Achievement Awards

 

There are many downtown businesses working hard to improve not only their own business, but the larger downtown community. So when businesses succeed, we celebrate them! Every year, the Downtown BIZ recognizes a select number of businesses with the Annual Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards. Individuals who have contributed to the vitality of downtown are presented with these awards at the Downtown BIZ Annual General Meeting in November. We hope you will join us this in celebrating downtown businesses and individuals who have demonstrated leadership, creativity and integrity in operating a successful business in downtown.

 

Past Winners

2016 Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards

Favourite Food Court Fare
Samosa Hut

Downtown Institution
Mitzi’s Chicken Finger Restaurant

Exceptional Service
Hoffman Optical

Best Downtown Escape
Riverstone Spa

Where to GEt it All
Sun Wah Supermarket

Downtown Hot Spot
Sun City Tan Studio

New Kids on the Block
Chante Lingerie Boudoir Boutique

Timeless Classic
Mario Labelle Hairstyliests

Sweetest Spot Downtown
Dessert Sinsations Cafe

2014 Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards

Downtown Party of the Year
Table for 1,200 (Storefront MB & 5468796 Architecture)

Timeless Classic
V.J.’s Drive Inn

Best New Business (Restaurant)
Carbone Coal Fired Pizza

Reinvestment of the Year (Hotel Upgrade)
Delta Winnipeg Hotel

Hip Downtown Transformation
The Garrick Hotel

In Memory of a Good Friend and Dedicated Officer to the Downtown & City of Winnipeg
The Late Jim Poole

Downtown Farmers’ Market (Best New Reason to Explore Downtown)
Margo Malabar, Farmers’ Market Coordinator

Great Downtown People
Turning Leaf Volunteers

Great Downtown Contribution
Winnipeg Trolley Company

2013 Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards

Best New Business & Property Manager
Kids & Company Daycare / Green Valley Management

Most Outstanding BIZ Member Committed to Ending Homelessness & Improving Our City 
Rob Johnston, RBC Regional President

Best Public Institution 
Millennium Library Park

Best Notfor-Profit Institution
Youth for Christ

Best Arts and Entertainment (Not-for-Profit)
Prairie Theatre Exchange

Best Arts and Entertainment
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

Trending Hotspot
Rudy’s Eat and Drink

Timeless Classic (Fine Dining)
Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Timeless Classic (Retail)
Canadian Footwear

Best Small Project (Huge Downtown Boost)
Metric Marketing

2012 Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards

Outstanding Long Term Contribution to Downtown
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Downtown Economic Ambassador Award
Klaus Lahr

Downtown Champions Award
Rick Bel and Ida Albo

Downtown Vibrancy Award
The Pyramid Cabaret

Downtown Spirit Award
Grant Nazarko and Pat Britton – the Canada Living Flag

Downtown Rejuvenation Award
The Avenue Building

Spotlight Award
Hue’s Shoe Repair

Downtown Living Award
Timbercreek Asset Management

Downtown “Rookie of the Year” Award
Stella’s Cafe & Bakery

2011 Downtown BIZ Achievement Awards

Outstanding Community Institution Builders
John and Bonnie Buhler

Leadership in Downtown Growth & Development
James Richardson & Sons Limited

Best Contribution to Downtown Revitalization
Winnipeg Jets

Outstanding Media Commentator
Richard Cloutier – CJOB

Leadership in Downtown Retail and Environmental Design
Mountain Equipment Co-op

Outstanding Long-term Entrepreneur Commitment to Downtown
Pony Corral Downtown – Peter Ginakes

Outstanding Innovative Business
Guppy Graphic Design

2008 BIZ Acheviement Awards

Outstanding Innovative New Business
Blush Ultraclub

Outstanding Long-Term Commitment to Downtown
Mitchell Fabrics

Outstanding Community Contribution
Delta Winnipeg Hotel

Outstanding Entrepreneurial Spirit
Richard Walls

Outstanding Downtown “Institution”
Oscar’s Deli

2007 BIZ Achievement Awards

Downtown Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Michael Schafer, Sydney’s Fine Dining

Best Contribution to Downtown Revitalization
Joe Paletta and Allan McLeod, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Skyview

Best Long-term Entrepreneur Commitment to Downtown
Terry Sakiyama, Patal Vocational School / The Chocolate Shop

Best New Small Business
Julie Land, Cassiopeia’s Bridal Boutique

Fastest Growing Business
Vu Luong and Yen Dao, L.A. Collection*

2006 BIZ Achievement Awards

The Bright Future Award: Downtown Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Hanh Pham, Moi Boutique

The New Small Biz, Big Heart: Best New Small Business Award
Heidi Werschler, Evolution Cafe

Building on Momentum Award: Best Business Contributing to Downtown Revitalization
City of Winnipeg for the Millennium Library

Building on Momentum Award: Best Business Contributing to Downtown Revitalization
CTV Winnipeg for the CTV Headquarters

Speaking from Experience Award for the Best Long-term Entrepreneur Commitment to Downtown
Rogers Communications

2005 BIZ Achievement Awards

Bright Future Award: Downtown Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Jeff Klause, CEO of NetSet Solutions Inc.

New Small Biz, Big Heart: Best New Small Business Award
Sean Sam, owner of Ambience Hair Studio

Building on Momentum Award: Best Business Contributing to Downtown Revitalization
Mark Chipman, Chairman, and Jim Ludlow, President & CEO of True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd. for the MTS Centre

Speaking from Experience Award for the Best Long-term Entrepreneur Commitment to Downtown
Mario Potenza, Owner of Holiday Coiffures Hair Salon

Speaking from Experience Award for the Best Long-term Entrepreneur Commitment to Downtown
Jack Levit, CEO of Lakeview Group of Companies