The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th annual President’s Excellence Awards, sponsored by Atlantic Lottery, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Delta Hotels by Marriot Prince Edward. Twenty-two finalists will be recognized for excellence in nine award categories during the Chamber’s biggest night of the year.

“The work from our local businesses over the last year has had great impact on the success of our economy,” said Jennifer Evans, Chamber President, “The President’s Excellence Awards is a night the Chamber and its members look forward to every year. It’s an evening that celebrates the dedication, passion, innovation and achievements of greater Charlottetown area businesses.”

Over 70 organizations were nominated by their peers for these prestigious business awards. An independent panel of six judges adjudicated the submissions and selected three finalists in each category.

The Excellence in Business Award, sponsored by Scotiabank, is given to a for-profit business that has been operating for 10 or more years and has demonstrated excellence in all areas of business operations. The 2018 finalists are Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Centennial Auto Group and Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd.

The Emerging Business Award, sponsored by City of Charlottetown, is presented to a business that has been operating up to five years and has demonstrated remarkable growth, innovation and leadership within their industry. Advanced Extraction Systems, Kaneshii Vinyl Press Ltd. and Radterra (Honey Island Enterprise) are the three finalists in this category.

The Workplace Excellence Award, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, recognizes an organization that, through its innovative human resource practices, provides an exceptional work environment resulting in high employee satisfaction and retention. The category finalists are Target Tours, Cox & Palmer and AquaBounty Canada Inc.

The Export Excellence Award, championed by Export Development Canada, recognizes a business demonstrating significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales. The finalists for this award are Navigate Food Safety Solutions and True North Seafood – Smoked Division.

The Excellence in Customer Service Award, co-sponsored by BDO and Cox & Palmer, recognizes an organization that consistently demonstrates a high level of commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Honoured in this category are The Holman Grand Hotel, Sign Craft and The Great George.

The Not-For-Profit Excellence Award, sponsored by Results Marketing & Advertising, recognizes the accomplishments of an organization in the not-for-profit sector that has an established reputation for delivering a high level of programs and/or devices, a track record of efficient and effective management, and strong board governance. Women’s Network PEI, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Edward Island and The Guild are the three finalists in this category.

“Atlantic Lottery is a proud supporter of the Chamber’s President’s Excellence Awards,” said Brent Scrimshaw, President and CEO of Atlantic Lottery. “As AL continues to focus on being an innovative and customer focused organization, we congratulate all the finalists in demonstrating similar attributes in being nominated as part of these distinguished awards.”

The recipients for the Chamber Volunteer Excellence Award, sponsored by Maritime Electric Company and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Provincial Credit Union, are determined by the Executive Committee of the Chamber and will be announced at a later date. The winner of the People’s Choice for Community Impact Award, sponsored by MRSB Group, will be decided by an online vote which will open in early October.

Tickets for the 13th annual President’s Excellence Awards are available online at or through the Chamber office at 902-628-2000.