TribeHR: Business of the Year Declared at the JA Business Spirit AwardsNovember 04, 2011
Kitchener – Over 300 people representing businesses and non-profit organizations in Waterloo Region were on hand at Bingemens in Kitchener to congratulate Desire2Learn as it was honoured with the Business of the Year Award at Junior Achievement’s annual awards event, relaunched this year as the Business Spirit Awards.
Led by founder and chief executive officer John Baker, Desire2Learn provides development and support of innovative eLearning environments for more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, kindergarten through grade 12, as well as healthcare, associations, government and other leading organizations.
Four other organizations were honoured this evening:
Mentorship Award: Two Blonde Chicks Inc. A marketing communications firm located in Kitchener, Two Blonde Chicks Inc. was presented with the Mentorship Award in recognition of the work they do in the community with young designers – notably their 2010 CreateAthon where the entire 3rd year and some 2nd year Conestoga College graphic design students, as well as their teachers, spent 24 consecutive hours designing and creating marketing materials for 9 non-profit organizations.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award: TribeHR TribeHR’s web-based human resources platform is designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It is open, social and offers tools that simplify and automate the tracking of employee development, vacation and sick time, job postings and goal-setting.
TribeHR has nine employees, was founded in 2009 by Joseph Fung, Jesse Rodgers and Stephen Heron.
Community Service Award: The Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region The Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region provides career exploration for youth in grades 7 – 12. It connects students, educators and employers. The organization facilitates and builds alliances among business, education, labour, government and community partners.
Corporate Citizen Award: Brock Solutions Brock Solutions is an Engineering Solutions company specializing in the design, build and implementation of controls and automation systems for manufacturing and logistics industries.
They have raised in excess of 75,000lbs of food and over $21,000 in cash for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. They have a long history of supporting and working with the KW YMCA from providing subsidized office space for YMCA operations staff in their large Kitchener office facilities and pledging $100,000 to the KW YMCA’s Capital Campaign which was recently completed in Waterloo.
Those in attendance learned about Junior Achievement’s Student Company Program which allows students in grades 9 – 12 to test their entrepreneurial mettle and to learn about business concepts by creating companies of their own which produce and sell products over the course of the 22-week program.
The JA Student Company with the best overall results in the 2010-11 Academic year was Candle Works. President Ashley Harnarine accepted the award on behalf of her company. To learn more visit here.