The Business Builder Awards are all about celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of our peers. In total 13 distinguished awards are presented in a variety of categories. The Business Builder Awards banquet remains true to NSBA ideals in that the evening is affordable, fast-paced and a tremendous networking opportunity.

The Awards

The Business Builder Awards consist of 13 categories, from the Small Business Award to the Shirley Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award. Nine of the 13 awards are selected by an independent panel of judges, while the Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards are selected by the NSBA Board and the Business Builder Award and the Young Promising Entrepreneur Award are selected by fan vote at the event.

The 13 Awards are as follows:

L to R: Aaron Loraas, Loraas Disposal Services (Award Sponsor); Milton Taylor, Imagery
Photography (Award Recipient).

The Shirley Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an individual for their outstanding long-term contributions to their business or occupation whose leadership skills and passion have benefited the Saskatoon business community overall.

2017 Winner: Milton Taylor, Imagery Photography

L to R: Colin Rooke, Butler Byers Insurance Ltd. (Award Recipient); Jim Nowakowski,
JNE Welding Limited Partnership (Award Sponsor).

The Member of the Year Award is awarded to the NSBA Member or employee of an NSBA member who has portrayed exceptional commitment to the NSBA and exemplifies the image of a successful and involved community leader.

2017 Winner: Colin Rooke, Butler Byers Insurance

L to R: Morgan Edwards, Saskatoon Funeral Home; Doug Barker, Park Derochie
Coatings (SK) Inc.; Stacy Dybvig, ICR Commercial Real Estate (Award Sponsor); Raj Kavia,
Kavia Auto Body (Award Recipient); Derek Reimer, Koncept Sign Group.

The Business Builder Award is awarded to the NSBA business recognized by NSBA members for contributing to the success of NSBA members. As a referral award, members are encouraged to nominate a business that is inspiration to others in the business community by virtue of their commitment to service and consistently excellent products or services.

2017 Winner: Kavia Auto Body

L to R: Corey Edington, Athlete Era; Alison Mysiorek,
The Foggy Lemon Development (Award Recipient); Trevor Hanley,
Affinity Credit Union (Award Sponsor); Anastasia Szalasznyj, Sask Stuff;
Dustin Maki, Create Cafe 3D Printing Solutions Inc.

The Young Promising Entrepreneur Award is awarded to the most promising business idea or startup. In order to be considered for this award, applicants’ businesses must be within two years of incorporation if operational with the founder of the business being under the age of 30. Business ideas that are not currently operational are welcome to apply. This award is selected by a vote at the BBA Gala.

2017 Winner: The Foggy Lemon Development

L to R: Mia Hollinger, Treeternity Memorial Forest; Dean Olorenshaw,
The Northern Strands Group of Companies (Award Recipient); Michael Carss,
Saskatchewan Blue Cross (Award Sponsor); Shelley and Laddie James, Hairstyle Inn Salon;
Scott Henbury, Great Western Brewing Company

The Community Builder Award is awarded to the NSBA business that demonstrates a clear commitment to operating in a philanthropic and empathetic manner in the community.

2017 Winner: The Northern Strands Group of Companies

L to R: Dan Glass, Mitchinson Flight Centre; Terry Verbeke,
Park Town Hotel; Dr. Dennis Johnson, Saskatchewan
Polytechnic (Award Sponsor); Tony Zuck,
zu (Award Recipient); Matthew Murray, Graycon I.T.,
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The Employee Retention Award is awarded to the NSBA business that pursues excellence through employee development and training. Home to a stable and/or growing workforce, this business fosters an environment for lifelong learning, career advancement, internal leadership development, and/or the potential for succession opportunities.

2017 Winner: zu

L to R: Sheldon Dingwall, Dingwall Guitars Inc.; David Molesky, Rock & Bloom;
Wanda Waldner, National Bank of Canada (Award Sponsor); Neil Cameron,
NSC Minerals Ltd. (Award Recipient); Matthew Murray, Graycon I.T., Powered by Ricoh.

The Export Award is awarded to the NSBA business that successfully entered or expanded in a market outside Saskatchewan.

2017 Winner: NSC Minerals Ltd.

L to R: Mia Hollinger, Treeternity Memorial Forest; Derin Hildebrandt, ProjectLine Solutions Inc.;
Quinn Magnuson, Business Development Bank of Canada (Award Sponsor); Michael Yasieniuk,
YasTech Developments (Award Recipient); Roger Grona, Firebird Business Consulting Ltd.

The New Direction Award is awarded to the NSBA business that identifies and pursues a new business idea.

2017 Winner: YasTech Developments

L to R: Jeff Tomlin, Vendasta Technologies, Inc.;
Jason Wionzek, Colliers International (Award Sponsor);
Dan Glass, Mitchinson Flight Centre (Award Recipient);
Scott Neurauter, Allnorth; Paul Pinder,
Associated Engineering.

The Pursuit of Excellence Award is awarded to the NSBA business that recognizes and pursues activities which defines, promotes and identifies it as an industry leader among its peers and/or within the business community.

2017 Winner: Mitchinson Flight Centre

L to R: Andrey Olinov, Complete Technologies; Barry Knutson,
Ardel Steel Inc.; Sean Makahonuk, PWC (Award Sponsor);
Chelsea Stebner, Parr Auto Body (Award Recipient);
Brennen Mills, Saskatoon Fire and Flood.

The Quality Management Award is awarded to the NSBA business that recognizes and pursues activities which define, promote and inspire quality products, services and values.

2017 Winner: Parr Auto Body

L to R: Ryan Green, The Northern Strands Group of
Companies; Quenton Robins, GardaWorld Protective
Services; Gord Dobrowolsky, Worksafe Saskatchewan
(Award Sponsor); Doug Barker, Park Derochie Coatings (SK)
Inc. (Award Recipient); Barry Knutson, Ardel Steel Inc.

The Safe Employer Award is awarded to the NSBA business that exemplifies and promotes
safety in the workplace.

2017 Winner: Park Derochie Coatings (SK) Inc.

L to R: Hanif Hemani, Express Employment Professionals –
Saskatoon; Shawne Hancock, Anchor Managed Solutions
Ltd.; Chelsea Stebner, Parr Auto Body (Award Sponsor);
Andrey Olinov, Complete Technologies (Award Recipient);
David Molesky, Rock & Bloom.

The Small Business Award is awarded to the NSBA small business (10 employees or less) that promotes quality in product and customer service.

2017 Winner: Complete Technologies

L to R: Krystal Rudyk, Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’
Association; Brayden Enns, Keystone Paving Corporation;
Chelsea Stebner, Parr Auto Body (Award Recipient); Hon.
Ken Cheveldayoff, Government of Saskatchewan (Award
Presenter on Behalf of Sponsor, SaskTel); Jeff Tomlin,
Vendasta Technologies, Inc.

The Team Building Award is awarded to the NSBA business whose management and staff promote and foster a team working environment.

2017 Winner: Parr Auto Body

Nominations & Applications

Applications for the 2018 awards will open in the fall of 2017. Nominations for the Business Builder Award will also be open in the fall of 2017.

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