Each year the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce calls upon the region to nominate businesses that have excelled in our community, based on a determined set of criteria, to be singled out and recognized as exemplary examples of business excellence.
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All nominees are evaluated by the following criteria and given a numerical score for each category and that is then added up to determine the winners. All scoring is done in a confidential manner and is not released to any party, including the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.
Voting is now open for the People's Choice Award! (Voting close October 21, 2019)
This will be awarded to two businesses with respective award winners and nominee(s) differentiated by the number of full-time employees that they have.
Nominee(s) must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in economic, social, charitable, or environmental activities. They have shown a dedicated focus on achieving a vision and mandate aligned with ongoing contributions to the environment and/or sustainability. As well, the nominee(s) promotes volunteerism.
Nominee(s) must have demonstrated excellence in their field. In addition they must be acting in a leadership capacity and have demonstrated leadership qualities in enhancing entrepreneurship for women.
The nominee(s) have incorporated cross-cultural relations and Indigenous values into organizational culture and business practices. They have value-added benefits to Indigenous communities and individuals in at least one Alberta community as a result of implementing best practices including economic development, employment and training, and community engagement. This award is not limited to ownership, but rather will be based on what the nominee does for heritage, and the Indigenous communities.
The nominee(s) must have been in operation for less than three years. As well, nominees in this category must be sustainable in nature, and show growth potential.
The nominee(s) must be an individual under the age of 30. The nominee(s) must have played a direct and primary role in the planning and establishment of the business, and must be currently operating in a leadership capacity.
The nominee(s) have enhanced the quality of life for the community, and attracted people to the area. They will have promoted and added vibrancy to the well-being, health, and development of the community. The nominee(s) have demonstrated long-term community engagement, and have taken opportunities to showcase the region through marketing and community events, and/or programs. As well, they have promoted cultural activities, tourism, and/or sporting events.
While nominees in this category will be determined by the Committee based on the above criteria, the winner of the People’s Choice category will be determined by public ballot.
To be eligible as a valid nominee in any category your business must:
All nominations are reviewed & evaluated by an independent judging committee made up of local, qualified members of the business community.
Their mandate is to objectively determine the finalists and ultimately the winner in each category based on the applicable criteria outlined.
In that regard, all nominees will be evaluated as follows:
The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce hosts several events throughout the year. Click here for pictures of our Business and Community Awards Reception, our Duffet n' Divot Golf Tournament, our monthly Networking Luncheons and our Small Business Week Celebrations.