Celebrating Excellence in the Business Community

Earlier this year, the Chambers of Commerce in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville held their annual business awards ceremonies to recognize the innovators and business leaders in their respective communities.

These awards ceremonies are important as they offer me the pleasure of meeting a lot of very talented individuals who have made important contributions as business entrepreneurs and members of our community. Each award winner has demonstrated their importance to Halton’s economy through their commitment, hard work and perseverance.

The 2011 winners included:

2011 Business Awards Gala

Burlington Chamber Business Excellence Awards:

  • Gerry Kavanaugh
  • Hunter Amenities International
  • The Centre for Skills Development & Training
  • Bark & Fitz Burlington
  • Brash Avenues
  • Dan’s Welding & Fabricating

Mayor’s Community Service Awards:

  • Scouts Canada – Burlington Area

BEDC High Five Awards:

  • L-3 WESCAM
  • TransUnion Canada
  • eBridge Connections

Tourism Ambassador Award:

  • Jack van der Laan

16th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Michele Bailey – Blazing Designs
  • Large Business of the Year: Vince De Palma – Shred It
  • Restauranteur of the Year: Jeff White – Philthy McNasty’s
  • Small Business of the Year: Damian Goriup & Izudin Karic – Florence Meat Supplies
  • Small Business of the Year: Antoinette Toscano & Carl French – Speers Road Broadloom
  • Professional Service Provider: Michelle & David MacKinnon – Kicks for Kids

Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

  • Business of the Year: Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry
  • Employee of the Year: Ted Brown – Independent & Free Press
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Anthony Andrews – Party Cinemas
  • Green Award: Sheridan Nurseries

Milton Business and Community Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Boughton
  • Citizen of the Year: Samantha Attew
  • Civic Improvement: Town of Milton, 16 Hugh Lane
  • Civic Improvement: Sidney Goldhart and Harold Langer – Derry Centre
  • Business of the Year (100 employees or more): Wal-Mart Canada Corporation (Milton Store)
  • Business of the Year (99 employees or less): Pasqualino Café & Bistro
  • Business Person of the Year: Michael Shepherd – Prosperity ONE – Community Banking and Financial Services

I would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses recognized by the various award programs for their contributions to Halton Region. Thank you for helping making Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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