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Event Details

September 21, 2024 

Schedule

Cocktail Reception: 5:00pm
Program Start: 6:00pm
Program End: 9:30pm
Afterparty: Immediately following the event

Location

TCU Place
35 22 St E, Saskatoon, SK

Tickets

Ticket: $165 (Members) / $185 (General)
Table of 8: $1320+tax (Members) / $1480+tax (General)

Tables of 9 or 10 will be considered by request only.

Cancellations are refundable in full until September 13, 2024. After this date cancellations are non-refundable. Registrations are transferable at any time.

Applications & Nominations Open: March 1, 2024
Applications Close: May 1, 2024
Finalists Announced: June 20, 2024

Early Bird Deadline: August 21, 2024 @ 5pm (save 10%!)
Ticket Deadline: September 13, 2024

Tickets available starting June 13, 2024

Awards Categories

Community Involvement Award

The ABEX Community Involvement Award is presented to the business that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to supporting arts and culture, amateur sports, education, healthcare, or voluntary groups. Judging considers the relative size of the business. Greater consideration is given for involvement that is not an extension of the firm’s main business activities. This award celebrates a business that has actively contributed to the betterment of their communities, demonstrating a genuine dedication to making a positive impact in areas that extend beyond their core business functions.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Cannot have won this category within the past three (3) years.
  • Demonstrate active contributions to community betterment through investment, time-commitment of staff, and/or leading key initiatives.

2023 Winner: Wiegers Financial & Benefits


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The ABEX Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is presented to the business that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in fostering equitable, sustainable, and measurable change. Recognizing excellence in practices, events, applied research, policy, programs, or other activities, this award highlights initiatives focused on traditionally under-represented groups such as women, visible/racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+. Encouraging the celebration of cultural differences, community relationship-building, and substantial progress within organizations and the broader community, this award champions efforts to advance diversity and inclusion.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By Nutrien

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business or organization.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Cannot have won this category within the past three (3) years.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to inclusive employment practices, showcase measurable impact on under-represented groups, and/or display innovative diversity initiatives.

 

2023 Winner: Tokata HR Solutions


Export Award

The ABEX Export Award is presented to the business that has demonstrated exceptional performance in exporting Saskatchewan goods or services, showcasing remarkable performance on national and/or international fronts. The successful business has not only contributed to the growth of Saskatchewan’s export sector, but has also distinguished themselves as an innovator in expanding the reach of Saskatchewan’s goods and services, while elevating the reputation of the province on the global stage.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By STEP

STEP - Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate success and growth in national or international markets.
  • Showcase strategies and projections for future export success.
  • Showcase impact of business exports on Saskatchewan’s economy.

 

2023 Winner: N/A – Insufficient Applications


Growth & Expansion Award

The ABEX Growth and Expansion Award is presented to the business that has made significant changes in their business resulting in “Growth” or “Expansion”. Growth may encompass increased revenue, market share, or customer base, while expansion may include geographical reach, number or size of business locations, product lines, or service offerings. Recognizing achievements such as job creation and investments, this award highlights a business that has strategically evolved and positively impacted their community’s economic landscape.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By PFM Capital Inc.

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Display evidence of prior financial growth, as well as growth or expansion in other areas (market share, customer base, geographical reach, business locations, product lines, service offerings)
  • Showcase the development of strategies and projections for future growth.

 

2023 Winner: MegaDry Disaster Restoration Inc.


Innovation Award

The ABEX Innovation Award is presented to the business that has redefined its industry through cutting-edge technologies, systems, services, or products. The successful business not only successfully implemented innovative solutions but also has left a positive impact on their industry and contributes to enhanced sales, productivity, and overall sustainability. This award recognizes the bold trailblazing and positive transformation achieved by the successful business, shaping a better future for both their industry and society.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate successful ideation and implementation of an innovation.

 

2023 Winner: Precision AI


Marketing Award

The ABEX Marketing Award is presented to the business showcasing outstanding performance in the planning and execution of impactful marketing campaigns. This award recognizes innovators who have not only embraced creativity in their marketing endeavors but have also achieved measurable success in enhancing brand visibility, engagement, and overall market impact. This award highlights the business that goes beyond conventional approaches, and exhibits a strong understanding of their target audience, industry trends, and a commitment to achieving excellence through strategic marketing initiatives.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate success in at least one (1) marketing campaign within the last three (3) years.
  • Showcase innovation in marketing techniques.
  • Employ data and analytics to demonstrate the measurable impact of their campaigns.

 

2023 Winner: Harbour Landing Village


New Venture Award

The ABEX New Venture Award is presented to the new business that has been in existence for one to three years and has demonstrated exceptional performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation, and entry into new markets. Judging criteria emphasizes financial metrics, the unique nature of the new venture, and its significant impact on job creation and market expansion. This award acknowledges the success and innovative contributions of the winning new business to the business landscape.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for a minimum of one (1) year and a maximum of three (3) years as of April 30, 2024.
  • Showcase the development of strategies and projections for future success.

 

2023 Winner: Phantom Light Distillery


Non-Profit Impact Award (NEW in 2024)

The ABEX Non-Profit Impact Award is presented to the non-profit organization that contributes to the betterment of Saskatchewan’s business landscape. Through innovative practices and transformative initiatives, the successful organization has played an impactful role in building a robust and vibrant ecosystem that contributes to making Saskatchewan an ideal place for businesses to thrive.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a non-profit organization.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate proof of community impact or engagement.
  • Showcase measurable outcomes of the impact of the business’s involvement.
  • Display effective implementation of innovative programs or projects.

 

2023 Winner: N/A 


Service Award

The ABEX Service Award is presented to the business, regardless of industry, that has consistently surpassed expectations in delivering high-quality service. Judging criteria consider the unique conditions of each business, evaluating factors such as size, growth potential, and the effectiveness of customer service initiatives. The successful business has not only met but exceeded industry standards, having fostered strong customer relationships and contributed significantly to the overall advancement of their respective sector.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By KPMG

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate proof of exceptional customer service initiatives
  • Showcase innovative service offerings.
  • Outline impact of service initiatives on business success.

 

2023 Winner: The Atlas˚ Hotel


Young Entrepreneur

The ABEX Young Entrepreneur Award is presented to an entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35 who has achieved success in launching and operating a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service, have long-term goals with corresponding strategies, and demonstrate an ability to innovate in response to marketplace challenges, resulting in a significant competitive advantage. Special consideration will be given to those who have displayed an innovative approach to entrepreneurship.

Applications & Nominations Open March 1, 2024

Sponsored By Cameco

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least two years at the time of applying.
  • Cannot have won this category within the past three (3) years.
  • Must be 35 years of age or less as of September 30, 2024.
  • Must show evidence of financial success and include strategies for future goals.

2023 Winner: Ryan Skjerdal of Vortex Plumbing & Heating; MegaDry Restoration Services Inc.


Business of the Year

The ABEX Business of the Year Award is presented to the business that has exhibited exceptional performance in resilience, growth, stability, and overall business excellence. The recipient of this award is selected by the ABEX Judging Committee from all 2024 ABEX recipients, spanning across all application-based categories.

If you are indicated in being considered for this award, please check “yes” when prompted on your application for the application-based categories. A member of our team will be in touch.

Sponsored By Grant Thornton LLP

Category Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a for-profit business.
  • Must be financially viable.
  • Must be operating in Saskatchewan for at least three years at the time of applying.
  • Cannot have won this category within the past three (3) years.
  • Must show evidence of business excellence across multiple areas of business.
  • Must show evidence of economic impact on the province.

2023 Winner: Harbour Landing Village


Sponsorship Package

As Saskatchewan’s premier business awards, ABEX sponsorship provides your organization with incredible opportunities to be seen by business leaders and entrepreneurs from various sectors, sizes, and locations across the province. Download our comprehensive Annual Sponsorship Package, or scroll down to browse specific ABEX Awards opportunities.

Download the 2024 Sponsorship Package

ABEX Awards Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Investment: $25,000
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Opportunity to welcome the audience (3 minutes) and presentation of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame Award.
  • Premium logo and/or name recognition on virtually all promotional graphics, day-of signage, formal invitations, advertisements, etc.
  • Verbal recognition as presenting sponsor during the event program.
  • One (1) complimentary advertisement in SCC’s monthly e-newsletter (creative to be provided by sponsor).
  • ¼ page advertisement in SCC’s Annual Report.
  • Four (4) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • 16 VIP tickets (2 tables) to the event.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Student Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Investment: $15,000
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Opportunity to address the audience (2 minutes).
  • Logo featured in invitations to students of post-secondary institutions (approx. 50 students).
  • Recognized as the student sponsor in communication to the attending students.
  • Verbal recognition as the student sponsor in the event program.
  • One (1) complimentary advertisement in SCC’s monthly e-newsletter (creative to be provided by sponsor).
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Eight (8) VIP tickets (1 table) to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Award Sponsor

Quantity: 12
Status: 1 AVAILABLE
Investment: $7,500
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Opportunity to introduce and present the sponsored category (2 minutes).
  • Elevated logo feature in the event program near the beginning of the program.
  • Name recognition in the event program for the sponsored category.
  • Logo featured in SCC & ABEX social media relating to the sponsored category.
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Eight (8) VIP tickets (1 table) to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Wine Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Status: AVAILABLE
Investment: $6,500
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Logo featured on the wine tags on each table.
  • Verbal recognition as the wine sponsor near the beginning of the program.
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Four (4) VIP tickets to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Dinner Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Status: AVAILABLE
Investment: $6,500
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Logo featured on the dinner menus at each place setting.
  • Verbal recognition as the dinner sponsor during the dinner portion of the evening.
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Four (4) VIP tickets to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Reception Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Investment: $6,000
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Verbal recognition as reception sponsor near the start of the program.
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Four (4) VIP tickets to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Gift Sponsor

Quantity: 1
Status: AVAILABLE
Investment: $5,000
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Logo featured on gift bag tags for finalists (approx. ~40 gift bags).
  • Opportunity to include congratulatory message in each bag (provided by sponsor).
  • Opportunity to include one (1) item in each gift bag (provided by sponsor).
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Four (4) VIP tickets to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.

Contributing Sponsor

Quantity: 6
Status: AVAILABLE
Investment: $3,500
  • Full ABEX logo package.*
  • Enhanced listing on the SCC Member Directory for the length of the sponsorship.
PLUS
  • Two (2) tickets for the Sponsor/Finalist Reception.
  • Two (2) VIP tickets to the ABEX Awards.

*The ABEX logo package includes recognition on the ABEX Awards webpage, event program, event slideshow, and verbal recognition at the event.


ABEX Awards Judging Process

The ABEX Awards are open to all Saskatchewan-based businesses. All completed applications are forwarded by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce to an independent auditing firm. The auditing firm scores each application using a scoring matrix.

Once the application forms have been analyzed, a judging meeting is called in mid-August. Here, a group of independent judges – business leaders, representatives from post-secondary education institutions, and past-Chairs of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, go through applications, debate the merits of each application and vote.

The judges select finalists per category, and then select one winner per category from the group of finalists. The winner is chosen based on the quality of the application and the business excellence of each finalist as it relates to the unique requirements of each ABEX award category.

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
ABEX SAFETY SPONSOR
Award Sponsors
Abex Hospitality Sponsor
ABEX Student SPONSOR
ABEX Décor SPONSOR
Abex Contributing Sponsors
For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Josie Fries

Director of Marketing and Events

306-781-3125

jfries@saskchamber.com

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