Small Business Awards Canada
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Small Business Awards 2023

Celebrating Small Business Success in Canada
June 7th, 2024 4:30 pm onwards
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The CanadianSME National Business Awards 2023 is the perfect stage for you to stand out and shine with your accomplishments in the business world. It is a place where all your hard work, passion, dedication, and determination are recognized before everyone in the world. Furthermore, it is the perfect opportunity to materialize your outreach campaigns by attracting more probable clients, employees, and partners.
Official Partners and Sponsors
Premilinary Awards Agenda 2023
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About Us
The CanadianSME Business Awards is designed to recognize and applaud the contribution that small business owners provide to 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 businesses a success.

Canadian entrepreneurs are more than just business owners of successful companies. 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 with 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’s 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.

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Details

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

North Building, Level 100
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6, Canada

We are delighted to announce that the Small Business Awards 2023 will be held at the prestigious Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This renowned venue, located in the heart of Toronto, offers state-of-the-art facilities and a spacious environment, perfect for celebrating the achievements of small businesses.

Key Features:

Prime Location: Steps away from Canada’s top attractions, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees.
Accessibility: A convenient indoor tunnel connects event-goers to two fantastic hotels, Union Station, and the UP Express—a 25-minute air-rail link to Pearson International Airport.
Modern Amenities: The Metro Toronto Convention Centre provides cutting-edge technology and a spacious layout, ideal for a grand awards ceremony.

Join us at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building, Level 100, for the Small Business Awards 2023 on 7th June 2024. Celebrate the excellence and innovation of small businesses in one of Toronto’s finest venues.

The dress code for the CanadianSME Small Business Awards 2023 Gala is black tie. Attendees are expected to wear formal attire: men typically in tuxedos or dark suits with a black tie, and women in evening gowns or cocktail dresses. This dress code underscores the prestigious and celebratory nature of the event.
Table numbers will be provided at the registration desk. Please mention your name or company name at the registration desk for easy check-in.
Paid parking is available at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for attendees of the CanadianSME Small Business Awards 2023 Gala. The convention center offers on-site parking facilities, but we recommend arriving early as spaces may be limited. Consider alternative transportation options if necessary. For more information on parking and directions, visit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre website.
A coat check is available near the registration area. The CanadianSME team will guide you upon arrival.
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

For any assistance during the event, please get in touch with our team members at the venue:

  • Maheen Bari: 416-655-0205
  • Nidhi Chopra: 647-964-0180
  • SK Uddin: 647-668-5785
  • Abdul Sultan: 647-740-2778
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Hosted by Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman is the Creator and Host of Chatter that Matters, a podcast about perseverance, positivity, and possibility, sponsored by RBC. It ranks in the top 1% of most popular worldwide.

Tony is inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Canadian Advertising and PR Hall of Fame, a testament to a career where he built two internationally renowned advertising agencies and co-founded a research firm. They won Agency of the Year and over a hundred Best of Show and Gold Awards during his tenure.

Ten years ago, Tony sold his remaining interests to speak his mind in the mainstream and social media and at conferences across Asia, Europe and North America.

Tony Chapman
Award Category Sponsors
Small Business Awards Canada
Small Business of the Year - 2023 ( Up to 10 Employees)
Small Business Awards Canada
Small Business of the Year - 2023 ( Up to 50 Employees)
Small Business Awards Canada
Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year - 2023
Small Business of the Year - 2023 ( Under 50+ Employees )
The Diversity and Inclusion - 2023
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Black Entrepreneur of the Year - 2023
Tech Business of the Year - 2023
Schedule
Event Inaugural
Tony Chapman
Tony Chapman – Event Host
Welcome address
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SK Uddin, Founder – CanadianSME
Welcome address
Hon. Rechie Valdez,
Minister of Small Business of Canada
Hon. Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business of Canada
Welcome address
Hon. Nina Tangri,
Associate Minister of Small Business
Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business
Remarks From
Daniel Tisch Echevarría,
President & CEO - OCC
Daniel Tisch Echevarría, President & CEO – OCC

Remarks & Keynote

Natasha Walji, Managing Director at Google Canada for Google Customer Solutions
By Natasha Walji, Managing Director at Google Canada for Google Customer Solutions

SUUBI MUSIC

Suubi means ‘hope’ in Luganda. The Suubi music and dance troupe at Cambridge Secondary School. It is the brainchild of the school’s founder, Mrs. Kevin Kalule, and it has grown into a passion and purpose for our young Ugandan performers. It all started with Mrs. Kalule’s desire to find different ways for the youth that she was sheltering to open up and share their experiences, however traumatic so that they could heal and move on. She had tried a few remedies from her work as a psychiatric nurse, but they did not seem to help, so she thought of using African music and the sound of the drum as a starting point for story telling.
Suubi
Awards Presentation

By Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business, Ontario and
Daniel Tisch Echevarría, President & CEO - OCC

By SK and Hon. Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business of Canada

By Natasha Walji, Managing Director for Google Canada

By SK and Hon. Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business of Canada

Hon. Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business of Canada &
By Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business, Ontario

Sponsored by RBC Canada

Sponsored by Constant Contact Canada

Sponsored by UPS Canada

Sponsored by Samsung Canada

Sponsored by Xero Canada

Sponsored by HP Canada

Sponsored by IHG Business Edge Canada

Sam Kohli, Managing Partner - Greater Toronto Executive Centre (GTEC)

Miki Velemirovich - Senior Executive, Consultant, Strategic Advisor and
Speaker in the exciting space of B2B Marketing

Ryan Sydor, Area Vice President - Okta

Norman Musengimana, Business Development Manager,
Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Awards Presentation Continues

Daniel Tisch, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

A.J. Stewart, Operations Manager For Supplier Diversity, Canada's 2SLGBTQI+
Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)

By Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business, Ontario and
Daniel Tisch Echevarría, President & CEO - OCC

Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Lindsay Stewart, Communications & Engagement Manager, WEOC

Monica Rehal, Regional Vice President of Sales - Canada Protection Plan,
a Foresters Financial Company

Christine Macdonald, Senior Director of Business Development, Mitacs

By Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business, Ontario and
Daniel Tisch Echevarría, President & CEO - OCC

Claudia Krywiak, President & CEO at Ontario Centre of Innovation

Laura Williams, Founder and Principle, Williams HR Law

Jennifer Taves,Senior Manager, Sustainable Communities - Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Stephanie Louis.Vice-President, Partnerships at CFIB

Daniel Lunghi, Vice President - Public Sector Canada, Ricoh

Christie Rall, Partner, Workforce Transformation - Mercer

Claudio Rojas, CEO of NACO Canada

Kree Govender, Senior Leader, Microsoft

Finalist 2023

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