Kelowna Chamber Announces 2023 Business Excellence Award Winners

November 20, 2023

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Named Business of the Year


KELOWNA – Four hundred business and community leaders were on hand as Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing was named the 2023 Large Business of the Year at the 36th Annual Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards held recently. In operation since 2009, Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) grew out of its founding company Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) established in 1979.

“On behalf of our whole team I am delighted to accept this award,” said AEM General Manager Taylor Wylie.

Other award winners included Secure-Rite Mobile Storage and Potentia HR which won the Mid-Size and Small Business of the Year Awards respectively while SncƏwips Heritage Museum was recognized as Indigenous Business of the Year.

Kelowna’s mayor, Tom Dyas helped open the celebration, saying “the City applauds all of you who make our community such a great place to live and work and I particularly want to congratulate the 2023 Business Leader of the Year: our own Sam Samaddar of YLW.”

Sam Samaddar won 2023 Business Leader of the Year

Chamber Board Chair Dan Price was on hand to take part in the celebrations and thanked everyone for attending, particularly the event’s many sponsors, and Interior Savings and Lawson Lundell LLP as presenting sponsors of the awards program.

Ted Schisler, COO of presenting sponsor Interior Savings provided his take on the event: “As the challenges in our operating environments continue to evolve, it’s no small feat to continue to achieve success in running a business.” Meanwhile Samantha Ferguson, Associate at presenting sponsor Lawson Lundell LLP was warm in offering her congratulations to all the finalists and the winners.


People’s Choice Business of the Year – Kelowna Pet Resort

Excellence in Business Ethics – Manchester Signs, Printing & Graphics

Not-for-Profit Excellence – CMHA Kelowna and District

Arts and Entertainment Achievement – Rotary Centre for the Arts

Excellence in Tourism – Splash BC Water Parks

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Ashton Olsen (E-Kruise/E-kruise solutions Ltd.)

Rising Star Business of the Year – EntheoMed

Excellence in Environmental Impact – FILL – Kelowna’s Refill Store

Excellence in Agriculture – There & Back Again Farms

Excellence in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

Small Business of the Year – Potentia HR

Mid Size Business of the Year – Secure-Rite Mobile Storage

Technology Innovator of the Year – AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.

Excellence in Community Impact – BrainTrust Canada

Indigenous Business of the Year – SncƏwips Heritage Museum

Large Business of the Year – Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing

Business Leader of the Year – Sam Samaddar, CEO, YLW

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