Nominations now open for Mayor’s Innovation Awards

(Barrie, ON) – Nominations are now open for the 2020 Mayor's Innovation Awards, an annual initiative celebrating and recognizing the year's most creative solutions from businesses, individuals, and community groups in Barrie.

“Over the past year, many businesses, non-profits, and organizations across all sectors have found innovative solutions and created new approaches," said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The Mayor's Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase these accomplishments and allow us to continue to celebrate the incredible evolution of business ideas that continue to drive our economy and community in Barrie."

Like many businesses and organizations, the 2020 Awards have evolved to go 'Beyond the New Normal', and reflect themes of resilience and adaptation. This evolution includes the first awards sponsor, consulting firm Adams Hamilton, along with three new nomination categories and one returning favourite, for a total of four categories: Creative Collaboration, Pivot Point, Community Impact, and Shift Disturber. The program this year will also include a pitch session where judges will ask finalists targeted questions, identify opportunities for growth, and share advice and encouragement.

The 2019 Awards received 84 nominations, with the following winners: OrderEase (Innovative Startup), Grove Park Home (Innovative Institution), Environmental Systems Corporation (Innovative Business), Theatre by the Bay (Non-profit/Social Venture), and Chris Adams (Shift Disturber).

Nominees and finalists are evaluated by more than 20 judges from across the region and province. Nominations are open to businesses, organizations, and individuals from all sectors, stages, and sizes. Nominations will be accepted until December 17, 2020. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in 2021, date to be confirmed.

Residents and non-residents are encouraged to nominate a deserving business, organization or individual atinvestbarrie.ca/InnovationAwards.

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Melanie Rumley
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