Mario Fiorucci and other award recipients with The Lieutenant Governor
the Honourable David C. Onley
Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo... the award was truly a shared award
between Mario and Tara who have been business partners since The Healthy
Mario accepting award from The Honourable Harinder Takhar, Ontario's
Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services
The audience at the award gala.
"Regardless of the day-to-day challenges we face or an economic downturn that
throws additional hurdles at
a business, it is imperative to understand that the businesses we operate are
part of a society and so long as
our businesses provide a product or service that betters society, the business
is bound to flourish. Hiring
people with visible handicaps, buying products from small struggling farmers or
people together that would not otherwise be connected are a few examples of
essential services a society
needs to thrive."
- Mario Fiorucci
The Toronto Business Development Center honoured their entrepreneurs at the
Essence of Entrepreneurship Awards at the Granite Club in Toronto. Speeches were
given by keynote speakers Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable David
C. Onley and admired community leader Ms. Louise Russo. Emcee for the evening
was Ms. Suhana Meharchand.
TBDC AWARD WINNERS
From innovation, to community impact, to unyielding perseverance, TBDC Awards
Gala celebrates business owners who embody the ‘Essence of Entrepreneurship’.
The Award winners and finalists are people who’ve not only built a successful
business from the ground up, but also show a drive, spirit and determination
that encourages us all to aim higher, do better and give back to the community.
We are pleased to present TBDC Award winners and finalists in five categories.
Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Honours an entrepreneur who has demonstrated creativity and sound
management in achieving dynamic growth.
Mario Fiorucci, The Healthy Butcher ...Winner
Excellence in Innovation
Honours an entrepreneur who has created a new technology or innovative
product or service that have had a positive impact for consumers.
Chris Carder, ThinData ...Winner
Excellence in Perseverance Award
Honours an entrepreneur with a disability who has overcome obstacles
that could have been prohibitive to creating a successful business.
Zoe Zimmerman, Kataya ...Winner
Excellence in Youth Entrepreneurship
Honours an entrepreneur who has successfully applied their
entrepreneurial spirit to the creation of a sustainable business venture.
Jacqueline Sava, Soak Wash ...Winner
Excellence in Community Impact Award
Honours an entrepreneur who has made an impact through creating
employment opportunities, increasing wealth creation or fostering environmental
change in the city of Toronto.
Daniel Merizen, Onigo Imports ...Winner
Winners were announced at the TBDC Awards Gala on May 6, 2009.