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    Thank you for attending A Celebration of Resilience Business Excellence Awards!

     

    Thank you for all those who joined us for the marquee business event for our community to help us shine a light on local businesses, organizations, and leaders who make South Surrey and White Rock the great community it is! It was an extra special evening, as the Chamber celebrated its 85th Anniversary serving the business community.

    Congratulations to ALL the winners and ALL the finalists. Thank you as well to all of our sponsors.

     

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  • Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

     

    Business of the Year – Small (1-10 Employees):

    Hillcrest Bakery & Deli

    Award Sponsored by: Cleveland Doan LLP

    Hillcrest Bakery & Deli is a “from scratch” bakery and deli that will be celebrating their 50th anniversary! Since 1972 they have been serving White Rock & South Surrey fresh-baked bread, deli products, custom cakes & more! Hillcrest has always taken great pride in serving high quality products at a great value, sourcing locally whenever possible and never adding preservatives. In order to continue serving their customers the products they love, Hillcrest created a new website and adopted e-commerce and delivery options.

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year – Small:

    Amplifon Hearing Clinic South Surrey - Peninsula Village, Easy Therapy, John Sadler Plumbing & Heating

     

     

    Business of the Year – Medium (11-25 Employees):

    Cosmos Greek Restaurant

    Award Sponsored by: Starline Windows Ltd.

    Cosmos Greek Restaurant is a landmark Greek restaurant serving the community for over 45 Years on Marine Drive. Their family recipes and traditions from the old country have made many new and loyal customers over the years. Their mission is to bring authentic Greek cuisine to customers, taking them on a tasty journey into the Mediterranean. Since their restaurant is deeply ingrained in the community, Cosmos likes to give back to many causes and see it flourish. Their advice? Have your customers as the heart of the business. Also, persistence is key. There are so many obstacles — some unforeseen — that will get in the way, but hard work and dedication can go a long way. 

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year – Medium:

    Evergreen Child Care Centre, Hilltop Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

     

     

    Business of the Year – Large (26+ Employees):

    Hardbite Chips – Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd.

    Award Sponsored by: Peace Arch News

    Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd. is a high growth snack food company focused on developing products that appeal to consumers’ growing preference for Better-For-You snacks. Their anchor brand, Hardbite, is a rapidly growing kettle fried chip brand. Through simple, major allergen-free and non-GMO ingredients, Hardbite embodies their mission to deliver transparent, clean label food products to consumers. They are proud to distribute to a broad range of customers throughout North America and Asia Pacific. The company supports the food bank and local charities. They chose South Surrey as a place to do business because it is a vibrant, and diverse community that is uniquely positioned close to key commercial distribution hubs.

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year – Large:

    Surrey Eagles Hockey Club, The Tennis Centre - Surrey

     

     

    New Business of the Year:

    Ricardo's Kandy Korner

    Award Sponsored by: Canadian Tire

    Ricardo’s Kandy Korner offers the best Candy Selection in the Lower Mainland! They specialize in imported candies, snacks, and drinks from around the world. A store to make the community a better place, brining joy to the children of South Surrey & White Rock! They pride themselves in getting to know their regulars and listening to the community about what products they would like to see at the store and have improved the store to their needs. We chose this area to expand business and make the beach a better place.

     

    All finalists for New Business of the Year:

    Delight Indian Bistro, Resilient Wellness Clinical Counselling, The Gatsby Studio

     

     

    Business of the Year – Supporter of the Arts:

    Blue Frog Studios

    Award Sponsored by: Parc Retirement Living

    Blue Frog Studio was established in 2006, is now one of the largest commercial recording and video production studios in Western Canada. In 2010, they began hosting a series of intimate concerts for live studio audiences, which has now grown to over 160 performances per year. In 2014 they debuted live streaming for International Earth Day. They have continued to perfect their webcasting to this day. In 2019 Blue Frog TV was introduced Video On Demand and subscriptions to share music. They are involved in many local community events.  

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year Supporter of the Arts:

    Arthur Murray Dance StudioIgnite Dance CentreWhite Rock Players Club

     

     

    Business of the Year – Community Builder:

    Innovative Fitness

    Award Sponsored by: Semiahmoo Rotary Club

    Innovative Fitness offers one-on-one, premium personal training and nutrition coaching in a private studio environment. Their Registered Kinesiologists, and the entire IF Team, take great pride in keeping their clients healthy. They hold them accountable to their wellness goals, achieving more together and having a lot of fun at the same time both in-studio and through travel experiences and community fundraisers. They empower clients to live their best life. One of Innovative Fitness’s Core Values is to BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES. Their Coaches actively support and promote their client’s causes, and champion causes within the local community. For their 2021 Train the Trainer fundraiser, they chose to support the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, raising $1000s of dollars. Innovative Fitness chose South Surrey/White Rock as a place to do business given the close ties of the President, Curtis Christopherson, has to this flourishing community.

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year Community Builder:

    Joseph Richard GroupThe Funke Groupe - Scotia Wealth ManagementWave Dentistry

     

     

    Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

    UNITI – Semiahmoo House Society

    Award Sponsored by: Janzen Insurance

    UNITI is the partnership of three affiliated societies that have provided important community services for decades. Semiahmoo House Society provides quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in Surrey and White Rock. Peninsula Estates Housing Society provides affordable and inclusive housing that reflects the diversity of our community. The Semiahmoo Foundation ensures that UNITI has the recognition, relationships and resources to support an inclusive community. UNITI’s Person-Centred Practices, ensures people are listened to and are included in all decision making, including how services are developed, facilitated, and maintained. They support and create projects led by persons with disabilities, including delivering food to care homes, educational presentations at elementary schools.

     

    All finalists for Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

    Rotary Club of White Rock, Soroptimist International of White Rock

     

     

    Business Leader of the Year – Corporate:

    Tony Baena – PARC Retirement Living

    Award Sponsored by: Alamfoods

    Tony Baena is the President and CEO of PARC Retirement Living. Oceana PARC is the local residence under the PARC umbrella which builds and operates inspired spaces where seniors can live with vibrancy and vitality. Their residences are premium communities in central locations, encouraging seniors to stay active and engage with vibrant like-minded individuals. Tony has led the charge of the Oceana PARC team contributing significantly to local causes through funds and other unique ventures, including offering their beautiful space for the Chamber’s fundraising extravaganza, Chefs for the Pier before the building was officially opened to its own residents. They are active supporters of the many organizations and events, including the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, local arts community, Concerts for the Pier and much more. Tony’s advice for a newcomer in their journey:  “always stay curious and grab every opportunity to learn something new”

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year  Corporate:

    Cathy Wiebe –​ Fraser Health

    Lila Zais  Nature's Fare Markets

    Blaine Neufeld Surrey Eagles Hockey Club

     

     

    Business Leader of the Year – Self-Owned:

    Janine Maclean – Seriously Good Catering Inc.

    Award Sponsored by: ChambersPlan

    Janine Maclean is the Owner and Head Chef at Seriously Good Catering Inc. where she and her team offers full-scale catering services from upwards of 300 diners to small intimate dinner parties. The COVID-19 pandemic proved difficulties, however, they were able to innovate and offer Frozen Meal Delivery service and create friendship and community through Seriously Good food. Janine is passionate about food and the community, so much so that she has offered free hot lunches through various programs with White Rock Rotary, Uptown Church, Peace Portal Alliance Church, and more. When asked to offer a piece of advice, Janine says to follow your passion and live with purpose.

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year Self-Owned:

    Sara Forte Forte Workplace Law

    Dr. Ed Edwards – Mobile Denture Clinic

    Janine Maclean Seriously Good Catering Inc.

     

     

    Business Leader of the Year – Under 40:

    Sean O'Leary – Live Yoga

    Award Sponsored by: WR Mattress Gallery

    Sean O’Leary, Owner of Live Yoga, is proud to offer a welcoming, encouraging, healing, and inclusive community that makes Yoga and Pilates truly accessible for all. For over 15 years, Live Yoga has been offering group classes, effectively establishing themselves as White Rock’s premier Yoga and Pilates studio.  The studio supports local charities, events, and fundraising, especially through their participation in wellness initiatives at both Peace Arch Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital and campaigns with the White Rock BIA and The Chamber. When asked if there was a piece of advice to give to someone starting out on a similar journey, Sean says, “to overcome adversities, it’s important to remember your passion, drive, and joy that comes from doing the work you love”.

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year Under 40:

    Ivneet Bains – Math4Me Learning Inc.

    Jessica Honeywell – The Shop Next Door

    Josiah Tam​ – Allora Pasta + Wine

     

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    Award Categories:
    As a result of the pandemic, this year, each category will have an extra layer of criteria to recognize a business or business person that demonstrated resiliency by adapting their business model, acting courageously, creating new collaborative partnerships with other businesses or community groups, implementing new procedures to serve their customers or the community and/or taking measures for the wellbeing and mental health of themselves and their staff.

    Business of the Year:  

    • Small (1-10 employees)
    • Medium (11-25 employees)
    • Large (26+ employees)

    Note: Based on equivalent full-time employees 

    A business which, shows leadership in business and in the community, demonstrates excellence in customer service and employee satisfaction, provides workplace education and training, and demonstrates good corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility.

     

    New Business of the Year:
    A business less than 2 years old that has demonstrated customer service, innovation, leadership and/or other qualities. 

     

    Non-Profit Organization of the Year:
    A local non-profit organization which has demonstrated outstanding contributions to our community. It has an established reputation for providing exceptional programs and services that would not otherwise be available to those in the community.

     

    Supporter of the Arts of the Year:
    A business or organization that helps to provide, promote and support arts & culture, in all its forms, in our local community through its core services.
     

    Community Builder Business of the Year:
    This award acknowledges a business that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improve the quality of life in our community; a business that unselfishly gives time, talent and finances to improve the community it serves. This business would be known to be a true advocate of supporting local, shopping local and encouraging others to as well. An advocate for the shop small movement as well as promotion of community. This business has a vested interest in the development, success and support of the South Surrey & White Rock community and seen as a true agent of inclusiveness.


    Business Leader of the Year - Corporate:
    An individual who works for a business and exhibits leadership, exemplifies ethics, and devotes personal time and energy into their local community. They are an inspiration and positive influence at their business and in their industry. They have a proven track record of sustained success. They have an innovative spirit and have demonstrated an exceptional level of performance and dedication.

    Business Leader of the Year - Self Owned:
    An entrepreneur who owns their business and exhibits leadership, entrepreneurial skills, and demonstrates exceptional vision that contributes to business success of our community. This individual exemplifies ethics, and devotes personal time and energy into their local business area. 

    Young Leader in Business - U40
    An individual, under the age of 40, who exhibits leadership, entrepreneurial skills, and demonstrates exceptional vision that contributes to business success of our community. This individual exemplifies ethics, and devotes personal time and energy into their local business area. The nominee can be an entrepreneur, employee or a graduate student in business studies.

    Community Frontline Heroes :
    This year, the Chamber is introducing a new category to honour and recognize the many frontline essential workers who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure our community continued to run smoothly. Please take a moment to recognize an individual who has shown a great amount of courage and selflessness by putting the needs and safety of others before their own. Health care workers and first responders, food and grocery store workers, essential city workers, long-haul truck drivers, volunteers, etc. 

    Nomination Rules & Criteria Nomination Rules & Criteria

    The following process has been followed by the Chamber since September 2018

    Nominations Rules & Process:

    • Anyone can nominate a business or individual from South Surrey or White Rock
    • Anyone can submit nominations for multiple businesses or individuals
    • Membership with the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce is NOT a requirement
    • Each nomination can only indicate 2 categories for the nominee (The Chamber reserves the right to place the nominee in the appropriate category)
    • Previous winners are ineligible for 3 years in that specific category, following the year in which they won
    • Previous winners are eligible to be nominated in other categories 
    • Previous nominees and finalists (not including the winners) are eligible to be nominated in the same and/or different categories
    • Self nominations are accepted but must be endorsed by at least one other person
    • Sponsors are eligible to be nominated, except in the specific award category they are sponsoring
    • Businesses represented by the Board of Directors are eligible to be nominated
    • Applications must be completed to be accepted

    Judging Process:

    • The nomination form is short and easy to fill out. It is important, none-the-less, as it provides the basis on which a shortlist of finalists are determined by the Chamber's Events Committee.
    • The shortlist of finalists are notified and asked to submit a more detailed package and references.
    • Each category has a smaller, separate designated panel of judges that review the more robust nomination packages and make a final decision.
    • The judges typically represent business and community leaders, including past award winners. Each judge is asked to sign a 'conflict of interest and confidentiality' declaration on the category they are judging.
    • Chamber staff, including the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors do not make up the judges panel and, therefore, do NOT take part in the final decisions.

    For assistance in completing a nomination form, or any questions about a nomination, please contact Sandra Rauda, Events & Marketing Coordinator at 604-536-6844 or events@sswrchamber.ca.

    Award Winners in the Last 4 Years Award Winners in the Last 4 Years

    Award Winners from last 4 years:

     

    Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees)

    2020: Tap Restaurant

    2019: Dream Orthodontics (tie)

    2019: Grey Haven Hobbies & Games (tie)

    2018: White Rock Beach Beer Co. 

    2017: Drive 365 Fitness & Health


    Medium Business of the Year (11-25 employees)

    2020: FlinnWest Solutions Inc.

    2019: Southridge Dental

    2018: Ocean Park Pizza & Village Pub

    2017: Honeylush Hair Studio


    Large Business of the Year (25+ employees)

    2020: Amica White Rock

    2019: Starline Windows Ltd.

    2018: Joseph Richard Group

    2017: Comfort Keepers

     

    New Business of the Year

    2020: Mainland Whisky

    2019: Zapoteca Mexican Grill & Seafood

    2018: Looby Doo

    2017: Seriously Good Catering

     

    Non-Profit Organization of the Year

    2020: Peace Arch Hospital Foundation

    2019: Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)

    2018: Peace Arch Hospice Society

    2017: Peninsula Productions

     

    Supporter of the Arts Business of the Year (category introduced in 2018)

    2020: XBa School of Dance

    2019: Addictive Comedy - now known as Hilarapy 

    2018: The Drama Class

     

    Community Builder Business of the Year (category introduced in 2018)

    2020: Everbean Cafe & Community

    2019: Save-On-Foods

    2018: Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club

     

    Business Leader of the Year - Corporate

    2020: Sandra Christian, Founder, President & Owner, Creative Kids Learning Centers

    2019: Greg Timm, President & COO, Pacific Customs Brokers

    2018: Ryan Moreno, CEO & Founder, Joseph Richard Group

    2017: Darrell Jones, President, Save-on-Foods

     

    Business Leader of the Year - Self Owned

    2020: Faith Gibson, Owner, Mink Chocolates & LotusPedal yoga + spin

    2019: Stewart Peddemors, Personal Real Estate Corporation, RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty

    2018: Mostafa Sabeti, Golden Glory Martial Arts & Fitness Academy

    2017: Jan Wait, Jan's on the Beach

     

    Business Leader of the Year (U40) (category introduced in 2019)

    2020: Ramandeep Dhaliwal, President, WR Mattress Gallery

    2019: Piya Sandhu, Owner & Chief Curator, The Handpicked Home

     

    2020 Celebration of Resilience Winners 2020 Celebration of Resilience Winners

    Business of the Year, Small (1-10 Employees):
    Tap Restaurant

    Award Sponsored by: Cleveland Doan LLP

    Tap Restaurant has been involved in the community since it opened in 2006. Their classically trained chefs marry French cooking techniques with the essence of the west coast and they use top quality ingredients and foster relationships with local farmers and artisans to create their ever-changing menu. The proud twice-winners of a Vancouver International Wine Festival GOLD Award twice, Tap Restaurant also have a vibrant wine program. Their core purpose is showing great hospitality to their guests, usually by way of delicious food and amazing wine. Nowadays, they foster that hospitality in many forms, whether it be through online tasting classes, home-cooked meals or delivered office catering! 

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year, Small: Five Corners CaféGolden Glory Martial Arts AcademyHolly's Poultry in MotionKin Thai Kitchen and BarLaura's Coffee Corner Inc.LIVE WELL Exercise ClinicTap RestaurantThrive Movement Studio

     

     

    Business of the Year, Medium (11-25 Employees):
    FlinnWest Solutions Inc.

    Award Sponsored by: Peace Arch News

    Flinnwest Solutions handcrafts beautiful, custom-made websites and complementary digital marketing assets that are modern and user-friendly. Their founder, Grady Flinn, is an award-winning programmer known for his innovative style and mastery of automation integrations. Grady has hand-picked a team of marketing specialists, each chosen for their expertise, and their commitment to the highest quality work standards. Uniquely positioned in the industry, Flinnwest offers 24-hour assistance to their clientele through the Client Centre, a document-sharing and approval platform that facilitates fast communication. What truly sets them apart, however, is the attitude of their owners, who believe that what defines success is not only the financial prosperity of the company but also the opportunity to give back to the community. 

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year, Medium: Eternity Medical Equipment Manufactural Inc.Flinnwest Solutions Inc.Strong Foundations Learning Inc.White Rock U-Lock Mini Storage

     

    Business of the Year, Large (26+ Employees):
    Amica White Rock

    Award Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University

    Amica White Rock aims to revolutionize aging to help every person age with a sense of optimism. Providing world-class service and care for seniors in independent living and residential care, Amica is the #1 choice of discerning Canadian seniors who want the freedom they have always maintained, along with the peace of mind they need to enjoy it. Unlike publicly subsidized long-term care homes, Amica owns and operates private pay retirement residences providing a premium lifestyle for seniors along with the option to have care. Seniors choose Amica to continue living on their terms in an elegant setting with outstanding dining, amenities, activities, senior care and safety measures. Amica White Rock is a dynamic residence that enriches the lives of its senior residents by encouraging independence and providing the best of care while residents can age in place safely and comfortably. 

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year, Large: Amica White RockCreative Kids Learning CentersPeace Arch NewsSplashes Wash Lodge

     

    New Business of the Year:
    Mainland Whisky

    Award Sponsored by: Starline Windows Ltd.

    Mainland Whisky manufactures American-style whiskies and whisky liqueurs as well as having a cocktail lounge on-site, where they offer a variety of craft cocktails and snacks, and product store, where they sell bottles of their goods. At the onset of COVID-19, Mainland Whisky retooled their offerings to make hand sanitizer, which they offered to the community, charities, government organizations, non-profits, and commercial enterprises. 

     

    All finalists for New Business of the Year: Delight Indian Bistro Ltd.Mainland WhiskySOMA MDThe Base Coat NailsWest Coast Center for Regenerative Medicine 

     

    Supporter of the Arts Business of the Year:
    XBa School of Dance

    Award Sponsored by: Oceana PARC / Parc Retirement Living

    XBa School of Dance is an award-winning educational facility that offers an International Certification in Dance Studies, accredited by UNESCO's Conseil International de la Danse. Founded on the Peninsula in 2000, XBa offers dance education for students of all ages, which focuses on the Contemporary Dance Arts, Improvisational Movement, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Breakdance. In the 2021/22 dance season, XBa will introduce added opportunities in Street Dance training, as Breakdance has now been inducted as an Olympic sport. With internationally renowned dancers on staff and former students achieving success outside the classroom, XBa’s track record is proof that educating dancers as artists and athletes can lead to unlimited potential. 

     

    All finalists for Supporter of the Arts Business of the Year: Attractive Distraction Framing & GalleryCreo Art Studio & Creo KidsSurrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO)XBa School of Dance

     

     

    Community Builder Business of the Year:
    Everbean Cafe + Community

    Award Sponsored by: The Rotary Club of Semiahmoo & Canadian Western Bank

    Everbean is a small group of service enthusiasts who are passionate about great coffee and awesome food, made with love and served with care. The cafe is tucked away in the lobby of Abby Lane Health Centre on 16 Avenue on the southern edge of Surrey, facing White Rock. Given its unique location and being in close proximity to both Hilltop Medical Clinic as well as Peace Arch Hospital, Everbean sets out to create a space where people can be nourished and can feel cared for when they might not feel very well. Their staff strives to make the people they serve "the best they've ever been" through fresh and well-made food and drinks. 

     

    All finalists for Community Builder Business of the Year:  Elkay Developments Ltd.Everbean Café + CommunityLandmark Premiere Properties Ltd.Oceana PARC/PARC Retirement LivingOcean Promenade Hotel 

     

     

    Non-Profit Organization of the Year:
    Peace Arch Hospital Foundation

    Award Sponsored by: Amica White Rock

    Peace Arch Hospital Foundation is a charitable fundraising organization that raises funds for both Peace Arch Hospital and community health projects that benefit White Rock and South Surrey. Since 1988, they have raised more than $170 million that has been invested into health care in this community. From expanding and upgrading hospital facilities to meet the growing needs of our community to funding small community-based projects like the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society and City Care Dental Society, raising funds to improve health care for the people who live in this community is all that they do. As a prudent steward of donor dollars, they ensure that every gift made goes to its intended purpose. They have a reputation of getting things done, as they reach every goal with demonstrated impact. 

     

    All finalists for Business of the Year, Small: Friends of the PierPeace Arch Hospital FoundationREAD Surrey/White Rock SocietyRotary Club of White Rock

     

    Business Leader of the Year, Self-Owned:
    Faith Gibson, Owner of Mink Chocolates & LotusPedal yoga + spin

    Award Sponsored by: Janzen Insurance

    Faith had worked in the service industry for some time before starting her journey with Mink Chocolates. While staying in Vancouver on one occasion, Faith visited Mink’s downtown location and knew it was the franchise she wanted to join. Though she and the café's owner did not see eye to eye when they initially met, Mink’s owner eventually agreed to let Faith open a location in South Surrey after 2 years of tenacity and persistent asking on Faith’s part. 11 years later, Faith continues her journey with Mink, investing in the lives of her customers and providing exceptional service and products. In addition to Mink, Faith also owns and runs Lotus Pedal, a yoga and spin studio in South Surrey. 

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year, Self-Owned: Elaine Cheung - Hilarapy, Faith Gibson - LotusPedal Spin + Yoga & Mink Chocolates, Charlotte Morton - C&K Courtesy, Michele Partridge - Your Confidence Coach, Adam Smith - Uptown Business Machines

     

     

    Business Leader of the Year, Corporate:
    Sandra Christian, Owner, Founder, & President of Creative Kids Learning Centers

    Award Sponsored by: PwC Surrey

    Sandra took her first step towards where she is today when she entered a co-op program presented by the Surrey School Board in her Grade 12 class at Queen Elizabeth High School in 1989. In that program, Sandra had the opportunity to do two 5-week work practicums, one of which was at a preschool in Panorama Ridge. After finishing, the owner of the preschool wanted to hire Sandra when she enrolled in the ECE program; this is where her career started. She loved teaching preschool and had found her passion! After a few years, she was promoted to supervisor and, eventually the owner offered to sell Sandra her portable and contents. Even though she had no money, no support, and was already working 2 jobs, she said "YES"! This is where the inception of Creative Kids Preschool began and today, the company continues its work, exactly 25 years from that first co-op program that set Sandra on her path. 

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year, Corporate: Sandra Christian - Creative Kids Learning Centers, Marlyn Graziano - KPU, Shelley Grenier - Oceana PARC, Lesley Noland - Starline Windows

     

     

    Business Leader of the Year, U40:
    Ramandeep Dhaliwal, President of WR Mattress Gallery

    Award Sponsored by: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    Raman came from a family with very strong women and, from a young age, was driven to be an independent Indian woman. She started her professional background at Staples, taking the print department from the bottom ranking to one of the top Staples in all of Canada. All the while, she had a dream that, one day, she would run her own business the way she ran her department. During her time at Staples, Raman had many customers who would avoid their local Staples to come to her location because of her exceptional service. One customer was astonished by the way that Raman worked within a team and took leadership, going so far as to offer her an intern job position to test her abilities. Within a month, he offered Raman an opportunity as a business partner. Since then, their business venture has seen only success. 

     

    All finalists for Business Leader of the Year, U40: Jamie Carson - Flinnwest, Ramandeep Dhaliwal - WR Mattress Gallery, Anna DiBella - PROFiX Accounting, Wes Levesque - Sheila's Catering, Josiah Tam - Barrique Kitchen