We want to recognize and celebrate some of the award wins and highlight notable news from our local tourism industry that occurred over the past few months.

Award Wins

  • Earlier this month, Big White Ski Resort Senior Vice President and Tourism Kelowna Board Director, Michael J. Ballingall, was awarded the Far West Ski Association’s Bill Mackey Award for Outstanding Ski Industry Employee. Ballingall is the third Big White team member to win the award, following Katie Balkwell's win in 2016 and Jim Lloyd's win in 2002 won the award in 2002.

Local Chamber of Commerce Awards

Kelowna Chamber Business Awards
Clockwise from top: Team from O'Rourke's Peak Cellars, winners of the Excellence in Tourism award, with Tourism Kelowna President & CEO, Lisanne Ballantyne;
members of the team from Festivals Kelowna, who won the Arts & Entertainment award; Greg Hopf, and his wife Sharon, accepted the Indigenous Business of the Year award on behalf of Moccasin Trails.

Lake Country 2021 Awards - Tourism Excellence
Left: Tourism Kelowna's Director of Community & Visitor Engagement, Chris Lewis, and Lake Country Chamber of Commerce's Business Engagement Advisor, Tony Pallas, present the Tourism Excellence Award. Right: Chris Lewis and Rose Hill Orchard Founder, Angelique Slade Shantz 

Notable News




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Join us in congratulating all the award winners and recognizing all those who achieving great things and delivering exceptional experiences to visitors and locals alike!

Have an award win, achievement, or notable news to share? Email us all the details so we can include the information in our next roundup.