Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Honours Ten Local Businesses & Entrepreneurs

19th Annual Bell Business Excellence Awards Celebrate the Contributions of Greater Sudbury’s Business Community

(Greater Sudbury, May 13, 2016) Ten of Greater Sudbury’s outstanding entrepreneurs and businesses were recognized yesterday evening at the Bell Business Excellence Awards gala hosted by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.

A crowd of over 450 colleagues and friends attended the ceremony to recognize and celebrate the award finalists and recipients.

“This year’s award recipients represent the businesses and entrepreneurs that have built our community.  They are visionary leaders and the reason why we continue to be inspired and see a bright future ahead,” says Karen Hourtovenko, Chair of the Board, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.

“Business is the fabric of our community.  These businesses and community leaders have really raised the standards when it comes to their ability to innovate, the quality of their products and services as well as their economic and community contributions.  We need to keep recognizing these successes in our city,” adds Hourtovenko.

This was the first year that winners were not notified in advance.   Our independent judges selected three finalists in each of the ten categories and award winners were announced during the gala. This year, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce received over 130 nominations.

The chamber thanks all the nominators, nominees, finalists, sponsors, guests and winners for their participation in making our 19th annual Bell Business Excellence Awards a success.

The awards pay tribute to those hard working entrepreneurs and businesses whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers.  The award winners are positive role models who have shown the desire to improve the community.

The 2016 BEA award recipients:

  • Chair’s Award: Money in Motion Inc. (Sponsored by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation)
  • Business Start-Up Award:  ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness (Sponsored by Laurentian University)
  • Innovation Award:  Maestro Mine Ventilation (Sponsored by Cambrian College & NORCAT)
  • Company of the Year Award: Dalron Homes (Sponsored by Northern Life/Northern Ontario Business)
  • Best Place to Work Award: Gougeon Insurance Brokers  (Sponsored by Huntington University)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Dr. Clean Inc. (Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award: CareLink Advantage (Sponsored by RBC)
  • Small Enterprise Award:  CentreLine Design (Sponsored by the Regional Business Centre)
  • New Venture Award:  di Gusto Pizza & Pasta (Sponsored by TD)
  • Hospitality & Service Excellence Award: Salute Coffee Company (Sponsored by Northern Credit Union)


Thank you to our generous sponsors.  Without your support, an event of this magnitude would not be possible.

  • Title Sponsor: Bell
  • Award Sponsors: Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Laurentian University, Cambrian College, NORCAT, Northern Life/Northern Ontario Business, Huntington University, BMO Bank of Montreal, RBC, Regional Business Centre, TD and Northern Credit Union
  • Events Sponsors: Anmar Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Ltd, BDC, BESTECH, Desjardins Business Centre (Caisse Populaire), NewCap Radio: Hot 93.5 & Rewind 103.9, OLG, Scotiabank, Sudbury Credit Union Limited and Sudbury Real Estate Board
  • Photography Sponsor: Rebecca Bose Photographer

Please find attached and below a photo of the 2016 Bell Business Excellence Awards winners.

BEA 2016 Award Winners

Back Row  (from left to right): Keegan and Dustin Bradley (Dr. Clean Inc.), Joe Eibl (ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness), John Whitehead (CareLink Advantage), Andrew Roach (ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness), Chuck Barbeau (di Gusto Pizza and Pasta), Kurtis Chisholm (Money in Motion Inc), David Ballantyne (Maestro Mine Ventilation)


Middle Row: Dan Guillemette (CentreLine Design), Ron Arnold (Dalron Homes), Allan Barr (ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness), Mike Gribbons (Maestro Mine Ventilation), Dave Arnold (Dalron Homes), Pete Barbeau (di Gusto Pizza and Pasta), Steve Renelli (Salute Coffee Company)


Front Row: Tania Renelli (Salute Coffee Company), Shawna Kirkwood (Gorgeon Insurance Brokers), Erin Chisholm (Money in Motion Inc), Julie Barbeau and Marissa Lawrence (di Gusto Pizza & Pasta)



For more information, please contact:


Joyce Mankarios

Policy and Public Relations Manager

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

705-673-7133 ext. 224

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that represents 1,000 businesses and through the participation of its member volunteers on committees and task forces, it works ‘as the Voice of Business’ to influence federal, provincial and local legislation affecting business.



Joyce Mankarios

Policy and Public Relations Manager