Last night, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their 23rd  Annual Business Excellence Awards. The sold-out gala event was proudly presented by Bell Canada and held at the Valhalla Inn. The Walleye was honoured to win two awards: the Quality of Life Award and the GameChanger Award.

Tiffany Jarva and Rebekah Skochinski accepting the inaugural GameChanger Award

The Chamber of Commerce describes a “GameChanger” as “an individual or organization who introduces new offerings, breakthrough solutions or a revolutionary approach to enhance our lives and challenge the status quo. Through their collaborative efforts they inspire Thunder Bay leaders and businesses to think differently about how they serve their clients, employees and community.”

“Seven years ago we launched The Walleye on corner of Bay and Algoma…the business community, before even seeing the product, supported us. We had ads from day one—we are super thankful. We started off with 32 pages and now average between 80 and 100—thank you, Thunder Bay,” said senior editor, Tiffany Jarva who is a founding member of The Walleye team.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners!

2017 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners



COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AWARDS Sponsored by Bombardier: Clow Darling Limited & Impact Promotions

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – SMALL Sponsored by Gillons* Insurance: Thunder Bay Port Authority

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – MEDIUM Sponsored by Weiler, Maloney, Nelson: Sencia Canada Ltd.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – LARGE Sponsored by BDO Canada LLP: AV Terrace Bay, an Aditya Birla Company

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Ambassadors Northwest: Valarie Midgley, The Whole Nine Yards & Carefree Clothing and Manufacturing

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Sponsored by Fort William Historical Park: PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation: Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

GAMECHANGER AWARD Sponsored by Thunder Bay Hydro: The Walleye Magazine

LOOKING GOOD AWARD Sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge & Casino: Balmoral Park Acura

NEW BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank: Driverseat Thunder Bay

NOT FOR PROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by OLG Casino Thunder Bay: NorWest Community Health Centres

QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD Sponsored by Thunder Bay CEDC/Entrepreneur Centre: The Walleye Magazine

TOURISM PARTNERSHIP AWARD Sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay: The Waterfront District BIA (Business Improvement Area)