About the Awards

The Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Award Gala Dinner is one of the most eagerly anticipated business events on the Ballarat business calendar. Held in August each year, as part of B31 Ballarat Business Month, the Gala Awards Presentation Night is the culmination of months of excitement and expectation during which businesses have gone through the nomination, application and judging process.

The Awards are an opportunity for businesses to review, recognise and celebrate their successes.

Nominations for 2017 have now closed.

Whether or not you become a finalist the process will definitely be of benefit as you take a fresh look at how your business is operating now and gain new insight into existing and potential opportunities for growth and development.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Gala Awards Presentation Night (August 24) and enjoy a wonderful night of recognition, fun and festivity.

The Process

Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or another, all nominees will be mailed an application booklet and additional information. Application information workshops and one on one mentoring  sessions are arranged by Commerce Ballarat throughout the process. After applications close, a judging panel, consisting of experienced independent business representatives drawn from diverse backgrounds, are surveyed on conflicts of interest, divided into pairs and assigned their category/ies. The judges then assess all written applications in the category/ies they had been assigned, and determine the category finalists.

The judges will conduct site visits of the finalists in each category, the winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Presentation Night at the end of August.



Key Dates 2017

- August 24: Gala Awards Night

2017 Judging Panel


Damien Butler
Butler Chartered Accountants


Dianne Gow Owner Harlequin Designs
Jason Hargreaves Director PPT
Caius Ryan    
Andrew Bradley Manager-Strategic Projects and Supply Chains Industry Capability Network 
Kay Jackson Director Simplex Insurance Solutions
Sally Capp Victorian Executive Director Property Council of Australia
Joe Agius Business Development Lead - Employer VicSuper
Rod Kilborn Director Industrial World Ballarat Bearings
Gerald Meagher Managing Director Eclipse Ford
Peter Ford Director Peter Ford Catering
Michael Duffin APAC Delivery Lead - Premier Mission Critical Microsoft
Matthew Vallance Business Development and Marketing Manager McCallum Disability Services Inc.
Neil Short Business Banking Manager Bendigo Bank
Wes McKnight Managing Director McKnights Electrical Contracting Group
Jannine Bennett Executive Officer Highlands LLEN
Garry Holding Manager- Munash Organics Munash Natural Fertilisers
Keith Bartlett Director C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd
Marelyn Reed Director Omni Healthcare



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