Business Link Media Group first established its 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards back in 2003. One of Hamilton’s most prestigious awards, this annual program recognizes 40 business people under the age of 40 who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of success in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

With its 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards program, Business Link Media Group takes great pride in promoting award-winners as role models to their fellow business professionals and to the community at large.

Each year, nominated individuals are given close consideration by a distinguished panel of local business leaders and past award recipients. This panel takes several criteria into account to determine the final 40 award recipients. These criteria include:

~ An uncommon level of accomplishment in their field or industry.

~ A demonstration of leadership and innovation with their business or workplace.

~ An ability to overcome obstacles and achieve results.

~ An active involvement in their industry and/or community.

~ A commitment to constant improvement.

If nominating an individual, please fill out the nomination form completely and accurately explaining why this person is a great “40 Under Forty” candidate.

If you’ve been nominated or are self-nominated, please fill out the application section below.

We are now accepting nominations and applications for the 2023 awards.


  • Nominated By




  • (Continuous training, seminars etc)
  • Accomplishments

  • If so please give details.
  • ( How long have your been in business or at the position you’re in, have you expanded your business over the last year, have you been promoted within your organization etc. )
  • Community Involvement

  • (Are you involved with any organizations, charities, helping out the community)
  • References

    (please provide two references)


CONGRATULATIONS to the Hamilton 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards Recipients in 2022!


News Release, Hamilton – Oct 27, 2022



Business Link Media Group proudly recognized 40 of Hamilton’s finest 40 Under Forty Business Leaders during their 9th annual gala event which was held at the Carmen’s Group on October 26, 2022. Accolades were shared during the 300 people in attendance that recognized the incredible achievements of these business leaders.  Proud family, friends, employers, and esteemed alumni of 40 Under Forty business leaders participated in the celebration.

Masters of ceremony Kristine Leadbetter-Gold and Dan Otter introduced the 40 award recipients, which included a diverse range of local entrepreneurs, business professionals and members of the non-profit sector. Joining in the celebration were dignitaries and past award-winners including, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and 14 alumni were also in attendance to offer their encouragement to the 2022 Hamilton’s winners.

Charlie Agro, Co-Chair of 40 Under Forty Hamilton, opening remarks “to all the winners, what you’ve accomplished and will continue to accomplish is incredible.  You’re the completed embodiment of hard work, community engagement, professionalism, and entrepreneurism.”

Marilyn Tian, Business Link Media President & CEO and Chair of the 40 Under Forty Hamilton, closing remarks “congratulated this year’s winners and thanked everyone who took the time to submit their nominations. The Business Link team would also like to thank its many sponsors and patrons for their ongoing support. These annual awards wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of its many businesses and volunteers.”

Ms. Tian, who is in her early 40s commented to the winners, “in this golden age of 40 or under, enjoy this time in your life.  You have passion, energy, motivation, and dream without fear. There is no doubt to say that Hamilton has another incredible group of young leaders guiding us into the future.”

Best In Class award winner–Giancarlo Salvatore Ferko, PLAZA NISSAN.

In the past 9 years, Business Link Media Group’s 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards have recognized over 360 of Hamilton’s next generation of business leaders.

Serving the Golden Horseshoe since 2003, Business Link Media Group has evolved from a direct mail publishing company into a multi-channel networking and promotion marketing company by integrating and offering digital publications, video productions, social media marketing, community events, and international conferences. The firm has also expanded its reach substantially by addressing the growing global and future technology marketplace.

Nominations are now open for 2023 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards,