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The Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce will host the 19th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, May 12, 2023 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.

We invite all members and friends of the Chamber and the greater Croatian-Canadian communities across Canada to join us.

This exceptional evening will include a discussion between Violet Grgich, President of Grgich Hills Estate, and Victor Dodig, President and CEO of CIBC.


Grgich Hills Estate is a renowned winery located in the heart of Napa Valley, California. It was founded in 1977 by winemaker Miljenko Grgich and his business partner, Austin Hills. On April 1, 2023 Miljenko Grgich celebrated his 100th birthday, marking a remarkable journey in winemaking that has spanned over several decades.  He is particularly known for his role in producing the winning Chardonnay at the famous “Judgment of Paris” wine competition in 1976, which put California wines on the map.

In 1996, Miljenko Grgich and his daughter, Violet Grgich established Grgić Vina. Miljenko started the winery to produce the finest wines from native Dalmatian grapes and concentrates on crafting Croatia’s very best varietals: Plavac Mali and Pošip. The winery is perched overlooking the Adriatic Sea just north of the historic walled city, Dubrovnik, in the southern Dalmatia wine region of Croatia.

Today, Violet Grgich serves as President of Grgich Hill Estate. Together, Miljenko and Violet are known for their commitment to sustainable and organic farming practices, as well as their dedication to producing high-quality wines that reflect the unique terroir of their vineyard sites. Their close relationship and shared passion for winemaking has helped to create a legacy of excellence that has earned them both widespread respect and admiration in the wine world.

  • Cocktail hour, dinner and open bar
  • Presentation of the 19th BEAs
  • Presentation of scholarship and bursary awards
  • Entertainment
  • Silent auction and raffle – proceeds of which will be used to benefit the Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund
  • Art Exhibit by Tatjana Hutinec
  • Beer Tasting with Baka Beer
  • Wine Tasting with Croatia Unpacked

Please join us for an evening of outstanding recognition, fine food, and entertainment!





Nomination Process

Deadline: March 27, 2023

Nominations will be considered for two consecutive years and do not have to be refiled the second year.  Nominations received in 2020 (prior to the cancellation of BEA 2020) and 2022 will be automatically entered and considered.

Those nominated but not recognized after two years may be nominated again by filing a nomination package with updated information.

There is no cap on the number of nomination packages eligible for submission.

All nominations must be submitted in writing. Verbal nominations will not be accepted. Nominations may be made by on-line submission, regular mail, e-mail, or hand delivery.

Click HERE for Award Categories and Nomination Forms

Nomination Criteria

Consideration will be given to performance and achievement in any of, but not limited to, the following areas:

• Leadership and entrepreneurship
• Product/service/market innovation
• Any unique business achievements
• Sales and/or employment growth and technological advancement
• Excellence in community relations/promotion
• Customer service and reliability
• High standards of employee relations

Selection Process

The award recipients are determined through a voting panel composed of the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the previous year’s award recipients.  The selection process is moderated and approved by the Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia.

Announcement of Award Recipients

The names of the award recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, May 12, 2023 in Burlington, Ontario.  The names will also be published on the Chamber’s website as well as by news release.

Nominations are encouraged from all members and friends of the Chamber and the greater Croatian-Canadian communities across Canada.

Thank you to our 2022 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.