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Winners announced at APBOT’s 2016 Business Excellence Awards Dinner

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L to R: Ian McCutcheon and Paul Horning of ServiceMaster Restore of Durham; Chris Lennox of Lennox Financial Group; John Chen of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; Brenton Alleyne of Alleyne’s Grooming for Gentlemen; Chris Bovie and Jordan Leroux of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; Jacquelynn Tanner; Igor Blagojevic and Catie Darling of RCM Technologies. (Missing from the photo are Christine Ball of Durham Sustain Ability and Catherine Cai of C.F. LED Lighting.)

October 20, 2016 Ajax – There was a buzz in the air at the Ajax Convention Centre on Thursday evening as excited nominees waited anxiously to hear the winners in their respective categories at the 2016 Business Excellence Awards.  The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) handed out awards in six categories in total and two additional emerging entrepreneur awards were presented by the Town of Ajax and the City of Pickering.

Local businesses were nominated for this prestigious award by their peers among the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade membership and their submissions were evaluated by a panel of seven external judges.

Since the event took place during Small Business Week this year, it was fitting that Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President & CEO Allan O’Dette took to the podium to discuss Obstacles and Opportunities: The Importance of Small Business in Ontario, a report released this week as part of the province-wide Small Business Too Big To Ignore initiative.

The 2016 Business Excellence Award Winners are:

Business Excellence Award (1-9 Employees) Winner |
Lennox Financial Group Inc.

Business Excellence Award (10-49 Employees) Winner |
ServiceMaster Restore of Durham

Business Excellence Award (50+ Employees) Winner |
RCM Technologies Canada Corp.

Business Excellence Award (Not-For-Profit/Charity) Winner |
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Sustainability Champion Award Winner |
Durham Sustainability

Business Person of the Year Winner |
Jacquelynn Tanner

Additional Emerging Entrepreneur Awards were selected by the Town of Ajax and City of Pickering and presented by their respective Mayors.

Ajax Emerging Entrepreneur |
Brenton Alleyne of Alleyne’s Grooming for Gentlemen

Pickering Emerging Entrepreneur |
Catherine Cai of C.F. LED Lighting.

2016 marks the 22nd consecutive year that The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade has been hosting its Business Excellence Awards dinner.

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Business Excellence Award Winner | 1 – 9 Employees

Lennox Financial Group Inc.

Lennox Financial Group Inc. is a growing team of highly committed and skilled individuals working to provide our clients with excellent value. We are recognized by our clients and suppliers as innovative partners in the area of business insurance, personal financial security, and the set-up and service of employee group benefit and group retirement plans. We hold high value to our Client for Life Philosophy and our “hands on” approach at every level. Our philosophies center on being customer centric, transparent and built upon a tradition of integrity, industry leadership and excellence. We deliver tailored employee benefits and solutions with proven strategic planning concepts, whilst, minimizing your fiduciary risk.

Business Excellence Award Winner | 10 – 49 Employees

ServiceMaster Restore of Durham

Serving the region for more than 25 years, ServiceMaster Restore Durham is an expert in disaster restoration. Whether managing the wake left by fire, floods, heavy winds, oil spills, vandalism, and vehicle collision or the impact of mould, smoke and odours, ServiceMaster Restore has the qualifications, skills and certifications to handle both small and large scale restorations. It is widely recognized for its fast response time and for the quality service provided by staff and the 185 locally based sub-contractors it hires. ServiceMaster Restore proudly supports charities and non-profit organizations throughout Durham Region.

Business Excellence Award Winner | 50+ Employees

RCM Technologies Canada Corp.

A subsidiary of RCM Technologies, Inc., headquartered out of Pennsauken, N.J., RCM Technologies Canada Corp. (RCMT) is a premier single-source provider of engineering, business and technology solutions. RMCT’s locations include 895 Brock Road and 1840 Clements Road. RCMT has worked hand-in-hand with the Region of Durham and has shown a commitment to sustaining and growing our operations in the Durham Region. Jobs created by RCMT are of great significance to our community as they provide employment in a highly skilled, technically trained labour force. Job creation of this nature injects an exponential wealth into our community, greatly adding to the economic sustainability of The City of Pickering, Durham Region, and the Province of Ontario.

Business Excellence Award Winner | Not-for-Profit/Charity

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public teaching hospital providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illness. Exemplary patient care is delivered through safe and evidence-based approaches where successful outcomes are achieved using best clinical practices and the latest advances in research. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. The organization shares its expertise, knowledge and experiences, through research, education and advocacy initiatives and provides leadership to healthcare providers, community partners, policy makers and social sectors to strengthen and advance the mental health care system.

Sustainability Champion Award Winner

Durham Sustain Ability

Durham Sustain Ability (DSA) is an environmental not-for-profit and social enterprise that supports individuals, organizations and communities on the path to a sustainable future. DSA aims to provide awareness, training, and implementation support services driving environmental and economic benefits for Durham Region organizations and residents. At DSA the vision is to help support Durham Region’s transformation into a world-class community in environmental conservation which will attract sustainability-conscious organizations and residents.

Business Person of the Year Award Winner

Jacquelynn Tanner

Jacquelynn Tanner is a full-time realtor with over 27 years of experience serving a large base of clients in the Durham and Clarington area.  Despite having a busy practice, Jacquelynn always finds time to spend with her family, including her two sons and their wives, three grandchildren, and her 92-year-old Mother-In-Law, fondly known as ‘Nana’. Jacquelynn is a proud sponsor of several sports, community and charitable events. She is a Community Champion for the Family Resource Centre in the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Jacquelynn also has a great passion for the Arts, and at 65, feels truly blessed with the balance in her life.


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