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Welcome

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On behalf of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce we would like to welcome you to our 2020 Business Excellence Awards Gala.

 

We are extremely proud to host over 900 attendees at the premier networking event in the Region here at Bingemans. At this event we recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their incredible contributions to making Waterloo Region a great location to live and work. We congratulate all of this year's nominees and winners.

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 community service exemplify the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that makes Waterloo Region exceptional.

A huge thank you to all of you for joining us and congratulations again to all of the nominees and winners of the 14 awards presented. We are honoured to share this evening of celebration.

Sincerely,

Ian McLean - President & CEO

Kelly McManus - Chair, Board of Directors

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Evening Agenda

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5:00pm BMO Nominee Reception

6:00pm Manulife Reception

7:00pm Dinner Reception

8:30pm Awards Presentation

10:00pm After Party

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Award Categories

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Small 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

Employee Engagement
Award

Environment & Sustainability Award

Health & Wellness in the Workplace Award

Innovation
Award

Non-Profit/Charitable
Award

Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

Young Professional of the Year Award

Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award

Volunteer of the Year
Award

Volunteer of the Year
Award

Volunteer of the Year
Award

1 Small business

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

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The Crack Specialists

Element Hair

Frontline Forward

Lot 42 Inc.

Reeve & Company Inc.

Roxton Industries

Token Creative Services

unLOCKEd Integrated Design. Brand. Marketing. Sales.

2 Business of the year

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 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

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Clean & Tidy

Dietrich Plumbing & Pump Ltd.

Diva International Inc.

Driverseat

Home Care Assistance

Libro Credit Union

Reis Information Systems

Teletek Structures Inc.

3 Business of the year

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 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

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B Hospitality

Deep Trekker Inc.

Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada

Keolis Grand River LP

MCAP Service Corporation

MTE Consultants Inc.

NDI (Northern Digital Inc.)

WalterFedy

4 New business

Awarded to a business or startup that has:

- Been in operation for less than 2 years
- Demonstrated proactive and innovation leadership within their business or industry
- Demonstrated measurable 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.

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DROM

Exhale Therapy Inc.

Heffner Cabinetry & Woodworking Inc.

Simplify Supply Chain Solutions

5 Community Builder

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

- 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

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Anytime Fitness

Caudle’s Catch Seafood Ltd.

Cowan Insurance Group

DTI Logistics Canada

FoxNet Inc.

Intrigue

KW Habilitation Services

MCAP Service Corporation

S.G. Cunningham (Kitchener) Ltd.

Westmount Signs & Printing

Wilfrid Laurier University

6 Employee Engagement

Awarded to a business or organization that has:

• been in operation for a minimum of two full years
• 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

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eSentire Inc.

Intrigue

Keolis Grand River LP

Knapp Fasteners Inc.

Teletek Structures Inc.

Token Creative Services

Traces Screen Printing Ltd.

WalterFedy

7 Environment & Sustainability Award

Awarded to a business or organization that has:

- been in operation for a minimum of two full years
- 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

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Accelerator Centre

AET Group Inc.

BlackBerry Ltd.

City of Kitchener

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

Dundee Recycling Ltd.

Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Cora Group Inc.

8 Health & Wellness in the Workplace Award

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:

- 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
- Been in operation for a minimum of two full years

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AEC Safety Solutions

Anytime Fitness

Axonify

BlackBerry Ltd.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.

Knapp Fasteners Inc.

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Sonova

Traces Screen Printing Ltd.

9 Innovation

Awarded to a business or organization that has been in operation for a minimum of one full
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

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Driverseat

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Quantum Greens Inc.

Sonova

Waterloo Brewing / Brick Brewing Company Ltd.

11 Service Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

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

- demonstrated innovative and proactive leadership within the organization or non-profit
sector 4
- 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
- been in operation for a minimum of two full years

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Accelerator Centre

Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington

DeafBlind Ontario Services

Homer Watson House & Gallery

Immigration Partnership (Waterloo Region)

KidSport Kitchener Waterloo Chapter

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

KW Habilitation Services

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Strong Start Charitable Organization

Wilfrid Laurier University

10 Non-Profit_Charitable Award

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 the
entertainment industry. This business may have:

- Been in operation for a minimum of two full years
- 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 GKW area
- Demonstrated measurable success
- Made exceptional contributions by promoting community betterment

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B Hospitality

Borealis Grille & Bar

Caudle’s Catch Seafood Ltd.

ChefDtv

Delta Waterloo

Settle in Relocation Services Inc.

12 Young Professional of the Year Award

This award is 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 at the deadline for nomination ballots
- is an individual who is part of a member 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
- 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

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Mohsan Abdullah – Token Creative Services

Dani Bazely – Driverseat

Natalie Dumond – Natalie Dumond Coaching & Consulting

Michael Harris – Waterloo Regional Councillor – Kitchener

Bridget Jensen – Better Bedtime, Sleep Solutions & Corporate Workshops

Linda Li – Dillon Consulting Ltd. 

Jennifer Seberras – Simplify Supply Chain Solutions

Carolina Soares – The Event Firm

13 Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award

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14 Volunteer of the Year Award

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