Burnaby business awards celebrate success

More than 350 people descended on the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown to celebrate the city’s growing business community at the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards last week.

The Thursday evening event, organized by the Burnaby Board of Trade, recognized organizations of all stripes, but it was local electronics manufacturer Dorigo Systems that walked away with the night’s most coveted prize – Business of the Year.

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Dorigo Systems was founded back in 1988 by Mark Pillon, who continues to lead Dorigo as president.

“On behalf of everyone at Dorigo Systems, I am very happy to accept this award,” Pillon said in a press release. “It is truly an honour to be considered in a category alongside esteemed businesses such as Fortinet Technologies, Mott Electric, Pacific Blue Cross and Traction on Demand. Each of these companies, and indeed all of the nominees here tonight, inspire us in their commitment to community, innovation and success.”

In all, there were nine categories up for grabs, including Burnaby community spirit, environmental sustainability, not-for-profit organization of the year, business person of the year, healthy workplace, business of the year (up to 50 employees), business innovation, business of the year and entrepreneurial spirit.

And the winners are …

Burnaby Community Spirit:


Environmental Sustainability:


Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year:

Charlford House Society for Women

Business Person of the Year:

Greg Malpass, Traction on Demand

Healthy Workplace:

Left Coast Naturals

Business of the Year (up to 50 Employees):

Canadian Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company

Business Innovation:

Clarius Mobile Health

Business of the Year:

Dorigo Systems

Entrepreneurial Spirit:

CPE Systems

Burnaby Business Hall of Fame Inductee:

Beedie Development Group

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