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 Dinner 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.

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 Dinner (August 30) and enjoy a wonderful night of recognition, fun and festivity.

The Process

Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or another (now closed), 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. See the 2018 Finalists here...

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

2018 Key Dates

Gala Dinner: Thursday 30 August

2018 Judging Panel

Judging Chair


Michael Duffin

ITSM Asia Delivery Lead Microsoft



Dianne Gow

Owner Harlequin Designs

Jason Hargreaves

Director PPT

Caius Ryan

Business/Project Manager  

Rod Kilborn

Director Industrial World Ballarat Bearings

Andrew Rowan

Owner Andrew Rowan Wealth Management

Dr Dianne Gibney

Director Ballarat Family Vets 

Gerald Meagher

Managing Director Eclipse Ford

Jannine Bennett

Executive Officer Highlands LLEN

Andrew Bradley

Manager-Strategic Projects and Supply Chains Industry Capability Network 

Joe Agius

Business Development Lead - Employer VicSuper

Peter Ford

Director Peter Ford Catering

Melanie Robertson

Chief Executive Officer Committee for Ballarat

Ray Davies

Manager Economic Development and Tourism Pyrenees Shire Council

Kay Jackson

Director Simplex Insurance Solutions

Keith Bartlett

Director C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd

Simon Coghlan

Proprietor Provincial Hotel Ballarat 

Marelyn Reed

Director Omni Healthcare

Dennis Foley

Consultant Cooke & Foley


Young Business Person of the Year  

Micheal Duffin

ITSM Asia Delivery Lead  Microsoft

Jessie Harman

Director  Harman and Associated Pty Ltd

Anthony Schinck

Regional Director - Grampians Regional Developement Victoria

2018 Finalists

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