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2022 Business Excellence Awards

2022 Business Excellence Awards

After 2 years of moving the event virtual, the Chamber is excited to not only bring it back in person but try a new spin on the event. With a focus on networking and celebrating we are moving to a food station style dinner where guests will be able to move around freely, connect and celebrate with finalists and other chamber members while still enjoying dinner, drinks, and the professionalism the Business Excellence Awards are known for. Following dinner all will move into BPAC’s auditorium for the formal award proceedings (Oscar style)!

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2022 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s finalists! While the list of finalists is public, the winners will be announced at the 2022 Business Excellence Awards on June 28. Details and information about each finalist can be found below.

Hospitality & Tourism:

QB Sports Bar Grill Games
QB Sports Bar Grill Games is a family friendly sports bar, game center and restaurant. Adult and kid’s sports teams are welcome. Enjoy our game room, free Wi-Fi and pay-per-view events including UFC, NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS. Join us for delicious food, your favorite sporting events and games for the family. Offering inside dining in the restaurant or bar areas, patio, takeout and delivery.

Learn more at QB Sports Bar Grill Games

Front Line Tours

Front Line Tours is a family owned and operated bus tour company serving the Brantford, Hamilton, Burlington, London, Oakville, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and Niagara Region. We offer Senior tour bus packages, great people, reliable service, and the best vacation you’ve ever had! Our Coach tours feature the perfect mix of great attractions, on most Coach tours breakfast and dinners included, deluxe accommodations, fantastic Tour directors, beautiful resorts and casinos.

Learn more at Front Line Tours

Manufacturing:

BSB Manufacturing
BSB is a production CNC machining facility serving the automotive, agricultural and industrial product markets.  We focus on the precision machining of aluminium die cast, iron cast and forged components.  We also have in-house leak testing, assembly, shot blasting and powder coating capabilities.  Our production facility is located in Burlington, Ontario.  Customers include FCA, GM, Tesla, ZF Sachs, John Deere, CNH, Xylem Inc.

BSB manufacturing is a leading contract manufacturer of production machined components and tested assemblies.  With an impressive 45 year tenure in the machining industry, BSB prides itself on a highly skilled engineering team, productive workforce, and use of the most advanced manufacturing equipment and processes.

Learn more at BSB Manufacturing

Precision Record Pressing
Occupying over 35,000 sq ft in Burlington, Ontario, Precision Record Pressing ranks as one of North America’s largest vinyl pressing plants. Our newly engineered vinyl record presses are capable of creating an almost limitless combination of vinyl colors and effects.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and raising the bar for the industry. Our rigorous 3-step inspection process combines audio and visual quality control techniques, ensuring that the first record off the press is just as pristine as the last.

Learn more at Precision Record Pressing

URtech Manufacturing

At URtech we provide a comprehensive suite of EMS services to leading OEM companies. Our services extend from product concept to commercialization, supporting the entire product life cycle. We build trusting relationships with our customers that bring value and reliability to every partnership.

URtech manufactures and integrates electronics for a diverse range of end markets, with each industry having specific quality and traceability requirements. At the core of URtech we provide manufacturing processes and quality systems that support industry compliance with a strong foundation of high quality and repeatable manufacturing and test. Certifications include ISO9001, ISO13485 and ITAR registered

Learn more at URtech Manufacturing

Not-For-Profit:

Food For Life
Since 1995, Food for Life has rescued more than 26 million pounds of food by collecting surplus perishable food (fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and prepared foods) from both retail and wholesale food suppliers and grocery stores. Food for Life is the largest food rescue organization in Halton and Hamilton. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Food for Life re-modelled its strategic plan, doubled its staff and pivoted its operations and programs ensuring it was able to continue to provide good food to the community – all within three days. Previously run out of church basements, Food For Life completely transformed its operating model by offering a drive-through program to an expanded number of families every Wednesday. Operating as a food broker, Food for Life worked with local restaurants to distribute surplus food that is not sold at the end of the day and work with restaurant networks to secure additional food where possible. Food for Life estimates that they have distributed a stunning four million pounds of food this year alone.

Learn more at Food For Life

Lighthouse for Grieving Children
For families who are grieving a death, the loss is life-changing, the implications far reaching. Lighthouse offers children, youth, and their families a place to receive free grief support and to connect with others on a similar journey. They need time, space, and understanding as they try to cope with their pain and readjust to a life forever changed. Lighthouse offers a community of understanding at a time when families are at their most vulnerable.

Learn more at Lighthouse for Grieving Children

Goodwill Amity

Goodwill Amity harnesses the power of work to address the most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges today: we’re a path to income security for individuals and their families; we’re a catalyst for strong and healthy neighbourhoods; we’re a benchmark for sustainability in the retail marketplace. In all these ways, Goodwill Amity is influencing positive, long-lasting transformational change.

Our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through the power of work.

Learn more at Goodwill Amity

Retail:

Joelle's and Jeff's Guyshop

With a reputation for making premium denim shopping easy, Joelle’s has become a one stop shop for all your fashion needs – from casual to career to dressy!  Joelle’s also offers a well edited selection of shoes, accessories and maternity wear to complete the package.  With a great mix of price points, you are not likely to walk away empty handed.

Learn more at Joelle’s Clothing

Familia Fine Foods

We know that getting home after a full day and then rustling up a family dinner can be a difficult task. After all, we’re a family too, with two daughters of our own, so we feel your time-crunched pain. Sure, you could pick up the phone or hit-and-run a drive-thru, but we all know there’s nothing like a hot, wholesome meal made from scratch with tons of TLC to beautifully end the day. This is exactly why we started Familia Fine Foods. We take the stress out of meal times and put the “ahhh” back on the table.

Learn more at Familia Fine Foods

She's Got Leggz

In 2015 She’s Got Leggz began its operations at a dining room table over a couple glasses of wine and a desire to earn some extra income for kids sports and vacations. What started as a side hustle quickly outgrew the home space and is now operated out of our Head Office in Burlington, ON.

The She’s Got Leggz family of Customers and Stylists across Canada are helping bring the “leggings love” to every community around the world. We pride ourselves on having some of the softest leggings around – you just have to touch them to fall in love!

Learn more at She’s Got Leggz

Service, Business-To-Business:

Stratus Building Solutions
Stratus Building Solutions is the industry-leading franchise in green commercial cleaning. In an ever-increasing health and environmentally conscious consumer market, the demand for green cleaning services puts Stratus at the forefront of the competition. As a standard, Stratus franchisees use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment, sustainable processes and Green Seal Certified, biodegradable and non-toxic branded cleaning chemicals. With customizable cleaning options and competitive rates, Stratus Building Solutions franchisees provide services to a large range of clients, from schools, medical offices, shopping centres, warehouses, dealerships, religious centres, professional offices, daycares, retail stores, gyms and more. As an essential service, Stratus has been able to continue operating and in fact, acquired and spun off franchises during the pandemic. Diversity and inclusion are important at Stratus Building Solutions and 70 per cent of their franchisees are new immigrants to Canada. Businesses and organizations need cleaning services more than ever due to the pandemic which may be the new normal moving forward. Through training and support, their staff have elevated their cleaning protocols and disinfecting services to ensure that the Burlington community and Burlington businesses can enter safe workspaces.

Learn more at Stratus Building Solutions

Urban in Mind
Urban in Mind is a Boutique Urban Planning, Land Development and CPTED Consultant firm specializing in Urban Infill Intensification, Rural Residential and General Development projects. Our clients are typically developers, builders, renovators, retail businesses, real estate professionals, local neighbourhood associations, as well as local home owners, social clubs, and non-profit organizations. In addition we also assist municipalities with various development and policy assignments.

We work throughout Southern & Central Ontario, and offer a unique one-to-one customer service focused approach, where the clients’ needs are paramount. Why deal with larger more expensive planning firms that treat you like a number, as they concentrate on corporate big dollar clients? At Urban in Mind you will receive the customer-focused service you deserve, and at a price you can afford!

Learn more at Urban in Mind

Frederikse Law
At Frederikse Law, we work hard to understand out clients’ needs, establish trusting relationships, and provide cost-effective solutions. We have earned a reputation for thorough and honest legal advice. Simply put, our firm is knowledgeable, dedicated, and willing to put our clients’ interest first.

Learn more at Frederiske Law

Joe Apps Technology Support
Joe Apps is a small business which helps other small businesses. We are dedicated to offering our clients leading technology support at a cost your company can afford. By providing support to all devices connected to the online world, we suit the needs of both personal and business clients. We offer a variety of support methods such as on-site, in-shop, remote, or by phone/email. Whether it’s hardware or software, don’t go alone – Get a Joe today!

Learn more Joe Apps Technology Support

Service, Business-To-Consumer:

Burlington Denture clinic
At the Burlington Denture Clinic, making you smile is our business. For over a decade, we have been offering patients the highest standard of denture care, using only premium materials to create long lasting dentures that will keep you smiling long after you walk out our door. We provide a full range of denture products and services in the Burlington area. In addition to our welcoming office, our facility is also equipped with a state-of-the-art full service laboratory where we produce all of our materials on site. This way, we are able to take care of you and your denture needs from start to finish. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority, making sure to offer quality denture care every step of the way

Learn more at Burlington Denture Clinic

No Excuse Boxing
What is it about boxing that keeps people coming back? How is it that a young amateur full of competitive fire and a fifty-year-old retiree can stand next to each other on the bags and both find endless challenge, motivation, and reward from the sweet science? We believe it’s because there’s so much more to boxing than throwing a punch.

Here, boxing is more than just sport and fitness—it’s a discipline. No matter who you are, young or old, fit or out of shape, boxing will bring the best out of you. It will reveal your strengths and weaknesses, both physical and mental.

Learn more at No Excuse Boxing

Waters Edge Salon and Spa
We pride ourselves in keeping current with industry trends and styles that will keep you looking and feeling fabulous! Waters Edge Salon and Spa is owned and operated by hairstylist, Liza Bouchard-Bain. Liza ensures each and every visit is as valued as your first.

Learn more at Waters Edge Salon and Spa

Service, Large:

Tip Tap Pay Micropayments
Tiptap is an NFC-enabled wireless receiver that allows for instant acceptance of any contactless payment or donation. Each unit functions as an autonomous POS system, enabling contactless transactions without additional equipment or complicated back-end technology. We know there’s a human behind every tap, so we’re focused on providing features and benefits that work for everyone.

Learn more at Tip Tap Pay Micropayments

RFB Construction

RFB Construction Inc. is a General Contractor with over 30 years experience providing Construction Management, General Contracting, and Building Maintenance for Commercial and Industrial projects. We strive to build long term relationships with our fellow team members, clients, and subcontractors based on trust, quality workmanship and performing above expectations.

Learn more at RFB Construction

Alexanian Carpet and Flooring
It’s the strength of the Alexanian team that facilitates our success and long tradition of service. Through the dedication of our staff we are able to deliver a level of peerless service to our customers. Today Alexanian’s offers a full range of flooring products including tile, hardwood, laminates, vinyl, cork, and even window covering – all to meet the decorating demands of our customers. Today the excellent service continues with a 3rd and 4th generation of Alexanian’s joining the team, along with the continued dedication of our committed staff. There are 19 Alexanian locations and web store ready to serve you.

Learn more at Alexanian Carpet and Flooring

2022 Business Excellence Awards Sponsors

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

Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Video Sponsor
Gift Bag Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Chamber Staff Update

Chamber Staff Update

Building our way forward during COVID-19 and beyond, our Chamber is pleased to announce the newest additions to our talented and dedicated team. Kathryn Newell will be joined by Terry Caddo, Kathy Manness, Bob Elliot and Scott Bridger to help drive the Chamber’s mission forward of connecting leaders, creating opportunities, and actively advocating on behalf of our members while standing strong as a community.

Our President and CEO, Terry Caddo, joined our Chamber on September 13. Leveraging his extensive background in the not-for-profit sector and award-winning experience in the attractions and tourism industry, Terry will work with various stakeholders such as government, business, and community leaders to evolve and grow the Chamber of Commerce for long-term sustainability and maximize value for our membership.

Our most recent addition to the team, Kathy Manness will provide support to the President and CEO and overall HR management, budgeting and finance, regulatory compliance, as well as supporting the Board of Directors, Chamber Committees and Task Forces. Building on her significant experience in the Chamber network as the President and CEO at the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce, and background in public relations, she will be an asset to the team as our new Executive Vice President.

In his role as Director of Government Relations, Bob Elliot will leverage his background on public and private sector boards to drive forward the interest and concerns of our members with key community influencers, all levels of government, associations, and community partners. He will lead the organization in developing public policy agendas and strategies for advocating those agendas, as well as developing project-based strategies to meet organizational objectives in support of our strategic goals. Bob was previously the Manager, Real Estate Sales and Leasing National, Suncor Energy and held numerous roles at Suncor in sales, services, operations, and general management roles and is the current Director of Dimentiability Enterprise. Bob is an active volunteer and currently serving as Chair of the Halton Learning Foundation, and recently co-chaired our Chamber’s Political Action Committee. Bob will work at the Chamber on a part-time basis while he continues in his role at Dimentiability Enterprise.

Scott Bridger has joined our Chamber as Director of Member Servies. With extensive experience in the Chamber Network, he brings 21 years of experience as VP of Membership Services with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce with over 1500 members Scott was instrumental in the growth to one of the largest Chambers in the province. As a resident of Burlington, Scott looks forward to bringing his skill set to our Chamber and serving the local business community. Scott is an active member of the Canadian Chamber Executives of Canada currently serving as the Membership Networking Chair and sits on the Annual Conference Committee. Scott served as President of the Association in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded the Canadian Chamber employee of the year. Scott also serves and is passionate about the community he works in as past President of Waterloo Region Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years.

Kathryn Newell is pleased to continue in her role navigating the member experience, enhancing digital platforms and ease of navigation. She will assist members in setting up and maintaining Member profiles and online presence through the Chamber’s Member Directory. Kathryn’s support and experience at our Chamber are critical to the team and our membership community is thrilled to welcome her back as a vital staff member.

On behalf of the Chamber, we would like to congratulate Megg Markettos and Lindsay Stevenson on accepting new positions in the community. We would like to thank Megg, Director, Member Experiences and Services, and Lindsay Stevenson, Manager, Strategic Communications and Marketing who have provided tremendous support to our members during the pandemic by keeping the business community connected through networking opportunities and enhanced communications. On behalf of the entire Burlington business community, the Chamber Board of Directors, and staff are grateful for their valuable support. We wish them both the best in their new roles!

Please join us in welcoming Terry, Bob, Scott, and Kathy to the Chamber team! Working alongside Kathryn, we are collaborative in our approach to connect business leaders, create opportunities, and actively advocating on behalf of our membership community. Our enhanced team is poised to embark on its next strategic planning initiative with members, stakeholders, and community partners that will continue to build on the incredible work that has already been accomplished.

We look forward to building on the strong foundation the Chamber has set out as an indispensable partner during COVID-19 and beyond. To connect with Chamber staff, please click here.

We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce (BCC) provides value to its members through active advocacy, connecting leaders and creating opportunities. The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels on behalf of 900 companies representing 30,000 employees.

For more than 70 years, the BCC has been the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local businesses. With a long-standing reputation for excellence and leadership, BCC continually generates opportunities to connect people by bringing life to business. Doing so provides a vehicle for success for its members and the future of Burlington’s business community.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced individual for the position of Executive V.P. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber providing support for the President & CEO and overall HR Management, Budgeting & Finance, Regulatory Compliance, as well as supporting the Board of Directors, Chamber Committees & Task Forces.

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in administrative & operations management, leadership, and relationship building.

The selected candidate will work with our highly dedicated, professional staff and volunteer base and have a strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and the ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects.

Review the Executive Vice President position.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Expressions of interest including career profiles will be accepted until October 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. and should be sent confidentially to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, info@burlingtonchamber.com.

Information provided by or about candidates for these positions will be used only for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to respond; however only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Terry Caddo has been appointed as the organization’s new President and CEO effective September 13, 2021.

“Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the position which will add value to his work with the Chamber’s membership and stakeholders,” said Jennifer Smith, Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Terry to the Chamber and I look forward to working with him as we continue our transformative journey aimed at bringing life to business in Burlington.”

Terry is a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive and award-winning experience in the attractions and tourism industry. Recently, Terry was the Executive Director of the Canada Blooms Horticulture Society. Prior to that, he had senior management roles in Marketing and Operations with the Royal Botanical Gardens and Ontario Place.

“I am honoured to be taking on this important leadership role with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. During my time with the Royal Botanical Gardens, I became acquainted with many local businesses in Burlington. I look forward to meeting more in my new capacity with the Chamber,” said Mr. Caddo. “Advocating on behalf and maintaining the gold standard of support for Burlington businesses is my top priority while ensuring that those same businesses have a place to thrive and grow.”

Congratulations to the 2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize 8 Burlington high school students with scholarship awards to help support them as they continue their studies at a Canadian college or university.

Each year, the Chamber recognizes the next generation of future business leaders based on their achievement and involvement in extracurriculars, volunteer activities and academic studies. This endowment is awarded through the Burlington Chamber Scholarship Fund of the Burlington Community Foundation.

All students awarded must be furthering their studies at a Canadian college or university. The Burlington Chamber of Commerce contributes to all eight high schools in Burlington and representatives from each school select a student to receive $1,000 for costs incurred related to their on-going post-secondary education.

“We are pleased to continue our tradition of celebrating excellence and recognizing the future generation of community leaders in Burlington. By providing scholarship assistance, we are able to support deserving students as they further their education and develop leadership skills,” said President and CEO, Carla Y. Nell.

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Business Scholarship recipients:

We wish this accomplished group of students all the best as they continue to pursue their interest in business related studies.

Media Contact

Corinne Radake
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy
corinne@burlingtonchamber.com

We’re Hiring! Executive Vice President

We’re Hiring, President and CEO

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce (BCC) provides value to its members through active advocacy, connecting leaders and creating opportunities. The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels on behalf of 900 companies representing 30,000 employees.

For more than 70 years, the BCC has been the trusted advocate and tireless champion for local businesses. With a long-standing reputation for excellence and leadership, BCC continually generates opportunities to connect people by bringing life to business. Doing so provides a vehicle for success for its members and the future of Burlington’s business community.

The Board of Directors of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced individual for the position of President and CEO. This position requires a strategic and innovative leader who will work with various stakeholders such as government, business and community leaders to evolve and grow the Chamber of Commerce for long-term sustainability and maximize value for its membership.

In this high profile role, preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in a Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade or not-for-profit organization similar in size and scope to the BCC. They will ideally have a Business or Public administration degree or equivalent, with specific experience in stakeholder relations, communications, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management and operations. They will have experience in dealing with government, regulatory bodies, and have knowledge of the Burlington and Ontario business communities.

The selected candidate will work with our highly dedicated, professional staff and volunteer base and have a strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and an engaging interpersonal style, to carry out the BCC strategic plan.

Review the President and CEO position.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Expressions of interest including resumes and covering letters will be accepted until at 4:30 p.m. on July 21st, and should be sent confidentially to Jennifer Smith, Chair, Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Email: jsmith@burlingtonhydro.com.

Information provided by or about candidates for these positions will be used only for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to respond; however only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Meet the 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners

Meet the 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners

BURLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZES AND CELEBRATES BURLINGTON ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT AND INSPIRATION TO THE COMMUNITY DURING A CHALLENGING YEAR

Burlington, Ontario (June 25, 2021) – The Burlington Chamber of Commerce presented its 2021 Business Excellence Awards and 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur virtual evening of inspiration on June 24, 2021 recognizing leadership and innovation within the community. More than 300 delegates joined hosts Layne, The Auctionista and Carla Y. Nell, President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw, alongside the organizations in Burlington that embraced the pressures and uncertainty of the pandemic and supported their customers and community amidst a very challenging year.

“The gala is a long-standing, time-honoured tradition in Burlington. As a strong, vibrant community, it is so important for us to pause and recognize and celebrate the organizations that have inspired all of us throughout the pandemic,” says Nell. “We were pleased to be able to move forward again with our flagship event this year despite not being able to host in person. 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. Congratulations to all of our finalists and award winners and to our 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw!”

This year, the Business Awards Task Force Committee was tasked with the challenge of presenting five Awards of Excellence. The 13 finalists were evaluated based on the following criteria: Adaptation, Community Contribution and Impact, Innovation and Ingenuity, and Leadership. Among the finalists, three for-profit companies, one not-for-profit organization and a special Legacy Award recognizing an organization demonstrating outstanding success in Burlington were selected.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards Winners are:

Not-for-profit:
Sound of Music

For-Profit:
Aslan Technologies Inc.
Fast Stitch
Supreme Cheerleading

Legacy Award:
Hunter Amenities

The Mayor’s Community Service and Burlington Economic Development Award Winners who were also honoured at the Gala are:

Mayor’s Community Service Awards | Not-for-profit:
St. Matthew on-the-Plains

Mayor’s Community Service Awards | For-profit:
Mending the Chasm

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Innovation and Technology – Small:
IRIS R&D Group Inc.

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Innovation and Technology – Large:
Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited

Burlington Economic Development | Excellence in Global Business:
Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd.

Visit burlingtonchamber.com for more about the award winners and their stories of inspiration.

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 through tiered tickets to ensure that attendees could participate at different price points. As a part of the gala experience, ticket holders had the options of choosing a three-course meal and gift bags showcasing a broad array of products from Chamber members and the broader business.

A special thank you to event sponsors and all who attended this one-of-a-kind experience! It was wonderful to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate excellence and leadership despite not being able to connect in person. Sincere congratulations to our 2021 Business Excellence Award Winners and the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw!

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Media Contact

Corinne Radake
corinne@burlingtonchamber.com
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy

 

Rapid Antigen Screening Kits now available to Burlington businesses

Rapid Antigen Screening Kits now available to Burlington businesses

May, 21, 2021 – Burlington, ON –The Burlington Chamber of Commerce and its partners at Burlington Economic Development and the City of Burlington are pleased to provide free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening Kits to small and medium-sized businesses in Burlington as part of the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative. This initiative was launched by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, as well as the provincial and federal governments. The rapid test kits will be available to businesses with less than 150 employees in Burlington at no cost. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and throughout the community.

Supported by Team Burlington, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Burlington Economic Development have partnered with the City of Burlington to ensure that a safe and seamless testing program can be made available to interested businesses. The Rapid Antigen Screening program launches Wednesday, May 26 and will provide vital support to the Burlington business community. These rapid tests paired with existing health and safety measures will give businesses an added layer of support as they navigate COVID-19.

The kits will be available for pick-up, by appointment only. The tests will be administered by a representative of each participating company who will be responsible for supervising the self-screening process. If a test comes back positive, that employee is required to immediately leave the workplace and notify public health to arrange for a PCR Test and await further instructions from Halton Region Public Health.

Burlington businesses with less than 150 employees can learn more about the program by following the link below.

QUOTES

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

“Rapid Antigen Screening is another key way we can help keep businesses open and support other local shops in their re-opening. It’s critical that we use every tool we have to stop the spread of COVID-19 and rapid testing can help catch cases before they have time to spread in our community. Health and safety is our top priority and this screening program will benefit our local businesses, their employees and customers, and our community at large.”

Carla Y. Nell, President & CEO, Burlington Chamber of Commerce

“The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is so pleased to be able to launch the Rapid Antigen Screening program in Burlington. This is an important tool that Burlington businesses can use to help detect and slow the spread of COVID-19, which is key to our economic recovery. We’re so grateful to our Team Burlington partners who have stepped up to assist in pulling this program together to make it a reality for Burlington businesses.”

Anita Cassidy, Executive Director, Burlington Economic Development

“Team Burlington’s goal has always been to support our business community in any way we can. Our business community has been asking for rapid tests and we are excited to be rolling out this program in Burlington. Our partners at the City of Burlington, including Mayor Meed Ward and Council, have been huge cheerleaders for this initiative fully supporting its facilitation from start to finish. Keeping business open safely will help Burlington get on the path to economic recovery faster.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Corinne Radake
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy
corinne@burlingtonchamber.com

2021 Business Excellence Awards

2021 Business Excellence Awards

Building on the overwhelming success of the 2020 virtual gala and honouring the tradition of celebrating business excellence, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce has combined the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur Dinner with this year’s Business Excellence Awards to bring you one special evening of inspiration on June 24, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

Join us as we honour Distinguished Entrepreneur, Kenna Danyliw, President/CEO, Founding Partner, Danyliw & Mann Professional Corporation, and her accomplishments in her industry alongside many organizations in Burlington that have embraced the pressures and uncertainty of the pandemic to meet the needs of their customers and the community during a very challenging year. Celebrate their achievements and show your support for the organizations that exceeded expectations and brought us all together to strengthen and redefine our sense of community and shared connection.

Thank you to our Staycation Prize Package Sponsors

Valued at $1,200 featuring luxurious offerings and services from local businesses with no limits on purchases. 

With Virtual Performances By

Sarah McLachlan

The Barenaked Ladies

Thank You to our Chamber Member Caterers

2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s finalists! While the list of finalists is public, the winners will be announced at the 2021 Business Excellence Awards on June 24.

Kenna Danyliw, 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur

Kenna is the President / CEO and founding partner of Danyliw & Mann, a boutique firm that specializes in providing business management, tax and accounting services to the music industry.  The business started 15 years ago in the spare bedroom of her family’s home while she had two young daughters, a stepson and one very supportive husband.  

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Danyliw & Mann has grown out of that bedroom and into one of the leading Canadian firms in the industry and represents several Juno and Grammy award-winning or nominated artists across Canada, the United States and beyond.  Kenna is a CPA, CA who started her career with Coopers & Lybrand and also worked with Laidlaw and PricewaterhouseCoopers before founding Danyliw & Mann. Kenna and her family are Burlington residents who have lived in the community for 20 years.  Kenna is the Treasurer on the Sarah McLachlan Foundation board, is the former Vice-Chair of the Art Gallery of Burlington Board of Directors, is a new member of the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Women4Change group, is a member of the JR Digs Acoustic Christmas organizing committee, volunteers services for The Avril Lavigne Foundation and was on the board of the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and Planned Parenthood Hamilton.

Aslan Technologies

Aslan Technologies, established in 1992, is a global design and manufacturing company located in Burlington and the Silicon Valley for cleantech solutions. Aslan offers innovation in water and energy management through sustainable manufacturing, integrated fabrication services and private labelling in partnership with investors and leading technology developers in different industrial sectors, academic institutions, and research centres.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and barriers to business development at Aslan Technologies were affected. Acting quickly, all marketing and business development activities were turned into digitized services, virtual meetings and conferences. Aslan decided “not to waste a good crisis” and began thinking outside of the box. They shifted markets and began developing submarkets looking to water, wastewater treatment and supporting cleantech industries as they emerge to solve environmental problems. They are currently working in the biosolid field to keep waste out of landfill and turning waste into energy.

Learn more aslantech.ca/

Burlington Food Bank

The Burlington Food Bank is committed to ensuring that no one in Burlington struggles with hunger. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to the hungry in our community in a dignified and timely manner.

Burlington Food Bank does that by:

  • Providing emergency food to Burlington residents
  • Providing vital information to families struggling with finances
  • Supplementing fresh produce by growing their own vegetables in our community gardens
  • Extending their reach across Burlington through the generosity of corporate donors
  • Assisting local agencies to meet the food needs they have in providing for their clients

During the COVID-19 pandemic, they quickly transitioned from a shopping model where clients were able to come in and pick out their own groceries to a contactless, confidential delivery model to anyone in Burlington that self identifies their need for assistance. They have seen a dramatic increase of 40 per cent usage of their Food Bank over 2019 and were able to rise to the challenge of implementing their new delivery model and accommodated up to 50 families in one morning.

There was a dramatic rise of 50 per cent of clients served last year who had never used their services. They quicky realized how difficult it can be to ask for help and have assured our community that they are there for those who need help under difficult circumstances.

Learn more burlingtonfoodbank.ca

Burlington Sound of Music Festival

What do you do when you have 157 acts booked across multiple venues in Burlington with booked vendors and suppliers and a pandemic hits? For the first time in 43 years, Sound of Music was forced to cancel its festival – one of the first to make its announcement much to the dismay of its many fans. Sound of Music has been bringing music to Burlington since 1980. Its dedicated team pulled together and focused on what they could do rather than what they couldn’t do, and how it could support the community and the live music industry.

Despite a significant financial loss during the year, Sound of Music shifted to offer Sound of Music At Home comprised of an artists series offered for free, as well as an education series, an industry summit all featuring top talent performing “crash rhythm” guitar, drumming, beatboxing and vocals, a songwriting workshop. Sound of Music became more than Canada’s largest free music festival – but a creative gathering and music hub for people around the world. Sound of Music’s innovation garnered more than 500,000 social media followers and 5,000 podcast subscribers. The pandemic of 2020 created an incredibly successful experience that was truly barrier-free and accessible for all around the world.

Learn more soundofmusic.ca

Dare To Be Youth Charity

Dare to be Youth (DTBY) is a grassroots for-purpose organization that empowers young adults ages 17-24 in Halton and Hamilton to unlock their potential. Driven by mentorship and leadership initiatives, DTBY is dedicated to supporting young adults and empowering personal growth and self-discovery to create a community of future leaders that inspire change.

At the onset of the pandemic, DTBY pivoted to online Zoom meetings and prioritized youth connection and empowerment, building life skills and connections during this unprecedented time. When so many youth wellness programs closed down due to the pandemic, DTBY shifted to be a positive resource for youth, recognizing the need to support young adults this past year more than ever.

Their various programs help young adults develop mental wellness, resiliency and confidence. These workshops offer engaging activities and reflective exercises focused on several priority areas including authenticity, self-awareness, trust, resilience and community integration. Their programs provide further opportunities for their workshop graduates to apply their learning from being mentees to now becoming mentors through peer-led initiatives, and to engage in meaningful community service.

Learn more www.dtby.ca

Fast Stitch

Fast Stitch has been a leading tailor in Burlington for more than 10 years. This small, family-run business has made a name for itself through quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, quick turnaround times, and the personal care provided by a close family team.

During the pandemic, they were forced to shut their doors during lockdowns, however, they quickly pulled together as a family and leveraged their knowledge of using masks from their South Korean roots and began deploying their industrial machines to create masks. To date, they have shipped more than 13,000 masks to organizations in Burlington including the Burlington Food Bank and Burlington Performing Arts Centre as well as long-term care homes and auto manufacturers.  They overcame several challenges that they had never had to face including launching an online shop for the first time, purchasing fabrics without physically seeing them, creating a custom design, securing materials in high demand, adapting to evolving public health guidance on masks and answering hundreds of inquiries from customers who were not familiar with masks at the beginning of the pandemic.

Pulled together as a family. Leveraged their knowledge of masks from South Korean roots where masks have been commonplace for many years allowing them to be first to market before Government guidance on masks was available.

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Food for Life

Since 1995, Food for Life has rescued more than 26 million pounds of food by collecting surplus perishable food (fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and prepared foods) from both retail and wholesale food suppliers and grocery stores. Food for Life is the largest food rescue organization in Halton and Hamilton.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Food for Life re-modelled its strategic plan, doubled its staff and pivoted its operations and programs ensuring it was able to continue to provide good food to the community – all within three days. Previously run out of church basements, Food For Life completely transformed its operating model by offering a drive-through program to an expanded number of families every Wednesday. Operating as a food broker, Food for Life worked with local restaurants to distribute surplus food that is not sold at the end of the day and work with restaurant networks to secure additional food where possible. Food for Life estimates that they have distributed a stunning four million pounds of food this year alone.

Learn more foodforlife.ca

Hunter Amenities

Celebrating its 40th year in business, Hunter Amenities is a global supplier of guest amenities providing a range of products from distinctive hotel amenities to luxurious spa and retail collections. At its peak, Hunter Amenities sales were topping $10 – $12 million a month. When the pandemic hit, the travel and tourism industry was greatly impacted and as a result, sales at Hunter Amenities plummeted to a mere $300,000 a month forcing layoffs of more than 200 employees. Very quickly, Hunter Amenities reinvented themselves to supply one of the pandemic’s most sought after products – hand sanitizer. Working with a very lean crew, they retooled 10 – 12 machines that would have otherwise been obsolete to produce hand sanitizer. They introduced personal protective equipment kits for the hospitality industry supplying hotels and others with sanitizer, wipes, gloves, masks – to improve safety and boost confidence for their clients. But their ultimate goal was to get everyone back to work. Within 45 days they were able to hire back those employees who were laid off, and as travel and tourism improves globally, Hunter Amenities has seen sales grow back to 60% of its original forecast. Hunter Amenities credits its success and perseverance due to the long-lasting relationships created with suppliers, hoteliers and retailers. Many of its partners and employees today have been with Hunter for more than 30 years and are considered family.

Learn more at hunteramenities.com

Joseph Tassoni
Joe Apps Technology

When the pandemic hit, many of Burlington’s workforce found themselves working from home. Technology took on a new meaning for many who found themselves trying to navigate their wifi set up, computer security, virtual meeting platforms and computer desk ergonomics. Joe Apps Technology was quick to come to their clients’ rescue and ramped up their services to ensure that clients could operate remotely, safely and effectively.

To substitute for in-home services, Joe Apps Technology implemented a “Client take-out window” where a technician could safely assist those clients that required a more hands-on approach. Not surprisingly, Joe Apps Technology was able to successfully grow the business increasing their web and application development from 5% to 25% of their business, acquiring a retiring IT company and expanding the business to a larger facility. Through it all, Joe Apps Technology has also supported Burlington not-for-profit organizations such as Halton Women’s Place, Burlington Soccer Club, Dare to Be You and Food4Kids.

Learn more joeapps.ca

Stratus Building Solutions

Stratus Building Solutions is the industry-leading franchise in green commercial cleaning. In an ever-increasing health and environmentally conscious consumer market, the demand for green cleaning services puts Stratus at the forefront of the competition. As a standard, Stratus franchisees use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment, sustainable processes and Green Seal Certified, biodegradable and non-toxic branded cleaning chemicals. With customizable cleaning options and competitive rates, Stratus Building Solutions franchisees provide services to a large range of clients, from schools, medical offices, shopping centres, warehouses, dealerships, religious centres, professional offices, daycares, retail stores, gyms and more.
As an essential service, Stratus has been able to continue operating and in fact, acquired and spun off franchises during the pandemic. Diversity and inclusion are important at Stratus Building Solutions and 70 per cent of their franchisees are new immigrants to Canada.

Businesses and organizations need cleaning services more than ever due to the pandemic which may be the new normal moving forward. Through training and support, their staff have elevated their cleaning protocols and disinfecting services to ensure that the Burlington community and Burlington businesses can enter safe workspaces.

Learn more stratusclean.com

Supreme Cheerleading Inc.

Supreme Cheerleading began operations in 2011 teaching cheer and tumbling to children and youth 3 – 18 years old. In March 2020, Supreme Cheerleading had just moved to a new 10,000 square foot facility to continue its operations when the pandemic hit. Faced with lockdowns, Supreme Cheerleading was forced to shut down for two weeks while it developed a new strategy that would enable it to continue to offer its programming to its “families”.

Recognizing the importance in keeping children and youth mentally and physically active, Supreme Cheerleading focused its energy on developing ways that it could keep its families moving and active. Connecting with parents, they welcomed suggestions on how this might be achieved and worked together with their team coaches to develop online programming that they offered to free of charge to their families. Making use of subsidies available to them, Supreme Cheerleading installed a camera system for parents to watch their children. Successfully, Supreme Cheerleading was able to continue to offer much needed services to its families throughout the pandemic.

Learn more supremecheerleading.com

Wellington Square Friday Night Community

In this time of fear and uncertainty, Wellington Square believes that compassion is as important as ever. As a community, they are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone.

The Friday Community Meal Bag Program provides meals to people who are isolating or unable to go to the grocery store or make their own food through delivery options or pick up. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular Friday Night Community Meal for 250 people was reimagined to a take-home meal program as gathering indoors was not permitted.

The need for ready-made meals due to the pandemic has been overwhelming with meal requests increasing 1000 per cent to 1,200 meal bags per week. While it has been challenging to manage the uptake of the program, Wellington Square has remained resilient and found ways to persevere through community partners and outreach for volunteer assistance.

Thanks to the support of COVID-19 support programs, the Burlington Foundation, Second Harvest, and Halton Region, they have received numerous grants and corporate partner donations that have offset costs ensuring the program can be successful.

Learn more www.wsquare.ca/outreach/meal-bag-program/

W.H Kingsmill Ltd

W.H Kingsmill Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high temperature dry fluorescent leak detection powder, used to test for leaks in fabric filter dust collection systems in both new installments, as well as regular maintenance.

Like all businesses, the pandemic had a serious impact on W.H Kingsmill’s supply chain and its pricing.  With limited suppliers in the market, W.H Kingsmill adjusted its production based on customer demand and supplies that were available at the time. This has a significant impact on operations given that prices of supplies increased exponentially but were not passed on to customers due to existing contracts. Fortunately, W.H Kingsmill was able to maintain its full staffing complement making good use of government support programs that were offered during the pandemic. To ensure its staff safety, W.H Kingsmill changed its staffing model to shifts so that employees could maintain social distances and limit interaction, while office staff worked from home. 

Learn more www.whkingsmill.com

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Burlington Chamber of Commerce Receives the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Advocacy Award

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Receives the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Advocacy Award

(May 4, 2021, Burlington, Ontario) Today, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce was presented with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Advocacy Award along with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for its joint advocacy work on modernizing Ontario’s property tax system. Burlington Chamber President and CEO, Carla Y. Nell and Sault Ste. Marie Chamber CEO, Rory Ring, accepted the award virtually during the Ontario Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and Convention.

“I’m so pleased that we have been recognized for our efforts by our peers at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for the significant work that was done to drive discussions for change at the provincial and municipal levels of government,” said Nell. “We’ve made some incredible headway in advancing the transformation of Ontario’s tax system, but there is still work to be done, and we are committed to continuing to move this forward as communities across Ontario begin to recover from the pandemic and look for strategies to support their economic prosperity.”

Last year, the Burlington and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers submitted a resolution to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce that was approved unanimously and advanced to the Ontario government for consideration. As a result, the 2020 Ontario budget implemented a number of changes reflected in the resolution including:

  • Significant reductions in business education tax rates across the province;
  • A moratorium on province-wide reassessment for 2021 with the next revaluation date for all property to be determined in future;
  • The creation of a new optional subclass for small commercial properties to allow municipalities to target relief to businesses with a commitment on the part of the Province to match eligible property tax reductions; and
  • A commitment to future changes to property valuation methodologies to protect areas undergoing redevelopment and to provide stability and fairness for other complex property types.

At the local level, the Province’s budget announcements led to a series of activities that would see municipalities also offering property tax relief to aid businesses and residents in managing through the immediate hardship brought on by the pandemic, while committing to working towards a modernized property tax system that will better accommodate the needs of municipalities across Ontario into the future.

Many municipalities throughout Ontario have implemented property tax deferral programs enabling businesses to take advantage of at least one financial tool to aid in providing immediate financial relief due to the pandemic.

“I’m incredibly grateful to the Chamber’s Board of Directors and members of our Political Action Committee, as well as Chamber staff who made this award possible. Equally important, I am encouraged by the property tax changes that were implemented and optimistic about the future of modernizing our property tax system in Ontario,” says Nell.

Ontario’s property tax system has not been fully reviewed since the new Ontario Fair Assessment System (OFAS) was first introduced by the former Harris government approximately 25 years ago. Since that time, significant changes have occurred across Ontario’s economic landscape influencing global and local competitiveness and fundamentally altering traditional economic paradigms. This trend has been further compounded by increasing demands placed on municipalities as they are confronted with challenges, such as social housing, the opioid crisis, climate change, rapidly evolving technology, and the growing infrastructure deficit. As the principal source of funding for local government, Ontario’s property tax system requires a significant re-evaluation through the lenses of modernization, ensuring competitiveness, transparency, and stability to ensure fair and equitable property tax treatment for the future.

Media Contact

Corinne Radake
Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy
corinne@burlingtonchamber.com

 

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