Timmins businesses celebrated at 2015 Nova Awards

Date ArticleType
4/17/2015 Press Release

Timmins, ON—The best of Timmins business was on full display at the McIntyre Arena as more than 600 people came out to celebrate the 2015 Nova Business Excellence Awards on April 16.

Hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce for its 13th consecutive year, the sold-out gala event saw 15 awards handed out across a range of categories. The ceremony was again emceed by the Chamber’s Past President Art Pultz, of Rogers Communications Inc., who has overseen the awards portion of the event since its inception.

The slate of more than 40 nominees that were honoured throughout the evening was representative of the passion and ingenuity that local businesses are known for around the world, according to Chamber President Al Thorne.

“If you look at all the business achievements highlighted by tonight’s awards, it’s easy to be impressed by the talent we have right here in Timmins,” said Thorne.
“Our entrepreneurs really are in a class all their own, and the Nova Awards are an important showcase for all that they do.”

The recipients of the 2015 Nova Awards were carefully selected from a record-breaking 140 nominations by a committee of six independent community judges. As every year, the judges determine the award recipients without any input, influence or oversight from the Chamber Board of Directors or staff, thereby ensuring the validity of the process and the results.

“Even 13 years in, the Nova Awards continue to grow, which speaks to local pride in Timmins’ many success stories,” said Thorne. “Our businesses are at the heart of our community, and tonight featured many great examples of how they provide jobs, sponsor sports teams, and fund community projects. The Chamber has always believed in promoting the incredible work they do, and we’re proud to continue celebrating them every year.”

To help celebrate Timmins businesses in style, the Chamber transformed the McIntyre Arena with a “cirque” theme: much like the Big Top, the Nova Awards shine a spotlight on Timmins’ best and brightest, said Thorne.

“Every year, the Nova Awards have a specific theme that affects everything from the décor to the lighting to the appetizers. The Cirque theme made sense for 2015: both are classy events, not to mention that Timmins businesses juggle tasks, tame the competition, and walk the high-wire of daily operations.”

A photo gallery of the 2015 Nova Awards, spanning the finalists’ reception to the awards ceremony and post-event celebration, will be available at the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TimminsChamber

The recipients of the 2015 Nova Awards, and those who accepted on their behalf:

Northern College Service Excellence Award
Sponsored by Northern College

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Timmins
John Crescenzi, general manager

RBC Marketing Innovation

Achievement Award
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Porcupine Canvas Inc.
Brenda Hagerty, general manager

NorthernTel Productivity, Innovation & Diversification Award
Sponsored by NorthernTel

Millson Forestry Service
Monique Koski and Jenny Millson,

co-presidents / foresters

De Beers Canada Aboriginal
Partnership Award
Sponsored by De Beers Canada

Ontario Power Generation and

Moose Cree First Nation
Mike Martelli, senior vice-president,  Hydro Thermal Operations and

Chief Norm Hardisty Jr.

City of Timmins Non-Profit
Organization Award
Sponsored by City of Timmins

Science Timmins Inc.
Antoine Garwah, president

Collège Boréal Young Entrepreneur
(Under 35) Award
Sponsored by Collège Boréal

Alicia Pirie, owner
Chic Baby Boulevard

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

Urban Windows & Doors
Patrick Delisle, co-owner

BMT Insurance & Financial Services

Business Contribution to the Community
(1-30 Employees) Award
Sponsored by BMT Insurance &
Financial Services

Christopher’s Coffee House
Mary Ellen Pauli, owner

    Porcupine Gold Mines - Goldcorp
Canada Ltd. Business Contribution to the Community
(31+ Employees) Award
Sponsored by Porcupine Gold Mines –
Goldcorp Canada Inc.

Tim Hortons
Rob Knox, franchise owner

FNETB Best Place to Work Award
Sponsored by
Far Northeast Training Board

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Brigitte Vanderloo, sales manager

TD Bank Group Business of the Year
(1-5 Employees) Award
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

The Mermaid Gallery
Denis Gelinas, president

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

Discover Fitness with Kate Durst
Kate Durst and Eduardo Suarez,


Northern Credit Union Business of the Year (31+ Employees) Award
Sponsored by Northern Credit Union Limited

Giant Tiger

Greg Kelso, franchise owner

National Bank Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by National Bank

Steinberg & Mahn
Darren Taylor and Don Taylor,

President’s Award
Sponsored by
Timmins Chamber of Commerce

Northern Ontario Appraisals Ltd.
Luc Cloutier, president/owner

For more information contact:
Nick Stewart
Manager of Policy, Research and Communications
Timmins Chamber of Commerce
policy@timminschamber.on.ca | (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.