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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

GNCC Announces Finalists and Bestowed Award Recipients for 18th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s finalists for the 18th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards, presented by RBC.

The finalists in 2022 are:

Young Professional Award (sponsored by Bell)

  • Arienne Good
  • Daniela Escobar
  • Jarod Bleijerveld
  • Josh Knoester
  • Kailene Jackson
  • Ryan Walker
  • Stephanie Unsworth

Outstanding New Business (sponsored by Niagara College)

  • Captains Cabin Café Inc.
  • Ears Canada
  • InspireClean Inc.
  • McKnight Operational Consulting
  • Niagara Orthopaedic Institute Fonthill
  • Oggi Spa

Excellence in Business: up to 25 Employees

  • Baker Tilly Niagara LLP
  • Giant Shoe Creative Agency
  • Hero Dog Treats
  • Lofttan
  • Movement Unlimited Inc.

Excellence in Business: 26 Employees or More (sponsored by MNP)

  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Niagara Regional Broadband Network Limited
  • PBI – Printing by Innovation Inc.

Excellence in Business: Not-for-Profit (sponsored by Fedcap Canada)

  • Community Crew
  • Niagara SPCA and Humane Society
  • St. John Ambulance
  • The Norm Foster Theatre Festival
  • Welland Public Library

Technology and Innovation Award (sponsored by Innovate Niagara)

  • Dine Niagara
  • Intuitive Shipping Inc.
  • McKnight Inclusive Design

Excellence in Manufacturing (sponsored by Brock University’s Professional and Continuing Studies)

  • FSD Robotics
  • General Motors St. Catharines

Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality

  • Inn on the Twenty
  • Niagara West Tourism Association
  • Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel

Excellence in Agribusiness, Farming and Rural Achievement (sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy)

  • Always June Organic Farm
  • Sunrise Greenhouses

Environmental Leadership Award (sponsored by Walker)

  • Bench Brewing Company Inc.
  • Goodwill Niagara
  • Spirit in Niagara Small Batch Distillers

Business of the Year (sponsored by RBC)

  • CAA Niagara
  • Kraun Electric
  • Merani Hotel Group
  • Shaw Festival

Bestowed Awards:

Community Leadership (sponsored by Niagara Region Economic Development): Caroline Mann. This award recognizes an individual or individuals whose leadership has made a significant impact in the community.

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Meridian Credit Union): Bill Schenck, Schenck Farms & Greenhouses. This award celebrates a Niagara entrepreneur whose work has been impactful or exceptionally significant in the region.

Innovative Leader Award (sponsored by CAA Niagara): Keith Simmonds, Great Wolf Lodge. This award celebrates prominent business leaders who show exemplary dedication to their community through volunteer efforts.

Builder of the Year: Merit Contractors Niagara. This award is presented to a company that has had an historically significant impact on the economic prosperity of the community.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Niagara, the largest business organization in the region and the second-largest Chamber of Commerce in Ontario, with 1,500 members representing 50,000 employees. More information on the GNCC is available at


Mishka Balsom, CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce or 905-684-2361

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