Toronto Business Development Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following organizations for the 2010 TBDC Awards Gala..
Supporting the Creation of the New Opportunities Incubator
TBDC Awards Gala - A Great Success!
The TBDC Awards Gala held on May 5, 2010 was great success. The award finalists and winners were entrepreneurs who have not only built a successful business from the ground up, but also show a drive, spirit and determination that encourages us all to aim higher, do better and give back to the community.
The evening was not just about celebrating the triumphs of these deserving TBDC Graduates; it was about breaking down barriers for entrepreneurs with a disability by supporting the creation of TBDC’s New Opportunities Incubator – the first incubator of its kind in North America dedicated to helping people with disabilities start their own business.
Our thanks to Canadian Paralymic Gold Medalist Paul Rosen who was a truly inspiring keynote speaker and CBC news anchor, Suhana Merharchand who was a gracious host for the evening's ceremonies.
Please view the coverage of the TBDC Awards on NotableTV.com.
2010 TBDC Award Winners:
Congratulations to all our 2010 TBDC Awards winners. Undoubtedly, these rising stars in the business world truly embody the essence of entrepreneurship.
Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Jason Van Tassel, Mouth Media Inc.
With a 1,700 square foot loft space on trendy Queen St. West, Mouth Media has come a long way from the small windowless den from which it was launched in 2003. In that time, the new media design house has become the go-to creative crew for agencies, businesses and organizations alike including two of their largest clients, Mirvish Productions and Luminato. But despite its success, Mouth Media continues to offer web and branding services designed especially to suit entrepreneurs’ needs and budget—showing that Mouth Media hasn’t forgotten its entrepreneurial roots. With savvy marketing campaigns like Canada’s Worst Website Contest, Mouth Media’s fresh ideas and approach are clearly more than just lip service. www.mouthmedia.com
Excellence in Youth Entrepreneurship
, Method Creative Studios
After graduating from Humber College, Jeff Mann jumped head first into the deep-end of the ad industry. He was first nabbed by one of the top national ad agencies and was then hired as creative director for Virgin Mobile Canada at the age of 24. With an approach to creative work described as passionate, strategic and slightly eclectic, Jeff eventually built Method Creative Studios. As a boutique studio they can switch gears quickly, involve clients throughout the process, push brands to new realms of potential and take on only the projects they’re passionate about so they never have to compromise creatively. Jeff has also lent his talent to the local music and acting communities, providing design and promotional services at budget prices. Method Creative Studios do not harbor grand aspirations to take on the titans of the industry, but instead set the standards for design and execution excellence. www.themethod.ca
Excellence in Community Impact
To “design, create and educate,” has always been the mandate of Anthony Stanberry’s family-run company Freeze DNA— a business which began in his mother's basement. Now Freeze DNA is a successful publishing company with seven book titles on the market that teach children how to draw comic art. Anthony’s first book, Blac Ice, is a graphic novel which developed out of the realization that there are more green superheroes than black ones, identifying a real need for strong and intelligent black leading characters. Learn to Draw Comic Art: Ultra Heroes Blac Ice Edition teaches people to draw characters from Blac Ice inspired by legendary afro-Canadian and African-American figures. A teacher and role model to young kids, Anthony travels across Canada instructing children on drawing with his Freeze Kids Comic Book Art workshops. Although he notes he lacked experience, industry knowledge and finances when he started Freeze DNA, Anthony’s commitment to promoting literacy and art is nothing short of heroic. www.freeze-dna.com
Excellence in Perseverance
, Design Revolution
Growing up knee-deep in her parent’s home-based renovation business, Sunny Gervan’s lifelong interest in home design began early. Later, she also developed an enthusiasm for environmental issues and a devotee of the creative arts. By combining her passions, Sunny created the full-service architectural and restoration company Design Revolution in 2007. With a focus on sustainable design and eco-friendly home renovation products, Sunny’s services include architectural plans, building permit procurement and project management. Sunny’s career path, however, has not been without struggle, having faced debilitating fatigue and illness. But through her love for Moksha Yoga and her passion for her work, Sunny has overcome the obstacles and continues to run a thriving “revolutionary” home design business. www.designrevolution.ca
Excellence in Innovation
, Distility Branding
At the tender age of seven on a week-long boat journey from Oxford England to Canada, Axle Davids was forced to find ways to entertain himself and learned a thing or two about innovation and invention along the way. Later in life, Axle was creative director at two of Canada’s top interactive agencies but wanted to take his unique ideas and start anew. What initially began as aXle Branding has since evolved into Distility Branding: a business based on the belief that consensus is the key to effective re-branding. Led by an insightful branding expert, Distility Branding’s 1day1brand workshops bring together a company’s biggest minds into one room for an entire day. The result? A radically accelerated process of creating a defined brand in one session. A welcome change from conventional branding efforts. www.distility.com