More than 450 people attended the 31st annual Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 26 to celebrate the achievements of Greater Moncton’s business community.
Awards were handed out in 11 categories to a diverse array of the region’s businesses.
The winners were:
Excellence in Business: Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport
Excellence in Business (Small and Medium Enterprises): Occupational Concepts Ltd.
Emerging Business: Host Event Management Inc.
Innovation: iQ Mortgage Strategy Inc.
Marketing: Acadie Nouvelle
Community Service: Acadian Construction
Environmental Excellence: Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport
Young Entrepreneur: Café Codiac Coffee Inc.
Newcomer Entrepreneur: iCubemedia Inc. (Educode Canada Inc.)
Inclusive Hiring: Fancy Pokket Corporation
People’s Choice: Café Codiac Coffee Inc.
“We are thrilled with the response to this year’s awards,” Chamber of Commerce CEO Carol O’Reilly said. “The great turnout to this week’s gala is a testament to the vitality and energy in the Greater Moncton business community.
“Greater Moncton’s economy is leading the province and it is important that we take the time to celebrate the achievements of some of the many businesses who are leading that growth.”
The winners were selected by an independent jury of five local business leaders, the culmination of a process that saw a record 140 nominations submitted for the 2016 awards this summer. From those initial nominations, 30 finalists were selected to be honoured at the Awards Gala.
The People’s Choice Award was decided by a public vote on the GMCC website. Close to 10,000 votes were registered for all of the companies who accepted their nominations.
“The response to the People’s Choice Award also shows a high level of public engagement with our businesses,” O’Reilly noted.
New to the awards this year was the Inclusive Hiring Award, which was presented to the company best demonstrating inclusive hiring practices for newcomers to the region. It was sponsored by the City of Moncton and reflects the growing importance of immigration to the region’s economy.
O’Reilly thanked all of the participants and sponsors for the 2016 awards, including Presenting Sponsor D.P. Murphy Hotels & Resorts, and GMCC Platinum Sponsor EY, saying the event had raised the bar for the annual celebration of business excellence.