CanadianSME Announces Finalists for the 2023 Small Business Awards

Advocis nominated at the Canadian SME National Business Awards

Globe Newswire, CanadianSME

April 29, 2024 – Excitement is in the air as we share the exciting news of Advocis being nominated at the Canadian SME National Business Awards in the category of Business of the Year 50+ Employees Top 1 Award! 

Reflecting on the past year, our Association has encountered its fair share of challenges, like many other Canadian businesses. But amidst it all, we’re incredibly fortunate to have the support of our loyal Members, as well as the dedicated staff from our National office, and a supportive network of Chapter Volunteers + Committee Members across Canada. 

It’s moments like these that continue to fuel our commitment to make impactful contributions in the ever-evolving financial advice landscape, and our strive to ensure that all Canadian consumers have access to sound professional financial advice. 

Read the full release from CanadianSME below! 

– – We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the highly anticipated 2023 CanadianSME Small Business Awards. In collaboration with Google Canada, this year’s event theme, “Innovate and Connect: Empowering Small Businesses for a Digital Tomorrow,” highlights the crucial role of digital innovation, connectivity and the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises nationwide.

The awards gala, set for June 7th, 2024, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will bring together a diverse group of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and government officials to celebrate the achievements of Canada’s small business sector. The evening will feature a keynote from Natasha Walji, Managing Director at Google Canada.

This year’s awards attracted a multitude of entries nationwide and were judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders based on criteria such as innovation, growth, and community impact. The finalists represent the best of Canadian entrepreneurship, showcasing creativity and resilience in integrating digital technologies into their business practices.

“Canadian SMEs are the lifeblood of the Canadian economy, and the finalists of the 2023 CanadianSME Small Business Awards exemplify the spirit of innovation that drives our economy forward. At Google Canada, we are proud to work alongside CanadianSME to celebrate these remarkable businesses who are harnessing the power of AI and shaping the future of our economy.” – Natasha Walji, Managing Director at Google Canada.

SK Uddin, the founder of CanadianSME, commented on the upcoming gala: “We are eagerly anticipating the recognition of the outstanding contributions of Canada’s small business community to our economy. This year’s theme, ‘Innovate and Connect,’ celebrates the digital tools and networks increasingly central to modern business success. We are expecting a fantastic collection of insights and success stories at the event.”

We sincerely thank Google Canada for its continued support of the SME Awards 2023, which has been crucial to the event’s success.

“We’re honoured to celebrate the outstanding achievements of small businesses across Canada who are making tremendous contributions in their industries and demonstrating what it takes to succeed in a highly competitive and dynamic market,” says Don Ludlow, Vice-President of Small Business, Partnerships & Strategy, RBC. “The finalists of the 2023 CanadianSME Small Business Awards are a further testament to the extraordinary resilience, leadership and ingenuity of this community, and we’re thrilled to put a spotlight on their inspiring stories of entrepreneurship.”

Paul Gaspar, small business director at UPS, extends his “congratulations to all the finalists.” A longtime supporter of CanadianSME, UPS is “honoured to be involved in such a great event celebrating our Canadian business owners,” he adds.

“We are so proud to celebrate Indigenous excellence by supporting the Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award, highlighting the effect they have on both the community and culture of SMEs more broadly here in Canada,” said Tu Elliott, Cultural Advisor & Indigenous Affairs of Xero. “Small businesses are so integral to the fabric of our economy, and Indigenous entrepreneurs in particular enrich the ways in which we operate, grow and connect back to our roots.”

“It’s truly inspiring to witness the creativity and determination of this year’s finalists. From startups and solopreneurs to independent artists and family-owned restaurants, SMEs are critical to our communities and our nation’s economy,” said Frank Vella, CEO at Constant Contact. “Constant Contact has been an advocate for small businesses for over 25 years, and as a proud Canadian, I am energized by the innovation happening here in Toronto and all across Canada. We will continue to support Canadian entrepreneurs and deliver the marketing tools and guidance they need to amplify their voices, get closer to their customers and compete against their larger competitors.”

The CanadianSME Small Business Magazine appreciates all sponsors for their steadfast support of the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2023, which honours business excellence across Canada.