It has been a tough year for many local businesses, and the Timmins Chamber is doing its part to celebrate the perseverance and determination of those who have adapted to the ever changing business climate.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 45 nominees for the 2021 Nova Business Excellence Awards were announced.
There were 120 nominations received across the 15 award categories ranging from "Innovation" to "Marketing" to "Best New Business." Three finalists were announced in each category by a panel of independent community judges. The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony broadcast on May 13.
Under normal circumstances, a gala event with hundreds of well-dressed people would be held at the McIntyre Arena where attendees can mingle and network over cocktails, but due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the event will be held online for the second consecutive year.
“It's clear from this list of finalists that our local entrepreneurs have continued to construct powerful strategies to stay viable throughout the pandemic, which is why we're looking forward to celebrating the best of Timmins business at the Nova Award, virtually, on May 13,” said Chamber president Melanie Verreault.
“This year's slate of incredible nominees is yet another reminder that Northern Ontario entrepreneurs are leaders in shaping and moulding the socio-economic landscape, bridging gaps, and hammering out key investments that grow our economy through almost every aspect of their business, and they deserve recognition.”
Now in its 19th year, the Nova Awards are the largest business awards in Northern Ontario. This year's theme is "Building Business" – which celebrates the ways in which local entrepreneurs continue be leaders in building a stronger community.
“Our businesses consistently work with each other, laying the foundation for lasting relationships and paving the way through 2020. Its why we remain honoured to have spent 19 years making sure their achievements are recognized at the Nova Awards to help us celebrate their ongoing successes,” said Verreault.
The ceremony will be streamed online as well as on Eastlink TV.
2021 NOVA FINALISTS
BMT Insurance & Financial Services Business Contribution to the Community Award (1-5 employees) – Discover Fitness/Discover Performance Inc.; Pioneer Snack Express; Your Professional Business Solutions.
The Venture Centre Business Contribution to the Community Award (6-10 employees) – 101 Radiator Timmins; Lady Luck Family Restaurant & Convenience; The Moose/Vista Radio Ltd.
NorthernTel Business Contribution to the Community Award (11+ employees) – Full Beard Brewing Co.; MNP LLP; Newmont Porcupine.
FNETB Best Place to Work Award – Bright Spot Therapy Services; Plan A Timmins Health Care Staffing; SMS Equipment.
Newmont Porcupine Young Leader Award – Katherine Storring, dB Hearing Inc; Kieran Duquette, Northern Windows & Doors; Melissa Lamarche, Spoiled Rawt'n.
RBC Marketing Award – Fortier Automotive; Kinz and Klomp Live; New Burger Planet Inc.
National Bank Innovation Award – Casa di Media Productions; Mine Safety Solutions; Radical Gardens.
Northern College Service Excellence Award – CL Lawn Care; Gorilla Property Services; The Wizard of Paws Inc.
Caisse Alliance New Business Award (Under 2 Years) – All About You Medical Spa; Golden Crust Specialty Bakery; Hallmark Timmins.
TD Bank Group Business of the Year Award (1-5 employees) – Dumoulin's; Northern Lights Fauxmagerie; Porcupine Advance Printers.
Scotiabank Business of the Year Award (6-10 employees) – The Co-operators Timmins; J&R Custom Cabinets; The Urban Farm.
Kidd Operations Business of the Year Award (11+ employees) – DSI Services; J&B Cycle & Marine Ltd; Timmins Mechanical Solutions Inc.
DeBeers Canada Indigenous Partnership Award – Niiwin General Partnership Inc; NPLH Drilling; The Bucket Shop.
City of Timmins Non-Profit Organization Award – Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins; Living Space; Timmins and District Hospital Foundation.
OPG Lifetime Business Achievement Award – BMT Insurance and Financial Services; McIntyre Catering Services; Wyatt Image Solutions.
President's Award – To be announced on May 13.
Andrew Autio is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for The Daily Press. LJI is a federally funded program.
Andrew Autio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Daily Press