Bestowed Awards

Each year, we recognize a number outstanding entrepreneurs with bestowed awards that honour their special achievements. The award recipients are chosen by qualified Selection Committees appointed by the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Board of Directors.

For a complete list of past recipients of bestowed awards by year, please visit our archives of NEYA Alumni.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by Goodman School of Business, Brock University

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising leaders in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are entrepreneurs who have spent decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. They must either live or own business enterprise(s) in the Niagara region.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, our 2018/19 program was dedicated to celebrating the lifetime achievements of Niagara’s Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years. Juried award categories were closed for 2018/19 as we marked this special milestone. The nomination process for the Lifetime Achievement Award closed on July 19, 2018.

Jan R. Cook Community Contribution Award

Presented by Credit Bureau Services Canada

The Community Contribution award is a bestowed special service award designed to honour those entrepreneurs whose dedication, commitment, leadership and philanthropy have had a significant impact on the greater Niagara community. Recipients of this award have served as role models by giving back to the community or local charities.

Gene Luczkiw Spirit of Enterprise Scholarship Award

The Gene Luczkiw Spirit of Enterprise Award provides financial support to one or more students who demonstrate the spirit of enterprise. The purpose of this Award is to foster, cultivate, and spread the “Spirit of Enterprise” amongst the youth of Niagara. Gene embodied this spirit as he tirelessly worked to help individuals discover their unique abilities and find meaning and purpose in their lives and careers. This minimum $1,000 Award, will be awarded annually to a student attending school in the Niagara Region.

Historical Hall of Fame Award

The Niagara Enterprise Hall of Fame was created in 1994 and is a posthumous, bestowed award to remind people of the rich entrepreneurial heritage of the Niagara Region. Our very first inductee was William Hamilton Merritt whose contributions to the region in the early 1800s are well known. Over the years, we have recognized other such individuals who have helped shape Niagara through enterprising innovation.