Toronto Region Board of Trade Congratulates our 2015 Business Excellence Award Winners

TORONTO, ON, November 5, 2015 — At a gala event last night Toronto Region Board of Trade announced the winners of its 2015 Business Excellence Awards. Winners and nominees were honoured for their business success and their impact and contribution to the local community. Eligible companies had annual revenues up to $50-million and an employee base of no more than 500 people and winners were selected by a panel of judges.

“Whether you’re a leader in food and beverage industry, an exciting tech company, or a young entrepreneur breaking into the business world, the stories we’ve heard tonight show that the Toronto region is a fantastic place to live, work, and importantly start a business,” said Douglas Goold, Vice President of Policy, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade. “We’re honoured to celebrate the success of some truly deserving businesses.”

This year’s winners are:


2016 Business LeaderSteam Whistle Brewing
Employer of the Year
Powerline Plus
Global ReachINKAS® Group of Companies
Local Economic ImpactDMZ at Ryerson University


Community ServiceCapitalize for Kids


Emerging Entrepreneur of the YearMediaOne Creative Inc.


Under 30Myplanet


SustainabilityFoodShare Toronto
Technology InnovationSAMETRICA


“It’s an honour to be recognized by the business community to win Employer of the Year. Powerline strives to make a positive impact on the communities in which we work, and the people whom we employ, and this achievement reaffirms that” said Giselle Matin, Executive Vice President, Legal at Powerline Plus Ltd.

“The most important thing for Cam [Heaps] and me, and I know this is the case for a lot of the small business folks, is to see consumers enjoying the work that you’ve done,” said Greg Taylor, Co-founder, Steam Whistle Brewing.

The gala was held at Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Master of Ceremonies was comedian Jennifer Grant.

About Toronto Region Board of Trade (
Founded in 1845, Toronto Region Board of Trade is the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, connecting more than 12,000 members and 250,000 business professionals and influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board fuels the economic, social and cultural vitality of the entire Toronto region by fostering powerful collaborations among business, government, thought leaders, and community builders. Toronto Region Board of Trade plays a vital role in elevating the quality of life and global competitiveness of Canada’s largest urban centre. Follow us at @TorontoRBOT.

For further information:
Matthew Kofsky
Toronto Region Board of Trade