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Press Release: 2023 Barrie Business Awards Winners

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Barrie, ON – [November 2, 2023] – The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the triumphant recipients of the 2023 Barrie Business Awards Gala. This prestigious event celebrated exceptional businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Barrie community.

Presented by Meridian, last night's gala, attended by the city's esteemed business leaders, recognized the following winners across various categories:

Mayor’s Employer of the Year Award
Sponsor: City of Barrie
Winner: Nexim Healthcare Consultants

Manufacturing, Engineering & Construction Business Excellence Award
Sponsor: BMO, Bank of Montreal
Winner: Gerrits Engineering

Service Business Excellence Award
Sponsor: RBC, Royal Bank of Canada
Winner: Glow Day Spa

Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award
Sponsor: Meridian
Winner: Barrie Public Library – Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award
Sponsor: Innovative Automation
Winner: Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

New Business Award
Sponsor: Invest Barrie
Winner: Barrie Anxiety Clinic

Business Growth Award
Sponsor: Scotiabank
Winner: White Tuque

Marketing & Promotions Award
Sponsor: Alectra Utilities
Winner: Rhubarb Media

Pay It Forward Award
Sponsor: Bill Gosling Outsourcing
Winner: Superior Home Health Care

Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsor: TD Bank Business Banking
Winner: Hukam Law Professional Corporation

Young Professional of the Year Award
Sponsor: Georgian College
Winner: Zoe Bystrov, Youth for Lake Simcoe

Employee of the Year Award
Sponsor: Dooley Lucenti LLC
Winner: Cindy Vair, JMS Law

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
Sponsor: OLG
Winner: Dr. Claudine Cousins, Empower Simcoe

Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
Sponsor: Busch Systems
Winner: Angie Ricci, DriverDX Inc.

The Chamber extends heartfelt congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Barrie business landscape. "These award recipients exemplify the very best of Barrie's entrepreneurial spirit," said Paul Markle, Executive Director of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce. "Their commitment to excellence, leadership in their respective industries, and the economic growth they foster set a high standard for all businesses within the city."

For more information about the winners and the event, will be updated shortly. Please watch our socials for updates and photos!

With great appreciation, we acknowledge our list of sponsors and supporters whose generosity and commitment played a pivotal role in the success of the 2023 Barrie Business Awards:

  • Meridian
  • City of Barrie
  • Georgian College
  • Invest Barrie
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Innovative Automation
  • Alectra Utilities
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • OLG
  • Scotiabank
  • Busch Systems
  • Bill Gosling Outsourcing
  • TD Bank
  • Dooley Lucenti LLC
  • Chambers Plan
  • Nexim Healthcare Consultants
  • Barrie 360
  • Rock 95
  • 107.5 Kool FM
  • Fresh Radio 93.1
  • Big 101.1
  • Leah Smith-Size, Design by Size
  • Olive Oil Co. Barrie-Newmarket-Midland-Orillia
  • Georgian Life Media
  • Trish Beesley Photography
  • Lindt Chocolate Shop, Barrie
  • Liberty North
  • Fedora Films
  • Allegra Marketing
  • Belfry Chocolates
  • Collin’s Clothiers
  • MTAV
  • Genumark

The Barrie Business Awards Gala serves as an annual reminder of the strength and resilience of our local economy, and the Chamber is proud to facilitate an event that shines a light on those who make Barrie a better place to live, work, and play.


Paul Markle
Executive Director

121 Commerce Park Drive, Unit A
Barrie, Ontario
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(C) 249-288-3540

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