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.

January 28, 2020

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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.

The following aspects should be met by all entrepreneurs:

  • Proven record of successful entrepreneurship in current and/or past   businesses
  • Solid financial performance in their current business
  • Proof of the ability to create a scalable business or brand
  • Innovation in technology, product, service or sector
  • A strong vision and ambition on future goals
  • Strong leadership skills both professionally and personally
  • Positive impact in their business sector
  • Successful implementation of the best practice in their business
  • A positive knowledge of entrepreneurship
  • Positive contribution to Canada’s economy

Terms and Conditions​

  1. A business entering the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2019 must be a registered Canadian business in order to be eligible and must have demonstrable revenue growth year-on-year for at least the last two financial years.
  2. Applicants must have been in business for a minimum of two years.
  3. Businesses in the New Business category must be in operation for less than two years.
  4. Judges have the right to either create additional categories or delete categories, depending on entries received.
  5. If an entrant selects more than one category, judges have the right to determine the most applicable category without notification or consultation.
  6. The decision of the judges is final, and no changes are made to awards after the judging is complete.
  7. Unsuccessful and successful finalists will be notified in the mail.
  8. Once entries have been received, information cannot be changed or added.
  9. The Young Entrepreneur must be 30 years of age and under to be eligible.
  10. In case of any information found to be hidden, falsified or incorrect in any manner, the applicant shall be automatically disqualified, with no explanation whatsoever.
  11. By entering the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2019, applicants agree to receive relevant communications from CanadianSME.
  12. We reserve the right to disqualify entries if the answers to the questions are incomplete or irrelevant.
  13. CanadianSME National Business Awards reserves the right to alter or change these terms and conditions at any time.
  14. Your entry must be submitted by December 10, 2019.