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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

GNCC Announces Recipients of the 20th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s winners of the 20th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards, presented by RBC.

The winners in 2024 are:

Business of the Year, sponsored by RBC
Silversmith Brewing

Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Walker Industries
Destiny Copper Inc.

Excellence in Agribusiness, Farming & Rural Achievement
Cherry Lane

Excellence in Business Award, 26 employees or more
Centennial Construction & Contracting Niagara Inc.

Excellence in Business Award, up to 25 employees, sponsored by Niagara College
Cheekbone Beauty

Excellence in Business, Not-for-Profit Award, sponsored by Bell Community Affairs
The Hope Centre

Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality, sponsored by the Town of Lincoln and the City of St. Catharines
Safari Niagara

Outstanding New Business, sponsored by MNP
Hotel Philco

Technology & Innovation Award, sponsored by Innovate Niagara
Destiny Copper Inc.

Young Professional Award, sponsored by Brock University, Goodman School of Business
Justin Duc, Oddbird

Bestowed Awards:

Community Leadership (sponsored by Niagara Region Economic Development): Janice Thomson, Niagara Falls Tourism, Niagara Health Board of Directors, Niagara Parks Commission Board of Directors. This award recognizes an individual or individuals whose leadership has been a significant force for good in the community.

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Meridian Credit Union): Mark Sherk, Verge Insurance Group. This award celebrates an entrepreneur who has made an outstanding contribution to business and the economic prosperity of Niagara.

Innovative Leader Award (sponsored by CAA Niagara): David Adames, Niagara Parks Commission. This award celebrates prominent businesses who are leading their industry through innovation, research, and development.

Builder of the Year: Gabriel DeSantis, DeSantis Homes. This award is presented to a company that has helped transform the region through new building and construction.

Locations of Award Winners:

  • Justin Duc – St. Catharines
  • Destiny Copper Inc – Thorold
  • Hotel Philco – Fort Erie
  • Safari Niagara – Stevensville
  • Cherry Lane – Vineland
  • Silversmith Brewing – Virgil
  • The Hope Centre – Welland
  • Centennial Construction & Contracting Niagara Inc. – Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Cheekbone Beauty – St. Catharines

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 1,300 members representing 50,000 employees. More information on the GNCC is available at

Mishka Balsom, CEO, GNCC or 905-684-2361

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