Finalists announced for 2014 Nova Awards

Date ArticleType
4/3/2014 Press Release

Timmins, ON—Nearly 40 local businesses and organizations have been named as finalists for the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Nova Business Excellence Awards, the region’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurial achievement.

A panel of six independent community judges narrowed more than 100 nominations down to three finalists in 14 categories, each representing some of the best and brightest of Timmins’ business community. They will be celebrated at the Nova Awards’ gala evening, to be held at the McIntyre Arena on May 22.

Now in its 12th year, the awards gala recognizes the best of Timmins business. This history of local excellence continues to be reflected in the caliber of this year’s nominees, according to Phil Barton, President of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

“Timmins is home to some incredibly innovative businesses and passionate entrepreneurs, which shines through the impressive nominations that we received,” said Barton.

“It says a great deal about the community to see this year’s finalists include so many fantastic companies from so many different sectors, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements on May 22.”

This year’s Nova Awards will feature a “garden party” theme, which recognizes not only the season but also how local businesses help to grow Timmins’ economy.

“The Nova Awards are really about recognizing companies that make Timmins a uniquely great place to succeed,” said Barton. “Our entrepreneurs are also our neighbors, and it’s crucial to note that they strengthen our economy while funding college scholarships, sponsoring sports teams, and providing jobs. We’re happy to help honour them, and that so many in the community are willing to join us in this celebration.”

Tickets to the gala event are $90 plus HST, or $75 plus HST for Chamber members; tables of 10 are available. Ticket reservations can be made via phone at (705) 360-1900, via email at, or by visiting the Chamber website at

A photo gallery of finalists receiving their notifications is available at

 The finalists in each category are:

Business Contribution to the Community
(1-30 Employees)

Dubé Designs
Lemongrass Custom Floral & Home Décor
N. Lacroix Plumbing & Heating
  Porcupine Gold Mines - Goldcorp Canada Ltd.
Business Contribution to the Community
(31+ Employees)

Davidson de Laplante Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Giant Tiger
Kidd Operations
Service Excellence

Guy’s Custom Cabinets
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Timmins
Paul Ayotte Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  Caisse Populaire de Timmins (Under 2 Years)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Timmins
Narrative Interiors
The Movement Studio
RBC Marketing Innovation Achievement

Boivin Law Office
Dubé Designs
Rainville Health
  College Boréal Young Entrepreneur (Under 30)

Kimberly Sulatycky, Bliss Beauty Bar
Jessica Trudel, Cursor Communications
Paul Brunet and Alain Lefebvre, Great White North
Technology Consulting Inc.

NorFab Metal and Machine Best Place to Work

HGS Canada Inc. (Timmins)
Kidd Operations
Panels and Pipes Inc.
  TD Bank Group Business of the Year (1-5 Employees)

Discover Fitness with Kate Durst Inc.
Neo Laser Tag Inc.
Quantum Realty Services Ltd.
Scotiabank Business of the Year
(6-49 Employees)

Guy’s Custom Cabinets
Porcupine Canvas
Rainville Health
  Business of the Year (50+ Employees)

Detour Gold
East Side Mario’s
Premier Recycling Ltd.
City of Timmins Non-Profit Organization

Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins
Stella Nova Gymnastics Centre
Timmins Native Friendship Centre
  Environmental Excellence

Bees and Berries Farm
Blue Heron Environmental
Premier Recycling Ltd.
NorthernTel Technology

EDM Digital
Gorf Manufacturing/Contracting Ltd.
Great White North Technology Consulting Inc.
  De Beers Canada Aboriginal Partnership

To be announced at the Nova Awards

For more information contact:
Nick Stewart
Manager of Policy, Research and Communications
Timmins Chamber of Commerce | (705) 360-1900

About the Timmins Chamber of Commerce
With more than 800 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.