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ABEX Awards


Presented by Conexus Credit Union

The ABEX Awards recognize that Saskatchewan is rich in stories of business successes. Even in challenging times, Saskatchewan has countless businesses worthy of recognition in every community in the province.

In 1984, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce introduced the ABEX Awards to honour outstanding achievements in business excellence. Businesses are eligible to enter in as many of the following categories as they wish. The awards have gained prominence as the most highly esteemed symbols of business excellence in this province. The ABEX awards highlight pivotal business elements of provincial prosperity and are the only business award that honours all private sector enterprises in Saskatchewan regardless of size and economic activity.


The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Service goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in providing quality customer service (wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, brokering, professional services, communications, financial, etc.).
Sponsored by Canalta Hotels


The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Innovation will be presented to a Saskatchewan business that demons

trates excellence in the utilization of an innovative product, technology or system which has tangibly contributed to improved sales and/or productivity. Judging takes into account the originality of the innovation and its impact.  Sponsored by Innovation Saskatchewan

Growth and Expansion

The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Growth and Expansion is given to a business that has made significant changes in their business resulting in "Growth" or "Expansion". Changes may relate to job creation and/or investment. Sponsored by PFM Capital Inc.

New Venture

The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for NewVenture goes to a new business venture which has been in existence for 3 years or less and which has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation and/or entry into new markets. Sponsored by the Ministry of the Economy

Community Involvement 

The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Community Involvement goes to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in its support of the arts and culture, amateur sports, education, healthcare or voluntary groups. Sponsored by Bhpbilliton


The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Marketing is awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in the execution of a successful marketing strategy.  Sponsored by the Handy Group of Companies


The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Export goes to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in exporting Saskatchewan goods or services nationally or internationally. Sponsored by STEP

Business Leader of the Year

The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Business Leader of the Year is awarded to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of the business visionary. This person has shown outstanding success in business or industry through the development of a new process, product or service or for meaningful contributions to the local business community. Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The Achievement for Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to an entrepreneur between the ages of 18-35 who has achieved success in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business.  Eligible candidates must offer a product and/or service; have served at least ten customers; have long-term goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals; and, have demonstrated innovation by adapting to market place challenges resulting in a competitive advantage. Sponsored by Cameco Corporation

Community Cornerstone Award

The Community Conerstone Achievement for Business Excellence Award celebrates a small enterprise which has a longstanding (20+ years) history within a community, while showing great pride in and support for the local community, and serving as an unofficial ambassador for it. Sponsored by SaskEnergy

Priority Focus Award

The ABEX Priority Focus Award is presented to a Saskatchewan business which has gone above and beyond in demonstration of business excellence, in an area that mirrors a select Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce policy priority (priority to be selected by the Saskatchewan Chamber annually).
In 2015 the policy priority selected is youth entrepreneurship. The award winner for 2015 will have demonstrated commitment and dedication to enhance youth entrepreneurship. Donations of time by staff, inkind donations and monetary contributions are all considered. Sponsored by SIGA

In addition, all entrants are eligible for the honour of being awarded the Saskatchewan Business of the Year

(sponsored by the David Aplin Group).

Winners are announced at a gala ABEX Awards Ceremony which brings together the leading figures from the provincial business community and is a prominent showcase for the quality of private enterprise in Saskatchewan.

To enter the competition, companies may either nominate themselves or be sponsored by a third party.

Benefits of being an ABEX Awards winner include:

  • Public recognition
  • Confirmation of their excellence in business
  • Benefits of province-wide recognition
  • The right to use the ABEX symbol in your advertising

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