Welcome to the 2015 Small Business Achievement Awards, presented by AIR MILES® for Business in partnership with PROFIT magazine. The Awards recognize small-business success in Canada. They celebrate the Canadian entrepreneurial spirit, and applaud the passion and perseverance of small-business owners just like you.

The Awards ceremony takes place on February 23, 2015, in Toronto. The Awards will be presented in conjunction with our annual small-business conference, which features lively and informative panel discussions, networking opportunities and a keynote address.

Join Dragons' Den "Top Game Changer" winner Barb Stegemann for her high-energy keynote that will inspire – and ignite – your entrepreneurial spirit.

One of Profit Magazine's "Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs", Barb is the Founder & CEO of the social enterprise, The 7 Virtues of Beauty. The first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture capital deal on CBC's Dragons Den, Barb will share how living the philosophy of The 7 Virtues in her bestselling book can be applied to any business. She is often asked to speak at events alongside world leaders including Bill Clinton, Erin Brockovich, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump to name a few. It is an entertaining and impactful keynote not to be missed!

She will be joined at the Awards conference by other top-drawer speakers including Dragons’ Den advisor and Ryerson professor of entrepreneurship Sean Wise.

  • He successfully started-up three ventures before the age of 27, taking his first company public at 31 

  • In over 15 years of seed investing - including on five seasons of Dragons' Den – Sean helped fund more than a billion dollars in startups 

  • He is the author of Hot or Not: How to Know If Your Business Idea Will Fail or Fly! and the forthcoming Startup Opportunities: How to Know When to Quit Your Job

Kelly Lovell is the twenty-something CEO of the Kelly Effect, helping non-profits and start-ups to mobilize volunteerism, tap into the youth demographic and harness media for social good.

  • Youngest Recipient – WXN 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
  • 2013 Hesselhein Fellow Award – the globe’s top 50 young leaders
  • Rogers’ Young Woman of the Year Award

Kelly will reveal her proven strategies to engaging the millennial audience, and how your company can bridge the gap between old and young, and societal good and business.

The 2nd annual awards honour outstanding entrepreneurial achievement across five categories, and are open to any small business in Canada. Awards will be given for:

Winners of the 2015 Small Business Achievement Awards will each receive a prize package that includes:

  • A mentoring session with a business leader specific to the award category
  • 10,000 AIR MILES reward miles
  • A feature in Canadian Business magazine
  • Return airfare for two to Toronto, accommodation and two tickets to the 2015 Small Business Achievement Awards