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Guelph Chamber Celebrates 2023 Business Award Recipients at Guelph Awards of Excellence Event

Jun 19, 2023

Guelph, June 19, 2023:  On June 15, 2023 the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted community leaders to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations, and individuals at the Guelph Awards of Excellence. Recipients of this year’s 2023 Chamber Business Awards were selected from a robust list of finalists and nominees from across Guelph. 


The 2023 Chamber Business Award recipients are:  

Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Linamar:     

John Sleeman

Emerging Business Award, presented by City of Guelph, Economic Development & Tourism:

Lost Aviator Coffee Company

Difference Maker Award, presented by Original Home Furniture:


Not-for-Profit of the Year Award, presented by Bell:

Compass Community Services

Customer Service Award, presented by CN Rail:

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited

Innovation Award, presented by TD Commercial Bank:

Crafty Ramen

Sustainability Award, presented by RBC Royal Bank:

Skyline Group of Companies

Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by The Guelph Community Foundation:

Jim Jarrell & Rose Zen-Soligo

Young Professional of the Year Award, presented by Scotiabank:

Kim Passmore

Frank Hasenfratz Award of Excellence, presented by Conestoga College:

Court Desautels


“The Guelph Awards of Excellence is a community event that gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of the amazing business organizations and leaders that we have here in Guelph,” says Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. “We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate our members and the business community.”


Included with the Chamber Business Awards, the Chamber awarded the inaugural Frank Hasenfratz Award of Excellence, established in memory of the late Frank Hasenfratz, founder of Linamar and long-time community champion.