Mayor’s Innovation Awards Ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14!

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About the Mayor’s Innovation Awards

The fourth annual Innovation Awards go ‘Beyond the New Normal’, discovering and celebrating stories of strength, creativity, and adaption from across the community. The awards recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations whose innovative approaches and sheer determination contributes to a resilient foundation for our city.

2021 Categories

Creative Collaboration

Recognizing two or more companies/organizations that have forged an alliance and reached new heights or achievements that they couldn’t have alone. Contributions may be across sectors, industries, geographies, or verticals; milestones may span the development of new products, services, supply chains, operations, and beyond!

Pivot Point

Recognizing a company or organization that has discovered and pursued opportunity(ies) to grow in unexpected directions when faced with market or operational challenges. A need to purposefully take action with risk was addressed and implemented. They have assessed, adapted, and evolved with key changes to their business model or processes that show promising results. Actions may include new revenue sources, new uses for products, evolving to service new needs, and more.

Community Impact

Recognizing an organization (public or private) or individual that has stepped up to proactively build connection, resilience, and morale among Barrie residents, businesses, and/or cultural communities. Nominees may come from any sector or sphere!

Shift Disturber

Recognizing an individual who has championed innovation in their organization or community. Where others see opposition, they see opportunity. This individual is a powerhouse of creative problem solving, shaking up norms and spearheading strategic solutions in the midst of uncertainty.

2021 Nominees

• Brotech Precision CNC

• Black Controls Company Inc.

• Canadian Musicians Cooperative

• Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County

• Chantal Baker of Baker Studios

• Christine and Tom Nayler of Ryan’s Hope

• CNIB SmartLife Centre Barrie

• Dieter Mueller

• Donald Carty

• Dr. Matthew Follwell

• DriveWise and Northern College

• Jamie Hesser of Treetop Trekking Barrie

• Janette McGee of YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka

• Jenna Green of Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

• Jim Lowe of Assisting You Social

• Kimberly Crook of Glow Day Spa Inc

• Marcia Woods of FreshSpoke

• MediPharm Labs

• Mehrnoush Radfarma of AGTA Home Health Care Simcoe County

• Melissa Bull of Barrie Chamber of Commerce 

• Michael Agema of AGEMA Work

• Mooshfood Supermarket

• Nikki Glahn of Barrie Families Unite

• Patricia Dent of Ask For Directions Training

• PRNT Collective

• Rebecca Bartley of Trooper Pet Massage and Services

• Renee and Tracy of Creative Bean

• Restaurant Cocina Mexicana

• Robert D Stewart of White Tuque

• Sandra Joy of The Power of You Psychotherapy & Counselling

• Sara Bentham of Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

• Talk is Free Theatre

• Tamara Disaverio of Bliss Beneath

• Theatre by the Bay and Tourism Barrie

• UPlift Black and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre


Collaborating Partners

The Mayor’s Innovation Awards is a massive community movement that encompasses collaboration and bold new ways of moving forward in an ever-changing climate. Invest Barrie would like to thank our sponsors, Adams Hamilton, Grant Thornton, and  Meridian Credit Banking, judges, everyone who nominates, and nominees themselves. Every small idea helps us move ‘Beyond the New Normal’.

Patricia Dent
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