Paladin Security wins Business of the Year at the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards

BBEA2014On November 6th, the Burnaby Board of Trade and the City of Burnaby hosted the 15th annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards, recognizing organizations that have demonstrated outstanding business success and have had a positive and significant impact on the community.

The event, held at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, was emceed by Global BC on-air personalities Squire Barnes and Yvonne Schalle.

Winners were honoured in nine award categories, plus Burnaby-based restaurant the Hart House was recognized as this year’s Burnaby Business Hall of Fame inductee.

Taking home the Business of the Year award was Paladin Security, one of the largest security companies in Canada with offices from coast to coast, and their headquarters right here in Burnaby. Starting in 1976 as a modest 4 employee operation, Paladin is among the top 100 fastest growing companies in British Columbia with leading edge technology, and the most responsive customer service programs in the industry.

Winning in two different categories was the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, who took home the honours in the categories of Family Friendly organization of the Year, and Not-For-Profit Organization of the Year.

Other highlights of the evening included the always witty (and slightly self-deprecating) video introduction by Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, a tradition of the Gala over the past several years, and the Champagne reception to kick off the night.

“The Awards Gala is the biggest night on our event calendar, and one that I really enjoy a lot,” remarked Burnaby Board of Trade President & CEO Paul Holden. “It’s a special opportunity for us, and the City of Burnaby to truly recognize the businesses and organizations that make this community such an exceptional place to live, work, and do business. I’m very proud, not only of the winners, but of all our truly deserving nominees.”

The winners in each award category were:

Burnaby Community Spirit

Electronic Arts Canada

Environmental Sustainability

SFU Ancillary Services

Not-for-Profit of the Year

 Down Syndrome Research Foundation

Business Person of the Year

Kazuko Komatsu (Pacific Western Brewing)

Family Friendly Organization of the Year

Down Syndrome Research Foundation

Business of the Year (up to 50 Employees)

Still Creek Press

Business Innovation

Schneider Electric Canada

Business of the Year

Paladin Security

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Business Hall of Fame Inductee

Hart House