It was supposed to be just another fun night.

24 hours after being recognized at Kelowna's Top 40 Under 40 celebration, Pete Patterson and James Seabrook were enjoying the evening at the 2018 Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Awards.

The gala, hosted and supported by Grant Thornton LLP was the first in the Thompson Okanagan region, celebrating the accomplishments of companies from Kamloops to Penticton.

Then it happened again.

Vitalis Extracton Technology, led by Patterson, Seabrook, and co-founder Joel Sherlock, was the recipient of another accolade, this time taking home the 2018 award for Manufacturing Business of the Year.

Quick to share the success, Patterson immediately thanked the Vitalis team, "This is because of all of you! We have such a great team and I’m proud of all of you".

Without a doubt, the enthusiastic and skilled team at Vitalis is an Okanagan success-story. After more than 2 years of research, development, and innovation, Vitalis opened its doors in early 2016 to take the supercritical extraction industry by storm.

In short order, Vitalis became an industry leader with deployments across three continents and more industrial-scale deployments than any other competitor. With 18 patent claims in the first year alone, Vitalis brought industrial innovation and business expertise to a market that had seen less than 10 patents filed in its lifetime.

Winner of the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Award for Top Extraction Equipment, and finalist in the International Trade Category at the BC Small Business Awards, Vitalis has grown into one of the Okanagan's rising business stars with industry recognition becoming a welcome and regular occurrence.

"We're exceptionally fortunate for the great relationships we've forged with our customers, the amazing team we've assembled, and the growth we've witnessed," Patterson remarks. "Certainly, our future looks bright, and we're extremely happy to be recognized for our accomplishments thus far."

With another trophy bound for the showcase, the bar for what constitutes a fun night at Vitalis is rising.