Business Excellence Awards Gala

The Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala is the Chamber’s premier event and a must-attend night for business owners in the Region! The Gala is a celebration of business excellence, recognizing Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. It is a time for the business community to come together and show their appreciation towards business and organizations that have helped shape Waterloo Region as one of the strongest professional communities in Canada.

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Celebrate Business Excellence


Every year, the Business excellence Awards Gala is attended by over 900 members, including the area’s most respected and recognized industry leaders. Organizations of every size are represented, from international companies to mom-and-pop shops.

In 2018, thirteen awards will be presented throughout the course of the evening:

  • Business of the Year Award (1-10 Employees)
  • Business of the Year Award (11-50 Employees)
  • Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Employees)
  • New Business of the Year Award (Under 2 Years)
  • Employee Engagement Award
  • Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Health & Wellness in the Workplace Award
  • Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Non-Profit/Charitable Award
  • Young Professional of the Year Award
  • Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Small Business of the Year Award (1-10 Employees)


Dominion Lending Centres Premier Mortgages

Five Nines IT Solutions

Lesley Warren Design Group

Light House Specialized Programs

Mike the Roofer Inc.

Mortgage InGenuity

The Event Firm Inc.

The TALENT Business Solutions

Business of the Year Award (11-50 Employees)

Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd.

HLB Systems Solutions

Overlap Associates Inc.

Rabideau Law

Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Employees)


Briarfield Gardens by Revera

Clair Hills Retirement Community

Financial Horizons Group

Revera Retirement Living


Employee Engagement Award

Dillon Consulting Limited

Igloo Software

Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.

Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd.

Overlap Associates

The MT Space

WalterFedy & AEC Developments

Environment & Sustainability Award

AET Group Inc.

Colour Paradise Greenhouses

Dundee Recycling Limited

Woolwich Bio-En Inc.

Health and Wellness in the Workplace Award

BlackBerry Limited

CBA Canada

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Parents for Community Living

Waterloo North Hydro

Innovation Award

Alert Labs Inc.


Five Nines IT Solutions

Highview Residences

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.

Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.

Josslin Insurance – Kitchener

Oculys Health Informatics

Rabideau Law

St. Mary’s General Hospital

Waterloo Central Railway

New Business of the Year Award (Under 2 Years)

Descendants Beer & Beverage Co

FlyGTA Airlines

Highview Residences Kitchener Waterloo

Monarch Collection Inc.

O Cannabis Clinic

The Ultimate Escape

Uptown Beauty Lounge

Non-Profit/Charitable Award

Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

KW Habilitation

Parents for Community Living

St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre


The MT Space

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

Cambridge Mill

Delta Waterloo

Descendants Beer & Beverage Co

Hacienda Sarria

Little Mushroom Catering

Sip & Bite Restaurant

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre

Waterloo Central Railway

Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

Young Professional of the Year Award

Steve Burrows – Facet Design Studio

Liana Carvalho – Sun Life Financial

Chloe Hamilton – Warm Embrace

Brock Hart – Overlap Associates

Marci Matejcek – Uptown Beauty Lounge

Kris Ronan -Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.

Carolina Soares – The Event Firm

Stephanie Soulis – Little Mushroom Catering

Richard Ventura -Mortgage InGenuity