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Kamloops & District Chamber & MNP Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

July 20, 2023

Kamloops & District Chamber & MNP Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Kamloops – The Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce and MNP are delighted to unveil the finalists for the Business Excellence Awards. The Finalists Announcement, presented by The Prestige hotel, was held at Powwow Arbour in Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc on July 20.

The 2023 awards received a total of 214 nominations from the public, 89 of which are unique businesses.

Please see the list of finalists and sponsors below.


Thirty Selection Committee members have selected the finalists of each award category by scoring each nominee independently. The Selection Committee is made up of volunteers from the regional business community, representing past award winners, industry experts and award sponsors. The committees will now interview each finalist to determine the winners of the coveted Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce and MNP Business Excellence Awards. The 16th award, the FIT Financial Business of the Year, is chosen from all the winners and will be presented at the gala. 

Winners of the awards will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala, to be held the evening of Thursday, October 26 at Thompson Rivers University. Tickets are on-sale now at kamloopschamber.ca


Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director of the Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce

“On behalf of the Chamber, we commend all the nominees for their exceptional contributions to our local economy, job creation and community development. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the esteemed selection committee for their meticulous review of the nominations. Congratulations to all the finalists on this well-deserved recognition; their accomplishments have set them apart as shining examples of excellence and serve as an inspiration to us all. We eagerly anticipate celebrating their achievements at the upcoming awards ceremony in October.”

Jessy Sra, Partner, MNP

“MNP is thrilled to sponsor the Business Excellence Awards again this year! These awards recognize the ingenuity and excellence of businesses in Kamloops as well as the entrepreneurs behind the scenes that make Kamloops a great place to work, play and do business. Congratulations finalists! ”

2023 Kamloops & District Chamber & MNP Business Excellence Awards Finalists:

  • City of Kamloops Community Service Award
    • A Groess Underground
    • Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management
    • Teck Highland Valley Copper
  • Andre’s Electronic Experts Retailer of the Year
    • Crooked Crown Boutique
    • High Country Stained Glass
    • Fresh is Best Salsa Company
  • Cutting Edge Consulting Service Provider 1-10 Staff Award 
    • Bolton’s Landscape Maintenance
    • Friendly Composting
    • Pepper – Your Badass Business BFF Inc.
    • The Kamloops and District Society for People in Motion
  • Kamloops This Week Service Provider 11+ Staff Award 
    • Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management
    • Neighbourhood Veterinary Hospital
    • NextGen Electrical
  • Rocky Mountaineer Environmental Leadership Award
    • The Arrow Group
    • Forest Enhancement Society of BC
    • Friendly Composting
  • New Gold Excellence in Trades Award
    • A Groess Underground
    • Maxwell Mechanical
    • Tech Highland Valley Copper
  • Open Door Group Inclusive Leadership Award 
    • Haus of Misfit
    • Kamloops Food Bank
    • Teck Highland Valley Copper
  • BCLC Innovation Award 
    • Teck Highland Valley Copper
    • Fresh is Best Salsa Company
    •  The Arrow Group
  • Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Indigenous Business Excellence Award  
    • Simpcw Resources LLP
    • Sun Ridge Contracting
    • Tk’emlúps Petro Canada
  • Surerus Murphy Joint Venture Not-For-Profit of the Year
    • Hopewell Clinic + Pregnancy Centre
    • Open Door Group
    • Western Canada Theatre
  • Community Futures Thompson Country Emerging Business of the Year
    • Boom Business Solutions
    • Love Naturally Botanicals
    • Zaaz Eatery & Play
  • Community Futures of Central Interior First Nations Employer of the Year
    • Grant Thornton LLP
    • Open Door Group
    • Teck Highland Valley Copper
  • Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Cassidy Watt – Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective
    • Katie Forsyth – Friendly Composting
    • Maggie Huston – Bookkeeping by Maggie
  • Venture Kamloops Small Business of the Year  
    • Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management
    • Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective
    • Central Interior Pumps Ltd.
    • Pepper – Your Badass Business BFF Inc.
  • Abbott Wealth Management – Harbourfront Wealth Management Business Person of the Year
    • Debora DeLyzer – People in Motion
    • Janet Bolton – Bolton’s Landscape Maintenance
    • Robby Jaroudi – Natural Smiles Denture Clinic
    • Sheila Minten – Total Concept Developments Ltd

Business Excellence Awards Sponsors:

  • Premier Sponsor – MNP
  • Business of the Year Sponsor – FIT Financial
  • Nominee Breakfast Sponsor – CN Rail
  • Finalists Announcement Sponsor – The Prestige Hotel Kamloops
  • Media Sponsor – Castanet Kamloops
  • Media Sponsor – CFJC-Today, 98.3 CIFM, b100
  • Gala Sponsor – Delta Hotels Kamloops
  • Gala Sponsor – Kamloops KIA
  • Gala Sponsor – Kamloops Blazers
  • Gala Sponsor – Kruger Kamloops
  • Gala Sponsor – RBC
  • Gala Sponsor – McElhanney

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