2017 Airdrie Business Award Winners

The 2017 Airdrie Business Awards Gala recognized the best of Airdrie business on October 19 at Bert Church Theatre.

The Airdrie Business Awards are an initiative of the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership (ABRP). The ABRP seeks to foster the growth of a vibrant, thriving and diversified business community in Airdrie and the surrounding area. The Airdrie Business Awards are made possible thanks to support from the ABRP, generous sponsorship from the local business community, and the hard work of a group of talented and passionate volunteers.

The brand new Legacy Business Award, sponsored by ATB Financial, is awarded to a business that is independently owned and operated, has been in Airdrie for at least 15 years, has shown sustained growth and contributions to local employment. This business has invested in the community and sees community investment as a core part of the company’s values. The 2017 recipient was McKee Homes Ltd.

The Environmental Stewardship Business Award, sponsored by FortisAlberta, is awarded to a business that demonstrates commitment and is influential in the area of environmental sustainability through leadership and the integration of environmentally responsible practices into their corporate culture. The 2017 recipient was Happy Paws Veterinary Clinic.

The Emerging Business Award, sponsored by BDC, is awarded to a small business (less than 50 employees) that has been in business for less than 3 years, and demonstrates outstanding customer service, growth and actively participates in the community. The 2017 recipient was Airdrie Puppy Pals.

The Employer Excellence Award, sponsored by Vitreous Glass, is awarded to a business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work. The company values their employees’ development and retention on the same level that it values productivity and business growth. It places high levels of importance on corporate culture and a happy and healthy work environment for their staff. The 2017 recipient was Davis Chevrolet Buick GMC.

The Winning Edge Award, sponsored by Hassett & Reid LLP, is awarded to a small business (less than 50 employees) that has been in business for at least 3 years, that best exhibits outstanding achievement in innovative practices, customer service, and growth, and actively participates in the community. The 2017 recipient was Switchback Creative.

The Airdrie Business Leader Award, sponsored by the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, is awarded to an individual whose business ethics and philosophies extend beyond the walls of their business and have a positive impact on the Airdrie community as a whole; an individual whose vision encompasses both the priorities of the community along with a high degree of business excellence. The 2017 recipient was Elaine McKee-Doel.

More information about the Airdrie Business Awards can be found at www.airdriebusinessawards.com.