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(Medicine Hat) – The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The annual awards were held on Friday, October 18th at the Cypress Centre Auditorium with a crowd of nearly 500 people. There were a total of 97 nominations in 14 categories with one business taking home the prized award, the Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence.
The Chamber holds the annual awards in support of National Small Business Week, with the very first awards being presented 19 years ago.  The awards were first initiated with two categories, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, and have evolved over the years to the 15 categories that were presented at Friday’s awards ceremony.

The winners of the 2019 business awards were chosen by various adjudicating committees who meticulously reviewed and graded the applications submitted and selected the best possible recipient based on the information provided.

The winners for the 2019 business awards are…
  • Business Ethics - Hiebert Cabinets & Fine Woodworking
  • Community Attraction – 670 Collective Mountain Bike Club
  • Community Involvement – CHAT 94.5
  • Customer Service – Hiebert Cabinets & Fine Woodworking
  • Diversity – Big Marble Farms
  • Global Growth – QinetiQ Target Systems Inc.
  • Leading Edge – QinetiQ Target Systems Inc.
  • Marketing – Medicine Hat Brewing Company
  • Mentorship – QinetiQ Target Systems Inc.
  • Young Entrepreneur – LimeLitez Dance Academy
  • New Business of the Year – Kollektiv Cycle
  • Franchise Business of the Year – Pet Valu & Groomingdales Medicine Hat
  • Small Business of the Year – Medicine Hat Brewing Company
  • Large Business of the Year – QinetiQ Target Systems Inc.
  • Award of Excellence – Medicine Hat Brewing Company
 ‘Tonight’s nominees are an example of the ‘First Class’ businesses in our community. We are proud to support our business community and recognize their commitment and achievements tonight, and throughout the year,’ stated Sarah MacKenzie, Chamber of Commerce President. ‘On behalf of the board of directors, staff and the over 800 members we serve, we’d also like to extend congratulations to all of the award winners for exemplifying excellence in their respective categories.’
Along with the awards ceremony, attendees were treated to entertainment from a local jazz quartet and a cast of characters from Indigo Circus. John Carter & Steve Krysak from CJCY kept this year’s audience entertained as events hosts throughout the night and made sure the “First Class” event was reflection of the businesses it celebrated.
All the features of the evening’s celebration were tied to its “First Class” theme, chosen to evoke the heady and optimistic days when air travel was an experience steeped in luxury and mirroring the characteristics and high standards of a “First Class” style that entrepreneurs bring to business in our community.
The event was sponsored by various businesses and organizations including The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (Ceremony Sponsor), TD Bank (Banquet Sponsor), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Entertainment Sponsor), Brightan Financial Strategies Inc. (Chamber Partner Sponsor), Air Canada (Platinum Sponsor) and CIBC Commercial Banking & CIBC Wood Gundy (Twitter Screen Sponsor). The awards presented were sponsored by BBB serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenays, Medicine Hat Accommodation Association, Methanex Corporation, Chinook Financial, CORE Association, South Country Co-op, Terralta Inc. & ENMAX, Sandfly Marketing Inc., TELUS, Medicine Hat College, RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, Western Financial Group, JMH & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie
2018-2019 President, Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.225
Lisa Kowalchuk
Executive Director
(403) 527-5214 ext.222

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 24,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.
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