Each year, our Best Apprentice Training Award champions the small businesses dedicated to training and developing new talent. British Columbia’s skilled trades community is a huge driver of the provincial economy and avoiding skill shortages ensures its continuing success into the future.
Last year, Fort St. John-based construction firm Northern Legendary Construction (pictured above) claimed the award. Our Top 10 this year raised the bar with their high standard of apprentice growth and development, as well as industry leadership in their communities. Here are your Best Apprentice Training Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists:
Whistler Cooks, Whistler
Selecting ingredients from the region’s fertile valleys, Whistler Cooks’ culinary team uses a fresh approach with the very best local harvest each season. With expertise in corporate, event, venue and social catering, their success has grown from the strong connections they have with clients and the personal touches added to their service.
Murphy Construction Corp. Pemberton
Murphy Construction Corp. (MCC) is a vibrant and progressive company delivering exceptional quality and outstanding service. Started in 1997 as a custom-homes builder in Pemberton and Whistler, MCC has evolved into a large-scale contractor specializing in extensive renovations and restorations, high-end homes, multi-family residential, industrial and commercial projects throughout Western BC.
RDC Fine Homes, Whistler
Since 1993, RDC Fine Homes has specialized in the construction and renovation of sustainable green homes that work better, live better and last better; homes that are uniformly comfortable winter and summer, have the very best indoor air quality, are durable and above all else, energy efficient.
Since installing their first geothermal/geoexchange system in 1990, Geotility has been a leader in delivering comprehensive turn-key geothermal/geoexchange solutions for every size of installation, from single and multi-family homes to large commercial and industrial projects. Geotility was the first geothermal/geoexchange contractor in Western Canada to bring a comprehensive specialized service model to the market place.
NZ Builders, Victoria
NZ Builders Ltd. is driven by innovation and efficiency. They provide concrete tilt-up construction method as their primary building material. This is a cost-effective technique with a shorter completion time as well as far less construction waste, incredible durability, and promotion of thermal comfort (less heating fluctuations and costs). NZ Builders continues to grow this trend in North America for residential construction.
Solid Rock Steel, Surrey
A 50-year old family owned business, Solid Rock Steel provides connection design, drafting, fabrication, welding, sandblasting, painting, field installation, and field installation. They have worked on large-scale projects such as SkyTrain stations across the Lower Mainland and the spectacular walkways at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
The Garage, Burnaby
Located in Burnaby, The Garage possesses the latest diagnostic tools to identify even the most challenging issues to keep clients’ cars in the best condition possible. They will partner with you to agree on a maintenance plan that works for you, your vehicle usage and your budget.
Mr. Swirl Plumbing, Coquitlam
Mr. Swirl The Friendly Plumber is the friendly plumber for the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area. Their entire staff is focused on seeing that you receive caring service for any plumbing job your home may need. They are firm in their belief that no plumbing job should ever need to be done twice, and strive to see that any repairs, maintenance, replacement, or installation gets done right the first time.
Norlang Automotive Ltd, Langley
Norlang Auto has been proudly serving Langley and the Lower Mainland as a dealership alternative auto repair centre for both domestic and imported automobiles since 1998. Their dedicated service advisor team will exceed your expectations time after time. They have developed an expert team of professional technicians that are equipped to handle an array of complex factory-level repairs.
Diamond Diesel, Surrey
Located in Surrey, Diamond Diesel is a fully equipped diesel shop. Specializing in Ford Powerstroke, GMC Duramax, Dodge Cummins service, repairs and performance.
The Small Business BC Awards Gala will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards.
Hosted by a special guest Emcee, this is THE event where small businesses are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community and the BC economy.
Join us as we raise a glass in honour of the small businesses, on their night to shine on the podium.