The innovative spirit of Henry Bernick was commemorated on March 23 with three awards given out to local entrepreneurs at a special celebration.

The Henry Bernick Medal Awards commemorate the qualities of its namesake who was a strong and principled man, a mentor and teacher, businessman and philanthropist. Henry was a friend and supporter of Georgian and his generous donation allowed for the creation of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC).

Three medals were given out at the virtual celebration.

Michael Agema was presented with the Community Entrepreneur award. His company Agema Work seamlessly connects people with work and work with people – without boundaries. Clients have the option to work when they want and where they want. Agema Work increased its client base by 50 percent in 2020, despite COVID-19, and employed over 150 associates. They work closely with local Labour Steering Committees providing viable solutions to meet their labour needs.

The virtual audience was also treated to a keynote by award-winning advertising writer, entrepreneur and best-selling author Ron Tite who shared the secrets of purpose-driven marketing.

Tite is the founder of Church+State, host and executive producer of the Canadian Comedy award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling and award-winning satirical book.

In his inspiring, and often humorous, keynote, he outlined his simple yet powerful process to help businesses stand out, unite and inspire their employees with a clear purpose, and foster real relationships with their customers. He explained that it starts with three simple steps: think, do, and say.

“Great organizations and leaders align what they think, they say and then do,” said Tite. “Authenticity is so important. Entrepreneurs should embrace their limitations and be true to their authentic self. If you think you should look, sound and act like what a stock-photo entrepreneur does, you won’t do well. Your imperfections are what make you human.”

Members of the Bernick family were in attendance and Henry’s son Howard shared a few thoughts with the audience about his family’s history with entrepreneurship and his father’s legacy. Howard spoke about the importance of being focused but to never forget about family.

The event was proudly sponsored by Grant Thornton, Central Ontario Broadcasting, Barriston Law, and Sun Life Financial – McBride Robillard Financial Solutions Inc.

Article Source: Excerpt from Georgian College Press Release, March 2021