The Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington, Ontario, opening with cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
The awards evening is designed to formally recognize leadership, innovation and excellence within the Croatian-Canadian community and significant contributions by Croatian-Canadians to Canadian society as a whole.
This exceptional evening includes;
An interview with special guest Tanya Golešić, President, America’s at Jimmy Choo!
She has also served as the Global Chief Commercial Officer at Canada Goose Inc., Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Business Planning at Marc Jacobs and has held executive positions at Jones New York, Ralph Lauren and NYGARD International.
Katharine Anderson Groethe will share the unique story of “Korta Katarina” Winery
The most reliable ambassadors of Croatia and the beauty of its Adriatic shores are foreign visitors. While most spread stories of their experiences, others recognize and participate in Croatia’s potential and opportunities. One such example is the Anderson family from the U.S., owners of the multi-billion dollar APi Group based in the Twin Cities.
Lee and Penny Anderson, both American, traveled to post-war Croatia in 2001 with the non-profit organization St. David’s Relief Foundation in an effort to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Andersons assisted in the reconstruction of schools and infrastructure for the thousands of people who remained displaced by the devastating war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. While in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Andersons traveled to neighboring Croatia and fell in love with the scenic and architectural beauty of Southern Croatia, its strong cultural heritage, fine cuisine, and – a surprising find – the wine!
The Andersons’ passion for wine (they are Original Trustees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Naples, Florida) and their newfound passion for Croatia inspired them to establish KORTA KATARINA. Over the past 10 years the Andersons and KORTA KATARINA have completed construction on the new state of the art KK winery, tasting room and wine bar and the new boutique hotel “VILLA KATARINA”, located in the small coastal town of Orebić (Pelješac Peninsula).
A presentation of three (3) $2,000 scholarship and four (4) $1,500 bursaries awarded to students enrolled in a full-time post-secondary university or college in Canada.
A silent and live auction and raffle, proceeds of which will be used to benefit the Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund.
Dinner and open bar.
Please join us for an evening of outstanding recognition, fine food, and entertainment!
Attention Title Sponsors!
As a special thank you to our title sponsors, included in your sponsorship is an invitation to join us for a pre-event private reception with Tanya Golešić and Katharine Anderson Groethe, where you will have the opportunity to taste the outstanding wine from “Korta Katarina” Winery!
The reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please note, this invitation is open to 2 guests per sponsorship and excludes Student Ticket Sponsors.
For all-inclusive tickets to BEA 2019 email the form below to firstname.lastname@example.org or please contact us at 416.641.2829 for any further details.
CLICK HERE to nominate an award candidate by March 26, 2019.
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
As a not-for-profit organization, we depend upon the generosity of businesses and individuals to help make this event a great success and sustain various initiatives of the Chamber including subsidizing educational initiatives and supporting the Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund.