc – Tkwenem7íple7 Joshua Gottfriedson 

City of Kamloops – Mayor Ken Christian


Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director 

Brian Jones, Manager – Development & Membership 

Nic Zdunich, Manager – External Relations & Strategic Communications 

Deanna Groess, Executive Assistant 

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Selection Committee Members

Alan Kerr 

Adrian Wall 

Andrea Fernandes 

Anjali Aman 

Anna Harrison 

Blair Gray 

Briar Beers 

Chris Wilson 

Clark Grieve 

Cole Weber 

Dana Koch 

Danalee Baker 

Debora Delyzer  

Devin Gambler 

Franca Muraca 

Jennifer Harbaruk 

Jim Anderson 

John Campbell 

John Mercuri 

Josie Howitt 

Justin Donaldson 

Leonard Jackson 

Max Patel 

Nicole Bruce 

Rob Mensinger 

Ryan Beers 

Shannon Mitchell 

Spencer Toth 

Taylor Bertoli 

Trish Donald 

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