Award Categories

  • Best Entrepreneur, Small to Medium Sized Business - Nunavut

  • Best Entrepreneur, Small to Medium Sized Business - Northwest Territories

  • Best Entrepreneur, Small to Medium Sized Business - Yukon

    Businesses with 100 employees or fewer are eligible for this award.
    Judges will be looking for businesses that offer an outstanding product or service, coupled with great people, innovative marketing and outstanding customer service.

  • Best Large Business - All Territories

    Businesses in Yukon, NWT or Nunavut with over 100 employees are eligible for this award. Judges will be looking for businesses that offer an outstanding product or service, coupled with great people, innovative marketing and outstanding customer service.

  • Most Innovative Company

    This award is for companies that have successfully identified new products or services and brought them to market, or have adapted an existing product or service for a new market.

  • Best Marketing Campaign

    This award recognizes companies who have developed and implemented a marketing strategy that has delivered measurable benefits such as increased awareness, profit, sales and usage.

  • Top Aboriginal-Owned Business

    Companies that are at least 75% aboriginal owned, with the aboriginal owners in the Yukon, NWT or Nunavut, are eligible for this category.

  • Best New Business

    To be eligible for this award the company must be less than two years old. The judges will be looking for innovative business ideas or a clear point of differentiation. Did the company identify a gap in the market for something new? Is it offering a product or service with a special twist that has current and future potential?


  • All companies registered in the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut are eligible to enter the Frozen Globe awards program.

  • Judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

    1. Position within an industry or service sector such as a sector leader, moving up within the sector or specialist in particular products or services

    2. Record of corporate social responsibility, including contribution to community, sector and profession

    3. Willingness to innovate and success of innovations

    4. Strong management team who manage the affairs of the company efficiently and successfully

    5. Record of customer service

    6. Ability to take risks, address risks head on and overcome them to achieve success

    7. Track record for hiring, developing and retaining staff

    8. Impact on the northern business scene

The Judges

  • John A. Honderich
    Toronto, Ontario
    Mr. Honderich started his media career with the Ottawa Citizen in 1973 and moved to the Toronto Star in 1976. At the Star he moved up through the ranks to become Business Editor in 1984, and Publisher in 1994. Mr. Honderich holds both Political Science and Law degrees from the University of Toronto. Until his retirement in 2004 he was Chairman of Canadian Press, Canadian Director of the World Association of Newspapers and a director on the boards of the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Audit Bureau of Circulation and workopolis.com. Currently he is chair of the Torstar Voting Trust, and is Chair of the Board of Torstar Corporation. In 1987 he wrote Arctic Imperatives, published by the University of Toronto Press, in which he outlined the serious dangers threatening Canada’s North.
  • Larry Bagnell
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Mr. Bagnell is known throughout the Yukon for his tireless work with a range of advocacy groups. His lifeline dedication to community service was recognized in 1999 with the City of Whitehorse’s Volunteer of the Year award. Mr. Bagnell is a graduate of the University of Toronto with Bachelor degrees in both Arts and Science. Mr. Bagnell worked for the federal government in Yukon, and was the Yukon Director for Industry Canada when he decided to enter federal politics. He was first elected to Parliament in 2000 and in 2003 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. During his terms as a parliamentarian he was selected as the hardest working M.P. in Canada and the Best Constituency M.P. in Canada.
  • Joseph (Joe) Handley
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Mr. Handley was an educator and a public servant before becoming the Northwest Territories’ ninth premier. Following graduation he served as a teacher, vice principal and later superintendent in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Prior to his move to the Northwest Territories, he was an assistant professor at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Manitoba. He moved north in 1985 to assume the role of deputy minister of the GNWT Department of Education. He left public service in 1999 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the NWT. He held a number of cabinet posts and became the Premier of the NWT in 2003 until 2007. After his retirement from politics, he did some consulting work, ran as the Liberal candidate in the last federal election and currently serves as the Public Administrator for Stanton Territorial Hospital.
  • Cheri Kemp-Long
    Iqaluit, Nunavut
    Cheri Kemp-Long, EcD (F) is the Senior Project Manager with the Director General, Operations office (HQ) of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). Cheri is Secretary/Treasurer on the Nunavut Economic Developers Association board, and past president of the Economic Developers Association of Canada. Cheri moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut in 1984 to operate a tourism business. She spent nearly five years as a Tourism Development Officer in Fort Simpson, and later Cambridge Bay. In 1995 she was assigned the task of establishing Nunavut Tourism and moved back to Iqaluit. In 1999 Cheri left Nunavut Tourism to work on the ceremonies for the official creation of the Nunavut Territory on April 1st 1999 and spent two years as Iqaluit’s first Economic Development Officer. She joined the federal government in 2003. Cheri has a Diploma from University of Waterloo in Economic Development and continues to pursue advanced education including a Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies degree through Lakehead University and the University of the Arctic
  • Todd Tougas
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Todd Tougas is BDC’s Vice President of Financing & Consulting for Northern Alberta, NWT and Nunavut. Todd has been with the BDC for 19 years, having assumed progressively challenging positions within the Bank in Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Calgary, and Edmonton. Todd’s experience includes working in corporate finance, underwriting, consulting and business development, and has regularly included managing and leading people. In his time with BDC, Todd has had the privilege of working with companies ranging from sole proprietorship start-ups to those with over a thousand employees and hundreds of millions in sales. Prior to joining BDC, Todd earned his BA and MBA at the University of Alberta, and previously worked in the non-profit sector as a Director of an aboriginal economic development organization.

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