SUDBURY -- For 23 years, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Bell Business Excellence Awards to not only recognize the contributions of local business owners, but to also learn from and about them.

From young entrepreneurs operating out of their home to established owners of international companies, this annual event is a celebration that recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers.

The nominations are in and the judges have made their selections for this year's awards and here are the winners and the finalists:

Best Place to Work Winner - M.I.C. Canadian Eatery & Whisky Pub - Dave Gagnon, owner/operator


  • Travelway Inn Sudbury - Giulia Langois, Director of Operations
  • Rock Solid Computer Services (Sudbury) Inc. - Dean Bishop, President

Business Start-Up Winner - IVEY Group - Anthony Lawley, president & CEO


  • Northern Law LLP - Jordan E. Duplessis, partner
  • Round 2 Fitness - Michelle Medina Munro, Owner and Head Coach

Company of the Year Winner - Cambrian Ford - Scott McCulloch, president


  • Plan A Long Term Care Staffing & Recruitment - Sheri Tomchick, CEO/President
  • Ezentials Inc.  - Tracy Gilbert, Naturopathic Doctor and Owner

Entrepreneur of the Year Winner - Stitch & Stone - Gabrielle Roy, owner


  • City Welding Sudbury Limited - Robert Brouillette, owner/president
  • Adoro Olive Oils & Vinegars - Jodie Gibson, owner

Innovation Winner - Ionic Mechatronics - André Dumais, president, Ionic Technologies Group


  • Hiawatha’s - Hiawatha Osamick, owner/executive chef
  • Capella Innovation Inc - André Ferron, vice president

Non-Profit/Charity Excellence Winner - Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC) - Dayna Caruso, executive director


  • Greater Sudbury Multiple Births Association -Stefanie Gemmel, chair
  • Volunteer Sudbury/Bénévolat Sudbury - Stephanie Cooke, president

Service Excellence  Winner - Total Nursing Care Inc. - Kathy Wells McNeil, owner/CEO


  • Petryna Advertising - Pamela Therrien, CEO
  • HamptonInn by Hilton Sudbury - Peter Nykilchuk, general manager

Small Enterprise Winner - Exceptional Painting Inc - Mihai Cristolovean, president


  • Vita Chiropractic and Wellness Centre  - Dr. Janna-Marie Doni, owner/chiropractic
  • Sportify Custom Apparel - Christine Liscum, owner/operator

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner - Ashley Kirwan, co-founder, president, CEO & principal geologist of Orix Geoscience


  • Starlotte Dresen, owner and operator of Starlotte Satine Vintage
  • Anjelica Mazella, owner/chiropractor with Back 2 Health Rehabilitation Centre

Executive of the Year - Ray Jambakhsh, DST Consulting Engineers

This year, instead of a dinner gala, the event will be streamed live on the website.