THE ANNUAL DCI STAR AWARDS
The annual DCI Star Awards commences during the evening Gala Dinner of the DCI Business Summit. An elegant affair, the DCI Star Awards recognizes the key partners, retailers, and innovative products and initiatives that are happening in our industry.
Leading up to the DCI Business Summit, the Star Awards goes through a detailed elimination and voting process. First, it includes a call for nominations to the grocery retail industry for each of DCI's Star Awards categories. From there, each nomination is carefully reviewed by the DCI Events committee who consist of retailers and partners from across the country. The nominations are then narrowed down to the top three for each choice (except for the DCI Lifetime Achievement Award). Each person of the events committee then vote anonymously on an online voting platform of their top pick for each category. From there, the nomination who received the most top picks will win the category.
DCI Star Awards Categories
Retailer Of The Year
This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder who has been monumental within the food retail industry. Whether it be an increased image or branding presence, innovation in the marketplace, or general accountability, this award exemplifies the outstanding work that is currently being done to help further the success of our industry.
Partner Of The Year
This award is given to a DCI Supplier Partner who has been monumental within the food retail industry. Known for their outstanding business relationships including easiness and availability, or their experience as a leader and advisor, this award exemplifies the outstanding work as a preferred business supplier partner within our industry.
This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder or Supplier Partner who has established an innovative product or initiative in 2017 where their results have had proven success with their sales, traffic, branding/exposure, or new business deals and ventures.
Social Responsibility Award
This award is given to a DCI Retailer/Shareholder or Supplier Partner who has shown commitment or leadership within a community based initiative, a green/environmental initiative or a charitable initiative.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The highest honour - this award recognizes an individual who has been exemplary within the food retail industry. Either they have pioneered a successful venture, or have done the 'impossible' to most - this award solidifies their success and brings forth their accomplishment(s) for all to celebrate.
Leader Of The Year*
This award is given to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership and has acted as a beacon of light and knowledge within the industry. Whether it be guiding others toward successful partnerships, or acting as an altruistic leader and inspiration, this award recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes to be a person within our industry that many respect.
*This award may not be given out every year. Subject to the decision of the DCI Events Committee.
DCI Business Summit 2017: A New Beginning
Star Award Winners
2017 RETAILER OF THE YEAR:
Country Grocer (Island Independent Buying Group)
2017 INNOVATION AWARD:
Summerhill Market - for their innovation In HMR & Packaging
2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Ben Pino - Pino's Get Fresh
2017 PARTNER OF THE YEAR:
2017 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD:
Sun Valley Market - for their Community charity work with kids
2017 LEADER OF THE YEAR:
Mike Turcotte - Parmalat, Canada