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On Friday evening dozens of Okanagan entrepreneurs from various sectors gathered at the Delta Grand Conference Centre to celebrate another year of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
“It is an incredible opportunity to really showcase and highlight businesses,” said Nikki Csek, president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
“Tonight we come together in a room of hundreds of peers and colleagues, and we get to show their businesses and peek into the window of the amazing work that they do.”
The event marked 32 years of rewarding and recognizing excellence in our city’s business community by awarding 13 companies, social enterprises and leaders with some prestigious hardware.
“As an organization that has been around for more than 100 years, it is important for us to take a step back and recognize the businesses that have made such a big difference in our community,” said Dan Rogers, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
For the last several months the chamber, along with a panel of volunteer judges, have sifted through hundreds of nominations to nail down this year’s list of 36 finalists.
Last night, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the incredible work each finalist does within our community before finding out who would be honoured with the awarding-winning title in each category.
From large scale companies to start ups, charitable organizations and more, the chamber works hard to ensure every type of business has the opportunity to bask in the spotlight.
Jeff Stibbard of JDS Energy and Mining Inc. was honoured with arguably the most important title of the event, The Business Leader of the Year award for his remarkable success in the mining and energy industry.
“I wasn’t expecting it so it comes as a bit of a shock but obviously I am quite honored and humbled by the award and the recognition from a great group,” said Stibbard.
“[This event] is a good example for others that are emerging in the business to have something to look up to and a [place for] people to connect with others and maybe share a few secrets,” he added. “[Kelowna] is a great launchpad for creative thinking and entrepreneurialism.”
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