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2016 Business Excellence Winners

About the 2016 Awards

On Friday, October 21, 2016, 150 plus filled the ballroom at the Fernie Best Western to celebrate the best in Fernie and announced the winners for the 2016 Community and Business Excellence Awards sponsored by CanAus Coal Limited. The evening started with welcomes from MP Wayne Stetski, Mayor Mary Giuliano, and Chamber President Sheila Byers.

Kelsey Ramsden, 2012 and 2013 female entrepreneur of the year, shared an inspiring message about Risk, the other four letter word. She inspired the audience to push through those little things holding you back. Following Ramsden key note, the awards were presented.

And the 2016 winners are:

Citizen of the Year, sponsored by City of Fernie

Laura Nelson

Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by the Free Press

Karen Tse and Graeme Nunn

Spirit of Fernie, sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

Outdoor Connections

Community Tourism Achievement, sponsored by Tourism Fernie

Fernie RV Resort             

Outstanding Customer Service, sponsored by Rockies Law Corporation

Super 8 Fernie

New Business of the Year, sponsored by Majic, Purdy Law

Kettle Black Bartending

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay

Marsha Churchill             

Team of the Year, sponsored by EK Employment

Mow and Snow - Landscape Team          

Employer of the Year, sponsored by College of the Rockies

A tie this year -

Ann's Your Independent Grocer              

Super 8 Fernie  

Fernie Business of the Year, sponsored by CanAus

Isosceles Business Systems        

People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Healing Hollow

Three Sister’s Day Spa

Chamber Business Excellence, sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Capasiti Consulting         

Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Finning Canada

Spa 901

Chamber Legacy Award, sponsored by Western Financial Group

Evelyn Cutts

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who helped organize and sponsor these awards including CanAus Coal Limited, Imagine Kootenay, Teck, Super 8 Fernie, East Kootenay Community Credit Union, FAR Summit Fund, Bridge Bistro, Island Lake Lodge, Nufloors, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Isosceles Business Systems, Castle on First, Soar Cycle Studio, Fernie Brewing Company, and Fernie Fix.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners. “The awards recognize the hard work put in day in and day out by Fernie business. It is great to take a moment and celebrate that effort and their success,” states Sheila Byers, Chamber Board President. 



Photo credits: Raven Eye Photography


2016 Community & Business Excellence Awards 

We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Community & Business Excellence Awards. Recognize business excellence by nominating a company, organization, or individual today. 

Nominations are now closed. Nominees are being contacted. 

Click here for winner selection process

Nomination period is from August 1 to September 11. Businesses are welcome to self-nominate. All nomineess will be notified once the nomination period closes and asked to submit an award application that will be used by the judging panel.
The judging panel is comprised of business professionals from outside the Fernie area. 

Awards Gala - October 21, 2016 

to be held at Fernie Best Western Mountain Lodge

Join us for this celebration of Fernie's best.

This year's guest speaker is Kelsey Ramsden.

2016 Finalists



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