Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to the Brisbane economy and community through their creativity, innovation and resilience.

Winners of the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business were announced at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards 2020.

2020 winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business for their contribution to the Brisbane economy.

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year - Mrs Aishwarya Somal, Emerson Family Pty Ltd

This award recognises the success, creativity and energy of a multicultural young business leader under the age of 35, celebrating both their contribution to their community and that of Brisbane’s continued economic prosperity.

Aishwarya Somal was born and raised in Brisbane by Indian-born parents. After she became the sole Director of Emerson Family Law in 2013, she established Emerson Migration Law in 2015 and Global Pathways Education and Migration Services in 2019. She currently has a team of eight who provide advice on all aspects of Family Law and migration to Australia for both individual and corporate clients. She also works closely with women including victims of domestic and family violence.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Mr Canio Muscillo, Muscillo Romano

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business leader who successfully exports their products and services from Brisbane, throughout Australia, and/or across Asia Pacific or internationally. The award celebrates the recipient’s contribution to the Brisbane economy and recognises them as a local champion of enterprise with a global outlook for their business. 

Canio Muscillo is a renowned Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Business Advisor of Italian heritage. Canio, with business partner Michele Romano, founded Muro in 2007 and won the Queensland Accounting Firm of the Year. Muro is a Brisbane-based accounting firm that helps business owners achieve financial success both in business and in life. With over 23 years’ experience in the accounting industry, he is highly involved in the business and finance community and is regularly invited to present at key industry events. The firm’s philosophy is that every business owner is an entrepreneur. By taking on risk, innovation is inspired, and new challenges are set -creating opportunities that lead to improvement and growth.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Mr Peter Marinos, Big Michael's Fruit and Vegetables

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business leader that demonstrates through their business success, entrepreneurial flair, embedding a culture of innovation as a central pillar to their growth strategy. The recipient will personify the best in entrepreneurialism, possessing qualities from clear leadership and sound management to determination and ambition.

Peter Marinos was born in Brisbane and is of Greek heritage. Peter is 29 years of age, married and a father of two children - with another due in January 2021. He started the business, Big Michael’s Fruit and Vegetables in 2009 by borrowing his father’s ute and worked seven days a week for over a decade. Through hard work and determination, he now has a fleet of over 14 trucks and a clientele of over 1000.

Past winners

You can view the 2019 and previous years Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business winners.

More information

For more information on the awards, contact the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit on 07 3403 8888 or via email.

Last updated: 12 November 2020