With inaugural awards, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade recognizes companies that have pivoted

Over 20 businesses are set to compete in five categories.

Credit: Flourist

East Vancouver bakery Flourist is nominated for two Business Reinvention Awards

More than 20 businesses are set to compete in five categories

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit B.C. last March, we’ve heard a lot about how businesses need to adapt and pivot in order to survive. Those that pulled off the trick have likely been able to do more than just stave off layoffs and shutdowns; ideally, they’ve flourished, even in the harshest of conditions.

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade aims to acknowledge those enterprises with its inaugural Business Reinvention Awards.

The awards are divided into five categories: Reinvention, Excellence in Collaboration, Healthy Workplace, Environmental Leader and Domestic Growth.

“COVID-19 changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact with the world around us,” said GBVOT president and CEO Bridgitte Anderson. “Despite the challenges, Greater Vancouver’s entrepreneurial spirit has shone through. Businesses have adapted, innovated and collaborated to not just survive the immediate impact of the pandemic, but to thrive in spite of it.”

Here’s the full list of finalists.

Reinvention Award

AG Hair
HAVE Culinary Training Society
Novo Textile
Pacific National Exhibition
Scene Ideas

Excellence in Collaboration Award

Flourist and Evo 
JamJar Canteen and various
Style In Form and Kern’s
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Ocean Wise

Healthy Workplace Award

Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
CPHR BC & Yukon 
Fresh Prep
Innovior Construction

Environmental Leader Award

Aisle International
Electronic Recycling Association
Encorp Pacific
Genus Capital Management

Domestic Growth Award

Legends Haul
Synergy Engineering
Virtro Technology

The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on February 26 with Mary Ng, federal minister of small business, export promotion and international trade; and Ravi Kahlon, provincial minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation.