On Time as Promised
To be the leaders in our industry and to provide the best available products at a fair price with
uncompromised quality & service. ON TIME.
In the constant pursuit of perfection.
Our commitment is simply to be the industry leaders providing custom designed awards from concept
to presentation. We are the only ISO 9002 certified company providing awards and trophies and we offer
a wide variety of engraving services from laser to computerized to glass engraving.
opened Columbia Awards and began setting standards in Alberta and
Western Canada for prompt quality service. Two years later Ed Korbyl, trained as a jeweller,
in 1979. Shortly thereafter, Columbia Awards
was one of the first companies in Western Canada to offer computerized engraving
This acquisition of the latest technology to enhance both quality and production set a trend
that Columbia Awards has faithfully followed. Ed Korbyl has always been keen on improving his
business using the best means possible! With that intent Ed purchased
in Western Canada in 1986, two years after moving his business from Leduc to
Prior to this purchase laser engraving had to be done in Toronto, Ontario. The work would take
weeks to complete and be delivered. Now Columbia Awards offered the same service and very quick
turn-around. It was in 1987 that this same laser was employed to create the
images on the handles for the torches of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. This was a great
honour, especially since we were the only company in Edmonton to be involved with the Olympic
Torch Run. We still have one of the torches on display in our showroom!
Not content with just producing top quality awards, Ed Korbyl expanded the company into
manufacturing signage in 1989. This branch of Columbia Awards is called Name Express and
specializes in name badges while offering a complete sign service. Name Express was and
is fully computerized and offers thermal printing for outdoor and indoor use. The two
businesses often combine their technologies to produce unique top quality signs and
This uniqueness has generated recognition of this company in Western Canada and
internationally for quality, service and creativity. Not content with this reputation
Columbia Awards became
in 1998, thus they became officially recognized
as offering top quality and prompt service. Columbia Awards is the only awards &
recognition company with this certification. In that same year we purchased the first
YAG Laser in Western Canada. This machine gives us the ability to do precision marking
on a wide variety of objects (especially on stainless steel), while reducing costs and
the time needed for production.
Ed Korbyl's son, became the manager of the company. Ed still maintains
an active role in the company, and this father and son combination gives this company
an edge. We are proud of this company and what we have achieved!
We are the only
in Alberta. We have won several awards
ourselves, and we have continued throughout our history to be technologically advanced,
superior in quality, and exceptional in service. When you come to Columbia Awards you can
expect the best and be surprised at how we exceed your expectations.