Chamber adapts to changes in the commercial sector and creates awards for both large and small companies.

By Walter Byj

BURLINGTON, ON.  April 13, 2013.  Love of community and heartfelt appreciation of their fellow employees was a constant theme by winners at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala that was held on Thursday April 11th. From third generation Burlingtonians to more recent arrivals, the theme of Burlington being a great place to work and live was genuinely repeated throughout the evening. With over 425 people in attendance, the event was widely enjoyed by all present.  The nominees and winners in each category follows: .

Service Award for companies with more than 25 employees


Ampersand Group

Neelands Refrigeration Limited

The Idea  Factor Inc.


Neelands Refrigeration Limited.

Neelands Refrigeration: a move from 10,000 sq feet to 43,000 made them a bigger and more proactive company.  Improvement enough to garner them an award

The company recently moved from a 10,000 to 43,000 square foot facility in North Burlington; a  reflection of the growth this privately owned 55-year-old company has experienced.  Working closely with their customers, this distributor of refrigeration units helps in the design and  location of a variety of refrigeration units within a store and then gets the equipment into place.  Offering one stop shopping and being in the forefront of technology has been one of the main reasons for the growth said Noel Neelands as he accepted the award on behalf of the company. Neelands use LED lighting and CO2 natural refrigerant which are both environmentally friendly, and more economical.

Service Award for Companies under 25 Employees


AIS Solutions

Pat’s Party Rentals

Seferian Design Group


Seferian Design Group

Staff from Seferian Design admire the award that will be displayed in their lobby and get mentioned in all the sales literature.  These awards do make a difference.

A collective shout of elation was heard as this company was announced as the winner of this award. Seferian was established in 1992 and now has a client list of well of a 100.  The company excels at landscape architecture and design and has been beautifying residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout the GTA and beyond. “Our small staff, with input from everyone and the use of 3D simulation, has been the key to our success” said Haig Seferian while accepting the award.

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