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SCSA Sponsors 2018 ABEX Awards


The SCSA was a proud safety sponsor of the 2018 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce's ABEX Awards presented by Conexus Credit Union at TCU Place in Saskatoon on October 20, 2018. The ABEX awards highlight pivotal business elements of provincial prosperity and brings together the leading figures from the business community to showcase the quality of private enterprise in Saskatchewan. The SCSA would like to congratulate all of the 2018 ABEX Award winners for the positive impact they have had on the business community in our province. 

Industrial Machine and Mfg. Inc. is the recipient of the ‘Business of the Year’ Award, sponsored by the David Aplin Group, as well as the Export Award, for its ingenuity and quality products that it continues to successfully export worldwide.

“Although all finalists were deserving of the Business of the Year Award, Industrial Machine and Mfg. Inc. has been bringing Saskatchewan quality and expertise to customers around the world. In this competitive industry, Industrial Machine has made its mark internationally and we are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize its success with this ABEX award,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

Meridian Surveys has been inducted into the ‘Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame’ for its excellence in the surveying industry.

“We are so pleased to induct Meridian Surveys into the Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame. This company has been an integral part of the growth of our province and with its focus on new technology and new markets we look forward to the next 50 years,” said McLellan.

For her significant contributions to the Saskatchewan Chamber network and her work with the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce, Linda Machniak is the recipient of the Roger Phillips Chamber Builder Award.

“Linda’s knowledge of the chamber network and her dedication to the business community in the Battlefords has ensured the success of that chamber and she is well respected in our chamber network,” said Steve McLellan.

Grant J. Kook is the recipient of the 2018 ABEX ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award, sponsored by the University of Regina. This award celebrates his business success, his contributions to the Saskatchewan business community and his expertise as a business visionary. Mr. Kook is the founder, President and CEO of Westcap Management Ltd. and has been instrumental in the capital eco-system in Saskatchewan.

“Grant J. Kook is an exceptional business leader and his dedication to the Saskatchewan business community has positively influenced the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy, bringing it to where it is today,” said McLellan.

The 2018 ABEX Awards posthumously honoured Donald E. Kramer as ‘Community Leader of the Year’. This award, sponsored by SaskEnergy, recognizes an individual who has made a positive contribution to Saskatchewan communities through volunteerism and philanthropy.

McLellan said, “We are so pleased to be able to honour Don Kramer. The quiet generosity he showed in his lifetime will continue to support programs across our province for decades to come.”

This year, over 80 ABEX nominations were received and 50 finalists were selected. Ultimately, 12 Saskatchewan businesses were recognized as Achieving Business Excellence Award recipients. By striving for excellence, these winners personify business success in Saskatchewan.

For further information contact:         

Steve McLellan, CEO
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Tel.: 306.533.7686

Morgana van Niekerk
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Tel.: 306.537.1719

2018 ABEX Winners

The Award for Innovation, sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic
InfraReady Products (1990) Ltd. - Saskatoon

InfraReady Products (1998) Ltd. is an innovative, industrial food ingredient manufacturer that was founded in 1994 in an attempt to add value to cereal grains before they were exported out of Saskatchewan. Today, InfraReady Products adds value to food products with the use of infra-red technology. The infra-red technology creates safer food that has an increased shelf-life, cooks quicker and has a softer texture. With over 250 custom designed products made from a wide range of cereals, grains, oilseeds and pulses, InfraReady Products supplies food manufacturers around the globe with wholesome, healthy and ready-to-use ingredients.

The Award for Service, sponsored by World Trade Center Saskatoon
Historic Reesor Ranch, Maple Creek

For 113 years and six generations, the Reesor family at the Historic Reesor Ranch has been preserving the legacy of ranching in Saskatchewan. In 2017, the Historic Reesor Ranch became Saskatchewan’s first working ranch to be designated as a Provincial Heritage Property. The business strikes a successful balance between managing growth and maintaining the integrity of the land, while consistently delivering an authentic, memorable visitor experience. In addition to their Canadian Signature horseback riding adventures, the Historic Reesor Ranch offers guests the Ranch Hall Grill, guided ATV tours, enticing winter getaway packages and Wine in the West tours.

The Award for Export, sponsored by Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP)
Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc., Saskatoon

Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc. has been serving the global markets of mining, oil & gas, power generation, industrial and original equipment manufacturers for over 60 years. IMM is actively engaged in delivering innovative solutions, custom manufactured components, and services. The company devotes a great deal of time to working on business development, strategic planning and tactical opportunities within the heavy resource industry. IMM’s various partnerships assist in understanding and targeting specific companies in export regions that have a need for the products and services that IMM provides. As a result, approximately 45% of all sales are export-based and growing, with IMM having exported to nearly every continent across all its industry segments.

The Award for Community Involvement, sponsored by Cogent Chartered Professional Accountants LLP
Affinity Credit Union, Saskatoon

Affinity Credit Union strives to build a better world for everyone, every day. It is a leader in supporting community initiatives with four major areas of focus – building community assets, economic self-reliance, environmental sustainability, and local economic development. In 2017, Affinity donated $2.1 million towards sponsorships, donations and scholarships to 601 organizations and initiatives across Saskatchewan. Affinity believes that community involvement is more than just financial aid. Employees are provided time to volunteer, can direct $200 towards any charity, and are encouraged to facilitate financial literacy workshops through the Each One Teach One program.

The Award for Priority Focus, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)
Orano Canada Inc., Saskatoon

Orano Canada Inc. believes that the safety and mental health of its employees is a cornerstone of its success. This commitment is reflected in a campaign that was launched to understand the state of mental wellness of its workforce and identify and address concerns. The campaign was followed by the implementation of a comprehensive program to educate employees on mental health and wellness, remove related stigma and provide everyone with tools and knowledge for self-help. Orano’s proactive and ongoing efforts with regards to mental health demonstrates its leadership and care for its employees.

The Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Cameco
Haylie Lashta, Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, Warman

In November of 2014, Haylie Lashta opened Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, just three years after graduating. By expanding the number of exceptional therapists and support staff available, the Warman community now has even more access to the comprehensive care that Warman Physiotherapy and Wellness offers to its clients in a family-friendly environment. Haylie’s dream of providing a premier multi-disciplinary clinic is now a thriving business that is continually evolving and includes women’s health, perinatal, infant development, and pediatric pelvic floor therapy options. Haylie’s drive, focus and business vision has ensured that Warman Physio continues to be a premier facility.

The Award for Growth & Expansion, sponsored by PFM Capital Inc.
Canadian Organic Herb & Spice Co. Inc., Watson

Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. manufactures, markets, and distributes the Splendor Garden brand of organic food products from its facility in Watson. By creating efficiencies in every part of the business, Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. began showing operating profits after just three months in business and now ships to over 700 stores across Canada. It is also seeing a significant growth in its international customer base. With a high-quality product, a unique sales approach, and innovative packaging, Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. has seen an impressive growth in product range, sales, employees and is undertaking a 4,500 square foot warehouse expansion.

The Award for Marketing, sponsored by Handy Special Events
Luxury Granite, Regina

Luxury Granite is a countertop fabricator and installer that opened its doors in 2008. Luxury Granite has pushed the boundary of small business marketing by investing numerous resources into strategic campaigns and purposeful branding. With its “Real Life” campaign, Luxury Granite has been able to connect with the customer by focusing on real life situations and family life. The campaign focuses on countertops as a personal style choice and part of what makes a house a home. With radio advertising, a website revamp and a family-centric blog about day-to-day life, Luxury Granite has attracted new clients and increased revenue.

The Award for New Venture, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade & Export Development
Ironside Energy Services Ltd., Estevan

Ironside Energy Services Ltd. prepares drill sites and delivers oilfield construction and maintenance services. Ironside Energy Services is a successful start-up that has experienced significant growth of its client base and its capital equipment inventory since its inception. Ironside Energy has managed to achieve its growth by adhering to strict quality control guidelines and providing a cost-effective service, that has been especially valuable in a difficult oil market. Ironside Energy has proven itself as a successful new venture by its ability to compete with large corporations in projects across the province.

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