TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Board of Trade has announced the winners of its 2013 Business Excellence Awards, honouring local businesses and entrepreneurial talent in the region. This year, Centerplate Canada was recognized with the Local Economic Impact Award, given to a business that has had significant impact on the Toronto region's economy.
Centerplate Canada was publicly cited for creating more than 300 new jobs while also increasing the focus on regional partnerships by adding 80 small and medium sized local businesses to its supply chain. Additionally, Centerplate Canada developed a "Streets of Toronto" menu strategy for events greeting hundreds of thousands of guests annually, which highlights ethnic dishes reflective of the over 90 different ethnic neighborhoods in the city of Toronto.
"It is a tremendous honour and Centerplate is extremely proud of the exceptional relationships that we have with our clients throughout the Greater Toronto Area," said Des Hague, President and CEO of Centerplate. "Our talented team provides our clients and guests with extraordinary food and beverage experiences that help distinguish Toronto 's venues and build their reputations as world-class destinations. It is our privilege to be their partner in welcoming the world's greatest gatherings right here."
"By partnering with local food and beverage suppliers, Centerplate Canada is having a positive impact on the Toronto region's growing food and beverage cluster," said Carol Wilding, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade. "We are proud to award Centerplate Canada, a recognized leader in the hospitality industry, with the Local Economic Impact Award for its significant contribution to our region's economy."
"Centerplate Canada works hard to enhance the communities in which we live and work. We're extremely pleased to have contributed over $15M to the local economy and we look forward to continued growth throughout the GTA and Canada," said Ashton Sequeira, Regional Vice President.
The 2013 awards were presented at the annual Awards Gala, held November 21 in Toronto .
Centerplate is proud to craft and deliver "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." As the hospitality partner to the region's premier entertainment venues, including the Allstream Centre, the Scotiabank Convention Centre and the Honda Indy Toronto, welcoming millions of guests each year to marquee public events and bespoke private gatherings.
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