• 2021 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Celebration a Tremendous Success

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    October 26, 2021
    Fort McMurray, Alberta (October 26th, 2021). The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business Awards Celebration, presented by ATB, Stringam LLP, and MNP was a tremendous success!

    The live, in-person Gala—a premier local celebration in the middle of Small Business Week—saw a total attendance of over 300 local business and community individuals, who gathered to toast the very best of local business in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

    “It was such a pleasure to join with members of our business community in celebration of our individual and collective accomplishments” said Kristi Hines, Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, “We are grateful to each person in attendance for their adherence to all COVID-19 protocols.”

    The full list of award winners is as follows:
    Indigenous Business, presented by Canadian Natural Resources Limited 
    Birch Mountain Enterprises 
    Female Leadership, presented by Bouchier 
    Alethea Austin 
    Emerging Entrepreneur, presented by Startup YMM
    Exhale Yoga & Barre 
    Environment and Sustainability, presented by Suncor 

    Adaptation Award, presented by Scotiabank Fort McMurray 
    YMM Dance 
    Corporate-Social Collaboration, presented by MetCredit
    Prestige Jewellers 
    Hospitality and Tourism, presented by Wood Buffalo Economic Development 
    Fort McMurray Golf Club 
    Youth Entrepreneur, presented by Syncrude 
    Pampered Pet Box 
    Business of the Year – Under 20 Employees, presented by True North Automotive 
    Life and Portraits 
    Business of the Year – 21-99 Employees, presented by Melanie Galea and RE/MAX
    Achieve Wellness 
    Business of the Year – Over 100 Employees, presented by Hines Health Services
    Birch Mountain Enterprises 
    Lifetime Business Achievement, presented by RotaFlow
    Wayne Pinkney
    People’ Choice: Business Leader of the Year, Presented by APE Maintenance
    Alethea Austin
    People’ Choice: Small Business of the Year, Presented by APE Maintenance, Country 93.3, and 97.9 Rock
    YMM Dance
    People’ Choice: Medium – Large Business of the Year, Presented by APE Maintenance, Mix 103.7, and 100.5 Cruz FM
    Birch Mountain Enterprises 

    In addition to showcasing the incredible diversity of local business in the RMWB, the Awards celebration brought together a highly diverse selection of local musicians and cultural and arts performers, including War Cry Drummers, Fort McKay Northwind Dancers and Drummers, the MacDonald Island Dance Company, Nishka Rai, Erica Moeskau, Simma Downe, and the evening’s house band, The Chambermen.

    “The tenacity displayed by our local business community this past year has been truly inspiring and it is such a pleasure to celebrate their excellence” said Dianna de Sousa, Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber reaffirmed its mandate of driving extraordinary results for business, with the official brand launch of Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Shop Local Marketplace. This all-new e-commerce platform—set to launch before the end of this year—is the next step in the Chamber’s vision of advocacy and support for local business.

    With the successful conclusion of the 2021 Business Awards Celebration, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce now working toward a strong finish to 2021, featuring a forthcoming holiday campaign to promote Love.Shop.Local prepaid gift cards, and  a new year emphasizing growth opportunities for regional small business.
    Stuart McIntosh
    communications@fortmcmurraychamber.ca, 7807433100

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