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Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Celebrates 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards

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AJAX/PICKERING, October 22, 2020 – The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade has announced the recipients of the 2020 Business Excellence Awards. The celebration was held virtually on October 22, 2020, and celebrated the resiliency of the local business community.

“This has been a year unlike any other faced by our business community,” said Tracy Paterson, 2020 Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade President and CEO of the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation. “Despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic, these business leaders have shown incredible dedication and strength. Small business is the backbone of our economy, creating jobs, supporting local charities, and providing critical products and services to our community. On behalf of the Board of Trade, I applaud this year’s winners and nominees.”

The 2020 Business Excellence Award recipients are:


1-4 EMPLOYEE(S) CATEGORY:  Clarity Chiropractic

5-15 EMPLOYEES CATEGORY:  Hills Moving

16-49 EMPLOYEES CATEGORY:  Royal LePage Connect Realty

50+ EMPLOYEES CATEGORY:  Provincial Sign Systems


NEW BUSINESS: HIP Beverage Corp.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Jim VanDusen (VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC)


In addition to the juried awards, the mayors of Ajax and Pickering also recognized leaders in their respective communities. The Town of Ajax Mayor’s Award was presented to Eric Novak, while the City of Pickering Mayor’s Award was presented to Audra Leslie.

As is practice with all signature Board of Trade events, and in support of the social infrastructure of our community, donations were collected on behalf of one of our not-for-profit members. Non-perishable food items were collected on behalf of Simcoe Hall Settlement House.

APBOT events would not be possible without the generous participation of our sponsors, including our Premier Partners, Bell, Michael Boyer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, Durham Live, Elexicon Energy Inc., Hubbell Canada, McGovern Hurley LLP, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, Safran Landing Systems, TD Business Banking, and U-Pak Group of Companies, our Community Leader Casino Ajax, and our Community Partners City of Pickering, Durham Collage, OntarioTech, Town of Ajax, Trent University Durham GTA, and Wilson Vukelich LLP.

This particular event was sponsored by Bell, Michael Boyer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, City of Pickering, Durham Live, Elexicon Energy Inc., Hubbell Canada, McGovern Hurley LLP, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, Safran Landing Systems, TD Business Banking, Town of Ajax, U-Pak Group of Companies, RBC, VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC, Durham College, Regional Municipality of Durham, Trent University Durham GTA, Wilson Vukelich LLP, OntarioTech, HooQshot, Music4Life, Phoenix Enterprises, and Durham Radio Inc.

The Business Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to recognize achievements and excellence in business performance, while the Business Person category was added in 2004. An independent panel of judges evaluates the nominees and all nominees are selected by their business peers.


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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With more than 600 members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:  


For more information, please contact:

Samantha Paterson, Policy & Communications Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade