Celebrating Excellence at the 2023 Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Business Award

Posted by: Balsom Team

In the heart of our thriving business community, an extraordinary evening unfolded last year on October 28 as we proudly supported the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce in the planning of their annual Business Awards.

Months of meticulous planning, collaboration, and anticipation culminated in a celebration that recognized and honoured the achievements of the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo local businesses.

Each member of Team Balsom brought their unique skills and expertise to the table. From logistics to marketing, to production from graphic design, our team worked cohesively to ensure that every aspect of the event surpassed expectations for our client and their guests.

As the doors opened on the grand night, a palpable sense of excitement filled Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre. Guests enjoyed the welcome and networking reception in the musical atmosphere of Dan Gillies and his band. For the presentation of awards, local theatre artists Jenny Price and Akshaya Lakshmi hosted the event while Dan Tulk and the Chambermen were the house band for the third year in a row. MKD The Studio, Penn Bentley, Tyler Whelan and Swamp Experience’s Rent contributed to the buzzing energy in the room! Nineteen award recipients took center stage, receiving not just a trophy but also the acknowledgment and applause of their peers. The team at Balsom, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce, loves to incorporate as much local art into an event as possible.

As we reflect on the months of planning and execution, we take pride in knowing that the event contributed to the growth, collaboration, and excellence that define our thriving local business landscape. Thanks to our event partners, this year’s  Business Awards was a success!

Here’s to another year of celebrating the incredible achievements that make our community shine!

Thank you to the following who helped make the evening possible:

Client: Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce

Venue and Theatre Production: Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre

Awards Trophies: Phoenix Engraving

Video Production: Neville Productions

Décor Elements: Cass & Nat Event Planning, Erica Moeskau Comedy, Caribou Flowers

Photobooth: Party Carts YMM

Special Cocktail Service: Cocktails by Boots

Food Caterer: Wild Rose Catering and Co. 

Volunteer Group: MKD The Space

Printing Services: Printing Unlimited

Event Photographer: Paul Jen Communications


Adaptation AwardHome Hardware

Corporate-Social Collaboration AwardBowman’s Martial Arts

Emerging Entrepreneur AwardCass & Nat Event Planning

Environment & Sustainability AwardDiversified Transportation Ltd & Birch Mountain Enterprises LP

Female Leadership AwardMuessle Flett Law LLP & Wine Women Well-Being YMM

Franchise AwardBoston Pizza

Hospitality and Tourism Award Surekha’s on the Snye

Indigenous-Owned Business AwardBouchier & Wild Feathers

Youth-In-Business AwardRed River Company

Small Business of the YearMuessle Flett Law LLP

Medium Business of the YearHome Hardware

Large Business of the YearBouchier

People’s Choice Award – Small Business of the YearKumon Fort McMurray

People’s Choice Award – Medium-Large Business of the Year Surekha’s on the Snye

People’s Choice Award – Business Leader of the Year Dr Ijeoma Uche-Ezeala

Lifetime Achievement AwardNicole Bourque-Bouchier and David Bouchier