Businesses honoured at chamber awards

On May 19, the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce hosted its Business Excellence awards to a sold-out crowd at the Victoria Inn & Convention Center. The event was created to celebrate businesses and their achievements, their commitment to excellence and their contributions to the economic growth of west Winnipeg. The nominees selected by community members were all deserving of their recognition, and in most cases, the winner was determined by a single point.

Each award winner has created a notable impact through the management of a business operation or non-profit organization, and all exemplify innovation, excellent service practices, and all have made remarkable contributions to the economic health of West Winnipeg.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Marcos Illana-Mata of Bison Liquors ( – Bison Liquors’ philosophy is to offer premium quality products at affordable prices and aims to return as much support to their community and consumers by participating in community events, fundraisers, socials, as well as supporting other local charitable causes.

Innovator of the Year: San Vito Coffee House ( – San Vito Coffee House prides itself on being a gathering place for the old and young in west Winnipeg, where you’ll see friends and family, business leaders and politicians, and the west Winnipeg neighbors in a comfortable engaging environment.

Non-Profit of the Year: Community Ambitions Day Service ( – Community Ambitions Day Service Inc. provides support and job training to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. They do volunteer work for businesses in the area including packaging, mailouts, folding, and prior to covid provided volunteers around the community in hospitals, care homes and fundraising events.

Community Builder of the Year: Peak of the Market ( – Peak of the Market’s facility has been located in west Winnipeg since 1960. A proud Winnipeg-based business for 80 years, Peak of the Market and its grower partners have been growing and marketing fresh , high-quality produce for generations.

Business of the Year: Dave’s Quick Print ( – Throughoutout the pandemic and its challenges, Dave’s Quick Print has worked to maintain its workforce, added new equipment and revenue streams and continued to provide excellent customer service while quietly battling supply chain issues. They complemented their business with an online value proposition and committed to supporting and sponsoring local causes that aligned with their core values.

The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards will return May 2023 with nominations opening in March 2023.

Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce

Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce
St. James – Assiniboia community correspondent

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