The Manitoba Business Awards Gala is Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) premier business event. Established in 1983 and held annually in the fall, this award-winning gala event recognizes businesses from all 4 corners of Manitoba that have achieved a standard of excellence in the community through their own abilities, efforts and initiatives. A spectacular night of prestige, entertainment and celebration, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Manitoba Business Awards recognize organizations in multiple categories.
The finalists for the 35th Manitoba Business Awards are:
Outstanding Social Enterprise
- Building Urban Industries for Local Development (BUILD) Inc. (Winnipeg)
- Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg)
- NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre (Winnipeg)
Outstanding Small Business
- Brockie Donavan Funeral & Cremation Services (Brandon)
- The Sneath Group (Brandon)
- Sycamore Energy Inc. (Winnipeg)
Outstanding Medium Business
- Keystone Western Inc. (Grande Pointe)
- McNally Robinson Booksellers (Winnipeg)
- Vomar Industries Inc. (Tank Traders) (La Salle)
Outstanding Large Business
Entrepreneur of the Year
- Blayne Wyton (Prairie Barnwood Ltd., Morden)
- Hillary Proctor (Leaf Landscaping Inc., Winnipeg)
- Karen Swystun & Fred Loewen (Waterford Global Inc., Winnipeg)
Workers Compensation Board Return to Work Award
- Actionmarguerite (Winnipeg)
- Federated Co-operatives – Winnipeg Distribution Centre (Winnipeg)
- Gardewine Group Limited Partnerships (Winnipeg)
In partnership with Manitoba’s Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, The Honourable Janice Filmon, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is also pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Awards at this year’s 35th Manitoba Business Awards. Manitoba’s vibrant communities are shaped by the contributions of extraordinary businesses and individuals who live in them. Awarded to an individual as well as a company, they inspire by their example, and we are honored to recognize them.
Lieutenant Governor Award – Individual
Abdo (Albert) El Tassi – A well-known Manitoba businessman and philanthropist who works tirelessly to promote understanding, tolerance, and respect not only in Winnipeg but globally. Albert has called Winnipeg home since 1969 when he started in the shipping department of Peerless Garments Ltd. As of June 2006, he has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peerless Garments LP, which is a garment manufacturer and importer carrying two main businesses: leather and cold weather garments. For over 45 years, he has worked closely with Department of National Defence staff working on the design and development of specialized garments for the military.
Recognized for his prominent and selfless philanthropy and community service, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; he is a Member of the Order of Canada; he was named to the Order of Manitoba; and he was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2012 by the Canadian Red Cross, among numerous other honours.
Lieutenant Governor Award – Business
Founded in 1911, StandardAero has become one of the world aerospace industry’s largest independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul providers. StandardAero’s mission is to be the best to work for, the most trusted service partner and where custom solutions come standard. StandardAero employs more than 6,000 employees, with over 1,300 working in Winnipeg. As StandardAero has become a truly international company, its solid roots in Winnipeg are now the backbone of the province’s important aerospace sector.
StandardAero has created a work environment best described as a close-knit community. Volunteering opportunities also play a big role in the company’s social environment. The company and its employees partner with the Canadian Cancer Society, the MS Society, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and more; the company encourages and supports employee community involvement and volunteering activities.
We also invite you to click on the image below to see the 35th Manitoba Business Awards teaser video that was created by our partners at Coelement Inc.