Kamloops Chamber tweaks awards
It may not be the Oscars, but this year’s Kamloops Chamber of Commerce (KCC) TD Canada Trust Business Excellence Awards will have an extra air of credibility.
That’s because the KCC is changing its award-selection process.
For the first time in its 26-year history, each award will be judged and scored by an independent panel made up of a sponsor, an association leader in the industry sector related to the award and a past winner.
That score will be tabulated by KPMG accounting firm to determine the top three finalists.
The independent selection committee will then pick the winner.
Nominees will also be expected to answer to more specific and detailed criteria.
Chamber executive director Deb McClelland said the new system will give the awards a greater sense of credibility.
“We’re always looking to grow and improve,” she said, adding the change didn’t come about from any particular problem or controversy.
The old format for the awards saw finalists chosen from independent businesses and chamber board members.
On Wednesday, May 18, the chamber put out a call for nominations for a host of awards, from the Home-Based Business of the Year Award to the Community Futures Business of the Year.
The awards will be presented at an annual awards gala banquet on Oct. 22.
Anyone can make a nomination and any Kamloops business or businessperson can be nominated.
Award winners may not be nominated in the same category for three years following their win, but can be nominated and win in other categories.
Nominations will be accepted until June 30 and can be made online at kamloopschamber.ca, at the KCC’s office, 1290 West Trans-Canada Hwy., or at the four TD Canada Trust branches in the city.
Tickets to the gala event will go on sale in September.