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Celebrating Small Business
Success in Canada
The CanadianSME National Business Awards 2024 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.

Celebrating Business
Success In Canada

Organised by CanadianSME Small Business Magazine

CanadianSME takes immense pride in hosting the CanadianSME Business Awards 2023, an essential fixture in our calendar that signifies the celebration and acknowledgement of those who have significantly contributed to our nation's economy. This year, it was a privilege to witness an impressive turnout with over 500 attendees, alongside the felicitation of more than 500 diverse businesses from across Canada. We maintain our commitment to extend similar support and appreciation for our small and medium-sized enterprises.

We were exhilarated to recognize the accomplishments of 50 winners from various regions of Canada during this high-profile, red-carpet event conducted on June 7th, 2024, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The evening served as a testament to the groundbreaking achievements of CanadianSMEs... and entrepreneurs. Celebrating their success during this event symbolizes their massive impact within their respective industries and our country.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our partners and award category sponsors. We extend a heartfelt appreciation to Google, our presenting partner, for the awards. We also thank our exclusive banking partner, RBC, our exclusive shipping partner, UPS, our exclusive accounting software partner, Xero, our exclusive email partner, Constant Contact, and our exclusive hospitality partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts, who were also the award category sponsors. Furthermore, we wish to acknowledge our other Award Category sponsors, including Samsung & HP, for their valued contribution to the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2023.

CanadianSME extends profound gratitude to the Honourable Minister Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business; Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario; and Honourable Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business - Ontario. Their special messages and contributions to the small business community were insightful and uplifting.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the judges for their invaluable expertise and time spent adjudicating the awards. Following a detailed review, this diverse panel has carefully evaluated the standout businesses deserving of high regard. Finally, we extend our warm thanks to all the attendees who made this event a resounding success.

With the collective support received, we've successfully underscored the significance of hosting events such as these, which serve as beneficial platforms for small businesses from varied industries to connect and gain insights from one another. As we look ahead, our ambition is to orchestrate more of such interactive events, optimistically enhancing our platform over time. We truly appreciate your sustained support as we forge ahead in our forthcoming endeavours.

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The Honourable Rechie Valdez,

Small Business Minister

We are immensely grateful to the Honourable Minister Rechie Valdez for honoring us with her presence at the CanadianSME Small Business Awards 2023. Minister Valdez’s steadfast advocacy and support for small businesses in Canada are both inspiring and impactful. Her participation not only elevated our event but also underscored the importance of fostering a thriving small business ecosystem.

The Honourable Rechie Valdez was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Streetsville in 2021. She has been a member of various parliamentary committees and associations, including the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, as well as the Chair of the Canada-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group.
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The Honourable Nina Tangri,

Associate Minister of Small Business
& MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville

We were deeply honored by the gracious presence of the Honourable Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, at the CanadianSME Small Business Awards 2023. Minister Tangri shared her insightful welcome remarks, reflecting her extensive 35 years of business experience and her steadfast dedication to nurturing Ontario’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Elected in 2018, Minister Tangri’s passion for fostering vibrant communities and empowering small businesses shines through in her commitment to supporting and uplifting entrepreneurs across the province.
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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.
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Champions of Small
Business Hall of Fame

Tony Chapman , Creator and Host of Chatter that Matters
Tony is the Creator and Host of Chatter that Matters, a podcast sponsored by RBC, which consistently ranks in the 0.5 % worldwide. Inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Canadian Advertising and PR Hall of Fame, Tony’s career has been defined by excellence and innovation.

Tony Chapman, one of Canada’s top communication experts and a recognized Marketing Guru. His innovative strategies have guided numerous brands to establish a profitable presence in today’s dynamic market, marking him as a pathfinder in navigating the evolving business landscape.
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Champions of Small
Business Hall of Fame

Arlene Dickinson , Founder and General Partner of District Ventures Capital
Arlene Dickinson is a visionary entrepreneur and leader with a remarkable track record of success. She is the Founder and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in innovative companies in the food & beverage and health & wellness sectors. Under her leadership, District Ventures Capital has become a leading force in the industry, with a portfolio of ground-breaking companies that are transforming the way we live and eat. Dickinson is also the Co-Managing Partner of Believeco:Partners, an independent Canadian-based owner, operator, and builder of the foremost marketing, communications, and engagement agencies in North America. It was Dickinson’s vision that brought this platform to life resulting in the creation of a powerhouse marketing consolidator.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada – Lindsay Stewart Glor, Communications Manager

Congratulations to the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) for earning the prestigious CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award 2023!

WEOC’s remarkable commitment to enhancing the potential of women entrepreneurs across Canada is exemplary. Through crucial initiatives such as extensive networking platforms and the impactful WEOC National Loan Program, they have significantly enriched the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Tiffany Callender , CEO of the Federation
of African Canadian Economics

It is with great pride that we announce Tiffany Callender, CEO of the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE), as the recipient of the prestigious CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award 2023. Tiffany’s dynamic leadership and staunch advocacy for Black entrepreneurs across Canada have notably advanced the community’s business interests.

Under Tiffany’s expert stewardship, FACE has successfully managed the significant $160 million Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, supporting a multitude of business ventures and spearheading crucial policy advocacy and equity initiatives.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Ontario Centre of Innovation – Claudia Krywiak, President & CEO

Congratulations to the Ontario Centre of Innovation for clinching the esteemed CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award this year!

Recognized for their dynamic role in amplifying innovation and economic vitality across Ontario, OCI exemplifies leadership in integrating industry, academic, and government resources to spearhead transformative technology initiatives.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – Tabatha Bull , President & CEO

We are thrilled to announce that the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has been honored with the Editor’s Choice Award 2023. CCAB’s groundbreaking initiatives, including the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program and the Certified Aboriginal Business designation, have significantly shaped the landscape of inclusive economic growth in Canada, weaving a robust tapestry of prosperity that bridges Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses. #BusinessLeadership #InclusiveGrowth #EconomicInnovation
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Toronto Business Development Centre – Dharti Desai Chatterjee – Executive Director of Marketing

Toronto Business Development Centre receives CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award 2023!

We’re proud to recognize the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) for their remarkable influence on nurturing entrepreneurship in Canada. TBDC has been a cornerstone in the entrepreneurial landscape since 1990, offering pivotal programs such as the acclaimed Soft Landing Program, which has effectively helped numerous startups integrate and prosper within the North American market.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Visier – Melanie Gaboriault Head
of Global Corporate Communications

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Visier as the recipient of the CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award 2023! Visier has been recognized for its pioneering work in transforming business intelligence through advanced data analytics. This award honors Visier’s role in enhancing strategic decision-making and optimizing performance across numerous sectors.

Visier’s dedication to delivering comprehensive and actionable insights empowers organizations to navigate the complexities of today’s markets with precision and foresight.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

David Kwok , Director of Entrepreneurship and
Innovation at YSpace at York University

Warmest congratulations to David Kwok on being honored with this year’s Editor’s Choice Award! As the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at YSpace, David has significantly shaped Canada’s entrepreneurship landscape. His efforts have catalyzed YSpace’s growth, raising over $13 million since 2017, which has expanded its influence and reach across the nation.

David’s work not only inspires but also drives meaningful change, embodying the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that CanadianSME seeks to celebrate.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Claudio Rojas , CEO of NACO Canada

Claudio Rojas, the CEO of NACO Canada, has been selected as the recipient of our Editor’s Choice Award 2023. His visionary leadership has propelled NACO to new heights, significantly enhancing support for over 2,400 companies and making a transformative impact on Canada’s entrepreneurial landscape. With a solid academic background from Ivey Business School and the University of Toronto, and as a CFA Charterholder, Claudio’s expertise has driven NACO’s mission of fostering an inclusive and thriving business environment.

We eagerly anticipate celebrating Claudio’s impressive achievements and his influential role in building a dynamic business community at the CanadianSME Small Business Awards.
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Editors Choice Award
Recipient 2023

Sevrine Labelle , Managing Director, Thrive Lab at BDC

We are delighted to announce that Sevrine Labelle, Managing Director of Thrive Lab at BDC Capital, has been honored with the CanadianSME Editor’s Choice Award 2023! Sevrine’s leadership and innovative approach at BDC Capital have been transformative, particularly in developing investment models that empower Canadian women-led businesses.

Sevrine’s 15-year career exemplifies unifying leadership and a visionary approach to strategic challenges, making her a true trailblazer in the business community.
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RBC Small Business of
the Year - Top 1

( Up to 10 employees )

Founded in 2017 as Chew Chew Baby Roo, Roo & You is a community-driven business dedicated to creating fun, design-forward products that are a lot less about being expensive and a lot more about having fun.

Being a parent really changes your life, because, well, you get to be a kid again! Sometimes that comes at the expense of our adult sensibilities, grown-up relationships, and hard-earned dollars. As parents, we know what that can feel like. Not everything needs to be dinosaurs and spaceships

Fast forward to Fall 2020, with Kai and Finn constructing forts from couch cushions, inspiring Helen to design the Joey—a play couch tailored for imaginative play that was stylish enough that parents didn’t feel the need to hide it when guests came over. As a mother of two active boys and an educator, Helen infused practical features like water-resistant liners to combat spills and zipper covers to protect walls and keep tiny fingers from unzipping the covers.
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RBC Small Business of
the Year - Top 2

( Up to 10 employees )

Founded in 2007, W Design Co. is a full-service marketing agency dedicated to building brands and growing businesses. “W” stands for wow-factor, which we achieve by uniting brilliant strategy and impactful design to build inspired brands that make their mark. As a creative branding house, we understand that great design starts with great strategy achieved through radical client collaboration to derive meaningful insights that move businesses forward. In a world of complexity, we offer simplicity through our results-driven process that delivers consistent client results that inspire, engage, and differentiate to help brands win customers across their marketing channels. We promise a boutique client experience backed by a proficient and passionate team who consistently deliver big agency results.
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RBC Small Business of
the Year - Top 2

( Up to 10 employees )

DREALEE | Fitness+Dance is a dance and fitness studio for performers and athletes of all ages. We are committed to offering a welcoming environment in which students can grow into confident and kind human beings. Our eight core values include friendship, fun, empathy, kindness, creativity, integrity, community, and teamwork. We strive to achieve these values with every student as I believe we are nurturing the future leaders of our community. To better define our values in leading children, our instructional team recently incorporated the STAR Leadership program. STAR Leadership encourages preteens and teens to incorporate leadership, essential life skills, empathy, and compassion into their daily lives.

Within the next five years, I will produce a show at the Jubilee Auditorium. My vision in producing this is threefold: I would like to raise funds for a charity, I would like to provide local performers with the opportunity to perform on a professional stage and receive financial compensation for their art, and I would like to promote the arts in our local community. I’m excited to give local performers a chance to shine on stage, help keep the arts thriving, inspire other women, and continue to grow our future leaders of tomorrow.
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RBC Small Business of
the Year - Top 3

( Up to 10 employees )

Kits for a Cause is an organization that helps connect charities across North America with groups and individuals who are looking to get involved, give back and make an impact.

Whether you’re looking to support a local school or help at-risk groups prepare for colder weather with essential supplies, we’re here to help.

Kits for a Cause provides you with everything you need to host a kit packing event in your office, at your next conference or even in your local place of worship.

Business of
the Year - Top 1

( 50+ employees )

COSTI is a community-based social impact agency that has been serving the diverse communities of the Greater Toronto Area for over 70 years, providing employment, educational, settlement, skills training and social services to new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance.

COSTI is committed to creating a community where there is respect and equity for all. The integration of non-discriminatory and anti-racist principles and practices is fundamental to operationalizing principles of social justice and supporting COSTI’s vision and values.

Our programs ensure that regardless of language or cultural barriers, people who arrive in Canada can use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate actively in all aspects of Canadian life.

Business of
the Year - Top 2

( 50+ employees )

Mycourier Inc. is an Ontario-based last-mile delivery corporation founded in 2020 in response to the surge in online orders and the need for delivery capacity. We grew our team to 140 members, delivering over 2 million parcels annually, providing efficient and reliable delivery services. We take pride in our commitment to excellence, ensuring our processes and systems add value to our clients, vendors, partners, and the community. At Mycourier Inc., we understand the importance of the ‘unboxing’ moment and strive to bring joy to customers with every delivery. Our dedication to quality service and seamless delivery experiences sets us apart in the industry.

Business of
the Year - Top 3

( 50+ employees )

Kaizen Health Group is a top-rated healthcare provider in Peel Region. We offer therapeutic services based on individual need, that improve the general health and well-being of our patients. We specialize in therapeutics treatments such as Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Fascial Stretch Therapy and more!
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UPS Small Business of
the Year - Top 1

( Up to 50 Employees )

NHCI Is one of the country’s leading providers of registered and Non registered healthcare, home & social care staffing services. Our services include but are not limited provision of on demand and long term staffing solutions of : Registered Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Personal Support and Home Care workers, HCA’s, Homemaking/Housekeeping services, Residential/ community mental healthcare staff(DSW’s, CSW’s, CYW, SSW’s, ), Caregiver Support and Respite Care.These we provide to help fulfill the short and lo ng term human capital needs of Hospitals, correctional facilities, the long term and retirement home sector, community living organizations, shelters and to those retiring at Home .
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UPS Small Business of
the Year - Top 2

( Up to 50 Employees )

The Scented Market is your go-to destination for eco-friendly indulgence, crafted with care by CEO Kristy Miller.

In 2018, Kristy’s journey began with a desire to create clean, healthy soy wax candles. By 2020, she had transitioned from her garage to her first retail store, marking the evolution of The Scented Market.

In 2022, Kristy brought her flame to Dragon’s Den, receiving offers from all six Dragons, and the brand established its Candle Fundraising Program, which continues to positively impact the community with over $30K donated to local schools and teams.

Today, The Scented Market includes four retail locations across Ontario, over a hundred wholesalers, a combined social audience of 78,000, and an online store.With eco-friendly packaging, a Jar Return Program, and candle refills, Kristy and her team make it easy to bring the spa home and feel good about it!
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UPS Small Business of
the Year - Top 3

( Up to 50 Employees )

Vision Project Services is proud to offer top to bottom construction and renovation services with a unique ‘customer first’ service approach. Our mission is to provide solutions-based problem solving, balanced with unmatched quality craftsmanship, integrity, and exceptional customer service. Our philosophy is that “good attracts good”, which has enabled us to grow exponentially every year. Our greatest achievements have been growing to a multi-million dollar revenue corporation in 3 short years, and adding economic value to our area.

The most important investment we make is in relationships. Vision has been built on hard work, dedication and most importantly, its people. We provide a work environment that fosters this mentality that also promotes teamwork, critical thinking and loyalty.Our community and the opportunity in the Columbia Valley, has provided us the unique ability to build businesses based on skill sets and passion.

Tech Business of the Year

Pathway Communications specializes in providing innovative and cost-effective IT and communication solutions for businesses of all sizes. Rooted in Canada, we offer a wide range of services, including Managed IT Services, Cybersecurity Solutions, Data Centers, Cloud, Colocation, Voice, Data, and Internet, to help our clients stay connected and operate securely in today’s fast-paced world.

Pathway employs over 150 qualified and trained staff on three continents and operates fully-equipped data centers in Markham, Toronto, and Montreal. All of our services are designed to pass through our Tier III data center backed up with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 certification, and SOC 2 Type II compliance for ultimate reliability, security, and privacy.
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Indigenous Entrepreneur
of the Year 2023

Jenn Harper is a sought-after speaker for Corporations, businesses and Students across North America. She champions entrepreneurship, building a sustainable brand using Indigenous roots, the history of her Indigenous family and lots more.

Her groundbreaking work on Cheekbone Beauty has earned her numerous awards including the prestigious “Social Enterprise Award” at the 17th Annual Women in Business Awards by the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC). She was also invited to work with Prime Minister Trudeau in developing the Women Entrepreneurs Fund (WEF) strategy.
About Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc
Our colour cosmetics are sustainable, high-quality, clean, vegan, cruelty free and B Corp certified. Keeping in line with her Anishinaabe roots, the first line Jenn launched was SUSTAIN in 2020, a low-waste line of lipsticks, made for everyone that loves and wants to care for our planet. Since then, we have been dedicated to creating products that align with our high standards of sustainability and that are formulated with the best naturally derived ingredients.

Our aim is to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth through donations that support educational opportunities for them, and to create a space in the beauty industry where everyone, including Indigenous people, feel represented and seen along with donating to multiple Indigenous organizations. As part of the Cheekbone Beauty Scholarship Fund, every year a new limited product is released with 100% of all profits going towards providing Indigenous students an opportunity to soar higher in their post-secondary education journey.
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Black Entrepreneur
of the Year

Hazel Lord is an executive management professional with a passion for everything operational. Her speciality is analyzing, designing and planning for change that transforms cross-functional operations to align with organizational culture, and strategic goals.

In 2014 she started Pearl Operational Design, bringing more than 15 years of success in helping organizations achieve operational excellence with principles rooted in respect, discipline, commitment and a continuous search for perfection as well as an expansive breadth of experience in over 8 industries. Hazel is recognized as an industry leader and has been requested to speak at both national and international conferences.

As a perpetual learner, Hazel seeks out opportunities to learn and apply different approaches to problem solving within operations. She is always excited to bring people on this “education” journey. One of her key objectives is to improve the skills and knowledge of her clients so they can be efficient and effective in achieving their business goals.

A strong believer in community partnership, Hazel has been a volunteer Maths and English tutor at Tropicana Community Services for 7 years. Previously, she was a board member of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators and a STEAM instructor for the Jean Augustine Centre for young women’s empowerment.
About Pearl Operational Design Inc.
Pearl Operational Design is a Toronto based boutique consulting firm focused on Operational Excellence.

We work alongside clients to help them to holistically understand their business issues and develop the best possible solutions.

We have extensive operational excellence experience, spanning multiple industries including manufacturing, application development, aviation, grocery retail, financial services, healthcare and not-for-profit.

At the core of our client partnerships is the engagement relationship, which is built on listening to the needs of all client stakeholders and ensuring that value is measured and delivered.

The Diversity and Inclusion
of the Year 2023

Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The organization operates as a member services agency for employers, offering institutional education and guidance to organizations that make a commitment to supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Our learning, networking and community events happen across the country, advising, celebrating and connecting the most inclusive Canadian employers. In addition to supporting meaningful engagement with the public, we consistently underscore the importance of focused internal strategies to improve policies and practices that generate measurable outcomes for 2SLGBTQIA+ employees and job seekers, not just the company’s bottom line. With our commitment to the Two-Spirit, queer and trans communities we serve and the engagement with employers, Pride at Work Canada can pursue its vision of a nation where every individual can achieve their full potential at work regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Technopreneur
of the Year 2023

David Gens is an award-winning business leader who is passionate about helping Canadian small businesses grow and find the financing they need. David is the founder and CEO of Merchant Growth, which grew from its humble beginnings in his apartment to offices in both Toronto and Vancouver. He now leads Canada’s largest online small business finance company.
About Merchant Growth
Founded in 2009, Merchant Growth is a leading Canadian financial technology company that specializes in business financing, having supported over 10,000 businesses with over $650MM in growth financing since its inception. Using an innovative approach that combines technology and customer care, Merchant Growth is committed to making business financing convenient and accessible.

Merchant Growth has had two consecutive years of 70%+ growth in fundings and 50%+ growth in revenues, originating over $100MM of small business credit in 2023. Additionally, Merchant Growth and its fund, the Merchant Opportunities Fund, increased its debt facility with BMO by $100MM and secured $300MM in forward flow facility.

Merchant Growth also established itself as the premier lender for Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan refinancing, developing an end-to-end automated application, taking part in key stakeholder conversations with governmental parties to help guide CEBA policy, and establishing referral partnerships with financial institutions to ensure the highest number of businesses could benefit from the forgiveness incentive.

Startup Business
of the Year 2023

Blue Door Agency is a dynamic Canadian organization that excels in building integrated campaigns for clients across hospitality, lifestyle and more. In the past year, the agency has experienced significant achievements, marked by strong revenue growth, successful employee retention, team expansion and the acquisition of new clients. Notably, Blue Door has also established itself as a strategic advisor to TEDxToronto.

On the client front, the agency supported Prince Street Pizza’s international debut in Toronto with engaging events uniting media, influencers and tastemakers to generate awareness and drive traffic to the new location. They also worked on Timberland Canada’s “MADE FROM FIONA” campaign – launched on the first anniversary of Hurricane Fiona’s landfall in Canada – raising awareness of subsequent and ongoing challenges in Nova Scotia.

Blue Door Agency also collaborated with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for a year-long campaign, and partnered with KINTON Ramen to execute the “There’s No Wrong Way to Ramen” campaign, targeting four priority locations with a highly successful omnichannel strategy.

Entrepreneur of the Year 2023

James Nguyen was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated with a degree in Economics from Carleton University. He has been recognized as an Ottawa Top Forty under 40 recipient, 2023 Canadian SME National Entrepreneur of the Year nominee. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Quantropi, a Quantum AI cybersecurity company that he founded in 2018 where the company has been recognized as a NATO approved supplier, 2022 Deloitte Fast 50 company and 2023 Future In Review – FiRe Starter recipient.

As an emerging leader in deep-tech, he has been privileged to have worked alongside some of the greatest minds in the industry. Prior to working with quantum technologies, he worked on commercializing graphene technologies and was in banking prior to getting into tech. James likes to travel and enjoys growing his network of change makers. As an active angel investor in early-stage companies and speaking at global events, he hopes to help bring technologies to market sooner that will solve meaningful problems for the world.
About Quantropi Inc.
Quantropi, a Canadian startup founded in 2018 with a mission to defend Truth and Trust has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 company (2022) and FiRe Starter company (2023).

While today’s tech headlines for Quantum and AI are dominated by the huge business potential of these innovations, they will also break the encryption technology at the core of the Internet. Due to massive digital transformation from cloud, IoT and end user application developments over the past few decades that require not only a fast upgrade path and/or easy integration, but the evolving need high performance of fast transaction times, light weight and low power cryptography – especially in IoT, and provably secure in the long term for enterprises and governments.

CSR Excellence Award 2023

Mobel Cabinetry is a Hamilton-based cabinet maker that has been in business for over thirty years. Our brand is positioned in the luxury segment, and we make custom cabinets. We have a fully functional manufacturing plant with the sophisticated machines and tools available for the wood manufacturing industry. Our clients are located throughout the United States and Canada, and we do business through our dealer network. MOBEL has made the decision to take a significant step forward in empowering women by offering them training to work independently as cabinet installers.

Excellence in Data Privacy
& Security Award

INKAS Payments, a leading and proudly-Canadian provider of payment processing solutions, has been committed to delivering innovative financial services since its establishment in 2010. The company has served a diverse range of clients, ensuring top-tier security for transactions across multiple industries.

Key accomplishments of INKAS Payments include the development of state-of-the-art security measures and the integration of AI technology, which have established us as pioneers in the financial services sector. Our payment solutions are celebrated for their reliability, advanced security features, and adaptability to client-specific needs, offering class-leading protection against cyber threats and fraud.

Young Entrepreneur
of the Year 2023

Lacey Koughan is a young business owner (24strong) and dancer, living in Charlottetown PEI. Lacey grew up dancing and performing and always had a dream of opening her own dance studio one day. In 2016, at 16 years old, Lacey made that dream come true. She has since become a graduate from the StartupZone (PEI) and a Vancouver based accelerator, LOI Labs (where she was mentored by Chip Wilson and Ryan Holmes) Lacey’s passion and dedication to her work has led her to be recognized as The 2023 Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Canadian SME), The Rising Entrepreneur of the year (PEI), One of Atlantic Canada’s 30 under 30 innovators, And nominated as one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 Most Powerful Women, and Canada’s young entrepreneur of the year. Lacey has had the opportunity to speak to various schools and groups about her entrepreneurial journey. She is passionate about empowering Island youth to believe in themselves and their abilities and is excited for what’s to come in the future.
About 24STRONG Youth Empowerment Inc
24STRONG empowers youth to be their best selves, both on and off of the dance floor. Offering over 150 hours of instruction each week in dance, acting, modeling and voice, 24STRONG has become the leader of its industry on the East Coast of Canada.

Founded in 2016 at a community gym, by then, 16 year old, Lacey Koughan, the company has grown exponentially and now operates out of an 8000 square foot space in Downtown Charlottetown, working with 500 kids each week and is on target to hit 1 Million dollars in sales this year.

Lacey’s goal has always been to empower youth to believe in themselves and their abilities and she is immensely proud of all of the successes of her students. 24STRONG demonstrates that no matter your age, your struggles, the adversity that may be thrown your way- if you believe you can- you will.

Customer Service
Excellence Award - Top 1

Fullintel is a premier media monitoring and analytics company dedicated to delivering highly customized solutions for clients across various industries. Leveraging advanced technology and expert human analysis, Fullintel provides comprehensive media coverage and actionable insights that help organizations manage their public image and communications strategies effectively.

Known for its innovative industry metrics, Fullintel offers unparalleled accuracy and depth in its reports, ensuring clients receive timely and relevant information. The company is committed to exceptional customer service, providing 24/7 support to meet the dynamic needs of its clients.

Fullintel’s services are essential for communication professionals who require precise media monitoring and analytics to navigate complex media landscapes. By combining cutting-edge technology with personalized service, Fullintel empowers clients to make informed decisions, maintain their reputation, and achieve their communication goals with confidence.

Customer Service
Excellence Award - Top 2

Harbinger Network Inc’s mission is to build meaningful careers for Professionals and develop powerhouse teams for all Businesses across Canada. Harbinger Network Inc. prides itself on a unique, genuine, and transparent approach to recruitment. This approach is characterized by a deep commitment to prioritizing the needs of its partners above all else, ensuring a focus on quality and trust in every interaction. The company’s dedication to serving its clients with integrity and transparency is a testament to its unique position in the recruitment industry.

Customer Service
Excellence Award - Top 3

Multiple award winning medical aesthetic clinic. Jacqueline and her dedicated team, which includes three talented women and a full medical staff, operate within a clinic that provides a spa-like atmosphere, ensuring a relaxing and pleasurable experience for each client. They prioritize building strong relationships with their clients, considering them part of their extended family. Understanding the influence of social media and the impact it has on self-esteem, Jacqueline and her team are committed to helping clients address their concerns and improve their self-image, rather than drastically altering their appearance..

Jacqueline and the Fourth Avenue staff have an impressive list of achievements include winning the global recognition award for their ethical standpoint and patient-centered approach, has won the Readers Choice Diamond Award, the Flamboro Readers Choice Award, Diamond, and The beauty and wellness treatment specialist of the year IE 100 awards winner.

2SLGBTQI+ Inclusive Excellence Award 2023

QueerTech is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the tech industry for students and career transitioners, grows and advances queer leaders to management roles and fosters entrepreneurship to create and develop more queer founders across Canada.

QueerTech offers three main programs to support the queer community in the tech industry:

1) QT Access: This program helps queer students and career transitioners build confidence and acquire the skills necessary to navigate and access opportunities within the tech ecosystem.

2) QT Leaders: This program grows queer professionals into leaders through a structured leadership program that provides mentorship, training, professional coaching and community.

3) QT Founders: This program fosters entrepreneurship within the community by providing training, mentorship, resources, and community support to inspire and assist current and future queer founders.

Inspirational Leader
of the Year 2023

As founder and chairwoman of INKAS® Group of Companies, Margarita has been successfully building businesses and brands from scratch and bringing strategic direction to all divisions within the company. Ms. Simkin has been instrumental in building INKAS® into a global brand known for continuous industry-leading innovations, and leading multiple brands which have gone on to be acquired by major players in their industries.

Among her accomplishments are founding and serving as the President of INKAS® Security Services Ltd. for over two decades. Ms. Simkin’s vision and unwavering work ethic led the company to become one of Canada’s “Big 3” Cash In Transit providers within short time.

Ms. Simkin also served as Managing Director of INKAS® Financial Corp. Ltd. in the United Kingdom and led the company in successfully obtaining full membership in the LINK Network. Mrs. Simkin developed all aspects of the distribution network across the UK, and managed all aspects of the company’s operations across its entire network.
About INKAS® Safe Manufacturing
Since 1999, INKAS Safe Manufacturing has stood as a leading manufacturer of certified residential, commercial and institutional-grade safes, vault doors and other security products. Based in Toronto, Canada, our company has established a global footprint, serving clients domestically and internationally across various industries.

In 2023, we expanded our operations to Western Canada as well as introduced a new product line: The INKAS Residential Vault Door product, designed to be modularly assembled and installed within small domestic areas such as basements; further expanding our offerings to meet diverse security needs.

Our comprehensive range includes a variety of safes and tailored solutions for banks, pharmacies, and other high-security environments. Each product reflects meticulous attention to detail, ensuring it meets the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

As a finalist, INKAS Safe Manufacturing exemplifies commitment to security, dedication to customer satisfaction and continuous technological advancement.

Best in Health and Wellness Business 2023

For over 35 years, St. Francis Herb Farm has been driven by the passion to cultivate the finest quality herbs available. By extracting the medicinal of plant properties through their holistic approach – organic farming, craft and science; customers can in turn can feel the healing difference that well-made plant medicine makes.

St. Francis crafts liquid extracts, capsules, creams, salves and syrups to support the health of Canadians. Specializing in herbs to support immune health, digestion, detox; their products can be found in stores and online across Canada.

Business Woman
of the Year 2023

Under Tracy’s leadership, TAM Media has excelled in creating transformative learning solutions, leveraging a talented team of over 40 professionals to set benchmarks in communication and innovation. Tracy’s dedication to developing thoughtful, impactful messaging has profoundly influenced the industry, making her a standout leader.
About TuesdayAfternoon Media
TuesdayAfternoon Media Inc. (TAM) is a strategy and learning solutions agency working across many disciplines, sectors, and cultures. Seventeen years ago, Tracy and Peter Sicard created TAM with the goal of creating learning experiences that positively impact the lives of learners and their organizations.

With this goal in mind, they turned to their backgrounds in media and design to explore the possibilities. They wondered, “What if we brought a customer-centric philosophy, attention to detail, exceptional storytelling, innovation and personalization to corporate learning solutions?”

From that question, TAM was born. Guided by four key values (People First, Innovate with Intent, Deliver Magic, and Create Joy), TAM uses learning design as a powerful tool for organizational development and behavioural change. By adopting this approach, TAM grew from a two-person living room-based company to a team of over 40 dedicated professionals developing specialized learning experiences for some of the most influential companies in Canada and worldwide.

E-commerce Business
of the Year 2023

At Healthy Planet, our goal is to make the world Healthier and Greener one day at a time. From the vitamins, supplements, produce, groceries & health foods we sell, to the socially responsible manufacturers & distributors we work with, we put everything we do through the Healthy Planet filter. We believe that even the smallest, simplest of positive actions every day can result in big changes toward a better, healthier life for yourself & for the planet.

Our passion Is bringing you the highest-quality supplements, vitamins, health foods, bath & beauty and eco friendly products at the lowest possible prices. We have honest, friendly and well-trained professionals, who will help you make educated decisions about the products that are most suitable for you.

Our vision is to be the biggest and the best-priced Vitamins, Supplements & Health Food Store!

Fastest Growing Company
of the Year 2023

Sparkle & Sheen is an esteemed cleaning company based in Edmonton, Alberta, renowned for its commitment to excellence and community engagement. With over a decade of expertise, we offer comprehensive cleaning solutions for both residential and commercial spaces, utilizing eco-friendly products and meticulous attention to detail.

What sets us apart is our dedication to serving others. We provide elderly companionship, errand running, and innovative concierge services alongside our cleaning offerings. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve adapted to meet evolving needs, ensuring our clients’ safety and well-being.

Moreover, our commitment to community extends beyond our services. We actively support initiatives such as monthly blood donations, volunteering at local food banks, and a Pay-it-Forward program, demonstrating our ethos of giving back.

Immigrant Entrepreneur
of the Year 2023

Morteza’s journey from academia to leading a startup exemplifies his remarkable determination and innovative spirit. His work in developing interactive simulation technology addresses key societal challenges and highlights immigrants’ invaluable contributions to our community. Morteza’s achievements inspire and demonstrate the dynamic impact of diverse entrepreneurial talents in enriching our technological landscape.
About LABonWEB
LABonWEB is a virtual learning medium to enables institutions to build impactful learning modules by using Generative AI and advanced simulation techniques. The primary mission of LABonWEB is to revolutionize education through simulation-based learning. Our goal is to provide students with a dynamic and practical learning experience that transcends traditional methods. We strive to empower learners by offering immersive simulations that bridge the gap between theory and application, fostering a deeper understanding of complex subjects. Our mission is to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in real-world scenarios, preparing them for success in their academic and professional journeys.

Best Business
Innovation 2023

Recently nominated and awarded the “2024 INSURTECH OF THE YEAR” in New York City, this is a globally recognized testament to the commitment that Samos Insurance Solutions has made to innovate in the technology and financial services industry for the greater good of customers. Proudly built in Canada, the mission of Samos has been to create inclusive, accessible, and needed insurance solutions for when customers and their loved ones need it most.

Samos has built its business with technology and data science as the core tenet to meet the ever-changing needs of the insurance customer.

With its proprietary machine learning methods and modelling, Samos was able to develop its world’s first inaugural product in Surgical Risk Insurance for patients going in for surgery. One of the leading indicators of a positive outcome to a surgery is the patient’s stress and anxiety level.

Best Professional Services
of the Year 2023

Sapling Financial Consultants Inc., founded in 2015 by Rob Hong and Andreea Lupascu, provides tailored and high quality financial modelling, financial planning & analysis, due diligence, and data analytics solutions for private equity firms and their portfolio companies, mid-market enterprises and scale-ups.

With a commitment to empowering mid-sized businesses, Sapling assists executives to make better decisions with financial modelling and data analytics. By making best-in-class financial modelling and data analytics more accessible, Sapling unlocks value in numerous start-ups, scale-ups, and mid-market companies, contributing positively to the world.

The Sustainable Business
of the Year 2023

At Fill it Forward we believe choosing to reuse is a simple act of generosity that shows love for our planet and the people on it.

Our team creates interactive technologies, global giving initiatives, and reusable products that inspire reuse. The Fill it Forward app can connect with any reusable bottle, cup, or bag.

Every time you reuse, we track the environmental footprint. Together our community of app users from across Canada and the USA have diverted more than 7.6 million single-use items from our landfills and oceans! (Metrics are calculated by WSP and include: CO2 emissions, waste, electricity, ocean pollution prevented, and land use saved.)

The Community Impact
Award 2023

Drewlo Holdings Inc. is a family-owned business that has been developing, constructing and managing apartment buildings for 65 years. We boast some of the most luxurious buildings in five cities in Southwestern Ontario.

Over 9,300 units are built, owned, and managed by Drewlo Holdings. To provide the best tenant experience, we employ the best in property managers, maintenance and landscaping teams, in addition to our construction and development teams.

Being a family company we take pride in our buildings and are constructing new ones with an eye to what tenants value in making an apartment their home.

Digital Business
of the Year 2023

Page Pros is a leading digital marketing agency specializing in delivering exceptional online solutions to businesses of all sizes. With a track record of success spanning over a decade, we pride ourselves on our ability to drive tangible results for our clients. Our comprehensive suite of services includes website design and development, search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, social media management, and content marketing. We have a proven history of helping businesses increase their online visibility, attract more qualified leads, and ultimately achieve their growth objectives. Our team of experts combines cutting-edge technology with strategic insights to craft tailored strategies that meet the unique needs of each client. At PagePros, we are dedicated to delivering excellence and exceeding expectations in every project we undertake

Best in Retail Award 2023

At Kevito Group, we are dedicated to revolutionizing the Quick-Serve Restaurant industry by building premier Asian-inspired food and beverage brands that revolutionize the marketplace. Our portfolio of successful brands boasts a combined footprint of 90 locations across Canada, including Chatime, Bake Code, Atealier by Chatime, and Botrista.

Guided by our core values of Entrepreneurship, Passion, Innovation, and Craft, our mission is to create exceptional taste experiences and build lasting brands that bring joy to our customer’s everyday moments and spread happiness through the power of internationally-inspired flavours.

Located in Markham, our central support office spans 65,000 square feet, providing our brands with access to strong centralized support. Our focus on delivering outstanding guest experiences, providing full-scale support for our Franchise and Business Partners, and developing our people, has resulted in outstanding results, including achieving over $60 million in network sales.

Best in Manufacturing
Award 2023

Media Resources, Inc. (MRI) is a leading provider of innovative digital products and services. Specializing in digital LED, we offer a wide range of solutions including indoor & outdoor LED displays, manufacturing, design/ engineering, and installation/servicing.

Our North American manufacturing facilities for digital displays ensure the highest quality standards and quick turnaround times. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, reliable, and customizable digital solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients! Not to mention, we are deeply committed to the safety of our employees and dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. Our emphasis on safety is reflected in our ISO 45001 certification in Ontario, which underscores our adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety in our manufacturing processes.

Best in AI & Automation
Award 2023

Modern Requirements is a leading enterprise requirements management software solution provider. Its award-winning flagship product, Modern Requirements4DevOps, is the only Requirements Management tool that is fully embedded in Microsoft Azure DevOps, cementing its status as an industry leader. This Canadian company is a Gold Microsoft Partner and was recently recognized as an AI Transformation Partner on a global stage by Microsoft for its new groundbreaking AI Requirements Management tool Copilot4DevOps Plus. Notably, Microsoft also named Modern Requirements as one of the select five Microsoft partners using generative AI to enhance productivity. Modern Requirements is SOC Type 2 and ISO:9001 certified, exemplifying its unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and security of its solutions. The company is also a Gold Medalist and Champion Requirements Management Solution, winning multiple awards consecutively from SoftwareReviews, a third-party, independent IT research and advisory firm.