Celebrating business success in Canada

The CanadianSME Business  awards is designed to recognize and applaud the contribution that small business owners provide for Canada’s economy.

December 10, 2019

A Letter from the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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About the event

The CanadianSME Business Awards is designed to recognize and applaud the contribution that small business owners provide for Canada’s economy. Because the SME industry plays such a crucial role in Canada’s economy, we want to provide our support and recognition to the entrepreneurs who work hard in making their small business a success.

Canadian entrepreneurs are more than just business owners of a successful company. They are the innovators of our country. Through their flourishing businesses, they push our economy to the next level and are what our communities are structured on.

The CanadianSME Business Awards is an important date on our calendars because it marks the day that we celebrate and congratulate those who have made a positive contribution to our country’s economy.

The business awards represent excellence and accomplishment for entrepreneurs because it recognizes and validates all the hard work they have put into making a successful business. The awards also represent several opportunities for businesses, including increasing their credibility to investors and customers. When an entrepreneur takes home a business award, it solidifies their reputation – enhancing trustworthiness in the eyes of others. Receiving an award is often seen as a pivotal facet of a business’ marketing strategy, as it offers award winners a higher chance of competing in the marketplace by attracting more clients and employees. Whether they take home an award or are nominated, it can mean a great deal for a business owner who is working hard to get their business name out there. The CanadianSME Business Awards is a true honour that all business owners look forward to receiving.

Make sure to register now since entries are officially open!

The Judges

The judges for the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2019 are listed below. There will be an estimate of 30 business leaders on the judging panel.

Jackie King

Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Roi Ross

VP of Small
Business Solutions, TELUS

Shannon Lewis

President, Canadian Media Directors Council

Arun Kumar

Head of Small Business Banking for Canada for BMO

Bruce MacLellan

President & CEO - Proof

Lori Darlington

Vice President, Small Business & Strategic Partnerships - RBC

Miki Velemirovich

President - Cargo

Charlie Regan

CEO of Nerds on Site

Anne Toner Fung

Executive Director,
Innovation Guelph

Elaine Kunda

Partner, Disruption Ventures

Rick Moore

Founder-Group of One Executive Training Systems Inc.

Sheri Somerville,

Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Wayne S Roberts

President & CEO Blade Creative Branding Inc.

David Smith

CEO - Logia Consulting Inc

Silvia Pencak

President of WBE Canada

Raghwa Gopal

President + CEO
InnovateBC

CanadianSME Business Awards is organised by CanadianSME Business Magazine

Canadian SME Magazine understands the need of providing a helping a hand to new businesses. We’ve developed the idea of educating, encouraging and enhancing young businesses through influential articles written by numerous business experts.

Award Categories

Business awards often represent a true honour and accomplishment for entrepreneurs since it recognizes and validates all the hard work they have put into making their business a success. They also represent several opportunity possibilities as well as increasing their credibility to investors and customers.

Young entrepreneur of the Year

Young entrepreneurs are the future of the business industry.

Customer Service Excellence

Customer service is crucial when it comes to the success of any business.

Fintech Business of the Year

This award is for a business that has demonstrated real innovation when it comes to the Fintech industry.

Entrepreneur of the Year

The most honourable and prestigious award for any entrepreneur is the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Given to the individual who has demonstrated excellence in all the following categories: innovation, established a successful business and brand that has shown continuous growth, leadership skills, ambitious vision for the future, positive impact over a long period and a solid plan for business growth. The individual who will take home the Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be an inspiration for entrepreneurs through their strengths and aspirations.

Technopreneur of the Year Award

Technology is the way of the future. Businesses who empower and embrace technology will be recognized through the Technopreneur of the Year Award.

The Fastest Growing Company

Businesses that have shown exceptional growth in sales, profits, market shares, customers and employment will be considered for this award.

The Best Place to Work

Businesses that prioritize in creating a healthy work environment for their employees will be recognized for the Best Place to Work Award.

Employer of the Year

Given to companies who continue to demonstrate their employees are a top priority.

Exporter of the Year

Entrepreneurs who have expanded internationally, and initiated trades and partnerships overseas will be considered for the award of Exporter of the Year.

The Business of the Year (Less than 100 employees)

This award is given to the small business of the year that has fewer than 100 employees.

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Business Woman of the Year

The Business Woman of the Year Award is given to the woman who has shown success in the business industry. Strength, business savvy and innovation in their business strategies will be amongst the main aspects that the judges will be considering for this award. Judges are looking for a female entrepreneur who has demonstrated how she has successfully overcome challenges to build a strong, thriving company. Increase in profits and a solid business plan will reveal the success of the business. The woman who will take home the Business Woman of the Year Award will be an inspiration for all entrepreneurs to follow.

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The Business Of The Year (100+ Employees)

This award is given to the small business that has more than 100 employees.

Best New Business

The Best New Business Award recognizes start-up companies that have shown significant promise through their growth and successful business strategy.

Business Innovation 

Innovation plays a key role when it comes to the winner of this award. The Business Innovation Award is given to the company that has implemented strategies and products that signify outside-of-the-box thinking

Inspirational Leader of the Year

The Inspirational Leader of the Year Award recognizes the Entrepreneur that has demonstrated true leadership throughout the year.

Digital & E-commerce Business of the Year Award

Businesses that have demonstrated not only significant success through their online business, but also providing its consumers with an outstanding online experience will be recognized for this award.

The Best Team of the Year Award

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a team of employees who work hard to make the company a success.

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Small Business of the Year

upto 100 employees

The Small Business of the Year Award is given to the company that is considered a small business and that has shown an increase in profits throughout the year as well as a solid business plan for a growth strategy. Judges are looking for small businesses that stand out from the rest. The small business that demonstrates innovation, leadership, smart business planning and potential for growth will be the winner of the award.

Small Business of the Year- Up to 10 employees

The Small Business of the Year Award is given to the company that is considered a small business and that has shown an increase in profits throughout the year as well as a solid business plan for a growth strategy.

Small Business of the Year- Up to 50 employees

The Small Business of the Year Award is given to the company that is considered a small business and that has shown an increase in profits throughout the year as well as a solid business plan for a growth strategy.

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Small Business of the Year- Up to 100 employees

The Small Business of the Year Award is given to the company that is considered a small business and that has shown an increase in profits throughout the year as well as a solid business plan for a growth strategy.

Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

Individuals who are new to the country and have successfully founded a business that has shown significant growth and success throughout the year will be recognized under this category.

Professional Services Award

Companies nominated under this category embody strength in excellent customer service, business growth, innovation and technology, and training/ personal development.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to the entrepreneur who has achieved the highest level of success within their entrepreneurial lifetime.

The Best Business Support organization

The Best Business Support Award is a prestigious award that will be given to the organization that have helped and contributed to the success of Canadian entrepreneurs.

Aboriginal Business Of The Year Award​

Entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the following categories: financial viability, leadership skills, marketing, customer service, innovative thinking, business exposure, implication in their local community and years of operating.

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Business woman of the year

The Business Woman of the Year Award is given to the woman who has shown success in the business industry.

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Small and medium-sized Canadian businesses who are growing and have less than 500 employees.

This is the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs to demonstrate how far they’ve come in their business. It gives them the chance to show the challenges they’ve overcome and everything they have accomplished since making their business idea into a reality. Their achievements will be recognized and value by their colleagues and expert judges.

To enter, entrepreneurs can simply register online by submitting their answers to a questionnaire provided for the category they are entering. Each entrepreneur is authorized to enter up to three categories in the small (1-100 employees) or growing (100-500) category.

The last day to enter the nomination is November 15, 2019. Make sure to register now since entries are officially open!

CanadianSME Business Magazine are the organizers of this award

Please send all your queries to: sk@canadiansme.ca

Judges representing a variety of industries will shortlist all entrants into finalists for each category. 
After all entries have been considered, the finalists are invited to the CanadianSME National Business Awards.

Judging is based on the awards criteria answers and supporting documentation included in the entry.

 

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Partners in kind

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Canadian Chambers

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