APBOT celebrates excellence in business
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Award winners announced at annual dinner
AJAX/PICKERING, October 9, 2015 – The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade celebrated excellence in business yesterday evening, with the announcement of its 2015 Business Excellence Award recipients.
More than 250 people gathered at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax for the awards, which recognize businesses for excellence, community support, leadership and sustainability as well as individual business achievements.
In addition to handing out awards to an impressive array of recipients, organizers showed a commemorative video highlighting the 60th Anniversary of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
“The Board of Trade is thrilled to be able to recognize the achievements of such an exceptional field of nominees and we applaud tonight’s winners,” said 2015 Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade President Denise Jones, CPA, CA of Collins Barrow Durham “It was also a wonderful opportunity to mark the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade’s six decades of service.”
The board of trade also added a new Not-for-Profit/Charity category for this year’s awards to recognize their unique contributions to the community.
The 2015 recipients are:
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (1-9 EMPLOYEES CATEGORY): Plumbers Supply
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (10-49 EMPLOYEES CATEGORY): Royal Ashburn Golf Club
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (50+ EMPLOYEES CATEGORY): VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD (NOT-FOR-PROFIT/CHARITY CATEGORY): Grandview Children’s Centre
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION AWARD: Energy Matters
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD: Edward Lam of A1 Automotive Connection
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.
In addition to our regular juried awards, the Mayors of Ajax and Pickering also presented two Emerging Entrepreneur awards Doug Edwards of ES3 was the City of Pickering’s choice and the Town of Ajax chose to honour Lyndon Johnson of Think Differently and Comms.bar.
The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade also recognized Joan Wideman of the Lenbrook Group and Tracy Paterson of Rouge Valley Health System Foundation for their exemplary volunteerism by inducting them into the newly formed APBOT Hall of Distinction.
In the spirit of recognition, The Region of Durham presented the board of trade with a Diversity Champion award for its efforts in this regard.
The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade takes its role as a good corporate citizen seriously and attendees raised $1920.00 for Young Singers, the event’s not-for-profit recipient. The choir entertained everyone with delightful musical selections and kicked off the festivities with a polished rendition of O Canada.
For bios of the nominees, judges and more, check out the event program.