Chamber of Commerce announces 2024 Kingston Business Award nominees

The evening of the 2023 Kingston Business Awards at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo via Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2024 Kingston Business Awards.

Organized annually by the local Chamber of Commerce, the awards aim to recognize and highlight members of the Kingston business community who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. In announcing that nominations were open for 2024 in late February, the Chamber said that the Kingston Business Awards are “dedicated to recognizing exemplary models in excellence and community service in Greater Kingston’s businesses, and the invaluable contribution they make to Kingston’s economic development, unique character, and outstanding quality of life.”

Now, on Friday, Mar. 22, 2024, the Chamber has announced those nominated for the awards. In total, there are 49 nominees across 10 award categories. Each award is presented by a sponsor company, and the title sponsor of the 2024 awards is MNP LLP, with partner sponsor Bell.

Below are the 2024 Kingston Business Award categories (with the presenting sponsor), followed by a list of those nominated for that award.

Hospitality (presented by Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Ltd.)

  • Frontenac Club
  • Improbable Escapes
  • Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston
  • Maple Leaf Tours

Social Impact (Presented by KEYS Job Centre)

  • Novelis
  • Seniors Association Kingston Region
  • Support Local Giveaway/Shop Local Kingston

Business of the Year (Presented by Blumetric Environmental Inc.)

  • Clean Comfort Home Improvements
  • Harlowe Green
  • Limestone Legal Services

Young Entrepreneur

  • Darcy Greenaway of One Gear Hockey
  • Holly Ryan of Art by Holly Ryan
  • Katrina Kryza of Thrifty Girl
  • Seza Kashi of Digital Visibility

Skilled Trades (Presented by RBC Royal Bank)

  • SnapCab Canada
  • Tomlinson Group of Companies
  • Westwood Group of Companies Ltd.

Customer Experience

  • The Annex Spa
  • Capers Custom Catering
  • Cloud Metric Inc.
  • Events & Management Plus Inc.
  • General Brock’s Commissary
  • Handy Fairies
  • Hulpr Patient Transfer and Personal Support
  • Jani-King of Eastern Ontario
  • LearningBrick
  • Ontario Medical Supply
  • Parsam Immigration Services Inc.
  • Residence Inn by Marriot Kingston Water’s Edge

Non-Profit

  • BGC South East
  • Extend-a-Family Kingston
  • Friends of the Penitentiary Museum
  • The John Howard Society of Kingston
  • Seniors Association Kingston Region

Arts & Culture (Presented by Enbridge Gas Inc.)

  • B2F (Branded to Film) Media Inc.
  • Bottle Tree Productions
  • Kingston School of Art

Employer of the Year (Presented by Restart Employment Services)

  • Blumetric
  • Cloud Metric Inc.
  • Imperium Social (Blue Collar Marketing)
  • Jani-King of Eastern Ontario
  • Novelis
  • Plan A Kingston & Quinte
  • Tomlinson
  • Veritasa Law Office Professional Corporation

Business Person of the Year (Presented by McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Kingston Area)

  • Allison Turner of PnuVax Incorporated
  • Brittany Grunig of Bell Media Radio
  • Erin Finn of Re/Max Finest Realty Inc.
  • Leanne O’Mara of JE Agnew Foods Ltd.

“It is an honor to produce the Kingston Business Awards, the premier awards show celebrating the achievements of our business community. On behalf of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, KBA committee and Chamber staff we would like to congratulate all the nominees” said Karen Cross, CEO of Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

“The Kingston Business Awards is our way of connecting Kingston businesses with the community and recognizing the excellence of these institutions and their employees.”

The Chamber also expressed thanks to their 2024 Kingston Business Awards sponsors: BMO – Bank of Montreal, Via Rail Canada Inc., Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP, Diamond Hotels Management Inc., Aspen Web Services, BGM Metalworks, Westwood Group of Companies, and James Media.

The 2024 Kingston Business Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2024, to “celebrate the remarkable achievements of our business community,” the Chamber of Commerce said. More information and tickets to the awards ceremony are available on the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce website.

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