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2022 Business Awards
The Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the important contribution of business in our community by celebrating with our Annual Business Awards.
All businesses within our Region (Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Josephburg, Lamont County and all municipalities within the County) as well as any existing Fort Saskatchewan & Lamont Regional Chamber members that fall outside that region, are eligible to be nominated for the Business Awards. Any business with at least three nominations will qualify as a semi-finalist. In the case of a category that does not have businesses with nominations, all businesses in that category will become semi-finalists. Three anonymous judges will judge each category; judges are pulled from Chamber Past Presidents, past winners of the category, elected officials, Chamber Executives from other communities. Judges do NOT include: any of the chamber staff, no current Board member (with the exception of the Board Award which is judged by all Board members). The semi-finalists fill out a questionnaire that is marked by the judges. The semi-finalists with the top three marks in each category become the finalists for that category. Judges will then re-evaluate the finalists. The finalist with the highest mark is the winner of the category. *A business can win in only one category per year. The winners will be announced at the Business Awards Gala on October 21, 2022. **Companies or individuals who have received an award in any category in the last two years (2021, or 2020) are not eligible to be considered for that same category.
Nominator's email address
The name of the business or professional you wish to nominate
Business email address
Please Note: To nominate a business or individual for more than one category, please fill out an additional form.
Small Business ( 1-50 employees, Open for 3 years +)
Inclusion and Diversity Award (an inclusive business/ 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 (a business or an organization in industry; energy, construction, fabrication, resource, etc.) that demonstrates outstanding leadership in Innovation, Environment, Safety, Human Resources and Community Engagement
Home Based (Open 2 years + and operates from a personal residence)
New Business (Independent business venture open less than 2 years)
Marketing Award of Excellence (a business/organization that develops and implements successful marketing strategies that have a demonstrable impact on business outcomes)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35 that has achieved success with new or existing business) The entrepreneur must have been 35 or younger on January 1, 2022
G.R.I.T. Award (Created in 2020, This award is 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.
Please read below for criteria Chamber Award (only one of these two awards is given out annually)Terry Douglas Award: This award was created in 2006 and named after Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce Past President Terry Douglas. This prestigious award is given to an exemplary individual who has made significant contributions to Fort Saskatchewan as a whole.
Please read below for criteria Chamber Award (only one of these two awards is given out annually): Ken Hodgins Meritorious Service Award: This award, which speaks of the achievement of an individual, may be given out once a year at the discretion of the President and the Board of Directors in conjunctions with the Business Awards Gala Committee.
Ken Hodgins Meritorious Service Award - Please read these criteria prior to nominating someone in this category
Ken Hodgins Meritorious Service Award This award was created in 2010 and named after Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce past Executive Director Ken Hodgins. Ken Hodgins started Colonial Mens Wear in 1969. In 1980, he moved to the Fort Saskatchewan Mall and re-named it Hodgins Menswear. Five years later, Hodgins built the Kendra Building on 99th Avenue and moved his business in. He operated the business with his wife until 1996. While he owned the menswear store, he also volunteered on many committees in the community. He started and coached the first T- ball league. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in 1977-78 and started many projects within the Chamber. He volunteered on the Farmers' Market Committee and Chamber of Commerce Directory. He was also the first Executive Director of the Chamber. He was a city alderman (later re-named councillor) from 1986-1995 as well as Mayor from 1995-2004. He served on city boards and committees, including initiating the local recycling program and chairing the fundraising committee for the Dow Centennial Centre that successfully raised over $7 million. He initiated and co-chaired City Entrance Signs as well as Canada Volunteer, Hire-a-Student and Shop the Fort committees. He was been a Kinsmen member, in which he has been involved with many committees and helped build the Kinsmen Park. He was instrumental in securing the CN Station historic restoration. He was an active member at St. George's Anglican Church. As well, he served on the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Board. These are just a few of his many achievements in his storied professional career. Ken never did just his job. He spent 40 years involved in this community. He put himself wholeheartedly into everything he did; often at the expense of his family life. The Chamber is very proud to recognize Ken Hodgins' outstanding involvement in the Chamber as well as in the community. This award, which speaks of the achievement of an individual, may be given out once a year at the discretion of the President and the Board of Directors in conjunctions with the Business Awards Gala Committee. Eligibility Requirements: 65+ years old Retired or semi-retired Must have been either a member or employed by a member in good standing Crrently involved or has been involved with civic, provincial or federal initiatives Is currently, or has owned/operated, or holds/held a valid commercial business license in the Fort Saskatchewan area Winners must meet the following criteria for this award: Contribution of Business Achievement by: A positive and influential impact on business development Displaying an above standard level of service and demonstrates business success and achievement Best reflecting the outstanding spirit and success of the business community Demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation As well as contribution to the community as demonstrated by: Showing an admirable record of community volunteerism/sponsorship/generosity Making an important contribution to the quality of lives in Fort Saskatchewan Providing a positive impact on community development Exhibiting a passion and dedication through active participation in the community
Terry Douglas Award of Excellence - Please read these criteria prior to nominating someone in this categort
Terry Douglas Award of Excellence This award was created in 2006 and named after Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce Past President Terry Douglas. This prestigious award is given to an exemplary individual who has made significant contributions to Fort Saskatchewan as a whole. Terry came to Fort Saskatchewan in 1987 and took over the Canadian Tire Store. He immediately doubled the size of the store and added 10,000 new items to the shelves. Being a person who gets involved in his community, Terry joined the Chamber and soon was elected to the Board of Directors. He moved up to President of the organization in 1992. During his presidency he was instrumental in The Chamber securing a long term lease with the City of Fort Saskatchewan to move our office to the CN Station. A location that was our home until December 2016. Terry owned a business that relied heavily on the youth population of Fort Saskatchewan to run his business. He also understood the importance of education and therefore developed the criteria for Chamber’s first Scholarship Award, a program that ran successfully for a number of years. Terry’s business success was recognized by the Chamber in 1992 when he received the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award. Outside of his business and Chamber responsibilities, Terry was involved in such organizations as the Kinsmen Club, Crimestoppers and Ducks Unlimited. Terry was always available for sponsorships and donations where and when needed. For instance, Canadian Tire generously donated all of the paint products for the restoration of the CN Station. The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Terry Douglas’s outstanding interest in and contribution to the life of our community. As such, the award which recognizes exceptional achievement above and beyond the economic contributions made by the successful operations of a business, it is not necessarily given out each year. This award is selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Eligibility Requirements: Owner and/or operator of a Fort Saskatchewan & District business A current Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce member Winners must meet the following criteria for this award: Contribution of Business Achievement by: A positive and influential impact on business development Displaying an above standard level of service and demonstrates business success and achievement Best reflecting the outstanding spirit and success of the business community Demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation As well as contribution to the community as demonstrated by: Showing an admirable record of community volunteerism/sponsorship/generosity Making an important contribution to the quality of lives in Fort Saskatchewan Providing a positive impact on community development Exhibiting a passion and dedication through active participation in the community
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