Global Advantage Business Awards recipients named

Guelph, Ont., March 31, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first-ever Global Advantage Business Awards.

The awards—celebrating businesses and individuals that demonstrate leadership in immigrant employment and entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington—were handed out March 29 at a breakfast event at the Italian Canadian Club.

Cargill (Guelph) and TG Minto Corporation (Wellington County) received the Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace Award. This award honours 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.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Award, which recognizes immigrants who have arrived in Canada since 2000 and who are driving local innovation and economic growth by launching successful businesses, was awarded to Laza Food and Beverage Inc. (Guelph) and Pine Tree Pet Care Centre (Wellington County).

In all, there were 14 nominees in the two award categories. Nominee profiles can be found at

In addition to the awards presentation, speeches were made by Jim Estill, a local business leader and Syrian refugee settlement champion, and Guelph’s Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield.

This year’s awards were sponsored by the County of Wellington, the City of Guelph’s Invest in Guelph initiative, and Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation.

The GWLIP is funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph.

For more information

Ella Henderson
Project Specialist
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
519-822-1260 extension 2634
[email protected]