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6 October 2023 

FREDERICTON, NB – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Excellence Awards on October 5, 2023 at the Delta Fredericton, naming award recipients in eight categories. 

“The Business Excellence Awards is a highlight on the annual chamber calendar for the chamber staff, our board of directors – and, of course, our members.” said Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton chamber. “Taking time to celebrate success in our region is a reminder that great things are happening right in our backyard. Fredericton has a wonderful mix of cutting-edge knowledge-sector businesses, innovative startups, amenities and more traditional businesses that are foundational to our community.” 

Recognizing outstanding achievement in business and community involvement, awards were presented in eight categories. The 10th anniversary of the Spacek, Armstrong and Norrad Resilience Award was used as a retrospective of previous recipients. 

“We often don’t do a great job of celebrating our successes in New Brunswick, which is so important as we work through difficult times,” said Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton chamber. “This event provides an opportunity to do just that. It is a re-energizing evening for our organization as well as for all of the finalists and recipients.” 

Recipients of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce 2023 Business Excellence Awards are: 

Wilson Insurance Ltd. New Business Award 

Saltwinds Coffee Company 

Credit Unions Small Business Award 

The Oromocto Galleria 

Liberty Medium Business Award 

Jean Coutu Briggs Drugs 

CBDC Southwest Large Business Award 

Avalon SalonSpa 

Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals Not-For-Profit Award 


Fredericton Community Foundation Community Impact Award 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton 

The Ginger Agency Charitable Organization Award 

Habitat for Humanity New Brunswick 

Spacek, Armstrong & Norrad Chartered Professional Accountants Resilience Award 

Previous recipients were recognized at the awards ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the award. 

Opportunities NB (Opportunités NB) Business Leader of the Year Award 

Dr Lesley Steele – Virtual Veterinary Solutions 

“The enthusiasm of the business and community leaders gathered in the room to celebrate entrepreneurship was palpable,” said Ross. “The level of comradery, support and mutual respect that our businesses have for one another is something that makes our community great.” 

In addition to the award sponsors listed above, the event was made possible by the following supporters: 

Platinum Sponsor: 

  • McQuinn Media  

Gold Sponsors: 

  • KPMG 
  • Signature Sound  

Silver Sponsors: 

  • Award Sponsors 
  • Wilson Insurance Ltd.  
  • Credit Unions  
  • Liberty  
  • CBDC Southwest  
  • Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals 
  • Fredericton Community Foundation  
  • The Ginger Agency  
  • Spacek, Armstrong & Norrad Chartered Professional Accountants  
  • Opportunities NB (Opportunités NB) 
  • Ignite Fredericton 
  • Riverview Ford Lincoln 
  • Riverview Honda 

Bronze Sponsors: 

  • Allegra Marketing and Printing  
  • Arterra Wines Canada 
  • BrunNet 
  • CPA New Brunswick 
  • Dearing Media 
  • Exclusive Events  
  • Frantically Atlantic 
  • Tripple A Photography 
  • Rogers TV 


The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, a nationally accredited organization with more than 1,000 members, is an active business organization engaged in policy development and advocacy that affects the competitiveness of our members and the Canadian business environment. The Chamber’s vision is ‘Community Prosperity Through Business’.  

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006 

L to R: Perry Kendall, Habitat for Humanity; Allistair Bursey, Jean Coutu Briggs Drugs; Brad Rideout, Saltwinds Coffee Company; Laura Richard, Saltwinds Coffee Company; Kim Munn-Smith, Oromocto Galleria; Sara Holyoke, Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton; Julie Kyle, Avalon SalonSpa; Stacey Wilcox, Avalon SalonSpa; Dr Lesley Steele, Virtual Veterinary Solutions; Damon Goodwin, ResearchNB. 

Photo Credit: Tripple A Photography 

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