Business Excellence Awards winners at the 19th annual event, held Monday, October 23rd at Panorama’s Great Hall. Erin Knutson photo

Business Excellence Awards acknowledges top performers

Chamber of Commerce event held Monday, October 23rd at Panorama’s Great Hall

The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 19th annual Business Excellence Awards to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of businesses throughout the Valley last Monday, October 23rd. The Great Hall at Panorama Resort was packed with the best in business Monday night as heartfelt acceptance speeches and guest speaker Patrick Francey from The Everyday Millionaire entertained guests, nominees, and winners.

The evening was hosted by executive vice-president of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Peter Smith, who stepped in for Chamber executive director Susan Clovechok as she was unable to attend the evening’s event due to personal reasons.

The decorative awards ceremony was accompanied by a delicious dinner prepared by Panorama’s stellar culinary crew, and served by its finest, as awards were handed out.

Following the awards ceremony, Everyday Millionaire Mr. Francey spoke on the qualities that it takes to be successful, citing the practice of tracking results as opposed to focusing on mistakes as a top strategy used by the one per cent elite in business.

He credited the local business community as top performers while providing excellence in their products and customer service and outlining the possibilities and greatness of the Valley as a business-oriented community.

“Your presence here tonight demonstrates that you are high performers, otherwise you would be at home watching reruns,” he said.

Special thanks went out to Kimberley Rae Sanderson from KRS photography for the exceptional design of the Excellence Award. It was accompanied by a thoughtful dedication from the photographer (who was unable to attend the event) outlining the ingenuity, courage and outstanding nature of entrepreneurship in the Valley.

The awards ceremony wound down with a speech from newly elected President of the Chamber of Commerce, Erin Palashnik, who congratulated the winners.

“Congratulations to all the members of the Chamber of Commerce for your successes and excellence through collaboration, innovation, and commitment.”

Award Recipients:

• Professional Services:

Stuart Tutty Financial Services Ltd.

• Tourism Hospitality:

Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals

• Food and Beverage:

Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery

• Small Business Excellence:

Mainstreet Fun & Games

• Retailer of the Year:

Invermere Home Hardware

• Rising Star Business of the Year:

Valley Zipline Adventures

• Employee of the Year:

Angela White (Fairmont Creek Property Management)

• Business Excellence 10 +:


• Trade Services:

K5 Mechanical

• Community Impact Award:

Columbia Valley Community Foundation

• Innovation Game Changer:

Kicking Horse Coffee

• Family Friendly Business:

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

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