13 Categories, Toronto was represented in 9 categories as finalists
Branding and Marketing: LJ Hooker Toronto
Sustainable Business Practices: Toronto Dry Cleaners
Business Systems: State Custodians
Innovation: Toronto Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Art & Cultural Innovation: Toronto Art Movement
Entrepreneurship: Highland Honey
Exporting: Pumps 2000
Not-for-profit: Waltz-sing Matildas
New Business: A Squared Advisers
3 Major Award Categories, Toronto was represented with 3 finalists
Business Person of the Year: Peter Jamieson and Barbara Crossly of Umwelt Environmental Consultants
Joe Santa of Pumps 2000
Whilst we didn’t bring home the awards, we certainly showcased the magnificent diversity of the Toronto area, its people and businesses. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time and agreed that being in the finals was a significant achievement. Toronto had more representation in the finals than any other area.
It was a great night of networking and socialising and celebration amongst peers.
Personally I was able to meet with all the finalists and congratulate them, I met up with Toronto Chamber fan, friend and the evenings guest presenter, Nick Bowditch who is doing remarkably well not only with a new little baby boy but with his new on-line venture Clooee. (Nick did have shoes on, not his trademark thongs!)
I was personally very proud to have been in the finals with the Chamber in the Innovation category for ‘change’ and 21st Century Marketing initiatives plus our newly formed Toronto Art Movement.
I thought all of our Toronto finalists should have won, I am obviously biased. I must admit the winners were worthy and we all agreed that there is next year and we will have more time to work on our categories from now until then.
Congratulations to everyone!