Finalists announced for 2015 Nova Awards

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2/26/2015 Press Release

Timmins, ON—More than 40 local businesses, organizations and individuals have been officially announced as finalists for the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Nova Business Excellence Awards, the region’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurial achievement.

A panel of six independent community judges narrowed a record-breaking 140 nominations down to three finalists in each of 14 categories. Representing some of the best and brightest of Timmins’ business community, these finalists will be celebrated at the Nova Awards’ gala evening, to be held at the McIntyre Arena on April 16.

Now in its 13th year, the annual awards gala recognizes the many success stories of Timmins’ business community, and their positive impact on the region. The high-quality nominees for this year’s awards are an especially good examples of business’ crucial role in making the city a great place to work, live and play, said Al Thorne, president of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.
“Timmins is recognized internationally for our business expertise, and that’s certainly come through in the incredible nominations we received this year,” said Thorne.
“When you look over the list of finalists, it’s easy to see how that excellence shines in so many different sectors. The record number of submissions speaks to the community’s tremendous pride in their achievements, and we’re equally eager to celebrate them on April 16.”

This year’s gala evening will feature a “cirque” theme, because much like the Big Top, the Nova Awards shine a spotlight on Timmins’ best and brightest, said Thorne.

“Fundamentally, the Nova Awards are all about showcasing the businesses that help to make Timmins great,” said Thorne. “They strengthen our community in countless ways, from providing jobs to local workers to sponsoring sports teams and charitable organizations. We believe that paying homage to their contributions is an important tradition, and it’s one we’re more than happy to continue again this year.”

Tickets to the gala event are $100 plus HST, or $85 plus HST for Chamber members; tables of 10 are available. Ticket reservations can be made via email at

A photo gallery of finalists receiving their notifications is available at

The complete list of finalists is as follows:

Northern College Service Excellence Award

Christopher’s Coffee House
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Timmins
The Mermaid Gallery Ltd. 


RBC Marketing Innovation Achievement Award

Dubé Designs
Guiho Saw Sales & Marine Ltd.
Porcupine Canvas Inc.

NorthernTel Productivity, Innovation &
Diversification Award

Great White North Technology Consulting Inc.

Kidd Operations

Millson Forestry Service

  De Beers Canada Aboriginal Partnership Award

Northern College
Ontario Power Generation and Moose Cree First Nation
Porcupine Gold Mines - Goldcorp Canada Ltd.

City of Timmins Non-Profit Organization Award

Porcupine Dante Club Inc.

Science Timmins Inc.

Timmins Family YMCA

Collège Boréal Young Professional Award

Alicia Pirie, Chic Baby Boulevard
Jonathan Bonney, Timmins Wake Park
Melissa Kelly, Melissa Kelly Dance Academy

Caisse Populaire de Timmins New Business Award
(Under 2 Years)

Chic Baby Boulevard

The Plus Factor

Urban Windows & Doors

BMT Insurance & Financial Services Business Contribution to the Community Award

(1-30 Employees)

Christopher's Coffee House

Freedom 55 Financial

Rogers Communications Inc. (Q92/KISS)
Porcupine Gold Mines - Goldcorp Canada Ltd. Business Contribution to the Community Award (31+ Employees)

BMT Insurance & Financial Services

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

Tim Hortons


FNETB Best Place to Work Award

Blue Heron Environmental

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Timmins

Law Office of Lisa F. Barazzutti
TD Bank Group Business of the Year Award
(1-5 Employees)

GOOD Mining Exploration Inc.

Northern Ontario Appraisals Ltd.

The Mermaid Gallery Ltd.

Scotiabank Business of the Year Award (6-30 Employees)

Discover Fitness with Kate Durst Inc.

Porcupine Canvas Inc.

ReadyQuip Sales & Service Ltd.
Northern Credit Union Limited Business of the Year Award (31+ Employees)

Chateau Georgian Retirement Residence
Giant Tiger
Timmins Building Supplies

National Bank Lifetime Business Achievement Award

McDonald's Pharmacy

Northern Ontario Appraisals Ltd.

Steinberg & Mahn Ltd.

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 750 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.