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10/27/2018 Press Release
TD and Kamloops Chamber award top businesses for 2018

For Release 10PM PT
October 27, 2018
TD and Kamloops Chamber award top businesses for 2018

Kamloops, B.C.  At a crowd of 400 at the Coast Kamloops Conference Centre on Saturday, October 27, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and TD presented 18 awards to the winners of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards.

This year marks the 32nd consecutive year that the Chamber has held this event for the Kamloops business community. 

• Nominations were received from all over the Kamloops community:
o A grand total of 505 nominations were received 
• The selection process:
o An independent committee individually scores each nominee and KPMG tabulates the scores to announce the three finalists (or four if there is a tie) in each award category.
o The committee conducts personal interviews with each of the award finalists to determine the award recipients.
o Winners for 17 of the awards were determined by the selection committee, comprised of over 50 community leaders. 
o The Business of the Year was chosen from the winners of the other categories. 

Joshua Knaak, President of the board of directors for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce:
“The chamber is very proud of the winners of the Business Excellence Awards. Congratulations to all of the finalists and an even bigger congratulations to this year’s winners.”

Patrick Therrien, Relationship Manager with the Premier sponsor for the awards, TD:
“TD is proud to be celebrating our 11th year in partnership with the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce hosting the Business Excellence Awards.   As a financial institution that is committed to helping business customers succeed, we would like to congratulate this year's award recipients for their successes.“

Media Contact:
Vivek Sharma, 1st Vice President of the Board
250.578.6002 (work)
250.214.3004 (mobile)

This year’s award recipients:
• City of Kamloops Community Service Award – Cascades Casino Kamloops
• Rocky Mountaineer Environmental Stewardship Award – Habitat for Humanity Kamloops ReStore
• Open Door Group Inclusive Workplace Award – Staples
• BDC Manufacturer Award – Fresh is Best Salsa & Co.
• Domtar Resource Industry Award – New Gold Inc., - New Afton Mine
• Aberdeen Mall Retailer 1-10 Staff Award – Tumbleweed Toys
• Valley First Insurance Retailer 11+ Staff Award - Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre
• Berwick on the Park Service Provider 1-10 Staff Award – Mastermind Studios
• Kamloops Lincoln Service Provider 11+ Staff Award – Señor Froggy Restaurant
• BCLC Technology Innovator Award – Axis Forestry Inc.
• TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism and Tourism Kamloops Tourism Award – Monte Creek Ranch Winery
• FIT Financial Development of the Year – TRU Community Trust & Thompson Rivers University
• Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre Employer of the Year – ICI Electrical Engineering Ltd.
• United Way Not-For-Profit of the Year – Kamloops Food Bank
• TRU School of Business and Economics Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Ryan Scorgie, Forward Law LLP
• Venture Kamloops Small Business of the Year – Lizzie Bits Baby Co.
• Excel Personnel Business Person of the Year – Frank D’Amore, River City Rock Products
• Community Futures Business of the Year – Cascades Casino Kamloops

TD and the Kamloops Chamber congratulate all the winners and thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible for our community.

Media Contact:
Vivek Sharma, 1st Vice President of the Board
250.578.6002 (work)
250.214.3004 (mobile)


Thanks to our Corporate Partners: