Fernie Chamber Business Excellence Award Finalists

This year we saw almost 500 nominations and over 200 applications were received and passed on to our judging panel! Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a nomination and to all of the nominees who took the time to complete the application for judging. The judging panel was made up of volunteer judges who scored the information provided with a rating scale designed to ensure fairness and consistency in judging.

Below are the finalists for the 2021 Fernie Business Excellence Awards as selected by the judges:

Community Tourism Achievement
Sponsored by Tourism Fernie

  • Fernie Brewing Co.
  • Fernie Trails Alliance
  • Island Lake Lodge
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by College of The Rockies

  • Fernie Brewing Co
  • Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership
  • Teck
Fernie Business of the Year
Sponsored by North Coal

  • Edge of the World
  • Fernie Brewing Co.
  • Rooftop Coffee Roasters
Environmental Sustainability
Sponsored by Fernie Fox Hotel

  • Elk River Alliance
  • Fernie Brewing Co.
  • Local
Business Innovation
Sponsored by East Kootenay Community Credit Union

  • Fernie Catering Co.
  • Raging Elk Hostel
  • Vogue Theatre
Businessperson of the Year
Sponsored by The Free Press

  • Dave Morrison
  • Keegan Street
  • Mark Hall
Community Group of the Year
Sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust

  • Cycling Without Age
  • Fernie Family Housing Society
  • Fernie Pride Society
New Business of the Year
Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort

  • Elk Valley Furniture Studio
  • Le Bon Pain
  • Local
Outstanding Customer Service
Sponsored by Western Financial Group

  • Copper-tip plumbing and Heating
  • Eldho’s Your Independent Grocer
  • Freshies Cafe
People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by Rockies Law Corporation

  • Eldho’s Your Independent Grocer
  • Fernie Distillers
  • Stick & Stone Cannabis Co.

The winners will be announced on October 29th at a social gathering with finalists and sponsors in attendance. The award presentations will be live streamed on the Fernie Chamber’s Facebook page for public viewing!


All finalists have been issued an invite to this gathering, please each out to kalina@ferniechamber.com if your business is listed above and you did not receive an invite.

A full list of Fernie Chamber members can be found on our business directory here.

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