The “BBA’s” are all about celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of our peers. In total 14 distinguished awards are presented in a variety of categories. The banquet remains true to NSBA ideals in that the evening is affordable, fast-paced and a tremendous networking opportunity.
The Business Builder Awards, Presented by Nutrien consist of 14 categories, from the Small Business Award to the Shirley Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award. Ten of the 14 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 14 Awards are as follows:
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.
2019 Winner: Kent Smith-Windsor, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
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.
2019 Winner: Chad Leverick, Alliance Energy
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.
2019 Winner: Korpan Tractor
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.
2019 Winner: Crew Rowhouse
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.
2019 Winner: Just For You Day Spa
The Employee Retention and Development 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.
2019 Winner: Loraas Disposal North Ltd.
The Growth and Market Expansion Award is awarded to the NSBA business that successfully demonstrates a commitment to growth of the business through expansion in an existing or new market.
2019 Winner: Vendasta
The Indigenous Inclusion Award is a new award for 2020 and will be 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.
New for 2020!
The New Direction Award is awarded to the NSBA business that identifies and pursues a new business idea.
2019 Winner: Brandt Industries
The Pursuit of Excellence Award is awarded to the NSBA business that is an industry leader among
its peers and/or within the business community.
2019 Winner: JNE Welding Limited Partnership
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.
2019 Winner: Complete Technologies
The Safe Employer Award is awarded to the NSBA business that exemplifies and promotes
safety in the workplace.
2019 Winner: Industrial Machine & Mfg Inc
The Small Business Award is awarded to the NSBA small business (10 employees or less) that promotes quality in product and customer service.
2019 Winner: Echelon Wealth Partners Inc
Nominations & Applications
Applications for the 2020 awards are NOW OPEN! Please read these instructions for submitting your application form:
1) Download and save the form to your computer.
2) Open the form from its saved location and input your information.
3) Save the form.
4) Hit the submit button. If your email is not set up to auto-send, please ensure that you send the form from your email Outbox manually.
Having trouble deciding what to put in your application? Take a look at this sample application from a company who has won previously: Sample Application. Also, be sure to check out some tips from the BBA judges at MNP: Judge’s Tips.
Upcoming Business Builder Awards Events
23rd Annual NSBA Business Builder Awards, Presented by Nutrien (November 24/20)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm