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Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Announces 2023 ABEX Award Winners

September 17, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 17, 2023 

SASKATOON, SK – The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 ABEX (Achievement in Business Excellence) Awards. These awards recognize outstanding businesses and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and commitment to the growth and prosperity of Saskatchewan's economy.

The 2023 ABEX Awards, presented by Conexus Credit Union, were held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK on September 16, 2023. The event brought together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members to celebrate the achievements of Saskatchewan's local businesses. The event was a testament to the resilience and ingenuity displayed by the province's business community.

Harbour Landing Village took home top honours of the night with the ‘Business of the Year’ Award, sponsored by the Grant Thornton LLP, as well as the ABEX Marketing award, sponsored by CN. The Hill Companies were inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame, and Pat Friesen received the Roger Phillips Chamber Builder Award for her contributions to the Chamber network.

The complete list of winners of the 2023 ABEX Awards are as follows:

Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP
Harbour Landing Village – Regina

Community Involvement Award, sponsored by Saskatchewan Blue Cross
Wiegers Financial & Benefits – Saskatoon

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Nutrien
Tokata HR Solutions – Regina

Growth and Expansion Award, sponsored by PFM Capital Inc.
MegaDry Disaster Restoration – Weyburn

Innovation Award, sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Precision AI – Regina

Marketing Award, sponsored by CN
Harbour Landing Village – Regina

New Venture Award, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development
Phantom Light Distillery – Prince Albert

Service Award, sponsored by KPMG LLP
The Atlas˚ Hotel – Regina

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Cameco
Ryan Skjerdal of Vortex Plumbing & Heating; MegaDry Restoration Services – Weyburn

Community Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by SaskEnergy
David Dubé, Concorde Group Ltd. – Regina

Business Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of Regina
Tim Gitzel, Cameco Corporation – Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame Inductee
The Hill Companies – Regina

Roger Phillips Chamber Builder Award
Pat Friesen – Swift Current

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce congratulates all the winners of the 2023 ABEX Awards and commends them for their outstanding contributions to our province's economic growth and development.

"This year’s ABEX Award winners embody the principles of innovation and commitment that drive Saskatchewan's business community. Their achievements are a testament to their dedication to excellence. I extend my congratulations to all the recipients and also to the finalists for their strong contributions to our economy.” – Prabha Ramaswamy, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

"All of the people associated with the Hill Companies are honoured to be recognized by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Each and every one of us are only in business to help others including our business associates and those in the community that may not have the same opportunities. We have always grown with the province both in terms of services and commitments where we operate.  We thank the Chamber, the province, and the areas where we serve." – Paul Hill, Executive Chairman of the Hill Companies



The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business and represents the interests of over 10,000 individual businesses, industry associations, and local chambers across the province through its chamber network. Learn more about the ABEX Awards and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce by visiting or @ABEXAwards on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.
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