Press Release | Tri-Cities Chamber Announces 2021/2022 Business Excellence Awards Winners



(TRI-CITIES) May 2, 2022The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce held its 2021/2022 Business Excellence Awards Gala, after a three-month postponement of the event due to health restrictions on gatherings in effect earlier this year.  

Some of the region’s most exceptional leaders shared the spotlight as the accomplishments of the Tri-Cities business community’s finest were recognized at the 450-person sold-out event on Saturday, April 30, at The Show Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. 

Hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber and presented by Douglas College, the Business Excellence Awards honours and celebrates business excellence in the Tri-Cities, recognizing leading businesses, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations for their success, business resiliency, community spirit, and environmental sustainability. 

“At the heart of a strong community is a strong business community,” said Ryan Whittle, Chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber Board of Directors. “Our members — all of you — give parents the ability to work close to home, allowing us to be more involved in our kids’ lives. […] If we didn’t have a strong community and the ability to earn a good living close to home, that just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award recipients in each of the 10 award categories have demonstrated success, innovation, and passion in their respective fields.

“It is wonderful to celebrate all finalists and recipients of our Business Excellence Awards,” said Leslie Courchesne, CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber. “This past year brought more challenges and uncertainty for many. The Chamber is dedicated to bringing together businesses, organizations, and all levels of government to ensure our economy is resilient, and our communities thrive.” 

Past Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors Mary Vellani presented the award for Chamber Member of the Year to Lora Covinha, President and General Manager of Phoneix Truck and Crane.

“Congratulations to all the recipients and nominees, and thank you so much to the [Tri-Cities] Chamber of Commerce for this award and for the recognition,” said Lora Covinha, Chamber Member of the Year. “I’m so thankful I’ve been provided a platform to participate in numerous Chamber events and committees over the years.“

“I really enjoyed being involved in different communities, interacting, and connecting with our members,” added Covinha. “I truly believe that [giving back] is the right thing to do.’’ 

These businesses and individuals are an integral part of the Tri-Cities business community, and we wish them continued success in their respective industries.

The recipients of the Tri-Cities Chamber’s 2021/2022 Business Excellence Awards are:

  • Business Resiliency Award — Safe Care Home Support
  • Community Spirit Award — Kirmac Collision & Automotive Collision Systems
  • Environmental Steward Award — Tru Earth Environmental Products Inc.
  • Business Leader of the Year — Kyle O’Genski, Patina Brewing
  • Young Professional of the Year — Paul Choi, Juris Notary
  • Not-for-Profit of the Year  — Community Ventures Society
  • Business of the Year (1–10 Employees) — Squish Juicery
  • Business of the Year (11–30 Employees) — Strive Health & Performance
  • Business of the Year (30+ Employees) — Big Hearts Home Care

Congratulations to all award winners, finalists, and nominees, and thank you to our event sponsors, volunteers, and all those who attended the gala event. 

Event photos will be available on the Tri-Cities Chamber’s Facebook page shortly.




Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 800+ businesses from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong community. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.


For more information, contact:

Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce