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 18 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 2016 event took place on November 3, 2016.
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 – businessinsurrey.com/policy.
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.
2016 Surrey Police Officer of the Year Award 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.
The event also saw the 3rd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award, sponsored by CN, presented to 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.
Business Person of the Year:
Curtis Christopherson, Innovative Fitness
Graeme Huguet, My House Design/Build Team Ltd.
Ron McNeil, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group
1-10 Employees Category:
Peninsula Strata Management Ltd.
Sew Kool Embroidery & Screen-Printing
11-40 Employees Category:
SM Accounting Group Ltd.
41+ Employees Category:
Bottom Line Ventures Ltd.
LMS Reinforcing Steel Group
Not-for-Profit/Association of the Year Category:
Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)
Options Community Services
Pacific Community Resources Society
New Business of the Year Category:
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria – Guildford
West Coast Centre for Learning
Nominations are closed for 2016.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
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.
HOW TO NOMINATE
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
- 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 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.
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:
Category 1: 1-10 Employees Winner: South Point Pet Hospital
Sponsored by Copytek Print Centres
South Point Pet Hospital has been serving the South Surrey and White Rock areas since 2004. In 2005, they became members of the North American Health Association, the accrediting body for companion animal hospitals in Canada and the U.S. Their mission is to provide exceptional, quality veterinary care to your pets in a compassionate, comfortable and caring environment. They strive to provide strong support and education to pet owners to ensure long, happy and healthy lives for their furry family members. In addition to veterinary care, they provide grooming and cat boarding services. If necessary, their team will do house calls, which is especially valuable for their elderly clients who cannot drive. South Point Pet Hospital plans to bring in laser therapy to complement their acupuncture treatments, which has already seen great success. They have introduced a digital x-ray machine to their practice, which is more efficient in getting a diagnosis, and safer for the environment as it does not use harsh chemicals. Additionally, the team has adopted ‘clinic cats’, who may not have found a forever home otherwise. This includes Tyson, a cat who needed to have his back leg amputated, and Mama, a cat who was left at their door pregnant with 6 kittens.
Category 2: 11 – 40 employees Winner: Viva Care Inc.
Sponsored by Port Metro Vancouver
Since 2008, Viva Care Inc. has been a multi-disciplinary and holistic healthcare clinic. Viva Care is an innovative healthcare provider providing access to many health services offered in 10 clinic locations. Their growing network of family physicians, specialists, pharmacists, optometrists, rehabilitative team and other health care providers are bound by the common purpose of helping communities on their path to better health. Viva Care is committed to providing their patients with the best end-to-end healthcare available. Their full-service, state-of-the-art clinics are designed to give each patient superior service and quality healthcare, all under one roof. Over the years, Viva Care has entered into an exclusive partnership with Walmart Canada to be their primary clinic provider, allowing them to expand into growing markets and serve new families and communities. Viva Care is modernizing the healthcare industry by introducing online wait times on their website, online booking of appointments, a paging system within Walmart so clients can shop while they wait for their turn to see a doctor. There also is a solution for patients to see a physician online using their smartphone, tablet or computer, by using a web conferencing tele-medicine tool. Viva Care, based in Surrey, also operates across the Lower Mainland, as well as in Kenaston, Manitoba.
Category 3: 41+ employees Winner: Canuel Caterers
Sponsored by Fraser Downs (soon to be Elements Casino)
Two brothers with the drive and determination to create a company that could compete in Canada with large, multi-national food service providers established Canuel Caterers in 1991. Supported by a strong management, sales and operational team, they continue to attract new clients and retain their existing client base. Their success started with their first account – North Delta Secondary School – an account that still remains with Canuel. In addition to operating the current eight school accounts in Surrey, they have a combined 54 school programs in BC. Canuel provides cafeteria and meal programs to these schools. Additionally, they have several corporate accounts, catering to groups of ten to 1,500, specializing in weddings. Larger groups are now possible because of the recently renovated multi-million dollar production centre located in Surrey. This expanded capacity has enabled them to become involved with events for the Special Olympics and Ride for Cancer, to name a few. In addition to services already noted, Canuel has operated the café and banquet centre, Occasions at the Pond, at the Surrey Municipal Complex since 2003. This family owned and operated business prides themselves on practicing ethical practices with suppliers, clients and staff.
New Business of the Year Winner: Crown Building Supplies
Sponsored by Century Group
Crown Building Supplies is a newly established business with a combined 40 years of experience in the industry. One of the largest suppliers in BC, they are a one-stop shop to find quality wall and ceiling materials at competitive prices. Items include drywall, stucco, EIFS foam, steel framing, insulation, acoustical ceiling system, tools and hardware. Their competitive advantage is low overhead, resulting in competitive pricing, and personal customer relationships. Customer service is their key priority, along with creating successful partnerships throughout the building process. Crown Building Supplies is committed to becoming the leading independent dealer of wall and ceiling materials in BC. Strong relationships with all customers will make them an indispensable partner, not just another dealer. A newly formed business by experienced and educated individuals, whose average age is about 40, has flourished beyond projected expectations. This is a direct result of their energy, commitment, and dedication to serving their business and community.
Not-for-profit Winner: John Volken Academy Society
Sponsored by Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network
The John Volken Academy provides long-term, residential addiction recovery treatment and life-skills training to young men and women ages 19-34. While in the program, students advance their education, adopt healthy lifestyles, and receive extensive career training in PricePro, their not-for-profit grocery store. It is a unique recovery program, as the methods of recovery are about building capacity and helping these young men and women become self-supporting, contributing members of society. Their mission is to be a world leader in providing effective and affordable residential addiction recovery treatment, teaching relevant job and life skills, advancing secondary and post-secondary education, cultivating self worth and instilling in each student the desire to always be the best they can be for themselves, their families, and their communities. The Academy also strives to be a good neighbour by offering support to other charities and not-for-profits such as the Rick and Sue Diamond Foundation, the Newton BIA, and the Surrey Food Bank.
Business Person of the Year Winner: Andrew Westlund
Sponsored by the Law firm of Hamilton Duncan
Andrew Westlund has been in business for over 25 years in the wireless space. In this changing world, he has diversified his businesses to span a number of industries. He is the President of the Westlund Group of Companies, which includes Apex Wireless, SKY Helicopters, SKY Hangar, Agency Media, FLUID Day Spa, Mode Photography, Level4 Technologies, and The Link Professional Services. Fascinated by the human element of business, he believes that engagement is the most powerful factor in the success of any business. He runs a sales component through each company, no matter the industry, and aims to have 20 businesses and 500 employees within the next ten years. With a personal goal to learn one new thing every year, Andrew Westlund spends much of his spare time adventuring, including flying helicopters, cycling, and motorcycling. Andrew sees more than what something is, he sees where it’s going. He works with a number of non-profits to share their stories and help raise funds. Over the past two decades, Andrew Westlund has grown and maintained his business in Surrey while providing over 150 jobs to the community. He shares his insights, passions, and philosophies with his group of companies, while still remembering those in need through his charitable efforts.
The event also saw the 2nd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award presented to Mansonville Plastics (B.C.) Ltd. & Group of Companies. 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.