Surrey Business Excellence Awards

Surrey Business Excellence Awards

This Surrey Board of Trade awards program celebrates Business in Surrey – a great place to live, learn and work! The businesses featured each year – the nominees and finalists – have reached a special point of business success. The Surrey Board of Trade for the past 19 years have celebrated Surrey businesses in this way. During the awards program that takes place in November, attendees learn what the Surrey Board of Trade represents to their business members which is; economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy and business connections. The 2017 event will take place on November 2, 2017.

Surrey is the fastest growing city in Canada and a powerful economic engine in the Lower Mainland. With the largest industrial land base in the region, businesses from near and far are looking at Surrey as their choice to do business in. Surrey has the advantage of being centrally located in the fast-developing Fraser Valley between the commercial hub of Vancouver and the US Border.

Surrey has five major highways as well as deep sea docking facilities and proximity to two international airports – Abbotsford and Vancouver.

Surrey is exciting now! Surrey has an exciting future! And you are ALL a part of it!

Surrey also stands at a critical juncture where the right decisions and investments have and will create economic opportunities for a generation and beyond. The Surrey Board of Trade stands behind the decisions to create a vibrant downtown Surrey and to develop all town centers in Surrey. Why? This harnesses the ability to bring in international businesses as well as local and national investment opportunities for Surrey. The government advocacy, that the Surrey Board of Trade engages in has realized many successes and delivered great media profile locally and nationally. Please check out the work that they do behind the scenes to drive Surrey’s economy at their website –

The event focuses on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. The video presentations, shown in the evening, are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization to the very innovative student entrepreneurs.

They are all trendsetters. They have made their dreams a reality and inspire others to make their dreams come true.

Event Information and RegistratioN

Sponsorship opportunities in the following areas at this prestigious event are available. Contact Heather Booth at or 604.634.0341 for more details.
  • Co-Presenting Sponsor – one remains
  • Supporting Sponsor – one remains
  • VIP Reception Sponsor
  • Parking Sponsor
  • Wine Sponsor
  • Ice Sculpture Sponsor


Nominations are now closed for 2017. Please check back for the 2018 nomination form.

The objective of the awards is to help local businesses and organizations improve their performance while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.

Anyone can nominate a business or individual for a Surrey Business Excellence Award and self-nominations are accepted. A Surrey Board of Trade membership is not required, although the business must have a Surrey business license.


  • Categories 1 – 3: Number of employees is based on equivalent full-time employees
  • Categories 1 – 5: Businesses must have been in business for more than 3 years
  • Category 6: Business must have been in operation for a minimum of 6 months and no longer than 3 years.
  • Category 7: Nominees must be 30 years or younger, and own a Surrey-based business.
  • The business premises must be located within Surrey and have a current Surrey business license
  • Previous winners in a particular category are ineligible for 3 years following the year in which they won
  • Completed nomination packages shall not exceed 10 pages including all attachments, not stapled.
  • Nomination applications must be completed in full to be accepted by the judging panel, including letter of financial health and copy of business license.

The information provided in response to the following questions provides the basis on which finalists are determined. Please respond to the questions as clearly and completely as possible in order to give the judging panel the best information on which to base their initial decisions. The SBOT reserves the right to change categories.

For assistance in completing a nomination form, or any questions about a nomination, please contact Heather Booth, Events & Communications Manager, at 604.634.0341 or

The Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Business Excellence Awards are accessible to all businesses in Surrey. The awards help local organizations improve their performance, while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.


  • Business Excellence Award (1-10 employees)
  • Business Excellence Award (11-40 employees)
  • Business Excellence Award (41+ employees)
  • Not-For-Profit / Association Award
  • Business Person of the Year (any leadership role)
  • New Business of the Year (Surrey business operating less than 3 years)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year


Please submit your nomination to:

Heather Booth
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0341
F: 604.588.7549

2017 Finalists

Business Person of the Year:
Gary Gill, Fraserview Cedar Products
Sara Hodson, LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic
Charan Sethi, Tien Sher Group of Companies

1-10 Employees Category:
BCB Natural Products and Services Ltd.
Sew Kool Embroidery & Screen-Printing
Sigma Safety Corporation

11-40 Employees Category:
LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic Inc.
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.
Safetech Scaffold Ltd.

41+ Employees Category:
Back in Motion Rehab Inc.
GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions
Safe Software Inc.

Not-for-Profit/Association of the Year Category:
Pacific Community Resources Society
Seniors Come Share Society
Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation

New Business of the Year Category:
Focused Interiors
Forte Law – Employment Law Solutions
Virtus Security Ltd.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category:
Gunraj Gill, Virtus Security Ltd.
Raveena Oberoi, Just Cakes Bakeshop Ltd.
Kathie-Lee Pugsley, Focused Interiors

Previous Winners

2016 Winners

1-10 Employees Award: Peninsula Strata Management Ltd.
Sponsored by the Port of Vancouver

Since 2012, Peninsula Strata Management has been a South Surrey based strata and property management company, priding itself on providing a customized style of strata & property management. They provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to strata corporations and properties within the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Their team of local licensed senior strata agents collectively possess decades of experience providing management services to residential, commercial, retail and industrial strata corporations in BC. They deliver exceptional customer service, superior value, proven leadership and integrity.

11-40 Employees Award: Innovative Fitness
Sponsored by Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies

Innovative Fitness opened in Surrey in 2006 and has since established itself as one of the leading personal fitness training organizations in North America. Innovative Fitness is a professional fitness training company that facilitates lifestyle management by challenging customers in the physical sphere and supporting them through the adversity in their training. In doing so, Innovative Fitness helps clients experience parallel victories in other aspects of their lives such as stress management, sleep deprivation, confidence, and self-esteem. Their primary service offering is in personal fitness training. From customer only facility access to pre-booked one-on-one training sessions with their training coaches, they take the boredom out of going to the gym and ensure long-term physical and mental results.

41+ Employees Award: Bottom Line Ventures Ltd.
Sponsored by MNP

Founded in 1992 with 1 store in Surrey, Bottom Line Ventures is now a multi-unit Subway franchisee owner-operator, which currently owns 14 restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Along the way, Bottom Line Ventures Ltd. has owned and operated 30 restaurants. Their innovation is in implementing training programs leading them to fill 100% of management positions with existing employees. They have groomed many front line workers to eventually take over the operations of the location. Over 24 years, Bottom Line Ventures has served on several boards of Subway, including the Subway Advertising Board of BC, Subway Franchisee Advisory Board of North America, and the North America Strategic Planning Board. Bottom Line Ventures has been recognized with hundreds of awards for its service to the Subway brand, including the 2000 and 2004 Franchisee of the Year Awards, and the 2005 Subway President’s Award.

New Business of the Year Award: Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria – Guildford
Sponsored by: Century Group

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria defines what a pizzeria should be, serving authentic Neapolitan pizza in a warm and lively atmosphere. Famoso also serves artisan pastas, salads, and great appetizers. The Guilford location, which opened in 2015, operates a full service bar and serves up menu items that are not available at other locations. This autonomy has been granted to this location based on the proven track record of the co-owners. Their Neapolitan pizzas are made with the finest authentic ingredients – ’00’ flour and Campania tomatoes from Italy – and have a perfectly soft, moist centre with a thin, crisp, slightly charred crust. Cooked in a bell oven from Italy, their pizzas are prepared in the same way as pizza is made in Naples, Italy.

Not-for-Profit of the Year Award: Options Community Services
Sponsored by: Copytek Print Centre

Options Community Services has been committed to empowering individuals, supporting families and promoting community health for 47 years. They operate over 80 different services which include: Early Years Program, employment services, family and children’s intervention services, homeless services, housing and mental health supports, crisis line, services for immigrants, Stopping the Violence Programs, youth and school based services, and specialized counseling services. The name “Options” comes from their belief that for communities to be healthy, people need to have choices and opportunities to live their lives to its fullest potential. Options is accredited by the Council on Accreditation – a demonstration of their commitment to quality, client-centered services and their accountability to the community.

Business Person of the Year Award: Curtis Christopherson
Sponsored by Hamilton Duncan

In 2003, Curtis joined Innovative Fitness as a professional training coach. In no time, he owned the first Innovative Fitness franchise in South Surrey. Since the opening in 2006, Curtis quickly demonstrated his ability to lead a team of trainers. In 2010, Curtis was nominated as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year as he took over the position of General Manager of Innovative Fitness. He worked alongside Matt Young and Jeff Sharpe, co-founders of Innovative Fitness, to oversee the entire business operations that included 3 corporate facilities and 4 franchises at the time. In 2012, Curtis Christopherson left his partnership at Innovative Fitness Corporate to advance his opportunities in the health & fitness industry. Although he still owns the most successful Innovative Fitness location (in South Surrey), he also founded and owns a Denver, Colorado company called RAD and has become a partner in a 24 year old business called Reflex Supplements in Surrey. Since his involvement with Reflex Supplements, the company has almost doubled in size and is now the most successful supplement retail chain in Western Canada.

Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award, sponsored by CN Bottom Line Ventures Ltd. This award was created to recognize a business working to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate, through participation in community programs, partnerships with community organizations, volunteering, educational and/or environmental initiatives, and/or for creating a positive environment for employees.

Winners Previous to 2016

Past Winners