• 2020 Business Awards 

    This event will be held virtually, please expect more information soon!

    The Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce recognizes the important contribution of business in our community by celebrating in the form of our Annual Awards.

    Similar to the 2019 process, all businesses with five or more nominations will qualify as a semi-finalist.

    All semi-finalists will receive the link to the online questionnaire. The completed questionnaires will be submitted to anonymous judges (three per category). The businesses with the top three marks per category will then move on as finalists. In addition to the questionnaire for each individual awards category, all semi-finalists are required to fill out a secondary questionnaire. These questions will only be submitted for judging if the business is judged as a finalist. The answers to these questions will be used by the judges to determine the winner of each category from the pool of finalists.
     
    New this year, a business can only win in one category. If a business is a semi-finalist in multiple categories, they will have the opportunity to answer the questionnaire for each category in which they are a semi-finalist. If they qualify as a finalist in more than one category, they will move forward only in the category where they scored the highest.  Though the business will only be judged in one of the categories as a finalist, they will still be recognized publicly in each category they are nominated in, on our website and social media channels, and with a certificate for each category.
     
    Companies or individuals who have received an award in any category in the last two years are not eligible to be considered for that same category.
     
    Finalists will be announced on September 18th, and will be contacted prior to the announcement. We will announce the winners of the Business Awards at a virtual event on Friday, October 23, 2020. More information to come! 
  • 2020 has been a defining year for all of us; it has been a season of challenges and opportunities, and a time of support for each other even while spending time apart. We received over 500 nominations for our Business Awards and are proud to recognize and celebrate our local businesses who work so hard to support and serve our community.
     
    Join us as we congratulate all of our nominees and semi-finalists!


  • 2020 Business Awards Finalists

    Chamber members noted in green

    Customer Service
    Fake and Bake Suntan Studios
    Fort Dog Fit
    Jiffy Lube
    The Fort Distillery

    GRIT Award
    Dear Dog Treats
    Superior Show Service
    The Cotton Candy Shoppe

    Homebased Business of the Year
    Sew Help Me
    The Furnace Ventilator & Duct Cleaning
    Time 4 U Day Spa

    Inclusion & Diversity
    Dow Canada
    Fire & Flower

    Southfort Day Care

    Industrial Heartland
    Heartland Coatings
    Keyera
    Multi-Task industrial

    2020 Innovation Award
    Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Auxiliary 
    Safeway
    Vivid Vision

    Marketing Award of Excellence
    Marble Slab
    Miller’s Ice Cream

    Unfussy

    New Business of the Year
    Pita Pit
    Tarts N’ Tiques
    The Venue by Ken’s Catering

    Small Business of the Year
    Back to Alignment
    Farnese Insurance & Registries
    Fort Sask Renos

    Young Entrepreneur
    Brenna Bouchard
    Megan Lacoursiere
    Ashley Rosenow


  • 2020 Business Awards Nominees & Semi-Finalists

    Chamber members noted in green

    Customer Service

    Awarded to a business that has consistently offered exemplary customer service; often going over and above the typical expectations of their industry/sector.

    2020 Nominees

    Active Physio Works Fort Saskatchewan; Associated Telecom Inc.; Back To Alignment Massage Therapy; Be-Honest Mechanical; Café Bench; Caught in the Cookie Jar; Concrete Blonde; Co-op Station Square; The Retreat Salon and Spa: DogTrix; Fort Cinema; Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture; Funky Petals; Legendary Barbershop *2018 Winner; Liquor House; M&M Food Market; Chris' No Frills; RBC Royal Bank; Remedy Mechanical; Sawmill Restaurant; Shoppers Southpointe; Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup *2019 Winner; Terra Currie Designs; The Cotton Candy Shoppe; Thistle Automotive; Time 4 U Day Spa; Tirecraft; Tom Lowe - Re/Max

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    EagleRock Computer; Fake and Bake Sun Tan; Farnese Insurance & Registries; Fire & Flower Fort Saskatchewan; Fort Dog Fit; The Venue by Ken's Catering; Jiffy Lube; Little Caesars; Marble Slab; Pita Pit; Simply Spa; The Fort Distillery; Vivid Vision

     

    G.R.I.T Award

    Awarded to an entrepreneur that has shown Growth, Resilience, Initiative, and Tenacity; someone who has overcome exceptional adversity and has persevered to establish and grow a successful business.

    2020 Nominees & Semi-Finalists

    Back to Alignment; Blu Poppie; Country Chic Custom Designs; DCN Enterprises - Dale Nielsen; Dear Dog Treats; Fort Dog Fit; Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Auxiliary; Illustrious Interiors; The Venue by Ken's Catering; Legendary Barbershop; Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture; Little Caesars; Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup; Superior Show Service; Tawnie Misik, Royal LePage Noralta; The Cotton Candy Shoppe

     

    Home-Based Business of the Year Award

    Awarded to a business venture, which operates from a residence, that demonstrates excellence in the quality of service and products supplied.

    2020 Nominees

    A.Keen Photography *2018 Winner; Illustrious Interiors *2019 Winner

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    AMS Services; Camo & Casual Wear; My Rustic Creations; Remedy Mechanical; Sew Help Me; The Furnace Ventilator & Duct Cleaning; Time 4 U Day Spa

     

    Inclusion & Diversity

    Awarded to a privately owned business or an organization which demonstrates best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and valued as unique individuals.

    2020 Nominees

    Co-Op North Central; Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare; Little Caesars; Pita Pit; Marble Slab Creamery; McDonald's; Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture; little feet BIG Steps Daycare; The Cotton Candy Shoppe

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Dow Canada; Farnese Insurance Brokers & Registries; Fire & Flower; The Venue by Ken's Catering; Legendary Barbershop; Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup; Southfort Day Care and OSC

     

    Industrial Heartland Award

    Awarded to a privately owned business or an organization in industry; (energy, construction, fabrication, resource, etc.) that demonstrates outstanding leadership in Innovation, Environment, Safety, Human Resources, and Community Engagement.

    2020 Nominees & Semi-Finalists

    Fort Sask Reno; Heartland Coatings; Inter Pipeline Ltd.; Keyera; Multi-Task Industrial; Taurus Projects Inc.

     

    Marketing Excellence Award

    Awarded to the organization that develops and implements successful marketing strategies that have a demonstrable impact on business/organizational outcomes. 

    2020 Nominees

    Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup * 2019 Winner; Superior Show Service *2018 Winner

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Chopped Leaf; Illustrious Interiors; Legendary Barbershop; Marble Slab Creamery; Millers Ice Cream; Rodrigo Resende Academy; The Brant Hotel; The Retreat Salon & Spa; The Venue by Ken's Catering; Unfussy

     

    New Business of the Year Award

    Awarded to a new, independently owned, business venture that was started within the last two years and has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected growth.

    2020 Nominees

    Cafe Bench; Caught in the Cookie Jar; Dear Dog Treats; Gents and Juniors; Marble Slab Creamery; Southfort Day Care and OSC

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Illustrious Interiors; Marble Slab Creamery; Pita Pit; Simply Spa; SJ’s Sparkling Services; Tarts N Tiques; The Venue by Ken's Catering; Unfussy

     

    Small Business of the Year Award

    Awarded to a privately owned business (1-50 employees, open for 3+ years) that best reflects the outstanding spirit and success of the small business community, demonstrating excellence in client service, human resources, sales & marketing.

    2020 Nominees

    A. Keen Photography; Angie's Liquor; BodyTx; Caught in the Cookie Jar; Co-Link Construction; Concrete Blonde; Daisy A Day; Dear Dog Treats; Dogtrix; EagleRock Computer; Fire & Flower; Fort Dog Fit; Jiffy Lube; PURE Yoga Studio Inc.; Remedy Mechanical; Robertson Plumbing; Fort Saskatchewan Sandwich Factory; Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup *2018 Winner; Sky Hy Pizza and Donair; Southfort Liquor; Superior Show Service; The Cotton Candy Shoppe; The Retreat Salon and Spa; Tummy Full Authentic Indian and Fusion Restaurant; Urban Dog Spaw; Vivid Vision

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Back to Alignment; Country Chic Custom Designs; Fake and Bake Suntan Studio; Farnese Insurance Brokers and Registries; Fort Sask Renos; Legendary Barbershop; Little Caesar; Miller’s Ice Cream; little feet BIG Steps Daycare

     

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    Awarded to an entrepreneur (must have been 35 or younger on January 1, 2020) who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage. 

    2020 Nominees

    Nathan Flim - Fort Distillery *2019 Winner

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Amanda Keen - A. Keen Photography; Ashley Rosenow - Illustrious Interiors; Dr. Breanna Fletcher - Vivid Vision; Brenna Bouchard - Fort Sask Acupuncture; Daniel Lee - Cafe Bench; Hanna Nicole - Daisy a Day; Lisa Crawford - Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup; Megan Lacoursiere - Chopped Leaf; Danelle Charbonneau - The Humble Nest; Tom Lowe - Tom Lowe Re/Max; Vanessa Pearman - Simply Spa

     

    2020 Innovation Award

    New Chamber Board Award, awarded to a business who was innovative in their response to the Covid-19 Crisis.

    2020 Nominees

    Mix 107.9 *; Staples *; The Fort Distillery *

    *Board Member Businesses, ineligible for the Board Award

    2020 Semi-Finalists

    Caught in the Cookie Jar; Country Chic Custom Designs; Dear Dog Treats; Farnese Insurance & Registries; Fort Cinema; Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Auxiliary; The Venue by Ken’s Catering; Little Caesars Fort Saskatchewan; M&M Meat Market; Marble Slab; Pita Pit Fort Saskatchewan; Safeway; Superior Show Service Inc.; The Cotton Candy Shoppe; The Retreat Salon & Spa; Time 4 U Day Spa; Vivid Vision

     

    *all winners from the past 2 years are ineligible to win for the current year

     

  • We still have room for sponsorship for the 2020 Business Awards.  Please see our sponsorship package HERE.  To sponsor this event, please contact Kyla Pierson at membership@fortsaskchamber.com

     

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    2020 Business Awards Categories


    Small Business of the Year:
     Awarded to a privately owned business (1-50 employees, open for 3+ years) that best reflects the outstanding spirit and success of the small business community, demonstrating excellence in client service, human resources, sales & marketing. 

    Inclusion and Diversity Award:  Awarded to a privately owned business or an organization which demonstrates best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and valued as unique individuals.

    Industrial Heartland Award: Awarded to a privately owned business or an organization in industry; (energy, construction, fabrication, resource, etc.) that demonstrates outstanding leadership in Innovation, Environment, Safety, Human Resources, and Community Engagement.

    Customer Service: Awarded to a business that has consistently offered exemplary customer service; often going over and above the typical expectations of their industry/sector. 

    Home Based Business of the Year: Awarded to a business venture, which operates from a residence, that demonstrates excellence in the quality of service and products supplied. Must have been operating for two or more years. 

    New Business of the Year: Awarded to a new, independently owned, business venture that was started within the last two years and has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected growth.

    Marketing Award of Excellence: Awarded to the organization that develops and implements successful marketing strategies that have a demonstrable impact on business/organizational outcomes.  

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Awarded to an entrepreneur (must have been 35 or younger on January 1, 2020) who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage.  

    G.R.I.T. Award: Created in 2020, Awarded to an entrepreneur that has shown Growth, Resilience, Initiative, and Tenacity; someone who has overcome exceptional adversity and has persevered to establish and grow a successful business.

    2020 Innovation Award: Awarded to a business who was innovative in their response to the Covid-19 Crisis.