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Date: OCTOBER 16, 2020

(Medicine Hat) – The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the Driving Business Forward Business Awards celebration held on Friday, October 16th. This year’s event recognized a total of 72 nominations from 50 business in the 14 award categories, with one business taking home the prized award, the Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence.

The winners for the 2020 Driving Business Forward Business Awards are:

‘Tonight’s nominees prove that even through challenging times, we can continue to drive business forward, as demonstrated through the accomplishments and recognition of these amazing businesses,” stated Tracy Noullett, Chamber of Commerce President. ‘While this year’s event looked a little different, we were honoured to still be able to host this event virtually in order to recognize the perseverance and resilience each business in our community exemplifies. On behalf of the board of directors, staff and over 850 members we serve, we congratulate all of the nominees and award winners for inspiring us and embodying excellence. A special thank you as well to all of the sponsors for allowing us the opportunity to make this event a reality.’


The very first awards were presented 20 years ago with two categories, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, with 15 award categories presented as part of the 2020 celebration. The live streaming virtual celebration allowed participants to attend wherever they were on any device they chose, whether in local establishments or the comfort of their own home, and promoted the local business community, while also encouraging the support of our local restaurants through the Our Restaurants campaign.

The awards ceremony provided attendees a virtual platform to network and connect with other participants and nominees, showcasing community engagement on social media using the hashtag #mhbizawards. It also provided participants the opportunity to engage in an online showcase of event sponsors, while streaming entertainment from four local bands, including Snakes and the Riot, The Straight Jackets, Cannonball Knights and Feared as Villains, in addition to streaming the event live with emcees Poncho and Cassie from 105.3 Rock.

The event was sponsored by various businesses and organizations including The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (Event Sponsor), TD Bank (Technology Sponsor), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Entertainment Sponsor), Brightan Financial Strategies Inc. (Chamber Partner Sponsor), Methanex  (Gold Sponsor), Auto-Star Compusystems Inc. and Medicine Hat Brewing Company (Bronze Sponsors). The awards presented were sponsored by BBB serving Southern Alberta and East KootenaysMedicine Hat Accommodation AssociationGrant ThorntonCIBC Wood Gundy & Commercial BankingCORE AssociationSouth Country Co-opTerralta Inc. & ENMAXSandfly Marketing Inc.TELUSPritchard & Co. Law Firm, LLPRBC Wealth Management Dominion SecuritiesJMH & Co. Chartered Professional AccountantsRBCBDC and the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.

The annual event is a year long planning process with the Chamber switching gears in May 2020 to deliver the event virtually in light of the pandemic. Nominations were received from the community starting in the spring with each nominee being contacted to collect information for their award category. Nomination applications submitted were meticulously reviewed and graded by the event’s adjudicating committees, evaluating the information provided by each nominee and using a grading matrix and the award criteria in order to select the winners in each category.


The Chamber will be gearing up to host the 2021 Business Awards on October 15, 2021.


Please direct all media inquiries to:

Tracy Noullett
President, Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.225

Lisa Kowalchuk
Executive Director
(403) 527-5214 ext.225

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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