Innovation and disruption strategist headlines Henry Bernick Awards
June 8, 2023
Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC) held its annual Henry Bernick Awards, an evening of connecting, networking and a celebration of entrepreneurship, on May 25 at the Barrie Campus.
Shawn Kanungo — globally recognized innovation and disruption strategist, best-selling author and prolific content creator — inspired attendees with a bold, contrarian view of the near-term future.
He explored the disruptive forces impacting every industry (like artificial intelligence and new technologies) and shared how organizations can become more adaptable, experimental and collaborative.
Shawn is a partner with Queen & Rook. Previously, he spent 12 years at Deloitte. He was recognized as Edify’s Top 40 Under 40 and named by Forbes as the Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen in 2021. His bestselling debut book, The Bold Ones, has been touted as one of McKinsey’s top decision-making books for leaders.
Shawn’s keynote followed the presentation of this year’s Bernick Medal award recipients. Nominees and recipients embody the qualities of the awards’ namesake — Henry Bernick — a mentor, businessman and philanthropist whose generous donation made HBEC possible.
The awards recognize recipients in three categories.
Shubham Mavani, Local Era
Awarded to a Georgian student entrepreneur who has exhibited exceptional achievements in an entrepreneurial initiative that has realized or shows potential for success in a commercial, social, educational, cultural or environmental venture.
Local Era is a digital marketing agency catered toward local businesses and hopes to gain presence in Simcoe County.
Shubham won a project accelerator grant by HSBC Entrepreneurship via Enactus Georgian and secured a runner-up position in the first qualifying round for the Enactus Nationals Exposition.
Angie Ricci, DriverDX
Awarded to an entrepreneur(s) at the helm of a small business of less than 25 employees who has benefited from the services provided by HBEC. The entrepreneur will have shown their resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.
DriverDX is a two-sided platform that instantly connects transportation companies with qualified commercial drivers. They’ve digitally transformed access, recruiting, onboarding and dispatching for the transportation industry and now are populating the DriverDX National Commercial Driver Network so we never have a driver shortage again. DriverDX is the future of work for carriers and drivers of buses, trucks and vans.
Darryl Hindle, Quench Buggy
Awarded to a person or organization who works to help entrepreneurs be successful. Through fostering, nurturing and encouraging entrepreneurs, they’ll be distinguished by their insight, reach and success stories, but most importantly, by the example they set through their own actions and the unwavering support they offer.
Quench Buggy provides filtered, chilled drinking water refill stations to events and festivals looking for sustainable ways to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles and hydrate their patrons. Quench Buggy also sells these units to municipalities and educational institutions.
Darryl is an alumnus of Georgian’s Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing program (class of 1999).
HBEC assists entrepreneurs in four main areas: training, connections, funding and mentorship.
- Today, it serves 570 clients – more than 240 of which are new to the centre.
- 18 mentors from various industries provide expertise to clients on everything from perfecting their business pitch to marketing their product or services.
- From April 2022 to April 2023, the centre connected with more than 3,000 Georgian students, empowering and supporting them on their entrepreneurial journey.
- Since 2016, clients have received $20 million in investments and created more than 2,000 jobs – with $19 million in revenue generated.
Did you know?
Georgian offers two Business – Entrepreneurship programs:
- Business – Entrepreneurship two-year diploma
- Business – Entrepreneurship two-year diploma (co-op program)
Explore intrapreneurship, social innovation, ideation and design thinking, as well as business principles and practices in order to successfully launch and operate a business.