2023 Fernie Business Excellence Awards: Finalists announced and tickets on sale

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for this year’s Fernie Business Excellence Awards. There were close to 100 business and organization nominations cast for the awards this year which is an amazing testament to how much local businesses are valued by the community.  

Businesses that were nominated were asked to complete a Nominee Form that was then reviewed by an  independent panel of judges from the Fernie area. The panel of judges have determined the three finalists (see below) as well as the winners – which will be announced on Thursday, October 12 at the awards gala event at the Best Western Fernie. The exceptions to this were the People’s Choice Award, the Chamber  Legacy Award, and the Citizen of the Year. Any business or organization that was nominated for an award was in the running for the People’s Choice Award and voting is open to the public (closes September 21 at 11:59 PM MST) with over 700 votes cast. The Chamber Legacy Award and the Citizen of the Year were selected by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce board of directors and will be announced at the awards event. 

Wendy McDougall (Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber) explains, “This is my first Business  Excellence Awards as the Fernie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, and I am blown away but the  extraordinary participation, support and involvement of the business and not-for-profit community in this event. We certainly have a lot to celebrate as Fernie continues to grow, evolve and adapt to the changing  economy. Fernie is such a resilient community, it was a real treat to read and hear how businesses and innovating, becoming more sustainable and giving back to the community. On behalf of the Fernie Chamber, I want to sincerely congratulate all nominees and finalists.” 

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 12 commencing at 5:30pm. Please be advised  there is limited availability of tickets for this event. Priority will be given to individuals representing finalist  businesses, allowing a maximum of two attendees per business. If you wish to purchase more than two tickets, please email events@ferniechamber.com with the names of the individuals and I will add them to our waitlist. As soon as all finalists secure their tickets, we will reach out to those on the waitlist.  Tickets are $115 + tax for Fernie Chamber members and $130 + tax for non-members. Tickets include a beverage upon arrival and a full buffet dinner and are available for sale at www.ferniechamber.com through the event page.  

Please find a full list of the 2023 Fernie Business Excellence Awards finalists below. For more information on this year’s awards, please visit: www.ferniechamber.com. The Fernie Chamber would like to thank title sponsors TC Energy and Surerus Murphy.