Business Excellence Awards


Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business.  Nominations for the 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards are now open until Friday, October 2, 2015.

Twelve awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on April 27, 2016 at the Business Excellence Awards. This year a new award category will be presented, Pillars of our Community. This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization, or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Greater Windsor-Essex Area. This nominee positively impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan.

Other Award Categories include: Small Company of the Year, Mid -Size Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, International Business Award, New Business of the Year, Innovation Award, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and Tourism & Hospitality Award. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Award.

An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons will complete judging of the finalists in each award category. The BEA Committee is looking for judges and sponsors.  If you are interested in volunteering as a judge or wish to find out more about the event, contact Marianne Burke, Director of Events, at


25th Anniversary Business Excellence Awards Official Program, from The Windsor Star! Be sure to click here to read more about this year's finalists, sponsors, and lots more, including special messages from our President & CEO, Chair of the Board, and BEA Committee Chair! The 25th Anniversary Business Excellence Awards Official Program was distributed to households through The Windsor Star and is available online as a keepsake. Celebrate the hard work as well as the outstanding business excellence displayed from our finalists, sponsors, committee, volunteers, and guests!


Photos from the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Videos from the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Small Company of the Year

Young Professional of the Year

Tourism & Hospitality Award

Mid-Size Company of the Year

New Business of the Year

Innovation Award

Professional of the Year

International Business

Large Company of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year


Believe Windsor-Essex Award

AM800 CKLW Salutes the 2015 Award Recipients

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient Bernard Gorski and ATHENA Award Recipient Loretta Stoyka Henderson:

Young Professional of the Year Award Recipient Julia Lee and Believe Windsor Essex Award Recipients Barry and Stephanie Zekelman:

New Business of the Year Award Recipient Hummazing Inc. and Tourism & Hospitality Award Recipient The City Grill/LEV3L Vodka Emporium/Bull & Barrel Urban Saloon:

Small Company of the Year Award Recipient Urban Home and Large Company of the Year Award Recipient CS Wind:

International Business Award Recipient BASF Canada and Professional of the Year Award Recipient Federica Nazzani:

Innovation Award Recipient Radix Inc. and Mid-Size Company Award Recipient Amy's Helping Hands:

Business Excellence Awards Finalists News Conference - January 13, 2015

Special thanks to Snapd Windsor and Simon Edwards for the photos.



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