BBEA Past Winners 2020
On November 5th, the Burnaby Board of Trade held the 21st annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards as a hybrid in-person/digital event to celebrate and recognize the perseverance, ingenuity, and success of Burnaby businesses during an unprecedented and challenging year. With amended award categories and a revised awards program and event to reflect the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21st annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards toasted the strength of our business community and recognized businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and non-profits which exemplify excellence, innovation and service. Following receipt of a record number of nominations for the awards program, the following winners were announced:
Burnaby Community Spirit – For a business having demonstrated outstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility, strong support of local service agencies and not-for-profit community organizations, and outstanding community initiatives and activities specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business Innovation – For ingenuity and innovation in product design, marketing, science, technology, productivity, commercialization, business planning, employee training and other business activities in general, or specific to activities and initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entrepreneurial Spirit – For having demonstrated a highly entrepreneurial approach to launching a new business or a new initiative within an existing business with significant results in key business metrics, including new businesses or new initiatives specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Environmental Sustainability – For a business that has made protecting, sustaining and enhancing natural resources an integral part of their business plan by adopting strategies and activities that reduce energy and materials consumption and/or eliminates waste and pollution, and for either the continued or enhanced commitment to these principles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthy Workplace – For a business that has recognized the value of employee health and wellness, and has created a workplace and culture which supports employees in their efforts to achieve work-life balance and to maintain and improve their physical, emotional and mental well-being, including specific initiatives and actions taken to support employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not-For-Profit Organization of the Year – For a Not-For-Profit organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the Burnaby community and its citizens, including through activities and programming specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in doing so has made Burnaby a better place to live, work and play, and have contributed to the Burnaby community’s recovery.
Businessperson of the Year – For a local businessperson who, through their personal vision, expertise, dedication and performance in general or specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been an outstanding role model for business development and excellence.
Business of the Year (up to 50 employees) – For a Burnaby business employing up to 50 people which has made an outstanding contribution in the combined areas of business success, innovation and community service in Burnaby in general or specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business of the Year – For a business that has made an outstanding contribution in the combined areas of business success, innovation and community service in Burnaby in general or specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burnaby Citizen Champion – For a Burnaby resident, volunteer, or individual employee who through their own personal dedication, performance, and service greatly contributed to the Burnaby community’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winner: Sangeeta Bhonsale
Watch this award’s recap video
Burnaby Business Hall of Fame Inductee – For a widely recognized Burnaby-based business which has demonstrated outstanding business success over many years and has had a positive and significant impact on the community. Individuals, who through their vision and dedication have realized a significant, long-term impact on business in the community, may also be recognized.
Watch the full Burnaby Business Excellence Awards event: