NSBA Announces Business Builder Awards Finalists
Celebrating Pipe Dreams
Saskatoon, SK – The NSBA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 23rd Annual Business Builder Awards, Presented by Nutrien. Winners will be announced at the Awards banquet on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 5:00 pm at the World Trade Center at Prairieland Park.
Growing in stature, reputation and attendance year after year, the NSBA Business Builder Awards are arguably the premier awards banquet in Saskatoon. Last year this event saw an attendance of over 600 registrants; based on the current ticket sales, organizers are confident that number will again be achieved, or exceeded in 2020.
This year’s theme for the prestigious awards banquet is: Celebrating Pipe Dreams. The theme acknowledges goals and aspirations that fuel entrepreneurs and their businesses. The theme is also a nod to one of the NSBA’s major lobbying goals: to support the construction of pipelines that will safely transport our nation’s natural resources to ports and markets. The Business Builder Awards, Presented by Nutrien, is the time to acknowledge success in the NSBA membership and this year will also recognize the journey taken to reach it.
23rd Annual Business Builder Awards, Presented by Nutrien Finalists
The “Employee Retention & Development Award” – sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic – 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 succession opportunities.
The finalists are: Ghost Transportation Services, PCL Construction Management Inc., Prairie Crane Inc., SARC/SARCAN Recycling
The “Safe Employer Award” – sponsored by an Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board – is awarded to the NSBA business that exemplifies and promotes safety in the workplace.
The finalists are: Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc., Norseman Structures, Pinchin Ltd, Supreme Steel
The “New Direction Award” – sponsored by BDC – is awarded to the NSBA business that identifies and pursues a new business idea.
The finalists are: Banda Marketing Group, Golden Mobility and Rehab Ltd, J. Mendoza & Associates Canada Immigration Consulting Group, The Village at Stonebridge
The “Pursuit of Excellence Award” – sponsored by Colliers International– is awarded to the NSBA business that is an industry leader among its peers and/or within the business community.
The finalists are: McDougall Gauley LLP, Panko Collaborative Law and Mediation, Park Derochie, Three Farmers Foods Inc.
The “Team Building Award” – sponsored by Sutton Wealth Planning – is awarded to the NSBA business whose management and staff promote and foster a team working environment.
The finalists are: Peter Lucas Project Management, Vendasta, WESK (Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan), YasTech Developments
The “Quality Management Award” – sponsored by PWC – is awarded to the NSBA business that recognizes and pursues activities which define, promote and inspire quality products, services and values.
The finalists are: Bow Group of Companies Inc, North Star Systems Inc., Pinchin Ltd, Supreme Group
The “Community Builder Award” – sponsored by Saskatchewan Blue Cross – is awarded to the NSBA business that demonstrates a clear commitment to operating in a philanthropic and empathetic manner in the community.
The finalists are: Dutton Group, Tim Hortons, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, PCL Construction Management Inc., Wiegers Financial and Benefits
The “Small Business Award” – sponsored by Parr Auto Body – is awarded to the NSBA small business, with 10 employees or less, that promotes quality in product and customer service.
The finalists are: Crew Rowhouse Ltd., Express Employment Professionals, Panko Collaborative Law and Mediation, Three Farmers Foods Inc.
The “Growth and Market Expansion Award” – sponsored by SREDA – is awarded to the NSBA business that successfully demonstrates a commitment to growth of the business through expansion in an existing or new market.
The finalists are: Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc., Saskatoon Fire and Flood, Shercom Industries Inc., Vendasta
The “Indigenous Inclusion Award” – sponsored by Miller Thomson- is awarded to the NSBA business that embraces and promotes Indigenous peoples having equitable access to jobs, training/education, and entrepreneurship opportunities or through economic development projects that promote long-term sustainable benefits to Aboriginal communities.
The finalists are: Epic Alliance Inc., Morris Interactive, Park Derochie, South East Construction
The “Young Promising Entrepreneur Award” – sponsored by Edwards School of Business – is something quite unique and has become a welcome addition to the evening’s festivities. Four entrepreneurs under 30 who have business ideas will be at the banquet. Before the dinner, people who attend the banquet can vote for the entrepreneur and business pitch that shows the most potential. The winner will be determined by an online voting process at the banquet on March 19th.
The finalists are: Axis Imagery Ltd., Cropper, Husbandry Farms, Revolve Café Inc
Our namesake award, the “Business Builder Award” – sponsored by ICR Commercial Real Estate – is awarded to a the NSBA business that has contributed to the success of NSBA members, and a company that you could confidently refer to others. This award will also be selected the night of the banquet by an online voting process.
The finalists are: Blue Moose Media, Boost Strategic Coaching, Ghost Transportation Services, J&H Builder’s Warehouse
Member of the Year Award (by Board of Director vote) – sponsored by Tourism Saskatoon, 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. The winner of this award will be announced at the awards banquet on March 19th.
The Shirley Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award (by Board of Director vote) – sponsored by Loraas Disposal Services, awarded to an individual for their outstanding long-term contributions to their business or occupation, and whose leadership skills and passion have benefited the Saskatoon business community overall. The winner of this award will be announced at the awards banquet on March 19th.
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The NSBA is a member-driven and focused business association in Saskatoon that serves, promotes and protects business throughout Saskatoon and beyond. The NSBA has recently rebranded to be known simply by its acronym – NSBA – to reflect its current membership which has grown considerably beyond Saskatoon’s north end. The NSBA has developed its mandate and reputation by being a relevant, topical and effective organization that interacts with all levels of government and industry on a variety of issues for the betterment of our local economy.