(Adam Smith talking with the Manufacturing Sector Business Excellence Award Winners MediPharm Labs)

Thursday the 8th of November was one of the biggest nights for Barrie businesses.

The annual Barrie Chamber of Commerce and City of Barrie business awards took place at Liberty North. A night where the city of Barrie could showcase a variety of businesses, big, medium and small. Businesses that cover the whole spectrum of the community, from cannabis extraction services to fancy cakes, from sports activities to lice removal.

(Service Business Excellence Award Winners Barrie Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre)

It was a truly memorable night, it brought together everything that typifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Barrie. The growth of Barrie over the last few years has been phenomenal, a lot of this has been pushed by these companies and their owner’s vision. Not just the ones at the event but many more businesses in and around Barrie who provide many employment opportunities.

And it wasn’t limited to businesses for profit. There was recognition for non-profit and charitable organizations as well, and this is an area that is close to our hearts. In this category there were 3 wonderful nominees, all of the nominees were worthy winners but of course, there can only be one, so congratulations to Ripple of Kindness.

There were also awards for company employer of the year, one for employee of the year and one for the young professional of the year.  It was an all-encompassing recognition of individuals as well as businesses.

(New Business Award Winners Dosti Eats)

Barrie Uncovered is a member of the Chamber but until last night we haven’t been an active member.

Being at this night and watching the interaction between all the attendees and the organization of the Chamber makes us realize we need to be more active, not for awards but because of what the Chamber brings to Barrie.

The night went flawlessly, the videos of all the nominees were excellent, the interviews with the winners had a distinct late-night chat show feel, and the hall was decorated to make the attendees feel special.

(Marketing and Promotions Award Winners Park Place)

In speaking Christine Puma and Adam Smith, who are members of the Chamber committee,  we realized the effort that went into the event to make it a success.

It starts in the spring with a call to the community for nominees, this carries on throughout the summer. Then the judges have the unenviable task of cutting the many nominees down to 3 per category.

Meanwhile, another committee is organizing the night, getting the sponsors and locations arranged to support the event.

As Adam Smith said, “after 6 months of work Barrie has a 3 ½ show and then it is over for another year”.  All the attendees see is a night of celebration of Barrie businesses, not the hard work the committee that went into making the gala a triumph.  To be honest, I can’t put into words the work that was put into making this night such a success. I am sure most attendees would not comprehend the dedication that went into making the event a victory for Barrie and their many entrepreneurs!

(The Barrie Chamber of Commerce Team)

So thank you Barrie Chamber of Commerce, it was inspirational to listen to these business owners talk so enthusiastically about what drives them. To any business reading this all I can say if you are not a member of the Chamber call them and get your application in.

Below are all the winners of the awards and the nominees all of whom we would like to congratulate:

Also keep scrolling to hear our podcast interview with a few of the attendees!


BMO Bank of Montreal Manufacturing Sector Business Excellence Award

The Award Winner: MediPharm Labs

Nominees: Cabinetsmith and Environmental Systems Corp

RBC Royal Bank Service Business Excellence Award Business Excellence Award

The Award Winner: Barrie Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Nominees: Consumers Tire Simcoe and Legend Boats Barrie

Devry Smith Frank, LLP Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award

The Award Winner: Hardwood Ski and Bike

Nominees: Alt Rock and Chilz Dessert Lounge

Grant Thornton LLP Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award

The Award Winner: Ripple of Kindness

Nominees: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District

Invest Barrie & Barrie Chamber of Commerce New Business Award

The Award Winner: Dosti Eats

Nominees: Army of SASS Barrie / Safe Haven Studios and The Artisan Boutique

Scotiabank Business Growth Award

The Award Winner: DECAST

Nominees: 400 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd and North American Freight Group Inc.

Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual Marketing & Promotions Award

The Award Winner: Park Place – Centre Corp Management Services Ltd.

Nominees: All Source Security Container MFG Corp and The Chilton Team Inc. Re/Max Hallmark Chilton Realty

Bell Pay It Forward Award

The Award Winner: Innovation Automation Inc.

Nominees: Connect Hair Studio and Simcoe Family Dentistry

Alectra Innovation & Technology Award

The Award Winner: pavliks.com

Nominees: Sandbox Centre and Zenetec Collision Repair Centre

Georgian College Small Business of the Year Award

The Award Winner: Cakes by Design Inc.

Nominees: Podium Pros Inc. and Sigrids Café & Fine Bakery Ltd.

City of Barrie Mayor’s Employer of the Year Award

The Award Winner: Barrie Harley-Davidson

Nominees: Roberta Place Retirement Lodge and White Cedar Dental Care

TD Canada Trust Young Professional of the Year Award

The Award Winner: Iain Moggach, Theatre by the Bay

Nominees: Katherine Scharapenko, DriveWise and Mallory Steele, Siva Creative Incorporated

ESS Direct Placement Service Employee of the Year Award

The Award Winner: Lori Boudreau – LiceSquad.com

Nominees: Jennifer Beatty-Gruer, CORUS Entertainment and Jessica Jury, Splash ON Water Parks

Busch Group of Companies Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence

The Award Winner: Steve Blanchet, CSR Cosmetic Solutions Inc.

Nominees: Cathy Buckingham, TNR Industrial Doors Inc. and Peter Moore, Morre Packaging Corporation.