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:
Sound of Music
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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Director, Stakeholder Relations and Policy