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Since 1951, the Delta Chamber of Commerce has recognized the best and most outstanding citizens, and businesspersons in private and public sector companies at the Hats Off to Excellence Awards Gala. Honourees are chosen based on the criteria of professional accomplishments, influence and community involvement. Finalists will be honoured and award recipients will be announced on November 19. Event details coming soon!


Eligibility Criteria

  • To nominate, you do not have to be a member of the chamber
  • Nominations are not exclusive to chamber members
  • Nominees must be based in Delta, B.C. and businesses must have a valid business license in Delta, B.C.
  • While a business or individual may apply for a maximum of three (3) award categories, they may only be selected as a finalist for one single category per year.
  • A business or individual is ineligible to win the same award category more than once in two years following the year in which they won. (CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF 2019-2020 FINALISTS)
  • Please select all categories that apply. The Nominations Committee will review the information to ensure the nominee is placed in the most appropriate category(ies).
  • Please note: Nominators may submit nominations for more than one individual. Self-nominations will also be accepted. 

All nomination forms and supporting materials must be submitted via the form below. 

You will receive a confirmation email upon submitting your nomination. If you do not receive this email, please contact events@deltachamber.ca to make sure your nomination was received.


Award Categories

Citizen of the Year:
Sponsored by Global Container Terminals
Recognizes an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership, dedication and service to Delta. They have made a positive and recognizable impact in Delta while serving as a source of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement for others.

 

Community Impact *NEW FOR 2021:

Sponsored by FortisBC
Recognizes a not-for-profit organization or business that makes a significant impact in the community of Delta. Demonstrates excellence in social responsibility and reputation. Demonstrates a positive social conscience by utilizing its resources to improve its community through programming, events and initiatives, and/or support of or collaboration with local not-for-profits.


Rising Star Business:
Sponsored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
Recognizes a business that is no more than two years old and no less than one year old. They have proven operational success and growth while maintaining a positive work environment and a strong community commitment.

 

Small Business of the Year (1-10 Employees):
Recognizes a business with 1-10 employees that quickly adapted their business model, acted courageously, and/or effectively implemented new procedures to serve their customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This recipient will have demonstrated significant leadership and resilience.

 

Medium Business of the Year (11-49 Employees):
Recognizes a business with 11-49 employees that quickly adapted their business model, acted courageously, and/or effectively implemented new procedures to serve their customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This recipient will have demonstrated significant leadership and resilience.

 

Large Business of the Year (50+ Employees):
Recognizes a business with 50+ employees that quickly adapted their business model, acted courageously, and/or effectively implemented new procedures to serve their customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This recipient will have demonstrated significant leadership and resilience. 
 
“Above and Beyond” – Apprentice of the Year:
Sponsored by Industry Training Authority (ITA)
Recognizes a registered ITA apprentice who has gone ‘above and beyond’ during their apprenticeship. 


Examples of going above and beyond include:

  • Taking ownership of their apprenticeship journey and engaging with their employer to seek guidance and full scope of trade training 
  • Is continuously looking for opportunities to upgrade or add to their skillset or knowledge 
  • Is a champion of safety and anti-bullying in the workplace 
  • Engages in trades networking groups (eg. Facebook groups or industry associations) 
  • Shows enthusiasm for trades via social media (eg. Twitter, Instagram) 
  • Participates in events to promote the trades (eg. Trade shows, school presentations, presentations to Scouts or Brownies) 
  • Entry into school trades and/or apprentice competitions (Skills BC, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum etc.) 
  • General volunteer work 

Nominees must be currently reporting hours and/or undertaking training at an ITA recognized training institution.