2020 Business Excellence Awards Gala Presented by RBC

Virtual Gala Countdown!








Join us on June 23rd for our LIVE 2020 Business Excellence Awards Gala! Partnering with members of our community, the Chamber is introducing a reimagined virtual gala experience to continue the tradition of supporting our members, showcasing leadership, and celebrating business excellence.

An important opportunity to support and reinvest in our members, ticket holders gain exclusive access to the live event production. As a part of this one-of-a-kind experience, each ticket holder will receive their choice of an awards night meal prepared by a Chamber member restaurant and a curated gift bag from Chamber member businesses.

We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate and honour our 21 finalists!

Please contact ashlee@ourforte.ca or 905-320-1013 if you are interested in purchasing a ticket.

What’s Included with Your Ticket?

Chamber Member Caterers

Blend Catering Co.

Food Preparation: to be reheated at home

Dietary Restrictions: can accommodate

Pick up Timing: flexible

Pick up Location: 811 King St E, Hamilton, L8M 1B1

Delivery Fee: $10.00


Baby Gem Lettuce, Tender Herbs, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pickled Pink Onion & Cucumber Ribbons with a Green Goddess Dressing


½ Roasted Cornish Hen with Lemon, Thyme & Garlic Confit on a Toasted Barley Risotto with Brie and Pea Puree


Cheesecake in a Jar with a Rhubarb, Strawberry & Rose Compote

EDGE Hospitality

Food Preparation: hot & ready or to be reheated at home

Dietary Restrictions: can accommodate

Pick up Timing: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Pick up Location: 2515 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6P8

Delivery Fee: available upon request


Mediterranean Wellness Salad with Baby Kale, ‘Mariposa” Feta, Quinoa, Crispy Chickpeas, Shaved Fennel, Heirloom Tomatoes, Apple Cider Vinaigrette


Pan-roasted “Brant County” Chicken: Supreme of Organic Chicken with Woolwich Goat Cheese, Pistachio, Apricot, Herbs, and Basil Jus. Garlic Green Beans, Crispy Chicken Skin, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, and Braised Garlic. Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Smoked Salt, Garlic and Paprika


Cast Iron “Heritage North” Salmon: Sauce Vierge, Pesto Drizzle, Grilled Asparagus, Tarragon Beurre Blanc, Saffron Rice, Basmati, Sweet Spring Peas, Lemon Herb, and Rosemary Ciabatta Bread


“Canada Strong” Maple Pecan Flan with Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce with Niagara Berries

NUVO Network

Food Preparation: hot & ready or to be reheated at home

Dietary Restrictions: can accommodate

Pick up Timing: 12:00 pm onwards

Pick up Location: 1295 North Service Rd, Burlington, L7P 3A7, at the back of the building. Call for instructions.

Delivery Fee: for special circumstances only


Chilled Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho OR Trio of Beets, Ricotta, Walnut Vinaigrette and Local Micro Greens


Warm Chicken Terrine, Honeyed Baby Carrots, Spring Vegetables


Seared Snapper with Shellfish Nage, Grilled Fennel Zuchinni, Purple Potato


Strawberry Rhubarb Potted Cheesebake


Honey Lavender Panacotta

Paddock Motor Club

Food Preparation: hot & ready

Dietary Restrictions: can accommodate certain restrictions

Pick up Timing: every 15-30 minutes based on the size of order

Pick up Location: 1220 Corporate Dr, Burlington, ON L7L 5R6, at the front entrance

Delivery Fee: based on size of order


Vegetable House Salad w/ an Arugula & Raddichio base and a Sweet Mustard Thai Vinagrette


Choice Of Grilled & Brined Chicken Supréme or Pan-Seared Arctic Char with Forbidden Black Rice, French Green Beans and a Cauliflower Pureé


Wild Mushroom Asparagus Risotto


Consummate Cottage Pie – A base of Beef Bourguinon w/Sweet Spring Peas, layered with House Made Potato Gnocchi and a 3-Cheese Topping


Strawberry Lemon Tart w/Lemon Curd, Strawberry Curd, Torched Meringue, and Shaved Chocolate

Pepperwood Bistro Brewing & Catering - SOLD OUT

Food Preparation: to be reheated at home

Dietary Restrictions: can accommodate

Pick up Timing: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Pick up Location: 1455 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 2J1, further instructions to provided on order placement

Delivery Fee: available upon request with limitations


Honey Roasted Prawns on Chef Greens with Crumbled Feta, Pickled Bermuda Onion, Sliced Strawberries and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette


Roasted Chicken Supreme with Mushroom Demi Glazed Carrots, Green Beans, and Roast Fingerling Potatoes


Callebaut Chocolate brownie – Velvet Callebaut Chocolate, Creme Anglaise, Caramel Drizzle

2020 Chamber Business Excellence Awards Finalists by Category

The Award nominations are based on criteria that include outstanding business leadership, community involvement, entrepreneurship, environment, employee welfare, innovation and growth. While the list of finalists is public, the winners will be announced at the 2020 Business Excellence Awards Gala on June 23rd.

Not for Profit

BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association

Established in 2007, BurlingtonGreen is a citizen-led, nonpartisan, registered charity. Through awareness, advocacy, and action initiatives, they work with the community to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and to create a healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre 

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is a cultural hub of the community and offers the best in the performing arts to the citizens of Burlington. BPAC takes a leadership role in community cultural development, nurtures and supports local presenters and artists and engages the community in meaningful performing arts experiences.

Food4Kids Halton

Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food each weekend. The food packages are assembled by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. There are almost 700 children in Halton struggling through each weekend without food. Food4Kids is funded through donations or one-time grants. While hunger exists around the world, it is our hope to address hunger in our home community.


Fully Promoted Burlington

Fully Promoted Burlington is part of the world’s largest screen printing and promotional products franchise, the Team at Fully Promoted can guarantee your products and services with world-class craftsmanship and excellent customer service. The Fully Promoted store is independently owned and operated but is also part of a successful global company. You will receive consistently high-quality service at any Fully Promoted location.

Miski Organics

Miski Organics passionately believes in building awareness of the many benefits of organic foods. With customers spanning across North America, they promote the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. They are a Canadian-based company with Peruvian roots dedicated to the import, packaging and distribution of premium quality organic superfoods, bringing you the heart of their land to the heart of your home through their Peruvian roots.

National Tire Distributors Inc. 

National Tire Distributors Inc. (NTD) is Canada’s foremost tire distribution company. NTD is a collection of strong regional tire distribution companies, who have been successfully servicing their local markets, coming together to form the largest and most effective distribution network in our country. They empower their customers and provide flexibility to meet and exceed the distinct needs within the tire industry wherever the location, whatever the size.

Service – Micro

Digital 21

Digital21 began when founder Cale Kerkhof was, you guessed it, twenty-one years old. Cale started the company back in 2007. The goal was to make things easier and more convenient for people, at home or away from home. Digital21 provides whole home control at your fingertips. We understand what your home means to you. We respect everything about your home and put only the highest quality finish into the end results. Guaranteed quality, prompt knowledgeable service and over twenty years of electronic audio/video industry experience make Digital21 the right choice for your needs.

Hansell Consulting Services

Hansell Consulting Services provides independent workplace wellness consulting services to organizations. Operating within the wellness, benefits and pension industries, they work closely with company owners, executive directors, finance and human resources departments to provide targeted Wellness solutions. They offer expert support in health and wellness to prevent what used to be inevitable. They know that without a wellness plan, systemic health problems threaten the longevity of every organization. They offer customized workplace solutions that are wellness-based. Getting ahead of claims costs in a proactive and progressive manner supports the sustainability of the underlying programs.

Rubicon Safety Inc.

Rubicon Safety Inc., a Chief Prevention Officer of the Ministry of Labour Working at Heights Training Provider, offering turnkey safety solutions from fall protection, confined space, and rescue. Their team will work with you at every stage from consultation, training, equipment selection & sales, system design & installation to annual re-certification and inspection of your safety equipment. Rubicon Safety Inc. provides excellence in industrial/rescue safety solutions, so you and your workers can be confident that you are working safely, allowing you to focus on what you do best, your business.

Service – Small

ATS Scientific Inc.

ATS Scientific Inc. is a well established Canadian supplier of high-quality analytical instrumentation, sample preparation and materials processing equipment. Their products are used in the following industries: powders, materials science and engineering, environmental science, food and feed, mining and earth sciences, pharma/nutraceuticals, petroleum and energy, and cannabis testing. They pride themselves on offering analytical solutions for your laboratory requirements, with technologies from some of the industry’s most prestigious companies. 

Spa in the Village

Spa in the Village provides superior treatments and products and values the connection with each and every client. They want you to feel at home from the time you walk through the door until you (reluctantly) have to leave. They offer the best facials in Burlington, as well as massage therapy, nail service, hair removal including waxing, threading, sugaring, electrolysis and many medical spa treatments such as IPL, fractional laser, body contouring and pigmentation correction. Not only do they love pampering our clients, but they also enjoy getting to know you. Their staff are all highly trained professionals who get along like family.

The Bradburn Group Inc.

Looking to renovate your kitchen… and bathroom…and basement…and living room all at once? The Bradburn Group specializes in full floor renovations for homes and commercial buildings. From the first design sketch to the final stroke of paint, The Bradburn Group is your step-by-step project partner.  You’ll always know where your renovation stands and what comes next. You’ll always have the final say. You’ll always be in control.

Service – Medium

Fern Hill School

Since 1982, Fern Hill school has been specializing in teaching children the skills needed to approach every new learning challenge with confidence. Fern Hill combines the best traditional learning methods with individualized techniques that have proven to be effective in engaging young minds. They give students the skills they need to take on new challenges with confidence, by actively involving students in their own learning through a variety of stimulating channels.

Unger Nursing Homes Limited

Unger Homes is a leading provider of long term care services for seniors. Their mission is to promote and enhance resident-focused care and quality of life through excellence, teamwork, integrity and innovation. They endorse a holistic approach, by caring for their residents in a way that balances personal attention, comfort, safety, understanding and the sensitivity that is nurturing to their residents and the community they serve.

Service – Large Presented by RBC

Bad Axe Throwing

Bad Axe Throwing is the world’s biggest urban axe throwing club. Their mission is to bring the thrill of a traditional Canadian backyard pastime to urban communities. With the help of their talented axe throwing coaches, hundreds of thousands of people have been able to share our passion for throwing axes. They pride ourselves in delivering outstanding customer service to all of our clients whether it’s for walk-ins, leagues, private parties and team building events.

Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd.

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. They provide process solutions for flow, level, pressure, analytics, temperature, recording and digital communications, optimizing processes in terms of economic efficiency, safety and environmental impact. Our customers come from various industries, including chemical, food and beverage, life sciences, power & energy, primaries & metal, oil & gas and water and wastewater.

MTE Consultants

MTE Consultants is a multidisciplinary engineering firm providing services in civil and structural engineering, building and environmental science, toxicology and land surveying. Founded in 1985 in Southern Ontario, they’re proud to have helped shape the regions in which they work and live for over three decades, aligning with their clients to improve the communities of friends, families, and neighbours.

Smiths Funeral Homes

Smith’s Funeral Home is Burlington’s oldest and leading funeral home. The family-owned and operated business has provided personalized and valued service for more than a century. The Smith family purchased the business from Edward Williamson in 1938, and now has a dedicated staff of over 60 caring professionals.

Young Entrepreneur

Riley Beauchamp, Beauchamp Fitness

The Beauchamp Fitness team is committed to programming that is smart and consistent. Their unique multidisciplinary approach to personal training, athletic development, nutrition, and group training seamlessly intersect to give you an unprecedented training experience. They provide an unparalleled standard of excellence in a comfortable, stylish setting, making Beauchamp Fitness & Nutrition Burlington’s premier location for all your training and nutrition needs.

Jay Catlin, Catlin Inc.

After working with his father, John Catlin Sr. in the construction and renovation industry, Jay eventually formed Catlin Inc. They are a family-owned and operated business that puts customers first. From kitchens to additions and design-build, they do it all from start to finish, from tear out, to electrical, to plumbing and more. They provide design work if desired including engineered stamped drawings required for permitted renovations. Catlin Inc. is also known for its award-winning customer service, taking home the Houzz service award in 2016-2018.

James John, Guaranteed Removals

North America’s largest and most successful online image management company, helping people protect and defend their image online. Guaranteed Removals has successfully removed negative content for clients across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. The company has helped more than 2,500 clients improve their online image. With a team of 58 employees, Guaranteed Removals has assisted businesses and individuals who have been victimized online, to rebuild and restore their online reputation.

2020 Burlington Partner Awards

Mayor's Community Service Awards
  • Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business 
  • Mayor’s Community Service | Business 
  • Mayor’s Community Service | Not for Profit
Burlington Economic Development Awards
  • BEDC Excellence in Innovation and Technology Award 
  • BEDC Excellence in Global Business Award 

2020 Business Excellence Awards Gala Sponsors

Gift Bag sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact ashlee@ourforte.ca to become a sponsor and help recognize Business Excellence in our Burlington community.

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