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BioWare double winner at chamber awards
Edmonton Sun, February 24, 2005
By Timothy le Riche

(Copyright The Edmonton Sun 2005)

Coming off its 10 th anniversary and with 11 million unit sales to its credit, Edmonton’s BioWare Corp. picked up the Premier’s Award of Distinction last night.

The popular computer-game maker also won the Marketing Award of Distinction during the gala event at the Shaw Conference Centre.

BioWare was set up in 1995 by Edmonton doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk. The joint CEOs now employ 210 people. Their titles include Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

The company’s website – www.bioware.com – allows fans to share strategies and tactics, and has reached 2.3 million registered users.

BioWare was among a series of recipients of the annual awards doled out each year at this time by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.

The winners’ list follows.

  • Alberta Chambers of Commerce Agri-value New Venture Award of Distinction: Pepperheads Canada, Turner Valley.
  • Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission – Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction: Husky Energy Inc., Calgary.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada Small Business Award of Distinction: JK Trucking, Lethbridge.
  • CA/CMA Ethics in Business Award of Distinction: The Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (VRRI) Bottle Depot, Calgary.
  • Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction: Little Red River Cree Nation Group of Companies, John D’or Prairie.
  • Alberta Human Resources and Employment – Employer of People with Disabilities Award of Distinction: Lethbridge YMCA, Lethbridge.
  • Alberta Human Resources and Employment – employer of Youth Award of Distinction: Heritage Community Foundation, Edmonton.
  • INAC/AWPI Aboriginal Relations – Best Practice Award of Distinction: Western Lakota Energy Services Inc., Calgary.
  • University of Alberta/Telus Partners in Workplace Learning Award of Distinction: EPCOR, Edmonton
  • WCB-Alberta WorkSafe Award of Distinction – Large Employer: Enmax Corporation, Calgary
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Export Award of Distinction: AltaSteel Ltd., Edmonton
  • Zoom/Jet Stream Marketing Award of Distinction: BioWare Corp., Edmonton.
  • Premier’s Award of Distinction: BioWare Corp., Edmonton.

“These fine companies show the diversity of Alberta’s business community and highlight its strengths,” said Mark Lencucha, president of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.

Peperheads develops unique gourmet Sauces.

As for JK Trucking, the company used the BSE-caused downturn in the cattle-hauling industry to diversify into other markets and continue to grow.

Among the awards’ many sponsors were the Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Sun.

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