The FirstOntario 1Awards

The winners for this year’s Hamilton/Halton and Niagara 1Awards have been revealed, and because the pitches were so outstanding, the judges choose four businesses (instead of the usual three) in each competition to share a combined $300,000 in cash and in-kind services. Congratulations to everyone- this year’s group of winners could not be more diverse.

1Awards Hamilton/Halton

Caliber Communications is a technology-based security company that operates on less than 60 watts of power. Humble Bee Inc. specializes in urban beekeeping, honey production and breeding. The Burnt Tongue stirs up some of the best soup you’ve ever tasted and White Elephant showcases Canadian-made women’s fashion. These unique Hamilton businesses all shared their stories of success, their ideas for the future and a genuine love for what they do.

In order left to right: Burnt Tongue, Caliber Communications, White Elephant, Humble Bee

1Awards Niagara

Hamill Machine Company develops products for wine, beer and food sectors for international customers and Hometown Ice Cream crafts all natural ice cream treats in downtown St. Catharines. Rooted in Niagara, Thorpe Concepts delivers hand-crafted kitchens and cabinetry and Stathletes is a sports analytics company with a focus on hockey. All of these business owners call Niagara home and their passion for business, community and local pride all came through in their pitches.

In order left to right: Kevin Dobbs (Hamill Machine Company), Linda Vanderwetering (Hometown Ice Cream), Julia Thorpe, Caleb Thorpe (Thorpe Concepts), Corrine Peters (Statheletes)

Thank you to everyone who applied, we’re already looking forward to next year!


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