Business Resiliency Award Finalists
The Business Resiliency Award acknowledges businesses that found innovative ways to respond and adapt to business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses nominated in this category not only survived but thrived in 2020.
- Responded to the pandemic with an exceptional level of leadership
- Reacted positively to business interruptions during the pandemic
- Found innovative ways to sustain and grow their business during the pandemic and beyond
- The business supported its staff throughout the shutdown and pandemic
- Demonstrates a positive social conscience by utilizing its resources to improve its community.
Legends Haul Supply Co.
Legends Haul Supply is a food importing, distribution and manufacturing business. We started in 2018 when we then acquired Hills Foods located in Coquitlam. We transitioned the business to become larger in a very short period of time doubling revenues and increasing our team size 30%. Then the pandemic hit and we quickly pivoted to provide direct to consumer Grocery delivery leveraging our facility, our team, our inventory and our fleet of trucks. Now we have added a new facility directly across the street from us, 40 new team members and another 8 trucks servicing Greater Vancouver, Bowen island and the sea to sky region. We do between 300-400 home deliveries daily while managing 2,000 new SKUs and service homes during Covid while now committing to a future in the grocery e-commerce delivery space.
Coquitlam Florist has been operating for over 70 years. Since owner Catherine Polonio took over, the business has expanded into weddings and community events, and has not lost its commitment to quality and service. Customers will always receive beautifully presented and personalized orders for all occasions. Coquitlam Florist chooses only the freshest, highest quality flowers and employs a professional and caring staff to serve all your floral needs.
To continue providing the best service possible, Coquitlam Florist has implemented a full-service online ordering system to better serve customers both locally and across the Lower Mainland. Customers can now visit the retail location on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam or order their flowers at the click of a button.
Their 100% satisfaction guarantee extends beyond their retail work. Coquitlam Florist sponsors many community events, including the ACCESS Youth Outreach Services Gala where Catherine sits on the Board of Directors and several Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce events. Owner Catherine volunteers much of her time to local not-for-profits in order to give back to the community that has supported her business for many years.
Catherine Polonio is a self-taught entrepreneur with a tremendous community spirit and an amazing commitment to her community. She has succeeded in keeping one of the Tri-Cities’ oldest retail business vibrant in the face of huge changes. She is a selfless contributor to numerous Tri-Cities businesses and community events.
PATINA Brewing Co. was inspired by community builders who wanted to create a gathering place in their own community. We are a neighbourhood brewery; our mission is to produce outstanding craft beer and delicious BBQ while forging connections in our community. From the outset, Patina is grounded in making our community a better place for everyone, through hiring local, purchasing local and giving back. Patina’s location was chosen for environmentally friendly reasons and low footprint impact. Our current location offers the opportunity for walkability and/or bike to its location as Patina is set in a commercial high density living populated area. Port Coquitlam is home to PATINA BREWING’s first location and we look forward to joining other communities soon.
Galactic Entertainment was an event production company based out of Port Coquitlam that serviced all of BC. We provided audio, lighting, tents, power, and special effects for events of all sizes. When the pandemic hit, we took a breath and pivoted to video production for tv and online streaming. That paired with our outside of the box nature enabled us to provide drive in graduations, movies, and virtual events. Galactic Entertainment is and will continue to be the local company to call for all of your in person, hybrid, or virtual event needs. We are the one company that can produce the video elements, edit them, record live video and sound, and then broadcast all of the elements seamlessly online, to a large LED wall for your drive in audience, or to your attendees in the ballroom of your choice.
Novo Textiles (aka Novo) was the first western Canadian company to quickly pivot and retool to produce much needed COVID-19 PPE after the Canadian government issued a call to action for businesses in March 2020. Our state of the art 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility and head office are located in Coquitlam, BC. Manufacturing textile products since 1994, our expertise and experience with fabrics and sewing strengthened our pivot to mask manufacturing. As of Winter 2020 we have manufactured, quality checked and shipped FIFTEEN MILLION masks to Canadians. Leading with testing, quality and Canadian manufacturing gave us a leading edge and put BC on the map as a provincial and federal PPE supplier. Novo launched our e-commerce site in April of 2020 fulfilling more than 100,000 online orders and supporting BC teachers, dentists and healthcare workers with discounted, demographically focused social campaigns offering coupon codes.