Area businesses recognized at 2024 Kingston Business Awards

The Kingston Business Awards are presented annually by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, celebrating those in different areas of business in and around the Limestone City. Photo via Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce on social media.

The winners of the 2024 Kingston Business Awards, presented by title sponsor MNP LLP and organized by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, were presented with their awards on the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

“We are thrilled to recognize exemplary models of excellence and community service by businesses and leaders in the greater Kingston area, and the invaluable contribution they make to Kingston’s economic development, unique character, and outstanding quality of life,” said Karen Cross, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. “Congratulations to all of our recipients, and thank you to the sponsors, awards committee members, judges, and many local businesses who have helped make this event a possibility.”

The 2024 Kingston Business Award (KBA) winners are as follows:

Award: Hospitality
Winner: Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Ltd.

Award: Social Impact
Winner: Novelis
Sponsor: KEYS Job Centre

Award: New Business of the Year
Winner: Harlowe Green
Sponsor: BluMetric Environmental Inc.

Award: Young Entrepreneur
Winner: Darcy Greenaway of One Gear Hockey
Sponsor: Invista

Award: Skilled Trades
Winner: Tomlinson Group of Companies
Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank

Award: Customer Experience
Winner: Events & Management Plus Inc.
Sponsor: Chambers Plan Employee Benefits

Award: Non-Profit
Winner: Extend-A-Family Kingston

Award: Arts & Culture
Winner: B2F (Branded to Film) Media Inc.
Sponsor: Enbridge Gas Inc.

Award: Employer of the Year
Winner: Tomlinson Group of Companies
Sponsor: ReStart Employment Services

Award: Business Person of the Year
Winner: Leanne O’Mara of J.E. Agnew Food Services Ltd.
Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Kingston Area

According to a media release from the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, winners were decided by a volunteer committee of judges from other Chambers of Commerce across Canada, and the awards event itself was organized by Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce staff with assistance from the Chamber’s volunteer Kingston Business Awards Committee.

Kingstonist inquired with the Chamber as to why the Non-Profit category did not have a sponsor. In reply, Vitor Brumatti, Manager of Communications, PR & Member Experience with the Chamber shared that it was a new category this year, and simply doesn’t have a sponsor yet.

The 2024 Kingston Business Awards were additionally made possible through the support of partner sponsor Bell Canada along with additional sponsors BMO – Bank of Montreal; VIA Rail Canada Inc.; Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP; Diamond Hotels Management Inc.; Innova Inclusive Solutions; The Westwood Group of Companies Ltd.; BGM Metalworks Inc.; James Media; Bell Media (MOVE 98.3, PURE Country 99); Aspen Web Services; the award sponsors; and title sponsor MNP LLP, organizers noted.

The next Kingston Business Awards will be held in spring of 2025 with more details to be released this winter. Visit the KBA website for more information.

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