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. Due to the Global Health Pandemic, the 2021 event will be hosted through an interactive and engaging virtual event platform. The evening may look a little different this year, but we still have so many significant accomplishments to celebrate!

In 2021, fourteen 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)
  • Community Builder of the Year Award
  • 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

CKX Training On-the-Go

Civilian Screen Printing

FABRIK Architects Inc.


Gecko Websites

Oxford Learning Waterloo

Reeve & Company

Roxton Industries

Top- Notch Concierge

Anytime Fitness

Clean & Tidy

Diva International Inc.

FoxNet Inc.

Jay Fencing Ltd.

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre

Warm Embrace Elder Care


Libro Credit Union




The Canadian Shield


Anytime Fitness


Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

Radisson Hotel Kitchener-Waterloo

Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University

S.G. Cunningham

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre


Equitable Life of Canada

Grand River Raceway

Igloo Software

McCarter Grespan Beynon Weir PC

Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.

Reid’s Heritage Homes Ltd.

Token Creative Services

Accelerator Centre

AET Group

Arcadian Projects

City of Kitchener

Diva International Inc.

Joseph & Company

Vertical Interiors by McIntyre

Wake Up Coffee Solutions


Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington

EXP Services

H2R Business Solutions

Home Hardware Stores Ltd.

Igloo Software

KW Habilitation

Paris Child Care

Roxton Industries

S.G. Cunningham


FABRIK Architects Inc.


Shaver Industries

TDG Marketing

The Canadian Shield

Cart2Curb Ltd.


Tapestry Hall

Accelerator Centre

Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington

Deafblind Ontario Services

Enactus Laurier (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Grand River Hospital Foundation

Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation

Kitchener Waterloo Counselling Services Inc.

KW Habilitation

KW Multicultural Centre

Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice

Nutrition for Learning


Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region

Strong Start Charitable Foundation


Fresh Look Design

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge/Waterloo

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Little Mushroom Catering


State & Main (Waterloo)


Blair Forest, Wilfrid Laurier University

Elisia Neves, FABRIK Architects

Erika Siegner, Quantum Greens

Jennifer Muir, Jennifer Muir Doula Services

Jeremy Hedges, The Canadian Shield

Mackenzie Ainlay, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

Mandy English-Parry, TDG Marketing

Mark Dickens, RBC Dominion Securities

Matthew Simone, Igloo Software

Natalie Dumond, Natalie Dumond Coaching & Consulting