2014 Evening of Excellence


    Lac La Biche & District Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 2014 Evening of Excellence! Every year, local businesses nominate their peers for awards in various categories. Winners are recognized and awarded during our annual dinner and entertainment event. This is our way of celebrating the hard work that local entrepreneurs and companies have done over the last year, and giving local businesspeople an opportunity to mingle, network, and have some fun away from the office.

    This year's Evening of Excellence took place on Saturday, Oct. 25th at the Lakeland Agricom.


    Thank you once again to our amazing sponsors! Also, a big thank you to the Berlands, PartySweets, the Liquor Stop and DoubleL Catering for helping us to make the evening a big success once again.

    Here is a complete list of all of the winners of the 2014 Lac La Biche & District Chamber of Commerce Evening of Excellence gala, along with information taken from the nominations. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!


    1) Aboriginal Business of the Year awarded to Kingdom Cats
    Kingdom Cats has been steadily expanding and prospering in the local economy. The nominations told us that owner Jason King has a big heart and sponsors numerous local events.
    2) Community Partner Award awarded to Crude Energy Services Inc.
    Crude Energy Services has been a major supporter of their community both through financial contributions and the donation of their time and expertise.
    3) Contractor of the Year awarded to A M Construction
    The strong husband and wife team of Les and Yolanda have built a successful general contract firm with wide-ranging projects in the County for over 25 years.
    4) Corporate Citizen Award awarded to Cenovus Energy
    Cenovus Energy shows continual leadership in supporting and becoming part of the community of Lac La Biche, and by minimizing its impact on the environment while producing energy resources we all need.
    5) Employee of the Year awarded to Jaclyn Denman
    We were told that Jaclyn has done amazing work with the Lac La Biche Region tourism project, and has been recognized by Alberta’s Minister of Tourism for her work on the Winter Festival of Speed.
    6) Employer of the Year awarded to Tom’s Pizza & Steakhouse Ltd.
    Tom’s champions the rights of their loyal temporary foreign workers through legal means and lobbying politicians at all levels.
    7) Going the Extra Mile Award awarded to Brenda Bourque-Stratichuk
    Brenda has gone well beyond the requirements of her position at the Region One Aboriginal Business Association by not only supporting the principles of the association but by soliciting new members to join.
    8) Home Based Business of the Year awarded to Sand Springs Ranch
    Ty and Janice Shelton have operated Sand Springs Ranch for many years. Word of mouth about their traditional organic produce and their more adventurous varieties brings more loyal customers all the time.
    9) Innovation Award awarded to the Saucenator
    The Saucenator took a risk and offered a fresh new way to provide great food to the town this summer in a variety of locations. The nominations praised their gourmet-style menu and their collaborative use of social media to get the word out.
    10) Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Albert Stratichuk
    Albert started his business career in the late 1950’s and was an essential part of multiple projects and businesses in the County such as the Sentinel Industrial Park, the Alexandra Renaissance condos, Lac La Biche Building Products and the Canalta Hotels. Albert has a wide breath of diverse business experience which has served him well and lives on through the entrepreneurial spirit of his children.
    11) Marketer of the Year awarded to Lakeland Waste Disposal
    This new business has quickly become very visible and well-known in the area with their bright orange bins and customer-friendly phone number.
    12) New Business of the Year awarded to Homemade Delights
    Rosie Chaschin’s professional mannerism, her hard work ethic and of course her delicious freshly baked goods have been the key to the success of her bakery in Lac La Biche.
    13) Not for Profit Organization of the Year awarded to Active Kids Society
    This non-profit society has made a huge impact in the community the last few years, most recently with the fantastic new playground for Vera M Welsh Elementary school.
    14) Professional Service Provider of the Year awarded to Jim Piquette
    We were told about how since 1993 Jim Piquette from Re/Max has always given the utmost professional service to his clients and also contributes very generously back to the community through many donations and sponsorships.
    15) Small Business of the Year awarded to Marczak Tru Hardware
    Owned by the same family for 47 years and a main street icon, Tru Hardware, run by Tony and Kathy Marczak, provides great customer service, friendly advice and an outstanding selection of products.
    16) Volunteer of the Year awarded to Jennifer Okrainec
    Jennifer apparently makes the rest of us look bad. She is a key member of the Active Kids Society, the Pow Wow Committee, the Solstice Run and Lac La Biche Figure Skating, plus she somehow still finds time to run her own business, work for the government and be a mom.
    17) Welcoming by Nature Award awarded to Mystic Thrift
    Trina Mischuk and her mother are well known for going above and beyond for the community and for their customers, from helping clients carry items from their car, to making their entire clothing inventory free for a day for needy families.
    18) Young Entrepreneur of the Year awarded to Anton Martushev
    Anton took over his dad’s oil delivery service and has expanded and modernized the business. Anton is only 23 years old but is remarkably confident, ambitious, and forward-thinking.
    19) Business Leader of the Year awarded to Brad Musat of OK Ford
    Brad has grown his business successfully over the years and he’s currently in the middle of a huge expansion to his OK Ford facility.
    20) Business of the Year awarded to Home Hardware
    Home Hardware recently celebrated 30 years since they opened their doors and they’re a well-known, well-respected Lac La Biche County business. Owner Louise Jobin is a proud supporter of the community through many sponsorships of local groups and events, like their $20,000 donation the 2014 Canadian Archery Nationals held in Lac La Biche this summer.