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2022 Business Excellence Awards in Canada

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Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022

From start-ups to local legends, the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards shines
a spotlight on the many businesses that help make Whitehorse and the Yukon a great place to live, work,
play and do business. This year, there will be nine (9) categories worth celebrating and finalists will be chosen
by an independent panel of prominent business leaders who serve as judges. The following criteria will be
used to judge the awards:

Eligibility

Business of the Year honours a business that:
• Demonstrates continual business excellence through positive business growth;
• Demonstrates a commitment to the community;
• Exemplifies superior customer service;
• Embraces an outstanding commitment to quality;
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: There are two separate Business of the Year Awards based on the number of employees in a
business:
▪ 1 – 10 Employees
▪ 11+ Employees
Business Person of the Year honours a business person who:
• Is the founder, owner, CEO, President or Senior Executive of a company(ies);
• Exhibits business leadership and vision;
• Displays a significant commitment to the success of both their business and the region as a whole;
• Serves as a positive role model or mentor for other business people;
• Displays a commitment to the community; and
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Business Entrepreneur Award honours a new business that:
• Has been in operation for more than 1 year and less than 3 years;
• Has achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time;
• Demonstrates exceptional promise of continued growth;
• Serves as an inspiration for other new businesses;
• Demonstrates a commitment to the community;
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AWARD CATEGORIES & JUDGING CRITERIA
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Innovation honours a business that:
• Has developed a process, product or service that is original and contributes to profitability and/or
market share. This is demonstrated by:
▪ Use of science and/or technology to create a business that is original and unique;
▪ Showing a high degree of originality, creativity and/or experimentation to design and realize
innovation; and,
▪ Commercialization or quantifiable growth within new and/or existing markets.
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outstanding Customer Service honours a business that:
• Is a leader in providing exceptional customer service;
• Serves as a role model, mentor or example of excellence to other businesses;
• Exhibits a commitment to the community;
• Can provide up to 10 testimonials from customers dated within the last 2 years; and
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving Back to the Community honours a business that:
• Has shown a commitment to supporting events, programs, projects, and sports teams throughout
the year and has been there for those in need as well as going that extra mile to support the
community.
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outstanding Workplace of the Year honours a business that:
• Shows a commitment to a healthy work environment through practices that benefit employees
physically, intellectually and/or emotionally;
• Demonstrates an exceptional commitment to its employees through competitive employment
packages;
• Has a focus on workplace culture as well as employee recognition and reward programs;
• Is dedicated to providing professional development and/or advancement opportunities;
• Shows diversity in the workplace;
• Displays their commitment to staff by contributing to their success; and
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AWARD C

Sustainable Business Practices honours a business that:
• Demonstrates sustainable business practices in their own operations (aside from the product or
service for sale);
• Raises environmental awareness;
• Demonstrates leadership and commitment to sustainable development and energy conservation
and shows how these practices benefit the regional environment;
• Exhibits a commitment to the community; and
• Demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Procedure

The information you provide in your award application form, provided by the Whitehorse Chamber
of Commerce is used by an independent judging panel to choose two finalists in each award
category and ultimately the winners of each award. Members nominated in more than one
category must submit an award application for each category tailored to the specific award judging
criteria. Generic submissions covering more than one category are unlikely to be successful.
Only electronic applications will be accepted.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION
When in doubt about what details to include, remember that when faced with applications that equally
satisfy the judging criteria, judges will ask, “Why should this business win an award this year?”. Think
about the following when completing your Award Application:
• Be specific – directly address the award judging criteria when writing your statement of
nomination;
• Use examples to show how you or your business exemplifies the award criteria and how you
stand out in this award category;
• Submit 1-3 (10 for Outstanding Customer Service Award) letters of support from strong thirdparty validators who can directly speak to the nomination criteria for the award you are submitting
your application for;
• Submit an award application for each category you are nominated in, tailored to the specific
award judging criteria;

• Only submit an award application in a maximum of 2 award categories. If nominated for more
than 2 categories, choose to submit an award application in the categories you are strongest in.

Official Website: 2022 Business Excellence Awardbusiness-excellence-awards

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