Local businesses recognized at 2023 Kingston Business Awards

The 2023 Kingston Business Award winners and sponsers. Photo by Jamstone Productions.

The winners of the 2023 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 18, 2023, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

As previously reported, the Kingston Business Awards “represent a continued evolution” of the Business Excellence Awards which were last held in Fall 2022, according to the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

“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 2023 Kingston Business Award winners are as follows:

Award: Hospitality
Winner: Miss Bao Restaurant + Cocktail Bar
Sponsored by: Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Ltd.

Award: Social Impact
Winner: Patry Group of Companies
Sponsored by: KEYS Job Centre

Award: New Business of the Year
Winner: Mayla Concept
Sponsored by: BluMetric Environmental Inc.

Award: Young Entrepreneur
Winner: Dr. Akshay Rajaram of Caddie Health
Sponsored by: Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Award: Skilled Trades
Winner: Bourgon Construction
Sponsored by: RBC Royal Bank

Award: Customer Experience
Winner: Mio Gelato
Sponsored by: BMO Bank of Montreal

Award: Arts & Culture
Winner: Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Sponsored by: Enbridge Gas Inc.

Award: Employer of the Year
Winner: Friendly Fires
Sponsored by: ReStart Employment Services

Award: Business Person of the Year
Winner: Jason Taylor of Taylor AutoMall
Sponsored by: McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Kingston Area

According to a media release, 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.

The 2023 Kingston Business Awards were additionally made possible through the support of partner sponsor Bell Canada along with additional sponsors Scotiabank; VIA Rail Canada Inc.; Jamstone Productions; Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP; Diamond Hotels Management Inc.; Aspen Web Services; AA DJs; Hydro One Networks Inc.; the award sponsors; and title sponsor MNP LLP, organizers noted.

Read more on the Kingston Business Awards website.

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