ABEX Awards

Saskatchewan’s Premier Business Awards

In 1984, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce introduced the ABEX Awards to honour outstanding achievements in business excellence. The Achieving Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards are the highest award for Saskatchewan business and continue to celebrate the success of businesses and business leaders across the province.

Awards

University Of Regina Business Leader of the Year Award Sponsored by University Of Regina

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The Business Leader of the Year Award is chosen by a team of adjudicators comprised of the past presidents of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. This award honours and recognizes the importance of strong leaders in business success.

Priority Focus Award

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Priority Focus Award is presented to a Saskatchewan business which has gone above and beyond in demonstration of business excellence, in an area that mirrors a select Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce policy priority (priority to be selected by the Saskatchewan Chamber annually).

Handy Special Events Marketing Award Sponsored by Handy Special Events

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Marketing is awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in the execution of a successful marketing strategy. The jury evaluates the success of a marketing program giving consideration to the nature of the product and the relative size of the business.

World Trade Center Saskatoon Service Award Sponsored by World Trade Center Saskatoon

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Service goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in providing quality customer service (wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, brokering, professional services, communications, financial, etc.). Judging considers the relative size and particular conditions of the business, as well as the growth potential, stability, investment strategy, and quality of customer service initiatives.

Cameco Young Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Cameco

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to an entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35 who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage. Special consideration will be given to entrepreneurs who have displayed an innovative approach.

Export Award

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Exports goes to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in exporting Saskatchewan goods or services nationally or internationally. Judging takes into account the relative size of the business and factors such as the increase in export sales or successful entry into new markets.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Innovation Award Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Innovation will be presented to a Saskatchewan business that demonstrates excellence in the utilization of an innovative product, technology or system which has tangibly contributed to improved sales and/or productivity. Judging takes into account the originality of the innovation and its impact.

Cogent Community Involvement Award Sponsored by Cogent

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Community Involvement goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in its support of the arts and culture, amateur sports, education, healthcare or voluntary groups. Judging takes into account the relative size of the business. Greater consideration is given for involvement that is not an extension of the firm’s main business activities.

Growth & Expansion Award

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Growth and Expansion is given to a business that has made significant changes in their business resulting in “Growth” or “Expansion”. Changes may relate to job creation and/or investment.

Government of Saskatchewan New Venture Award Sponsored by Government of Saskatchewan

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The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for New Venture goes to a new business venture which has been in existence for 3 years or less (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018) and which has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation and/or entry into new markets. Applicants are judged on financial criteria as well as the nature of the new venture and its impact on job creation and market expansion, also taking into account the relative size of the new venture.

Past Winners

2018

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  • Business of the Year – Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc.
  • Innovation Award – InfraReady Products (1998) Ltd.
  • New Venture Award – Ironside Energy Services
  • Community Involvement Award – Affinity Credit Union
  • Priority Focus Award – Orano Canada Inc.
  • Marketing Award – Luxury Granite
  • Service Award – Historic Reesor Ranch
  • Growth & Expansion Award – Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc.
  • Export Award – Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc.
  • Business Leader of the Year Award – Grant J. Kook
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Haylie Lashta, Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness
  • Community Leader of the Year Award – Donald E. Kramer

2017

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  • Business of the Year – CAA Sakatchewan
  • Innovation Award – IntraGrain Technologies Inc.
  • New Venture Award – 9 Mile Legacy Brewing
  • Community Involvement Award – S & E Trusted Online Directories
  • Priority Focus Award – North Ridge Development Corporation
  • Marketing Award – Diamonds of Detroit
  • Service Award – CAA Saskatchewan
  • Growth & Expansion Award – The Deveraux Group of Companies
  • Export Award – Vendasta
  • Business Leader of the Year Award – Geoff Gay
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Dustin Nehring & Taylor Lang of N.L. Construction Inc.
  • Community Leader of the Year Award – Chief Tammy Cook-Searson

2016

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  • Business of the Year – Hillberg & Berk
  • Innovation Award – Hospitality Network Canada (2011) Inc.
  • New Venture Award – Black Bridge Brewery
  • Community Involvement Award – Cornerstone Credit Union
  • Priority Focus Award – Park Town Hotel
  • Marketing Award – Hillberg & Berk
  • Service Award – Viterra
  • Growth & Expansion Award – The Saskatoon Cooperative Association Limited
  • Export Award – Crestline Coach Ltd
  • Business Leader of the Year Award – Gavin Semple
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Elysia Vandenhurk and Natasha Vandenhurk (Three Farmers Products)
  • Community Cornerstone Award – Standard Motors

2015

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  • Business of the Year – Minard’s Leisure World
  • Innovation Award – Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.
  • New Venture Award – W Bridals ~ Curvy Couture
  • Community Involvement Award – P.A.R Contracting
  • Priority Focus Award – Display Systems International Inc.
  • Marketing Award – Minard’s Leisure World
  • Service Award – North Ridge Development
  • Growth & Expansion Award – TA Foods
  • Export Award – CanMar Grain Products Ltd.
  • Business Leader of the Year Award – Joel Teal
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Steve McKenna – McKenna Distribution, Luxury Granite and R&M Flooring
  • Community Cornerstone Award – Midwest Furniture & Appliances

2014

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  • Business of the Year – Yorkton Plumbing & Heating
  • Innovation Award – Peachy Printer
  • New Venture Award – Quickthree Solutions
  • Community Involvement Award – Redhead Equipment
  • Environment Award – Three Farmers Products
  • Marketing Award – S&E Trusted Online Directories
  • Service Award – Yorkton Plumbing & Heating
  • Growth & Expansion Award – NL Construction
  • Export Award – Push Interactions Inc.
  • Business Leader of the Year Award – Paul J. Hill, The Hill Companies 
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Jessica Tetu – Just for You Day Spa & Gift Studio
  • Community Cornerstone Award – Ted Matheson Men’s Wear

Winners dating back to the first ABEX Awards in 1984 can be found here.

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October 19, 2019, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

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