FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 24, 2020
Burlington, Ontario (June 24, 2020) – The Burlington Chamber of Commerce was delighted to host the 2020 Business Excellence Gala through a reimagined, community-driven, virtual experience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original date was set for April 2nd, 2020 and was rescheduled for last evening, June 23rd, 2020.
As the voice of business in Burlington and beyond, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce has been working tirelessly to create new virtual opportunities to connect leaders. We were pleased to continue the tradition of supporting Chamber members, showcasing leadership, and celebrating business excellence by transforming our annual Business Excellence Awards into a live, virtual awards ceremony.
As always, the Business Awards Task Force Committee was impressed by the calibre of companies represented this year and every company that is nominated receives careful attention. All nominated companies are evaluated based on the following criteria: Business Leadership, Technology & Product Innovation, Community Contributions, Environmental Leadership, Customer/Stakeholder Relations, Sales and Market Growth, Entrepreneurship, and Employee Welfare. This year, winners were chosen for the following categories: Not-for-Profit, Retail/Wholesale, Service – Micro, Small, Medium and Large, and Young Entrepreneur. A special award was also added this year at the Task Force’s discretion – the Heritage Award – to recognize an organization demonstrating an outstanding legacy of success in Burlington.
The 21 finalists have shown great resilience overcoming the challenges that businesses are currently facing by adapting their operations and stepping up as community leaders. We were thrilled to be able to celebrate and honour them during this particularly challenging time for business.
The Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Business Excellence Awards Winners are:
- Not for Profit: BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association
- Young Entrepreneur: James John, Guaranteed Removals
- Retail: Fully Promoted Burlington
- Wholesale: National Tire Distributors
- Service, Micro: Rubicon Safety Inc.
- Service, Small: ATS Scientific Inc.
- Service, Medium: Fern Hill School
- Service, Large: Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd.
- Heritage Award: Smith’s Funeral Homes
The Mayor’s Community Service and Burlington Economic Development Award Winners who were also honoured at the Gala are:
Mayor’s Community Service Awards:
- Sustainable Green Business: Park Market & Refillery
- Community Service I Business: Bozek Orthodontics
- Community Service I Not for Profit: Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 60
Burlington Economic Development Awards:
- Excellence in Innovation & Technology: CareGo Tek
- Excellence in Global Business: Hunter Amenities International Ltd.
“We were pleased to move forward with this time-honoured tradition despite not being able to host in person. While this year’s award ceremony may have looked different, we were delighted to recognize and honour this year’s finalists through a reimagined, virtual experience. The priority for this event was to not only adapt to the changing landscape that COVID-19 has brought on but to showcase business excellence while at the same time reinvesting in our community and local economy,” said President & CEO Carla Y. Nell
Taking advantage of the opportunity to support and reinvest in our business community, ticket holders were given exclusive access to the live, interactive event production. As a part of this one-of-a-kind experience, each ticket holder also received their choice of an awards night 3-course meal and gift bags showcasing a broad array of products from Chamber members and the broader business community.
Thank you to our event sponsors and everyone who attended this one-of-a-kind experience! It was wonderful to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate business excellence and leadership despite not being able to connect in person. Sincere congratulations to our 2020 Business Excellence Award Winners!
Manager, Strategic Communications and Marketing
Burlington Chamber of Commerce