Businesses from all three of Canada's northern territories were honoured Thursday night at the first Frozen Globe Awards gala in Yellowknife.
Up Here Business sponsored the inaugural event and winners included Erasmus Apparel and Ragged Ass Barbers —who tied for the People's Choice Awards.
Tli Cho Logistics won the award for best Aboriginal business.
The NWT Entrepreneur of the Year distinction was handed to Twilight Security while Pelly Construction took home a Frozen Globe for Yukon's top entrepreneur of the year.
Baker Lake contracting was named Nunavut's Entrepreneur of the Year and the company, started in 1984 by Al Lahure, also won top prize of Northern Entrepreneur of the year.
A total of 100 companies and 134 nominations were in the running for 9 category prizes.
Among those in attendance were Premier Bob McLeod, Territories Commissioner George Tuccaro, Sen. Nick Sibbeston and Dene National chief Bill Erasmus.
The awards gala will be held in Whitehorse next year and then in Iqaluit in 2015.
Full list of Winners:
- People's Choice Award - The Original Ragged Ass Barbers and Erasmus Apparel
- Best Aboriginal Owned Company - Tli Cho Logistics
- Best Mining Contractor - Aurora Geosciences
- Best Marketed Company - Air North
- Most Innovative Company - SSI Micro
- Business on the Rise - NunaVet Animal Hospital
- Best Yukon Entrepreneur - Pelly Construction
- Best Nunavut Entrepreneur - Bake Lake Contracting and Supplies
- Best NWT - Entrepreneur - Twilite Security
- The North's Top Entrepreneur - Baker Lake Contracting and Supplies