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Business excellence celebrated by Bradford Board of Trade

Annual awards gala helps 'validate the hard work, dedication, and innovative spirit of businesses and individuals in our community', board president says

The results are in, with 13 winners standing out ahead of the pack.

The Bradford Board of Trade held their annual Business Excellence Awards Gala at the Club at Bond Head Oct. 28. For more than 15 years, the awards have celebrated the achievements and success of the local business community.

“These awards recognize and validate the hard work, dedication, and innovative spirit of businesses and individuals in our community,” Ryan Shapcott, board president said via email. “The gala on Saturday night brought the business community together as they celebrated, networked and enjoyed a night out with their fellow business owners.”

In addition to gala staples like the community and people’s choice awards, this year also featured the debut of the Student Achievement in Business Award which highlighted one student from Bradford District High School and one from Holy Trinity Catholic School.

“Two exceptional students are chosen from their schools’ business department, focusing on the students’ dedication, hard work and creativity in their business program,” Shapcott said.

In total, the gala featured 13 awards and winners including:

  1. People's Choice Award
    Winner: Premier Inflatables
  2. Agriculture Award
    Winner: Dominion Farm Produce Ltd.
  3. Community Award
    Winner: Genesis Gymnastics
    Sponsored by: Pall-Con Construction Ltd.
  4. Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Winner: David Ma, Status Detail Co.
    Sponsored by: Eye Candy Ads
  5. Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Winner: Lisa Dracup, Dracup Insurance Brokers Ltd.
    Sponsored by: Sabari Orthodontics
  6. Start Up Business Award
    Winner: Magical Events
  7. Home Based Business Award
    Winner: Eye Candy Ads
  8. Employer of the Year Award
    Winner: Addictive Design
    Sponsored by: Genesis Gymnastics
  9. Woman of Influence Award
    Winner: Elsie Silva Kniff, Biz 2 Biz Links Inc.
  10. Business Excellence Award
    Winner: Sabari Orthodontics
    Sponsored by: Addictive Design
  11. Student Achievement In Business Award
    Winner: Nikhil Vadera, Bradford District High School
    Sponsored by: Dominion Farm Produce Ltd.
  12. Student Achievement In Business Award
    Winner: Kiara Botas, Holy Trinity Catholic High School
    Sponsored by: Dominion Farm Produce Ltd.
  13. Economic Development Award
    Winner: Utilicon Engineered Precast Structures
    Sponsored by: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury

“We also had an overwhelming amount of support from our sponsors and business community donating their services and products to the gala. Bradford businesses truly represent a community family,” Shapcott said.

As a chamber of commerce and non-profit organization, the board’s mandate is to sustain and promote local businesses and it says it is committed to enriching the lives of its members and the business community through services, networking and advocacy.

For more information about the board, visit

Michael Owen

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Michael Owen has worked in news since 2009 and most recently joined Village Media in 2023 as a general assignment reporter for BradfordToday
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