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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

GNCC Announces Recipients for 16th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards

June 20, 2019

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 16th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards, presented by Meridian Credit Union.

Young Professional Award — Sponsored by Bell

  • Beth McIntee (Sweetie Pie’s Bakery Ltd.)

Outstanding New Business Award — Sponsored by Niagara College Canada

  • Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre

Excellence in Business: Up to 10 Employees

  • Second Dance Bridal

Excellence in Business: 11—50 employees

  • H&C Inc.

Excellence in Business: 51 Employees or More

  • Haver & Boecker Canada

Excellence in Business: Not-for-Profit — Sponsored by Performance Auto Group

  • Pathstone Foundation

Excellence in Technology & Innovation — Sponsored by Innovate Niagara

  • iMVR

Excellence in Manufacturing — Sponsored by Niagara Region

  • Airbus Helicopters

Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality – Sponsored by Niagara Parks

  • Great Wolf Lodge

Excellence in Environmental Leadership – Sponsored by Niagara Casinos

  • Walker Environmental

Excellence in Agribusiness, Farming and Rural Achievement — Sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.

  • Stokes Seeds

Business of the Year – Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

  • Brian Cullen Motors


Sally McGarr, McGarr Realty, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Walker Environmental. This award is presented to a businessperson who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to business success and community leadership.

Len Pennachetti, Cave Spring Cellars, has been named as Builder of the Year, sponsored by the Town of Lincoln. This award is presented to a company that has had a historically significant impact on the economic prosperity of the community.

Roy Timms, Timbro Design/Build Contractors, is the Civic Appreciation Award recipient, sponsored by Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to helping build a stronger, more prosperous and vibrant community.

The Commisso Family — Commisso’s Fresh Foods, will receive the Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Henley Honda. This award recognizes an individual or business whose leadership has made a significant impact in the community.

“This year’s finalists represent the great depth and variety of businesses that are proud to call Niagara their home,” said Mishka Balsom, President & CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “It is a pleasure to be able to recognize these incredible businesses through this annual awards ceremony, and it is important that we celebrate the many contributions that they make in our community.”

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About the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Niagara and the second-largest Chamber of Commerce in Ontario, with 1,500 members representing 50,000 employees. More information on the GNCC is available at

For more information, contact:
Mishka Balsom
President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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