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Alberta Business Awards

2016 Winners

Aboriginal Relations- Best Practice Award of Distinction Sponsored by Alberta Government

  • Western Manufacturing Ltd. (Hythe)

Arts & Culture Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Medicine Hat JazzFest (Medicine Hat )

Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction In partnership with Alberta Human Rights Commission

  • DynaLIFEDx (Edmonton)

Eagle Feather Award of Distinction In partnership with Sawridge Group of Companies

  • ICESIS Safety (Fort MacKay)

Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club (Grande Prairie)

Employer of Youth Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Integra Engineering Ltd. (Lloydminster)

Export Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • ViewTrak Technologies Inc.  (Edmonton)

Marketing Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Champion Petfoods LP (Morinville/ Edmonton)

Small Business Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Enviro Homes Inc. (Grande Prairie)

Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Collegiate Sports Medicine (Red Deer)

Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Screamin Brothers Ltd. (Lethbridge)

Premier’s Award of Distinction In partnership with the Alberta Government

  • Western Manufacturing Ltd. (Hythe)

2015 Winners

Aboriginal Relations – Best Practices Award of Distinction Sponsored by Canadian North

  • Urban Systems Ltd. (Edmonton)

Aboriginal Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction Sponsored by Alberta Aboriginal Relations

  • Naoka Inc. (Sherwood Park)

  Arts & Culture Award of Distinction Sponsored by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Canadian Badlands Passion Play (Drumheller )

  Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction Sponsored by Alberta Human Rights Commission

  • Prospect Human Services (Calgary)
  • Westcan Bulk Transport (Edmonton)

  Eagle Feather Award of Distinction Sponsored by Niwihcihaw Acceptence Ltd.

  • Maskwacis Ambulance Authority (Maskwacis)

  Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction Sponsored by Alberta Human Services

  • BMO Financial Group (Calgary)

Employer of Youth Award of Distinction Sponsored by Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

  • Team Chiasson Inc. t/a McDonald’s Restaurants  (St. Albert)

Export Award of Distinction Sponsored by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Barr-Ag Ltd. (Olds)

  Marketing Award of Distinction Sponsored by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Mantra Salon and Spa (Fort Saskatchewan)

  Small Business Award of Distinction Sponsored by Unifying Alberta’s Accounting Profession

  • Budget Blinds (Medicine Hat) Ltd. (Medicine Hat)

Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction Sponsored by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

  • Western Manufacturing Ltd. (Hythe)

2014 Winners

 

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Aboriginal Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Relations/Alberta Government

Plan4ward – Edmonton
Owner: Janene Wilson

 


 

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Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Human Rights Commission

Enbridge Pipelines – Calgary
President: Steve Wuori

 


 

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Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

Enbridge Pipelines – Calgary
President: Steve Wuori

 


 

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Employer of Youth Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

Syncrude Canada Ltd. – Fort McMurray
CEO: Scott Sullivan

 


 

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Small Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Accountants Unification Agency

SUNDOG Tour Co. – Jasper
Owner/Operator: Paul Hardy

 


 

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Aboriginal Affairs – Best Practice Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Bigstone-Tansi Camp & Catering Ltd. – Edmonton
President: Paul McCracken

 


 

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Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Canadian North – Calgary
President: Stephen Hankirk

 


 

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Marketing Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Friday’s Image – Medicine Hat
Owner: Dianne Ziegenhagel

 


 

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Export Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Champion Petfoods LP – Morinville
President & CEO: Frank Burdzy

 

 


 

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Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction:

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Partek IT Solutions– Medicine Hat
President/CEO: James Parsons
 Imperial Garden Sports & Collectibles  – Grande Prairie
Owner: Kenny Der

 


 

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Premier’s Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

Canadian North- Calgary
President: Stephen Hankirk

2013 Winners

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Sponsored by Aboriginal Relations/Alberta Government

Mother Earth Essentials – Edmonton
Owner: Carrie Langevin

 


 

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Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Human Rights Commission

Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities – Edmonton
CEO: Lynn Groves Hautmann

 


 

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Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

ENMAX Corporation – Calgary

 


 

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Employer of Youth Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

Servus Credit Union – Medicine Hat

 


 

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Small Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta

The Samosa Factory – Calgary
CEO: Paven Nijjar

 


 

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Aboriginal Affairs – Best Practice Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Savanna Energy Services Corp. – Calgary
Executive VP & Chief Development Officer: Dwayne Lamontagne

 


 

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Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Niwihcihaw Acceptance Ltd – Hobbema
General Manager: Geraldine Hill

 


 

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Marketing Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Economic Development Alliance of South East Alberta (EDA) – Medicine Hat
Executive Director: Wendy Blackwell

 


 

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Export Award of Distinction

Roswell Wake-Air – Acheson
President & CEO: Robert Roswell

 

 


 

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Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction:

LimeLitez Dance Academy – Medicine Hat
Owner, Artistic Director: Jerredi Hauck

 

 


 

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Premier’s Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Human Services/Alberta Government

McDonald’s Restaurants Spruce Grove and Stony Plain
Owner, Operators: Eric and Helene Thys

2012 Winners

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Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Intergovernmental, International and Aboriginal Relations

Isabell Ringenoldus, TAWS Security Ltd. – Fort McMurray

 

 


 

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Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Human Services

Long View Systems – Calgary

 

 


 

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Employer of Youth Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Human Services

ABC Benefits Corporation (Alberta Blue Cross) – Edmonton

 

 


 

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Small Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Chartered Accountants of Alberta

Xtreme Hot Oil Services – Hinton

 

 


 

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Aboriginal Relations – Best Practice Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

PTI Group – Edmonton

 

 


 

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Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction

Sponsored by: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

The Sawridge Group of Companies – Edmonton

 

 


 

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Marketing Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

ICON Stone & Tile – Calgary

 

 


 

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Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Jodie McFadzen, Penzen Limited – St. Albert

 

 


 

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Export Award of Distinction

Sponsored by Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Upside Software – Edmonton

 

 


 

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Premier’s Award of Distinction

Awarded to a company that best exhibits outstanding achievement and leadership in Alberta, and demonstrates ongoing, consistent involvement in community events and organizations. All finalists from each category were automatically eligible and considered for this award.

ABC Benefits Corporation (Alberta Blue Cross) – Edmonton

Alberta Employees – 989

As Alberta’s largest benefits carrier, Alberta Blue Cross provides supplementary health and dental benefit programs to meet the health needs of over 1.5 million Albertans. In 2010, Alberta Blue Cross processed 40 million claim lines with a value of $1.99 billion. Alberta Blue Cross is our province’s 34th largest Alberta-based corporation, and it employs over 950 Albertans in six office locations. As an Alberta-based and community-minded organization, Alberta Blue Cross is passionate about making a genuine difference in communities across our province. Its long-standing commitment to community involvement is a credit to the spirit of giving, generosity and volunteerism of its employees.

 


 

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Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

Awarded to an Aboriginal woman entrepreneur who exemplifies effective leadership, innovation, and a commitment to enhancing the well-being of the Aboriginal community.

TAWS Security Ltd. – Fort McMurray

Alberta Employees – 33

Isabell Ringenoldus has worked tirelessly for four years to build her dream of owning and operating an Aboriginal security service provider. TAWS Security, a Fort McMurray First Nation-based company, provides 24-hour security services to world-leading energy companies operating in Alberta’s oilsands regions. An industry innovator, Ringenoldus has proactively met industry needs with creative solutions, such as the TAWS mobile security trailers. Ringenoldus, a proud resident of the Fort McMurray First Nation, ensures her business makes a positive impact in her community. The staff at TAWS is 85-per-cent First Nation and Métis, and of that group, 90 per cent are women.

 


 

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Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction

Awarded to a business demonstrating creative leading-edge practices in hiring, training, and developing employees with disabilities.

Long View Systems – Calgary

Alberta Employees – 499

The People Services department at Long View Systems has developed an inclusion-and-diversity strategy designed to attract, manage and retain top talent in the information technology industry. This strategy looks beyond disability and instead focuses on each employee or prospective employee’s ability. Long View strives to ensure persons with disabilities bring all their skills and talents to the table, and remove barriers that might prevent them from reaching their full potential. Long View’s inclusion policies include quarterly employee reviews to assist each employee with shaping their goals, training options and development.

 


 

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Employer of Youth Award of Distinction

Awarded to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in hiring youth and providing them with career-oriented opportunities.

ABC Benefits Corporation (Alberta Blue Cross) – Edmonton

Alberta Employees – 989

Alberta Blue Cross has been named one of Alberta’s Top 50 Employers and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People. This three-time winner of the Premier’s Award of Distinction for Healthy Workplaces plays an active role in fostering health and wellness for all Albertans by leading and participating in a variety of community health promotion initiatives across the province. Alberta Blue Cross hires 40 summer students each year who are exposed to a variety of training and career development opportunities, while also being mentored by management or long-term employees. A focus on promoting from within the organization allows younger employees to meet new challenges and opportunities while retaining the stability of a single employer.

 


 

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Small Business Award of Distinction

Awarded to a small business that best reflects the outstanding spirit and success of the province’s small business community.

Xtreme Hot Oil Services – Hinton

Alberta Employees – 35

In Alberta’s highly competitive drilling and oil field service industry, Xtreme Hot Oil service is seen as a leader and innovator in equipment development, professionalism, experience and safety. Named the 2011 Businesses of the Year by the Hinton and District Chamber of Commerce, Xtreme prides itself in being an active and involved member of the community. From sponsoring festivals and minor sports, to raising funds to support an employee’s cancer fight, to sending truckloads of supplies to help fire ravaged Slave Lake, Xtreme is proud to be one of the first to pitch-in during times of need.

 


 

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Aboriginal Relations – Best Practice Award of Distinction

Awarded to a non-Aboriginal business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in Aboriginal relations, including economic development, employment and training, and Aboriginal community support.

PTI Group Inc. – Edmonton

Alberta Employees – 2,800

As one of North America’s largest fully integrated suppliers of remote site services, PTI works extensively with many of the First Nations and Métis communities that call the north home. PTI supports local businesses and economic goals while acknowledging Nations’ rights and respecting environmental and cultural concerns. PTI has made a commitment to its partners in Alberta’s Aboriginal communities to create jobs and training opportunities, develop sustainable business partnerships, share ongoing revenue streams, and bring tangible economic benefits to the communities.

 


 

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Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction

Awarded to a First Nation’s-owned business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in business and has incorporated entrepreneurial and cultural concepts into its operation for long-term success.

The Sawridge Group of Companies – Edmonton

Alberta Employees – 600

Sawridge Hotels operate in Peace River, Fort McMurray, Jasper, Edmonton and Slave Lake. The company also operates a Sawridge Travel Centre on the reserve in Slave Lake. The Sawridge brand is based on introducing guests to Aboriginal culture in a warm, welcoming and comforting way. Sawridge properties highlight regional art, as well as culturally relevant historical artifacts and heritage. Sawridge is able to provide a unique stability due to the way its corporate structure has been developed. Its model provides annual dividends to partner trusts, which in turn administer social and educational programs designed to address the long-term health and welfare of the community. Sawridge was named 2011 Hospitality Business of the Year by the Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce.

 


 

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Marketing Award of Distinction

Awarded to an organization that has best developed and implemented a successful marketing strategy that has had a significant impact on the organization.

ICON Stone & Tile – Calgary

Alberta Employees – 32

ICON’s Simple and Better campaign aims to make its clients’ lives easier by providing a range of product and service options to meet everyone’s needs. Eco-friendly and sustainable options are a focus of its Lunch & Learn seminar series. The Simple and Better campaign is taking ICON’s profile from niche to mainstream, while maintaining its position as marketplace trendsetters with architects and designers. The Simple and Better messaging is delivered to ICON’s 2,500-strong direct e-mail list, and the ICON website was revamped to include numerous new features, including 180 downloadable spec sheets and a new tile calculator. The campaign changes led to increased foot traffic in the ICON showroom, an increase in new customers, a nine-per-cent increase in web traffic, and most importantly, an increase in sales.

 


 

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Youth Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

Awarded to a young entrepreneur who best exemplifies the qualities of effective leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and excellent potential for growth, and who shows a level of social, cultural, and environmental awareness.

Penzen Limited – St. Albert

Alberta Employees – 1

Jodie McFadzen offers technical writing and bookkeeping services for clients across Alberta and Canada. Penzen first opened its doors in 2006, putting together operation and maintenance manuals for general contractors. As the company has grown, McFadzen has taken on projects for Alberta Infrastructure, the City of Edmonton, the City of St. Albert, the City of Calgary, and numerous school divisions. Penzen was started to let McFadzen stay home with her two young children, and it soon became the newly single mother’s primary source of income. McFadzen is now taking courses that she hopes will allow her to expand Penzen yet again, this time into the realm of electronic manuals for her clients’ tablets and smart phones.

 


 

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Export Award of Distinction

Awarded to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in exporting products or services outside Canada’s borders. 

Upside Software Inc. – Edmonton

Alberta Employees – 130

Edmonton-based Upside Software competes in a global market where Canada accounts for only 0.5 per cent of the market share. As such, it is essential for Upside to be a global company in order to be successful. Upside Software products are used by customers in over 180 countries, and export sales account for 90 per cent of Upside’s total sales. Customers are attracted to Upside’s products because they provide easy adoption by the user, and provide scalability and versatility, allowing the product to grow with the client. In July 2011, Forrester Research ranked Upside Software as the number one global brand in the Contract Lifecycle Management market, above companies like SAP and Oracle, proving Alberta-based software companies can be world leaders.

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