WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!
Presented by Meridian, the gala, attended by the city's esteemed business leaders, recognized the following winners across various categories. 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.
Photos of this incredible evening can be found below.
Join us in congratulating the winners and celebrating excellence in the Barrie Business Community.
Manufacturing, Engineering & Construction Business Excellence Award
Sponsor: BMO, Bank of Montreal
Winner: Gerrits Engineering
Manufacturing, Engineering & Construction Business Excellence Award Finalist Video
Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award
Winner: Barrie Public Library – Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award Finalist Video
Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award
Sponsor: Innovative Automation
Winner: Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka
Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award Finalist Video
Young Professional of the Year Award
Sponsor: Georgian College
Winner: Zoe Bystrov, Youth for Lake Simcoe
Young Professional of the Year Award Finalist Video
Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
Winner: Dr. Claudine Cousins, Empower Simcoe
Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award Finalist Video
Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
Sponsor: Busch Systems
Winner: Angie Ricci, DriverDX Inc.
Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence Finalist Video
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."
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:
- City of Barrie
- Georgian College
- Invest Barrie
- BMO Bank of Montreal
- Innovative Automation
- Alectra Utilities
- RBC Royal Bank
- 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
- Liberty North
- Fedora Films
- Allegra Marketing
- Belfry Chocolates
- Collin’s Clothiers
- Olive Oil Co. Barrie-Newmarket-Midland-
- Georgian Life Media
- Trish Beesley Photography
- Lindt Chocolate Shop, Barrie
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.
Our Finalists Have Been Announced!
Curious to see who they are?
Recognizing Excellence in Business and Corporate Community Service
Initiated by the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Barrie in 2003, the Barrie Business Awards program recognizes the contribution of local businesses to the continued growth and success of our community. Each year the program begins with a call for nominations in the spring, nominee profiles are collected throughout the summer, the panel of judges are assembled online, and finalists are announced in the fall. The awards will be presented on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023.
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a night of celebration and recognition at the annual Barrie Business Awards Gala. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the businesses and entrepreneurs who've displayed unparalleled excellence, innovation, and dedication in our thriving business community. Optional Black Tie, this is the premiere Barrie business event of the year!
Awards Ceremony: Witness as we honour the trailblazers and visionaries of Barrie's business community. Awards will be presented across multiple categories, recognizing a range of achievements and contributions.
Incredible Meal: The team at Liberty North under Chef Mark never fails to impress.
Networking Opportunities: This is a prime opportunity to connect with fellow business leaders, stakeholders, and innovators from across the region. Forge new alliances or strengthen existing partnerships amidst the backdrop of a celebratory evening.
Tickets & Reservations
Reserve your seat at the most anticipated business event of the year. Celebrate the achievements, share the success stories, and be inspired by the passion that drives Barrie's business community. We look forward to commemorating the evening with you!
5:00PM - 6:00PM Registration & Cocktail Reception
6:10PM - Welcome from MC's Craig & Cat from Rock 95 & Dinner
Following dinner, Presentation and Awards
We kindly request that everyone arrive by 6:00PM.
Join the celebration! Encourage and lead the Barrie Business Community
Judging has officially closed. We're proud to share that our panel of judges hails from the Ontario chamber network as well as diverse sectors of the business community. To maintain the utmost fairness and transparency, the judges are not privy to the identities of their fellow panelists or their respective assignments.
We've chosen to conduct all evaluations through Awardify, a user-friendly and secure awards management platform designed in Canada. Not only does Awardify bolster the integrity of our selection process, but it also ensures that each entry receives the rigorous review it deserves.
To further enhance the transparency of our process, categories are allocated with specific review mechanisms to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest. Each category undergoes evaluation by three distinct judges. The average scores from these evaluations will then determine our esteemed winners. We're committed to a fair and open process, and we appreciate your trust in us.
Have you been nominated?
Thank you everyone for accepting your nominations. Acceptances are now closed. It's now up to our esteemed panel of judges!
Congratulations! What an incredible honour. Someone from our community thinks you deserve to be recognized for your dedication. We do too! Now all you have to do is complete your submission and accept your nomination.
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all members of the public to nominate a deserving business today. The Barrie Chamber utilizes Awardify; a user friendly, secure, Canadian-made awards management platform to ensure the integrity of the award selection process.
Encourage a business today
Nominations closed Monday, August 14th, 2023 at 11:59pm.
Stay tuned for further announcements regarding the Business Awards Gala.
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2023 Barrie Business Awards Timeline
- Nominations Open: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
- Nominations Close: Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:59pm
- Acceptances Open: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
- Acceptance Close: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 11:59pm
- Judging Begins: Thursday, September 7, 2023
- Judging Ends: Thursday, September 28, 2023
- Press Reception: Friday, October 6, 2023 at 12:30pm
- Barrie Business Awards Gala: Thursday, November 2, 2023 to be hosted at Liberty North