Chamber of Commerce celebrates and hands out Excellence awards

News 100 blueBy Staff

April 13, 2015


More than 400 of the city’s business community gathered at the Convention Center last week for the annual Chamber of Commerce business gala that brought together business, government and industry leaders from all over the area to join in celebrating the business community’s achievements.

Chamber Excellence awards for 2014

Back Row (L toR): Bernie Meuller, Gerry Smallegange Front Row (L to R): Tom Flannery, Juliet Aurora, Colleen Mulholland, Dave McSporran, Fred Bennink

The Chamber presents a number of business excellence awards in a variety of categories. In 2002, awards from the Burlington Economic Development Corporation were added to the Gala. In 2003, the Tourism Burlington Award was added and Mayor Rick Goldring presents his Community Service Awards at the Gala.

To be eligible for a Business Excellence Award, a company must be a member of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce or be located in the City of Burlington. More than 50 nominations were recieved for the 2014 awards.

WO dark greenFinalists and winners are chosen by the Chamber’s Business Awards Task Force through a series of questionnaires and interviews. Winners are companies that have demonstrated excellence in business leadership, community contributions, entrepreneurship, employee welfare, innovation, and growth.

A new evaluation criterion that was used for all companies beginning with the 2009 awards was environmental practices.

Service (Large)
Burlington Hydro Electric Inc.
Emma’s Back Porch
Sodexo Canada Ltd.

Winner: Burlington Hydro Electric Inc.

The Task Force was impressed with Burlington Hydro’s commitment to customer service and the fact that its responsiveness to customers’ needs has been an important factor in other companies locating in Burlington.

Service (Small)
AIS Solutions Inc.
Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home
OrthoEvidence Inc.
StanMech Technologies Inc.

Winner: AIS Solutions Inc.

The Task Force was impressed with the fact that AIS Solutions has been asked by Intuit Canada to help improve future versions and to share their knowledge throughout Canada and the US.

CPC Pumps
Zip Signs

Winner: Zip Signs

The Task Force was impressed with Zip Signs’ ability to provide quality, innovative, turnkey solutions anywhere in Canada while maintaining a family-focused business that cares about its employees.

Retail / Wholesale
Christy’s Gourmet Gifts
Dr. Tracy Brodie & Associates, Optometrists

Winner: Christy’s Gourmet Gifts

The Task Force was impressed with how this small, family business recognized a niche market and, with quality, innovative products, has become an international success.

Young Entrepreneur
Dave McSporran, Bottled Media
Waqar Malik, InBold Media

Winner: Dave McSporran, Bottled Media

The Task Force was impressed with how Dave has developed a childhood passion and a desire to tell his clients’ stories as they have never been told before, into a solid, stable business.

Burlington Community Foundation
Burlington Green Environmental Association
Camelot Centre

Winner: Burlington Community Foundation

The Task Force was impressed with the broad impact the Foundation has had and its ability to respond rapidly to our community’s needs, such as it did this past year following the August flood.

Heritage Award

Winner: Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home

Dodsworth & Brown’s is awarded this year’s Heritage Award because of their long history of doing business in Burlington, a remarkable 50 years. They have served the residents of Burlington with class, understanding and professionalism

Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business Award

Burlington Mall, RioCan Management Inc.

The Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business Award was announced prior to the Gala.

BEDC Business Export Award

Cogent Power Inc.

The BEDC Business Export Award was announced prior to the Gala.

Tourism Burlington Ambassador Award

Burlington Teen Tour Band

Chamber - Hooey doing a selfie

Burlington Chamber of Commerce President Keith Hoey, who does a pretty good job as a stand up comic, is also quite a promoter.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1947 will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel, 3063 south Service Rd. TIME: 4:45 Registration Begins
5:00 Annual General Meeting

The Chamber is the voice of business in Burlington and advocates at the local, regional, provincial and federal level on behalf of over 1,000 companies representing 30,000 employees.


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