Celebrating leadership, diversity and inclusion in business

Global Advantage Business Awards: Winners to be announced March 29

Guelph, Ont., March 27, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday, March 29 to announce the winners of the first-ever Global Advantage Business Awards.

The awards celebrate businesses and individuals that demonstrate leadership in immigrant employment and entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington.

Four awards will be given out in the following two categories:

  • Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace Award—honouring businesses that hire immigrants and that recognize diversity and international skills and experience as a benefit to their business, and have implemented practices to support cultural and religious diversity in the workplace.
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Award—honouring immigrants who have arrived in Canada since 2000 and who are driving local innovation and economic growth by launching successful businesses.

“These awards celebrate the incredible value that immigrants bring to the Guelph and Wellington  business community through their skills, experience, and drive to establish themselves in their new home,”  says Ella Henderson, project specialist with the GWLIP. “We were blown away by the quality of the nominations received and we are thrilled to showcase all the exciting work being done by local business people.”

Fourteen nominees will be recognized at the breakfast being held at the Italian Canadian Club. Nominee profiles can be found at guelphwellingtonlip.ca.

In addition to the awards presentation, there will be speeches by Jim Estill, a local business leader and Syrian refugee settlement champion, and Guelph’s Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield. A video greeting from Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger will be shared with the audience.


Global Advantage Business Awards


Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism (video greeting)
Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
Cathy Downer, City of Guelph Councillor
Dennis Lever, Wellington County Warden
Jim Estill, CEO of Danby
Global Advantage Business Awards nominees:

  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship Success Award – Guelph
    Laza Food & Beverage Inc.
    YoYo Bilingual Spanish Daycare
    Himalayan Grocers
  • Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace Award – Guelph
    Cargil Ltd.
    City of Guelph
    Conseil Scholaire Vilamonde
    Subway Franchise – Divinder Grewal
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship Success Award – Wellington
    My Kitchen by Gancena
    Pinetree Pet Care Centre
  • Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace Award – Wellington
    Danby Appliances
    Mapleton’s Organics
    Tivoli Films
    TG Minto Corporation


Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson Street, Guelph


Wednesday, March 29
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our sponsors

The County of Wellington, the City of Guelph’s Invest in Guelph initiative, and Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation.

About the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

The GWLIP is a large coalition of individuals and organizations addressing the social and economic challenges that immigrants face. Funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph, its goal is to create a caring and equitable community where everyone thrives.

For more information

Ella Henderson
Project Specialist
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
519-822-1260 extension 2634