Last night, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards. The sold-out gala event was proudly presented by Bell Canada and held at the Valhalla Inn. The Walleye was honoured to win two awards: the Quality of Life Award and the GameChanger Award.
The Chamber of Commerce describes a “GameChanger” as “an individual or organization who introduces new offerings, breakthrough solutions or a revolutionary approach to enhance our lives and challenge the status quo. Through their collaborative efforts they inspire Thunder Bay leaders and businesses to think differently about how they serve their clients, employees and community.”
“Seven years ago we launched The Walleye on corner of Bay and Algoma…the business community, before even seeing the product, supported us. We had ads from day one—we are super thankful. We started off with 32 pages and now average between 80 and 100—thank you, Thunder Bay,” said senior editor, Tiffany Jarva who is a founding member of The Walleye team.
Congratulations to all nominees and winners!
2017 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners
HONOURARY MEMBER: Dennis Buset
CHARLES J CARTER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Gary Woodbeck
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AWARDS Sponsored by Bombardier: Clow Darling Limited & Impact Promotions
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – SMALL Sponsored by Gillons* Insurance: Thunder Bay Port Authority
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – MEDIUM Sponsored by Weiler, Maloney, Nelson: Sencia Canada Ltd.
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – LARGE Sponsored by BDO Canada LLP: AV Terrace Bay, an Aditya Birla Company
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Ambassadors Northwest: Valarie Midgley, The Whole Nine Yards & Carefree Clothing and Manufacturing
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Sponsored by Fort William Historical Park: PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation: Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
GAMECHANGER AWARD Sponsored by Thunder Bay Hydro: The Walleye Magazine
LOOKING GOOD AWARD Sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge & Casino: Balmoral Park Acura
NEW BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank: Driverseat Thunder Bay
NOT FOR PROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD Sponsored by OLG Casino Thunder Bay: NorWest Community Health Centres
QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD Sponsored by Thunder Bay CEDC/Entrepreneur Centre: The Walleye Magazine
TOURISM PARTNERSHIP AWARD Sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay: The Waterfront District BIA (Business Improvement Area)