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Business Excellence Awards

2018 Business Excellence Awards

October 26, 2018

at Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge


2018 Community and Business Awards Criteria

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Sponored by City of Fernie
no nomination package required, nominees judged by awards committee, no finalist – winner invited to awards gala.

  • Resident of Fernie for two or more years
  • Leadership in multiple roles as demonstrated through business and/or volunteer experience
  • Has improved quality of life in Fernie

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by The Free Press
no nomination package required, nominees judged by awards committee, no finalist – winner invited to awards gala.

  • Commitment to volunteerism in Fernie and area demonstrated through volunteer hours
  • Demonstrated support to multiple organizations and activities

SPIRIT OF FERNIE - Sponsored by Telus

  • A not-for-profit organization
  • Contribution to the economic, social and/or cultural well-being of Fernie
  • High level programming and or services to stakeholders
  • Effective and efficient management


  • An organization or individual(s) that has notably contributed to the success of Fernie’s tourism industry within the areas of marketing, industry development/growth, product development, market development/growth, innovation, entrepreneurship or strategic business growth.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE - Sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust

  • Based on online ranking from Expedia, Yelp, and Facebook
  • Innovation of products or services to create a customer experience

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort

  • In business less the two years
  • Strong support to the Fernie business community
  • Strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay

  • Strong adherence to business ethics as demonstrated through company policies and business practices
  • Innovation and leadership as demonstrated through marketing, product development, and/or customer service
  • Active community involvement as demonstrated through organization memberships and/or community sponsorships.

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD - Sponsored by EK Employment

  • Nominated by companies to recognize a work team or department that has gone above and beyond in increasing sales, ensuring project success, or creating innovative business solutions.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Sponsored by College of the Rockies

  • Exceptional commitment to its employees demonstrated through job creation, training and support, recognition and rewards, employee health and wellness and professional development.
  • Must be a member of Fernie Chamber of Commerce in good standing

FERNIE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by North Coal

  • Demonstrated year after year growth and innovation

People's Choice Award - Sponsored by Rockies Law

  • Businesses and organizations nominated in all categories are listed and voted on by the public. 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD - Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

  • Community impact through leadership, philanthropy, volunteerism, and vision
  • Community support through organization memberships
  • Industry leader shown through industry or professional association membership
  • Member of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce in good standing


CHAMBER BUSINESS LEGACY AWARD - Sponsored by Western Financial Group

  • Can be an individual or business
  • Evidence of over ten years business operations, may not currently be in operation
  • Impact on the community demonstrated through organization support and sponsorship
  • Has shown business support through Chamber membership and Chamber volunteerism (e.g. board of directors volunteer)
  • Nominated and selected by the Chamber Board of Directors

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