The 22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards took place on November 7th at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver.
The North Vancouver Chamber is proud to celebrate the local businesses that go above and beyond in their commitment to business excellence. The Business Excellence Awards is an annual recognition of these successful businesses, and their contributions to our economy and passion for the North Vancouver community. Click here to see photos of the event.
This special event featured short films created by the Capilano University film students profiling each of the nominated businesses. In addition to raising the profile of the recipients in the community, the awards provide much deserved recognition to business entrepreneurs in our community. Click here to watch the films.
Congratulations to our winners!
Offering innovative solutions to complex problems in the marine industry, Capilano Maritime Design Ltd is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering design firm. The company offers naval architecture, marine survey, and design services. The company’s focus is on providing services for projects involving all manner of workboats including tugs, barges, crew boats, marine construction vessels, and ferries.
Naikoon Contracting Ltd
With higher than average green standards on every project, and with a focus on net-zero and passive house design, Naikoon Contracting Ltd is one of the most experienced and accredited high-performance home builders in the country. Naikoon builds quality, well-built homes using sustainable construction practices and completed a diverse range of projects including food processing facilities, airport terminals, civil work upgrades and community centres.
SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Ava Music & Art Centre
Ava Music opened its doors in 1995 as a private music studio, established by Mr. Fred Safaei, and has since grown and flourished in the North Vancouver community. Ava Music recognizes the significant impact of arts education on lifelong cognitive development and its primary goal is to provide a strong education in the arts, coupled with the best customer service. The school’s extensive music program includes music and theory lessons as well as Orff and Kodaly.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Cork It Winemaking – Melanie Gagnon
Melanie Gagnon took over ownership of Cork It Wine Making in 2011. In operation on the North Shore since 2000, Cork It Winemaking is one of North Vancouver’s coolest wine making equipment and supply stores. For Melanie, wine making is not only a magic form of art, but it is also a way to bring people together, and Melanie’s passion for the industry is evident in the growth and success of Cork It Winemaking.
In operation on the North Shore since 2000, Cork It Winemaking is one of North Vancouver’s coolest wine making equipment and supply stores. Wine, cider, coolers, champagne, ice wine and/or port – whether you plan to make it at home or in-store, Cork It has the supply, knowledge and expertise to bring your beverage of choice to life.
BEST EMPLOYER AWARD
Mountain Equipment Co-op
As one of Canada’s go-to places for outdoor gear, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is a Canadian consumers’ cooperative that sells outdoor recreation gear and clothing exclusively to its members. MEC focuses on minimizing its environmental impact, by building products that last. To do this, they take the time to test the materials and products they are developing so they will function and endure. Today, MEC is the largest retail cooperative with over 5.4 million members.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Blue Sky Clothing
Using thoughtful design and shapes that flatter, Blue Sky Clothing specializes in providing natural fibre and eco-friendly clothing options for women of all sizes and body types. As a Fair-Trade company, Blue Sky Clothing strives to ensure everyone in the Blue Sky family, from fabric cutters to inventory managers, are treated with care and respect.