Timmins Chamber opens nominations for 2017 Nova Awards

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12/16/2016 Press Release

Nominations are now being accepted for the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Nova Business Excellence Awards, the region’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurial achievement.

To be held at the McIntyre Arena on May 11, 2017, the annual Nova Awards are a prestigious gala event recognizing the best of Timmins business across 15 categories. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the Nova Awards serve to highlight local business excellence.

A record-breaking 700 people attended in 2016, and next year’s event promises to uphold this reputation as a fantastic way to celebrate business success, according to Chris Bender, President of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

“Over the last decade and a half, the Nova Awards have become a very special opportunity to shine a light on Timmins’ best and brightest entrepreneurs, and to celebrate those who make Timmins a great place to do business,” said Bender.

“That said, the best can’t be celebrated unless they’re nominated, so we’re looking to the public to tell us who they think is worthy by nominating their friend, boss, client, family member, or even themselves. Fill in the simple online form and let us know what makes them stand out.”

Nominees are now being accepted for the following awards:

  • BMT Insurance & Financial Services Business Contribution to the Community Award (1-5 Employees)
  • The Venture Centre Business Contribution to the Community Award (6-10 Employees)
  • NorthernTel Business Contribution to the Community Award (11+ Employees)
  • FNETB Best Place to Work Award
  • Collège Boréal Young Professional Award (Under 40)
  • RBC Marketing Award
  • PIC Productivity, Innovation & Diversification Award
  • Northern College Service Excellence Award
  • Caisse Populaire de Timmins New Business Award (Under 2 Years)
  • TD Bank Group Business of the Year Award (1-5 Employees)
  • Scotiabank Business of the Year Award (6-10 Employees)
  • Kidd Operations Business of the Year Award (11+ Employees)
  • De Beers Canada Indigenous Partnership Award
  • City of Timmins Non-Profit Organization Award
  • Lifetime Business Achievement Award


This year’s Nova Awards will feature a theme of “Where Business Fits Together,” with puzzle pieces as a

visual motif. This is appropriate, said Bender, as the Nova Awards help to show how the individuals and organizations of our business community are working together to make Timmins a better place to live, work and play.

“Every business in our community, big and small, is an important part of our economy. We’re proud that this is something we can help to highlight for our 15th consecutive year.”

Nomination packages are available online at http://tinyurl.com/NovaAwards2017, and submissions will be accepted until February 2, 2017. Finalists will be notified on March 7, and a full public announcement will be made March 9.

Tickets for the Nova Awards will go on sale March 21, 2017.


About the Timmins Chamber of Commerce

With over 700 members, the Timmins Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest accredited chambers of commerce with distinction in northeastern Ontario. As the “Voice of Business in Timmins” since 1949, our advocacy and policy initiatives focus on ensuring a positive business climate in the City of Timmins.

Media contact:

Nick Stewart
Manager of Policy, Research and Communications
Timmins Chamber of Commerce
(705) 360-1900