Congratulations to Mario Fiorucci for winning the Toronto Business Development Centre's 2009 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award

Mario Fiorucci with The Honourable David C Onley
Mario Fiorucci and other award recipients with The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
the Honourable David C. Onley
Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo
Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo... the award was truly a shared award between Mario and Tara who have been business partners since The Healthy Butcher's inception.
Mario accepting award
Mario accepting award from The Honourable Harinder Takhar, Ontario's Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services
The gala
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 producers, connecting
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.


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.



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