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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

GNCC Announces Winners and Bestowed Award Recipients for 14th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s winners for the 14th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards, presented by Meridian Credit Union.

Young Professional Award
Sponsored by Bell

  • Karl Vanderkuip (REMAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage)

Technology & Innovation Award
Sponsored by Innovate Niagara

  • The Violin Group


Environmental Leadership Award
Sponsored by Alectra Utilities

  • Habitat for Humanity Niagara ReStore

Excellence in Tourism Award
Sponsored by Niagara Casinos

  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours


Excellence in Business: Up to 10 Employees

  • AA Taxi Niagara

Excellence in Business: 11—50 employees

Sponsored by Brock University

  • Manor Cleaners

Excellence in Business: 51 employees or more
Sponsored by Performance Auto Group

  • Convergys CMG Canada Ltd.


Excellence in Manufacturing
Sponsored by Niagara Region

  • Hy-Grade Precast Concrete


International Business Award
Sponsored by Ridley College

  • The Foreign Affair Winery


Outstanding New Business Award
Sponsored by Niagara College Canada

  • Edible Options

Business of the Year
Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

  • LJM Developments (Grimsby) Inc.

Bestowed Awards

  • Dr. Robin Williams received the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Walker Industries. This award is presented to a businessperson who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to business success and community leadership.
  • Patrick Little, Heelis, Little, Almas LLP is the Volunteer Business Person of the Year. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to helping build a stronger, more prosperous and vibrant community.
  • Janet St. Amand, YMCA of Niagara, received the Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Henley Honda. This award recognizes an individual 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.”

Further information – The Niagara Business Achievements Awards will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre. Visit to register and learn more about the event. For questions and more information, please email or call 905-684-2361.

About the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,600 members representing more than 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

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For more information, contact:

Mishka Balsom
President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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