Business Excellence Awards Gala

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Title Sponsor of the Business Excellence Awards Gala, Cowan Insurance Group

The Chamber’s Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala is not only the premier event in the Chamber’s busy event schedule, it is also one of the must attend events in the Region!

The event is a celebration and recognizes 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 appreciation to those business and organizations that have helped shape Waterloo Region as one of the strongest business communities in Canada. Attended by over 900 members, including the area’s most respected and recognized business leaders from every industry and size.

Twelve awards are presented during the evening in the categories of:

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

Highlights from previous years.

Please visit BEAgala.ca for more event details!

Here are all the award categories, Nominees AND WINNERS for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards

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

Sponsored by: S.G. Cunningham Ltd.

Winner

Fairway Divorce Solutions

Nominees:
  • Anytime Fitness
  • AWE Events
  • Clique Organic Salons
  • CopperTree Solutions Inc.
  • Driverseat Kitchener
  • Hacienda Sarria
  • Meal in a Jar
  • My IT Guy Corp.
  • Roxton Industries
  • Skylight Productions
  • Studio Locale Inc.
  • The Event Firm Inc.
  • The Sugar Cube
  • The Talent Business Solutions

Business of the Year Award (11-50 Employees)

Sponsored by: Miller Thomson LLP

Winner

Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.

Nominees:
  • Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd.
  • FoxNet Inc.
  • Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.
  • MNP LLP
  • Perimeter Development Corporation
  • Rabideau Law
  • Stemmler Meats & Cheeses Inc.
  • Tangam Gaming Inc.
  • Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Employees)

Sponsored by: University of Waterloo

Winner

Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.

Nominees:
  • Activa Holdings Inc.
  • Brick Brewing Company Limited
  • Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.
  • Financial Horizons Inc.
  • Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches Inc.
  • OpenText Corporation
  • Reid’s Heritage Homes Ltd.
  • WalterFedy
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

Employee Engagement Award

Sponsored by: Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Winner

S.G. Cunningham Limited

Nominees:
  • Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd.
  • Goliger’s TravelPlus
  • Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.
  • S.G. Cunningham Limited
  • WalterFedy

Environment & Sustainability Award

Sponsored by: Union Gas – A Spectra Energy Company

Winner

Borealis Grille & Bar

Nominees:
  • Borealis Grille & Bar
  • Brick Brewing Company Limited
  • Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
  • Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Dillon Consulting Limited
  • Little Mushroom Catering

Health & Wellness in the Workplace Award

Sponsored by: Grand River Hospital

Winner

Dillon Consulting Limited

Nominees:
  • Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • Dillon Consulting Limited
  • NetSuite
  • Trinity Village
  • Waterloo North Hydro Inc.

Hospitality/Tourism Award

Sponsored by: Waterloo Tourism Marketing Corporation

Winner

Centre in the Square

Nominees:
  • Bingemans
  • Block Three Brewing Co.
  • Centre in the Square
  • Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs
  • Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Delta Waterloo

Innovation Award

Sponsored by: BlackBerry

Winner

Driverseat Kitchener

Nominees:
  • Beagle Inc.
  • Driverseat Kitchener
  • Fairway Divorce Solutions
  • Tangam Gaming Inc.

Michael R. Follett Community Leader Award

Sponsored by: Equitable Life of Canada

Murray Gamble

Non-Profit/Charitable Award

Sponsored by: MTE Consultants

Winner

Strong Start Charitable Organization

Nominees:
  • Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region
  • Carizon Family & Community Services
  • Strong Start Charitable Organization
  • The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre
  • United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area

Volunteer of the Year Award

Sponsored by: Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Winner

Karen Temple – BDO LLP

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sponsored by: University of Waterloo

Winner

Hongwei Liu/ MappedIn

Nominees:
  • Steve Burrows/ Facet Design Studio Ltd.
  • Hongwei Liu/ MappedIn
  • Victoria Locke/ unLOCKEd Integrated Design. Brand. Marketing. Sales
  • Kurtis McBride/ MioVision Technologies Inc.
  • Kris Ronan/ Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.
  • Adam Smith/ My IT Guy Corp.
  • Carolina Soares/ The Event Firm Inc.
  • Stephanie Soulis/ Little Mushroom Catering
  • Richard Ventura/ Mortgage InGenuity
  • Mike Widdis/ Upside Accounting