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Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

In 2015, the New Canadians Centre established the Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award with the generous support of the Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation in order to recognize the achievements of business leadership and community involvement made by newcomers within the Peterborough community. The award was presented to Nic Cunningham of Success Consulting.

We are happy to announce that we will be presenting this award again in 2016 to a noteworthy newcomer entrepreneur in the Peterborough area.


To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must be a newcomer entrepreneur.  By this, we mean that the nominee must have been born or naturalized outside of Canada, having come to the Peterborough area within the last 15 years.  By entrepreneur, we mean a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

The nominee must be located within the City/County of Peterborough, or have been founded and still have headquarters here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to nominate themselves, or you may nominate any qualified individual.

Members of the selection committee may not make nominations.  Staff and Board members of the New Canadians Centre and their immediate families are not eligible for the award.


We have extended the deadline for Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominations to midnight, Monday February 22, 2016!

Judging Criteria

An independent panel of judges will assess the following criteria from eligible nominations:

  • Overcoming cultural or linguistic barriers
  • Excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Demonstration of positive customer service and reliability
  • Community involvement and contribution

Each of these criteria should be addressed separately in the nomination form and each criteria will be given equal weight.

An individual may be nominated more than once, however, the total number of nominations received for any individual will not be considered by the selection panel.

The judging panel will consist of one representative each from

  • The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Fleming College
  • Trent University

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Only the 3 finalists chosen will be notified by the New Canadians Centre and will be invited to attend our 2016 gala “One Night in the Seoul of Korea on 5 March, 2016. The winner of this year’s award will be announced there. The winner will receive a beautiful Zimbabwean stone sculpture from ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery.

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Barratt at the New Canadians Centre at 705-743-0882,

The Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year award is generously supported by:

Peterborough Chamber



2015 Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year winner and finalists