The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are pleased to present the 23rd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) that will culminate in a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, March 27th at the Oakville Conference Centre. The finalists for this year’s awards were officially announced at the OABE Nominee Reception held on Tuesday, February 6th at the Holiday Inn Oakville – Centre.
This year, the award recipients will be chosen from finalists in nine categories: Small Business of the Year, Bell Mid-size Business of the Year, RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year, Professional Services Provider of the Year, Franchisee of the Year, The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year, KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional & Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award), and Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award.
At the awards gala, the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder Award, Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award, and Oakville’s Business Icon Award will be announced.
- The Genworth Community Award recognizes a business that has, over time, demonstrated exemplary business practices and dedicated involvement in the community.
- The Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award honours a charity or not-for-profit organization which is highly regarded in our community and raises funds or provides services to improve the lives of people within our community.
- The Business Icon Award recognizes a prominent Oakville business which is highly regarded in the business community.
“The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence received an overwhelming number of nominations from the Oakville community. The judges carefully reviewed all of the nominations and selected a list of 56 finalists” stated Ken Nevar, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “I congratulate all of the finalists. It is truly an honour to be nominated by your customers and peers and to be recognized for your dedication, business practices, and community service.”
Working in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West, the majority of funds raised from the Gala Dinner will be donated directly to the club’s local youth programs.
“Since its inception in 1995, the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence has raised almost $1,000,000 for our youth initiatives including the Oakville Rotary Education Awards, Camp Enterprise and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards” said Lois Knepflar, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West. “We look forward to a fantastic evening to celebrate business excellence, while supporting the youth in our community.”
The Finalists for the 23rd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are:
Small Business of the Year
Bell Mid-size Business of the Year:
RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year:
Professional Services Provider of the Year:
Franchisee of the Year:
The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year:
KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year:
Allie Ochs of Swiss Bionic Solutions
Ayse Kilic of Akita Canada
Dawn Porter-Schofield of Cornerstone Mediation
Jane Wilson of PoleFit Nation
John Thistlewaite of BCIS, Inc.
Matthew Zarrillo of Zarr Tech
Nicoletta Medeiros of Allure Laser Skin Studio
Young Professional and Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award):
Derek Lee of Media Rez Studios Inc.
Dr. Denise Handscomb, ND of Abaton Integrative Medicine
James Montague of James Montague the Event Planner
Morsal Haidary of Lash Out Lounge and Spa
Paul Ferri of Limitless Training Systems
Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award:
The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West thank Platinum Partner RBC for their generous support of the 23rd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence and Nominee Reception.
Date: Tuesday, March 27th
Time: 5:30pm – Registration & Reception; 6:30pm – Dinner & Awards Gala
Location: Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road
Tickets: $125 per person; $87.50 per person for Nominees