Past Winners

2016

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Spring Travel Service Ltd.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Irene Markus
Ivan Mihaljević

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Leo Marasović, Total Mortgage Solutions

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Dr. Josipa Petrunić

COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Edward J. Mavrinac

50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
Ivica and Karmen Lončarić
Zvuci Hrvatske

2015

Keynote Speaker
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
NAMCO Machine and Gear Works Ltd. – Bernard Vuković

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Copper Electric – Ignac Radencich

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Marica Gaspic-Piskovic

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Lynda Žugec – The Workforce Consultants

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Dr. Andrea Bezjak, Radiation Oncologist

COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jerko Granić

2014

Keynote Speaker
Luka Misetic, Attorney at Law

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Tippet-Richardson Limited – John Novak

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
In2ition Realty – Debbie Ćosić

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Daniel Šimunac

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Brian and Raymond Zenkovich – Winzen Group of Companies

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Tony Sokić CA, CPA
Dr. Marko Duić

COMMUNITY ACHEIVEMENT
Marija Kraljević
Anthony W. Rasporich, PhD

FRIEND OF THE CROATIAN COMMUNITY
Mayor Hazel McCallion

2013

Keynote Speaker
Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC

Large Business of the Year
NBM Engineering , Nick Brkić

Small Business of the Year
Fabtech Manufacturing Inc., Michael Adzijevich

Executive of the Year
Sonja Banić, City of Mississauga

Entrepreneur of the Year
Marko Radošević , Nexus Systems Group

Professional of the Year
Dr. Igor Štagljar
Dr. Nino Kuzmar

Community Acheivement
Dr. Marko Mihić
Jeanne Valetić

Friend of the Croatian Community
Tony Ruprecht

2012

Keynote Speaker
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The Herjavec Group Inc. – Mr. Robert Herjavec

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Canadian Star Aluminum Inc. – Mr. Ivan Petrovic

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Mr. Michael Kraljevic – Toronto Port Lands Company

ENTREPRENEUR THE YEAR
Mr. Frank Beljo – I.T. Mission

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Dr. Tony Ozanic

COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT
Mr. Vladimir Pernar

2011

Keynote Speaker
Bob Bratina, Mayor of the City of Hamilton

Small Business of the Year
Igman Electric Ltd.

Executive of the Year
Marko Juricic, Mady Contract Division Ltd.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Wanda Srdoc, White Truffles

Community Achievement
Ana Ganza
Dr. Ivan Hrvoic

Professional of the Year
John Grguric, B. Arch., B. Tech., Architect, OAA

Professional of the Year
Lilly Rojnica M.D. F.R.C.P. (C)

2010

Keynote Speaker
Robert Herjavec, Entrepreneur and Business Leader

Large Business of the Year 
Coordinate Industries Ltd.

Small Business of the Year 
Croatia Restaurant

Executive of the Year
Edward Dodig from CIBC

Professional of the Year 
Michael Prsa

Professional of the Year 
Dr. Gordan and Susan Markic

Entrepeneurs of the Year 
Debbie Cosic and Mira Tomljenovic from In2ition Realty

Community Achivemnet Award 
Ambassador Vesela Mrden-Korac

Lifetime Community Service Award 
Croatian National Home – Hamilton, Ontario

2009

Large Business of the Year 
LS Metal Foundry and Mr. Luka Skara

Small Business of the Year
Rematech Industries and Mr. Ivan Beljo

Executive of the Year
Mario Frankovich, CEO of Burgeonvest Group of Funds

Professional of the Year
Mr. Vladimir Krcmar, Mr. John Cvetkovic and Gloria Loncaric

Entrepreneur of the Year 
Mr. Joe Krasic, the Krasic Group of Companies

Community Achievement Award 
Mr. Ivan Radisic,
Mr. Vladimir Bubrin

Lifetime Community Services Awards 
Croatian Parish Folklore Group “Sljeme” represented by its president Mrs. Sonia Lajtman Balet
Croatian National Sports Club “Croatia Hamilton”

2008

Small Business of the Year
DYNAMIC IRON – Mr. Tom Mrsic, Toronto, ON

Large Business of the Year 
JITSU MANUFACTURING – Mr. Eddy Mudronja, Mississauga, ON

Entrepreneur of the Year
MR. JOHN KOVACEVIC, Tampa Interiors, Mississauga, ON

Professionals of the Year 
DR. VLADIMIR VUKSAN, Toronto, ON
DR. MLADEN VRANIC, Toronto, ON
DR. ANA MARIJA JURICIC, Windsor, ON

Executive of the Year 
MS. BARBARA MISETICH PALMEGIANI, Pure Med Spa, Toronto, ON

Community Achievement Award 
DR. VINKO GRUBISIC, Waterloo, ON
DR. BRIAN KELEMEN, Stoney Creek, ON
MRS. RAJKA KUPESIC, Mississauga, ON

Lifetime Community Service Award 
Croatian National Sports Club “Croatia Toronto”
Queen of Peace Croatian Centre – Norval, ON

2007

The Small Business of the Year Award
POSITIVE LIVING PRODUCTIONS – Ms. Aida Memisevic, Mississauga

The Medium Business of the Year Award 
EUROTRADE IMPORT/EXPORT INC. – Mr. Eko Altic, Mississauga

The Large Business of the Year Award
ITM CORPORATION – Mr. Thomas Vukovich, Toronto

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award 
MR. MIKE KOLAKOVIC, co-owner of Mr. Rooter, Toronto

The Professional of the Year Award 
DR. MLADEN SEIDL, Toronto

The Executive of the Year Award
MS. JAGODA PIKE, Publisher, The Toronto Star, Toronto

The Community Achievement Award 
MR. GEORGE CHUVALO, Fight Against Drugs Foundation, Toronto

Lifetime Community Service Award 
Ms. Valentina Krcmar – Community activist and former editor/publisher of the Iskra publication
Mr. Anton Cetin – World renown artist and community activist
The Katarina Zrinska Croatian Women’s Society

2006

The Small Business of the Year Award 
ELENA SPRALJA-SALDINI, Owner/Manager of Joso’s Restaurant, Toronto

The Medium Business of the Year Award
DUBRAVKO BANDULA, Owner of BMD Tool and Machine Co. Ltd., Mississauga

The Large Business of the Year Award 
MICHAEL LONCARICH, President of EA Abrasives, Hamilton

The International Business of the Year Award
DRAGO VUCKOVIC, Builder of Kongresni Centar “Princess” in Jastrebarsko, Croatia

The Professional Business of the Year Award
MEL MEKINDA, Mekinda Snyder Partnership Architects, Toronto

The Executive of the Year Award 
TIM ORESKOVIC, Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Novopharm Ltd., Mississauga

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 
DR. PAUL BIONDICH, inventor of the I-2 Technology Face Mask used in sports and athletics and Bionica Pain and Healing Gel

The Community Achievement Award 
IVICA PUHALO, longtime community volunteer and lifetime Honourary President of the Canadian-Croatian Library in Mississauga

Distinguished Community Service Award 
JANKO PERIC, the first Croatian-born Member of Parliament who served a total of three terms in federal politics; longtime community activist and one of the founders of the Chamber Lifetime Community Service Award
NIKOLA VRDOLJAK – Co-founder and President of the Canadian Croatian Folklore Federation and longtime instructor of the Zrinski-Frankopan Folklore Ensemble of Toronto.
JOE LONCARICH – Tamburica maestro and longtime folklore instructor of the Croatian National Home in Hamilton, Ontario; co-founder of the Canadian-Croatian Folklore Federation; involvement in Croatian folklore spans over seven decades
ANTUN ZLATAR – longtime instructor of Tamburica and folklore in southern Ontario
SLAVKO REZO – longtime community activist through the United Croats of Canada, Canadian-Croatian Folklore Federation, three Croatian parishes in the Greater Toronto area, and numerous humanitarian organizations during the Homeland War

2005

Lifetime Community Involvement 
Mr. Martin Latincic

Large Business of the Year
Mr. Peter Cosic

Medium Business of the Year 
Mr. Angelo Visic

Small Business of the Year 
Mr. David Yelavich

Entrepreneur of the Year 
Mr. Victor Dodig

Professional Business of the Year 
Mr. Frank Jaksa

Distinguished Community Service Award
Father Josip Gjuran

2004

Academic of the Year Award 
Dr. Ante L. Padjen

Young Professional of the Year Award
Ms. Marina Seidl

Nurturing Success and Promoting Croatian Culture Award 
Dr. Ilija Vranesic

Business Success and Community Enrichment Award 
Ivica and Karmen Loncaric

Business Of The Year
Mr. Josip Pavicic, Likro Precision Ltd.

Large Business of the Year Award 
Tony and Carole Deltin, Frendel Kitchens Ltd.

Outstanding Business Leader of the Year Award 
Mr. Nick Perpick, Prime Restaurants Inc.

Professional Business of the Year Award 
Dr. Mira Saric

Hospitality Excellence Award 
Darko and Erika Vranich

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Mr. Dusko Bezic

Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Mr. Milan Racic

2003

Arts and Letters Award 
Edward Mavrinac

Scholastic Achievement Award
Suzana Hadjur

Global Excellence Award 
Sandra Bezic

Community Service Award 
John Sola

Public Service Excellence Award 
Janko Peric M.P.

Friendship Award 
Mayor Hazel McCallion

Business Woman of the Year 
Ms. Mirjana Salkovic, Pro-Art Dental Lab Ltd.

Business Of The Year 
Mr. Stanko Trtanj, Modern Age Plastics

Employer of the Year 
Mr. Greg Cacic & Mr. Steve Zganjer, G.S. Die and Design

Philanthropic Award 
Mr. John Zdunic, Agram Garden Center

Business Leader
Mr. Lovre Gotovac, LHM Technologies Inc.

Outstanding Businessman 
Mr. Steve Alosinac, Rodenbury Investments

International Businessman
Dr. Ciril Zovko, Importanne

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Mr. Janko Herak, Triad Graphics

Outstanding Entrepreneur Award 
Mr. Robert Herjavec, Herjavec Group

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