Dufferin County, ON: On October 18th, 2018, the Dufferin Board of Trade celebrated the winners of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards. Business leaders from across the county gathered for the awards gala at the OAS Event Centre for an evening of celebration. A total of eight distinguished awards were presented.

The Dufferin Board of Trade is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dufferin Business Excellence Awards:

Business Excellence AwardAward Recipient
Business Citizen of the YearSteve Bowles
Business of the Year – 10 or more EmployeesHighland Restoration DKI
Association of the YearFamily Transition Place
Business of the Year – Under 10 EmployeesMy Broadcasting Corp
Young Professional of the YearPhilip DeWar
Innovator AwardSnapd Dufferin
Community BuilderHeadwaters Dental
Emerging Business AwardShelburne Family Chiropractic


The Dufferin Board of Trade received nominations from across Dufferin County. The Award winners were determined by chambers of commerce, community futures organizations, business incubators, and other business associations outside the area for impartial judging.

The Gala was a celebration of the business community in Dufferin. “This event marked the culmination of Small Business Week in Dufferin County” Pete Renshaw, Chair of the Dufferin Board of Trade, said “Each nominee should be very proud of their achievements and contributions to our community. Special congratulations to our 2018 award recipients”.

The Dufferin Board of Trade was pleased to welcome Mag Ruffman as the host for the evening. The celebration marked the culmination of Small Business Week in Dufferin County.

The Gala began with the Chairman’s Reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Guests had an opportunity to network while enjoying the music of the Sohayla Smith Band. The guests were treated to a three-course farm to table inspired menu prepared by Lavender Blue Catering.



The Dufferin Board of Trade is a membership organization that champions a robust voice for the business community in Dufferin County. With over a century as a strong, trusted, and experienced advocate, the Dufferin Board of Trade is the frontline resource for business, working to ensure a prosperous and innovative business environment in Dufferin. Learn more at www.dufferinbot.ca.


The Business Excellence Awards recognize outstanding businesses and community organizations operating in Dufferin and the greater Dufferin area. The Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of the business community and highlight business leadership, innovation, and growth.


For the full list of nominees and event sponsors click here.