On behalf of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce we would like to welcome you to the 2022 Business Excellence Awards Gala.

This is the premier networking event in the Region, recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their incredible contributions in making Waterloo Region a great place to live and work. Typically, we would host the evening at Bingemans with over 900 guests, but as we’re all familiar with at this point, we have had to adjust our plans to accommodate the current times. With that said, we are pleased to be proceeding with a Hybrid event this year, offering attendees the choice of attending live/in-person, or virtually from the comfort of their own home.

Although it has been another exceptionally difficult year, there is still a lot to celebrate. There are so many businesses who are breaking through barriers, using this time for positive disruption and innovation, and to foster a philanthropic mindset both locally and globally during a time of need. These efforts and contributions being made by businesses right here in our Region are not going unnoticed. We extend a congratulations to this year’s nominees, and to all the businesses who continue to push through during these uncertain times.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the sponsors and volunteers who make this annual celebration possible. Their ongoing commitment and support to this community exemplify the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that makes Waterloo Region exceptional.

We are honoured to share this evening of celebration with you all. Thank you for attending this year’s event.

Sincerely,

Ian McLean - President & CEO

Adam Smith - Chair, Board of Directors

Welcome

On behalf of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce we would like to welcome you to the 2022 Business Excellence Awards Gala.

This is the premier networking event in the Region, recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their incredible contributions in making Waterloo Region a great place to live and work. Typically, we would host the evening at Bingemans with over 900 guests, but as we’re all familiar with at this point, we have had to adjust our plans to accommodate the current times. With that said, we are pleased to be proceeding with a Hybrid event this year, offering attendees the choice of attending live/in-person, or virtually from the comfort of their own home.

Although it has been another exceptionally difficult year, there is still a lot to celebrate. There are so many businesses who are breaking through barriers, using this time for positive disruption and innovation, and to foster a philanthropic mindset both locally and globally during a time of need. These efforts and contributions being made by businesses right here in our Region are not going unnoticed. We extend a congratulations to this year’s nominees, and to all the businesses who continue to push through during these uncertain times.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the sponsors and volunteers who make this annual celebration possible. Their ongoing commitment and support to this community exemplify the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that makes Waterloo Region exceptional.

We are honoured to share this evening of celebration with you all. Thank you for attending this year’s event.

Sincerely,

Ian McLean - President & CEO

Adam Smith - Chair, Board of Directors

AGENDA

Group 1845

6:00PM

Sun Life
Reception

7:30PM

Awards
Presentation

9:00PM

Virtual
After Party

AWARDS

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 & Sustainability
Award

Health & Wellness in the
Workplace Award

Innovation
Award

Non-Profit/Charitable
Award

Service Excellence in
Hospitality & Tourism Award

Young Professional of the Year
Award

Michael R. Follett Community
Leader of the Year Award

Volunteer of the Year
Award

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Sponsored by Bell Canada

Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with 1-10 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two full years
  • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
  • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
  • Practiced good corporate citizenship
  • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment

NOMINEES

Cart 2 Curb

Diana’s Divine Escape Mobile Spa

Deyjahs House of Patties Inc.

Divonify Incorporated

Esta Chocolates

Four All Ice Cream

Future Focus Inc.

Hertzberger & Associates

Jony Studios

Reeve and Company Inc.

Roxton Industries

Cart 2 Curb

Diana’s Divine Escape Mobile Spa

Deyjahs House of Patties Inc.

Divonify Incorporated

Esta Chocolates

Four All Ice Cream

Future Focus Inc.

Hertzberger & Associates

Jony Studios

Reeve and Company Inc.

Roxton Industries

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Sponsored by MNP LLC

Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with 11-50 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
  • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
  • Practiced good corporate citizenship
  • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment

NOMINEES

Bendt Kitchens & Millwork

CertaPro Painters Waterloo

Clean & Tidy Inc.

Diva International

Driverseat

Euro Reflections

H2R Business Solutions

Hunt’s Logistics

Macho Movers Inc.

Overlap Associates

Princess Cinemas

Revera Briarfield Gardens

Simplify Supply Chain Solutions

THEMUSEUM

Bendt Kitchens & Millwork

CertaPro Painters Waterloo

Clean & Tidy Inc.

Diva International

Driverseat

Euro Reflections

H2R Business Solutions

Hunt’s Logistics

Macho Movers Inc.

Overlap Associates

Princess Cinemas

Revera Briarfield Gardens

Simplify Supply Chain Solutions

THEMUSEUM

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Sponsored by Miller Thompson LLP

Awarded to an outstanding business or organization with over 50 full-time employees that, in the past year, has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Demonstrated innovative & proactive leadership within their business or industry
  • Demonstrated measurable success as a business and/or as an employer
  • Practiced good corporate citizenship
  • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment.

NOMINEES

Axonify

Clarion Medical Technologies

Deep Trekker

Grand River Hospital

Home Hardware Stores Limited

IBI Group

Josslin Insurance

MCAP

NDI

Steed and Evans Limited

Via Rail Canada

WalterFedy

Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

Axonify

Clarion Medical Technologies

Deep Trekker

Grand River Hospital

Home Hardware Stores Limited

IBI Group

Josslin Insurance

MCAP

NDI

Steed and Evans Limited

Via Rail Canada

WalterFedy

Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

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Sponsored by University of Waterloo

Awarded to a business or startup that has:

  • Been in operation for less than 2 years but more than 3 months, based on the nomination closing date (started operations sometime between October 31, 2018 – July 31, 2020)
  • Demonstrated proactive and innovative leadership within their business or industry
  • Demonstrated measureable success, growth, or promise as a business and/or as an employer
  • Practiced good corporate citizenship and made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment as an employer.

NOMINEES

A Friendlier Company

Change Lifestyle and Apparel

The Etiquette Shop

Ginger Goat

Henson Shaving

Medical Innovation Xchange

A Friendlier Company

Change Lifestyle and Apparel

The Etiquette Shop

Ginger Goat

Henson Shaving

Medical Innovation Xchange

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Sponsored by Heffner Lexus & Heffner Toyota

Awarded to an outstanding business or organization that, in the past year, has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Supported charitable or not-for-profit organizations on an on-going basis
  • Demonstrated a willingness to make the community better
  • Demonstrated a vision of a better community and has taken steps to make it happen
  • Practiced good corporate citizenship
  • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment

NOMINEES

Ability at Work

Communitech

Digital Sabbath Film Company

Economical

Graham Mathew (GMPCA)

HIP Developments

Huron Creek Developments

KW Association of Realtors

Lerners LLP

Libro Credit Union

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

Morty’s Pub

MTE

Token Creative Services

Top Toques

Ability at Work

Communitech

Digital Sabbath Film Company

Economical

Graham Mathew (GMPCA)

HIP Developments

Huron Creek Developments

KW Association of Realtors

Lerners LLP

Libro Credit Union

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

Morty’s Pub

MTE

Token Creative Services

Top Toques

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Sponsored by Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Awarded to a business or organization that has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Provided training to improve the skills, knowledge, safety and/or performance of their workforce
  • Reduced employment barriers and/or assists employees who are recent immigrants and/or employees with physical, communication or developmental challenges
  • Increase productivity through innovative and creative programs or initiatives for their employees

NOMINEES

ABA Architects

Axonify

H2R Business Solutions

Highland Cannabis

MTE Consultants

Reis Informatica

Valko Team

Wilfrid Laurier University

ABA Architects

Axonify

H2R Business Solutions

Highland Cannabis

MTE Consultants

Reis Informatica

Valko Team

Wilfrid Laurier University

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Sponsored by Enbridge

Awarded to a business or organization that has:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Made an outstanding commitment to sustainable development
  • Self-initiated environmental actions and programs beyond legislative requirements
  • Found energy or waste efficiencies
  • Provided environmental stewardship, education, or innovation in the past year

NOMINEES

AET Group Inc.

Arcadian Projects

Best for Bees

Borealis Grille & Bar

CHANGE Lifestyle & Apparel

Earthscape Play

Four All Ice Cream

Home Hardware Stores Limited

Joseph & Company

Kuntz Electroplating (KEI) Inc.

Peritus Environmental Consultants

Smart Choice Electronic Recycling

AET Group Inc.

Arcadian Projects

Best for Bees

Borealis Grille & Bar

CHANGE Lifestyle & Apparel

Earthscape Play

Four All Ice Cream

Home Hardware Stores Limited

Joseph & Company

Kuntz Electroplating (KEI) Inc.

Peritus Environmental Consultants

Smart Choice Electronic Recycling

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Sponsored by Walterfedy

Awarded to a business or organization that has achieved health and wellness in the workplace, mindful of the workplace as a determinant of health. The award recognizes employers that provide strategies, initiatives, policies and/or programs that promote, support, and enhance a healthy workplace and the efforts of workers to remain healthy at work and beyond:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in workplace health and wellbeing with measures supporting both physical and mental health
  • Provide exercise opportunities for employees while at work
  • Promote awareness of a healthy lifestyle
  • Protect employees through a safe physical environment

NOMINEES

Accelerator Centre

Allianz Assistance

Kuntz Electroplating Inc

Manulife

OCAS

Sekond Skin Society

Valko Financial Ltd.

Accelerator Centre

Allianz Assistance

Kuntz Electroplating Inc

Manulife

OCAS

Sekond Skin Society

Valko Financial Ltd.

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Sponsored by GHD

Awarded to an outstanding business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to providing top-quality customer service and guest experience in hospitality, tourism, and/or the entertainment industry. This business may have:

  • Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Exceeded customer expectations in the hospitality and service industry, and offers a superior-quality product or service
  • Been a key player in increasing awareness of the Greater KW area
  • Demonstrated measurable success
  • Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment

NOMINEES

A Friendlier Company

ApplyBoard

Cart2Curb

ChefDtv

eHealth Centre of Excellence

Emmetros

Food Bank of Waterloo Region

A Friendlier Company

ApplyBoard

Cart2Curb

ChefDtv

eHealth Centre of Excellence

Emmetros

Food Bank of Waterloo Region

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Sponsored by Equitable Life of Canada

Awarded to a business or organization that has been in operation for a minimum of one year, and has created, invented or developed an innovative product or process, that has resulted in significant and measurable increase in revenue or job creation; productivity or quality; reduction in costs; and/or improvements in service, in the following areas:

  • New product(s)
  • Technology
  • Management
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Customer service

NOMINEES

Anishnabeg Outreach

Brain Injury Association of Waterloo

Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington

Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo

COMPASS Refugee Centre

Hospice of Waterloo Region

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

KW Habilitation

KW Humane Society

oneROOF

rare Charitable Research Reserve

Ronald McDonald House Charities

THEMUSEUM

United Way Waterloo Region

Women That Give

YMCA of Three Rivers

Anishnabeg Outreach

Brain Injury Association of Waterloo

Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington

Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo

COMPASS Refugee Centre

Hospice of Waterloo Region

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

KW Habilitation

KW Humane Society

oneROOF

rare Charitable Research Reserve

Ronald McDonald House Charities

THEMUSEUM

United Way Waterloo Region

Women That Give

YMCA of Three Rivers

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Sponsored by MTE Consultants Inc.

Awarded to an outstanding non-profit/charitable organization that has achieved excellence through:

  • Demonstrated innovative and proactive leadership within the organization or non-profit sector
  • Implemented initiatives that have resulted in significant and measureable outcomes benefiting the overall services of the organization
  • Developed the skills, knowledge and performance of its organization and volunteers
  • Has been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years (as of October 30, 2020)

NOMINEES

Apollo Cinema

Canoeing the Grand

Centre in the Square

Charcoal Steak House

Fresh Look Design

Janet Lynn’s Bistro

Kitchener Market

Proof Kitchen & Lounge

S&V Uptown

The Grand Mehfil Inc.

The Grazing Table

Apollo Cinema

Canoeing the Grand

Centre in the Square

Charcoal Steak House

Fresh Look Design

Janet Lynn’s Bistro

Kitchener Market

Proof Kitchen & Lounge

S&V Uptown

The Grand Mehfil Inc.

The Grazing Table

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Sponsored by Gowling WLG

Awarded to an individual under the age of 40 who has tackled the challenges of entrepreneurship and/or has demonstrated professional growth and success in their respective field of work. This individual:

  • Is under the age of 40 (as of October 30, 2020)
  • Is an individual who is part of a Member Business in good standing
  • Has demonstrated leadership within their workplace and/or within the community
  • Has contributed to the community through active participation in community initiatives
  • And/or has demonstrated entrepreneurial ability and innovation in any of the following areas:
    • New product(s) and/or customer service initiatives
    • Technology
    • Management and/or processes

NOMINEES

Adam Cole, The Prohibition Warehouse, and Kentucky Bourbon & Barbecue Waterloo

Allan Cayenne, Peak Realty Ltd.

Armen Bakirtzian, Medical Innovation Xchange

Cecelia  Johnson, Ce Food Experience

Jennifer Seberras, Simplify Supply Chain Solutions Inc.

Joschka Sawatzky, Ignite Group

Kayli Dale, A Friendlier Company

Lindsay Coulter, Lindsay Coulter Photography

Maddie Campbell, Canadian Student Leadership Association

Mary Beth Kennedy, Hiway Flowers

Mifrah Abid, Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo

Shirley Luu, Kitchener Public Library

Spencer Nechacov, RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Teri Patrick, The Social Acre

Adam Cole, The Prohibition Warehouse, and Kentucky Bourbon & Barbecue Waterloo

Allan Cayenne, Peak Realty Ltd.

Armen Bakirtzian, Medical Innovation Xchange

Cecelia  Johnson, Ce Food Experience

Jennifer Seberras, Simplify Supply Chain Solutions Inc.

Joschka Sawatzky, Ignite Group

Kayli Dale, A Friendlier Company

Lindsay Coulter, Lindsay Coulter Photography

Maddie Campbell, Canadian Student Leadership Association

Mary Beth Kennedy, Hiway Flowers

Mifrah Abid, Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo

Shirley Luu, Kitchener Public Library

Spencer Nechacov, RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Teri Patrick, The Social Acre

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Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University

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Sponsored by PwC

SPONSORS

Chamber_Logo (1)
BEAGala2022_Logo
Group 1409

A special thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event possible!

Event Sponsors

Title

Cowan Insurance Group

Reception

Sun Life

Nominee After Party

BMO Financial Group

Toast

Grant Thornton LLP

Ambiance

Reid's Heritage Homes

Celebration

McCarter Grespan

Gift

BDO Canada LLP

Gold

CIBC

Bronze

Waterloo EDC

AWARD SPONSORS

New Business of the Year (Under 2 Years)

Bell Canada

Business of the Year (1-10)

MNP LLP

Business of the Year (11-50)

Miller Thomson LLP

Business of the Year (Over 50)

University of Waterloo

Community Builder of Year

Heffner Lexus & Heffner Toyota

Employee Engagement

Conestoga Collage Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Enviroment & Sustainability

Enbridge

Healthy & Wellness in the Workplace

WalterFedy

Innovation

Scotiabank

Michael R. Follet

Equitable Life of Canada

Non-Profit/Charitable

MTE Consultants Inc.

Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

Gowling WLG

Volenteer of the Year

Wilfrid Laurier University

Young Professional of the Year

PwC

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Creative Marketing

Token Creative Services

Hospitality

Bingemans

Sound Events

StageVision

Event Decor

Décor & More 

Now & Always Special Event Décor 

Print & Awards

Westmount Signs & Printing

Photography

Adamski Photography

Media & Host

CTV Kitchener

Media

98.5 CKWR

Media

91.5 The Beat
107.5 Dave Rocks

Media

BOUNCE 99.5

105.3 Virgin Radio

Media

CHYM 96.7

COUNTRY 106.7

570 NEWS

Media

Waterloo Region Rural Post

A special thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event possible!

Event Sponsors

Title

Cowan Insurance Group

Reception

Sun Life

Nominee After Party

BMO Financial Group

Toast

Grant Thornton LLP

Ambiance

Reid's Heritage Homes

Celebration

McCarter Grespan

Gift

BDO Canada LLP

Gold

CIBC

Bronze

Waterloo EDC

AWARD SPONSORS

New Business of the Year (Under 2 Years)

Bell Canada

Business of the Year (1-10)

MNP LLP

Business of the Year (11-50)

Miller Thomson LLP

Business of the Year (Over 50)

University of Waterloo

Community Builder of Year

Heffner Lexus & Heffner Toyota

Employee Engagement

Conestoga Collage Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Enviroment & Sustainability

Enbridge

Healthy & Wellness in the Workplace

WalterFedy

Innovation

Scotiabank

Michael R. Follet

Equitable Life of Canada

Non-Profit/Charitable

MTE Consultants Inc.

Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

Gowling WLG

Volenteer of the Year

Wilfrid Laurier University

Young Professional of the Year

PwC

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Creative Marketing

Token Creative Services

Hospitality

Bingemans

Event Production

StageVision

Media

Décor & More 

Now & Always Special Event Décor 

Print & Awards

Westmount Signs & Printing

Photography

Adamski Photography

Media & Host

CTV Kitchener

Media

98.5 CKWR

Media

91.5 The Beat, 107.5 Dave Rocks

Media

BOUNCE 99.5

105.3 Virgin Radio

Media

CHYM 96.7

COUNTRY 106.7

570 NEWS

Media

Waterloo Region Rural Post

TICKETS

FAQ

The 2022 Business Excellence Awards Gala will be held as a HYBRID event.

For those who wish to attend VIRTUALLY from the comfort of your own home or office, you will experience the event on an interactive and engaging virtual event platform called Hopin. This is NOT another webinar! Here’s what you can expect:

  • During the Reception, you’ll be able to enjoy and partake in live entertainment sessions, group networking discussions, one-on-one conversations, a virtual photo booth, and more. This is unique programming for virtual attendees only! 
  • A nominee gallery will be featured in the Expo.
  • The formal program, including award presentations, will be streamed live into the virtual platform from Bingemans. You will be able to interact with other attendees during this time.
  • Following the formal program, additional virtual entertainment will be available for the BMO Nominee After Party!
  • You can also add-on to your virtual experience by pre-ordering a meal to enjoy at home during the show. 

*The platform does use your video & audio (“Zoom” style) in several areas, so please be prepared to turn on your camera and connect your audio.

For those who wish to attend LIVE (in-person) at Bingemans, you can enter the lottery for your chance to receive access to tickets to the live event. Due to the capacity restrictions, tickets are extremely limited. Please refer to the “Lottery System” question in the FAQ for full details. If you receive access to the LIVE (in-person) tickets, here’s what you can expect on-site:

  • During the Reception, you’ll be able to enjoy and partake in networking, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar (including a signature cocktail), access to the Spin Booth, and more. This is unique programming for in-person attendees only!
  • A delicious 3-course dinner (including wine), as you enjoy casual conversation with the other guests at your assigned table.
  • A prime view of the Main Stage for the live formal program, including award presentations. *Please note, for any award winners who are participating virtually, their award acceptance speeches will be done live from their viewing location.
  • Following the formal program, the bar will re-open for the BMO Nominee After Party!

To attend the event (virtual OR live), a ticket must be purchased for each attendee.

Virtual Tickets:
This gives you virtual access to the reception (networking, live entertainment, virtual photo booth, and more) and viewing access for the Awards Show itself.

  • Members: $45 + HST
  • Future Members: $60 + HST 
  • Hospitality Add-on (optional): pricing & details coming soon! 

Live Tickets:

  • Member Pricing: $225 + HST
  • Future Member Pricing: $275 + HST

*Includes dinner & beverages.

Nominee Tickets:
You have the same ticket options as above, but to access the nominee pricing, please book your tickets directly with Chamber Staff by emailing beanominee@greaterkwchamber.com.

Details coming soon!

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We encourage you to dress for the evening in business casual, or business formal attire. We recommend the same for virtual attendees (at least from the waist up!).

Details coming soon!

Hopin is a virtual events platform where attendees can learn, interact, and connect with others. At this time, most of our virtual events will be hosted on Hopin. Same popular events. Brand new experience.

In Hopin, you can network with others through chat windows and 1-on-1 video conversations in the Networking tab, watch our Main Stage for announcements, join in on group networking and brainstorming in our Sessions tab and explore our exhibitors in the Expo tab. This platform allows you to video chat with attendees, so please be prepared to have your audio & video on.

To watch a video on how the platform works and an explanation of each of the features, please click this link.

The event will be hosted on Hopin and requires you to set-up a profile in advance (which acts as your virtual business card). By registering prior to the event, it will make for a smooth login process on the event date. As you attend the event, you can virtually connect with people and booths. At the end of the event, your new connections will receive your virtual business card. You can find your connections by going to your profile. They will be organized by event. (Please Note: The image you add as your profile picture must be less than 2MB.)

Once you are registered for the event through our website, the link and password to access the Hopin event will be sent to you via email from the Chamber's Events Team (at least 5 business days prior to the event). Please remember to open the link in a Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox web browser. Unfortunately, this platform does not operate in Internet Explorer.