The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce is introducing two special President’s Excellence Awards categories for 2020 to celebrate local businesses that pivoted and persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now more than ever, it is crucial to celebrate the grit, determination and resiliency of our local business community,” said Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Interim CEO, Gerard Adams. “Given the year it has been, we want to especially celebrate and acknowledge those businesses who pivoted and persevered during a time of crisis – which is why we are adding two special awards categories to our 2020 President’s Excellence Awards.”

The two special 2020 awards, Excellence in Collaboration Award and Excellence in Adaptation & Resiliency Award will be presented based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence in Collaboration Award: This award recognizes two or more uniquely owned businesses that demonstrated true Island spirit by working together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will have displayed innovation, resiliency, and collaboration to deliver alternative or enhanced products and/or services as a result of the pandemic.
  • Excellence in Adaptation & Resiliency Award: This award recognizes a business that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, made alterations in its business structure or function, deviated from business-as-usual, and/or courageously tried something new and different, that resulted in their product or service becoming better fitted to the new environment. The recipient will have quickly acted to reinvent its business model and shown resiliency in the face of adversity.

The public can also nominate local businesses in the traditional President’s Excellence Awards categories, which include: Excellence in Business; Excellence in Customer Service; Emerging Business Excellence; Workplace Excellence; Not-for-Profit Excellence; and People’s Choice Award for Community Impact.

“The way we do business may have changed this year, but the vibrant spirit of our local business community remains the same,” said Adams. “The Chamber can’t wait to celebrate our many incredible local businesses this fall.”

Individuals can nominate a business by visiting The awards nomination period is open now until August 19, 2020, with the awards ceremony being held on November 25, 2020. Business owners are also encouraged to self-nominate. The location and format of the annual event will depend on the public health guidelines in place at the time.