Business Leadership Wall of Fame

Business Leadership Wall of Fame

The CGLCC has a legacy of recognizing individuals and businesses who have shown a commitment to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that they do. 

The Business Leadership Awards were created to celebrate individuals and companies who have played a special role in driving economic growth in the LGBT+ community.

Please join us in honouring these amazing individuals and companies.

2023

2023 Program Ambassador of the Year: Kayla Maduk, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Bell

2023 Exporter of the Year: Nuts For Cheese

2023 Certified Supplier of the Year: Canvasea

2022

2022 Program Ambassador of the Year: Jessica Grey, RBC

2022 Exporter of the Year: Freshco Inc.

2022 Certified Supplier of the Year: Versatil BPI

2022 EY Pitch Competition Winner: Spoon In

2022 Business Leader of the Year: Terri McDowell

2022 LGBT+ Business Advocate of the Year: Suzie Yorke

2022 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Robertson & Company Ltd.

2022 Young LGBT+ Entrepreneur of the Year: Thierry Alcantara-Stewart

2022 Corporation of the Year: BDC

2022 Legacy Award: Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak

2022 LGBT+ Founder Award: Bobbie Racette, Virtual Gurus

2021

2021 Program Ambassador of the Year: Maude Pariseau, BDC

2021 Exporter of the Year: NONA Vegan Foods Ltd.

2021 Certified Supplier of the Year: Delpath Inc.

2021 EY Pitch Competition Winner: AccessCan

2021 Business Leader of the Year: Jackie Scales

2021 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Northern Commerce (Michael DeLorenzi)

2021 LGBT+ Business Advocate of the Year: Jefferson Darrell

2021 Young LGBT+ Entrepreneur of the Year: Patrick Hunter

2021 National Corporation of the Year: TD Bank Group

2021 Legacy Award: Salah Bachir

2020

2020 Program Ambassador of the Year: Kathy Cheng, Redwood Classics

2020 Exporter of the Year: Boutique 3e Age

2020 Certified Supplier of the Year: The House of Purpose

2020 EY Pitch Competition Winner: NONA Vegan Foods

2020 (National) Business Leader of the Year: Al Ramsay

2020 (Community) Business Leader of the Year: Antoine Elhashem

2020 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Ai-Media Canada Inc. (Tony Abrahams)

2020 Young LGBT+ Entrepreneur of the Year: Dustyn Baulkham

2020 National Corporation of the Year: Scotiabank

2020 Legacy Award: Tegan & Sara

2019

2019 Program Ambassador of the Year: Kiruba Sankar, RBC

2019 Exporter of the Year: MELLOHAWK Logistics

2019 Certified Supplier of the Year: Indie Group

2018/2019 EY Pitch Competition Winner: TransFocus

2019 Business Leader of the Year: Kimberley Messer

2019 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise (Gavin Armstrong)

2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Alex Varricchio

2019 National Corporation of the Year: BMO

2019 Legacy Award: R. Douglas Elliott

2018

2018 Program Ambassador of the Year: Lori Benson, EY

2018 Certified Supplier of the Year: Prompta Consulting Group

2018 Business Leader of the Year: Patrick O’Reilly

2018 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Growing Greener (Connie Stacey)

2019 Young LGBT+ Entrepreneur of the Year: Andrew Wells

2018 National Corporation of the Year: EY

2018 Legacy Award: Patrick Desmarais and Louis Charron

2017

2017 Program Ambassador of the Year: Michael Pacholok, City of Toronto

2017 Certified Supplier of the Year: Presidential Gourmet

2017 Business Leader of the Year: Maura Lawless (The 519) 

2017 LGBT+ Business of the Year: Freshco Inc.

2017 National Corporation of the Year: TD Bank Group

2017 Chair’s (Legacy) Award: Debra Quade (Kellogg Company)

2016

2016 Program Ambassador of the Year: Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC

2016 Certified Supplier of the Year: Annemarie Shrouder International

2016 Business Leader of the Year: Paul Skippen

2016 Corporation of the Year: RBC

2016 Chair’s (Legacy) Award: Chance Mitchell and Justin Nelson

2016 Icon Award: Ed Clark

2015

2015 Program Ambassador of the Year: Marcia Seymour, TD Bank

2015 Certified Supplier of the Year: Éclair Communications

2014

2014 Program Ambassador of the Year: Mary Anderson, WBE Canada

2014 Certified Supplier of the Year: Corporate Specialty Services