Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Banquet

The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business for the City’s professional business sectors and an advocate on matters impacting those sectors and the community at large. Its mandate is to foster the economic growth and prosperity of Cornwall and the surrounding region.

The Business Excellence Awards recognizes and celebrates firms and individual who have distinguished themselves by fostering growth, innovation, community service and excellence in their sectors. It is important to note that they are selected by their peers as a tribute to their collective achievements.

Join us for a sparkling evening with a cocktail reception, exquisite dining, wonderful entertainment, and the friendly competition of a silent auction. The 2017 dinner will be held on February 25th at the NAV Centre. Tickets are $125.00 per person &  can be purchased by emailing or by clicking HERE! 

2017 Photos

The Business awards are:
Small Business of the Year
Business of the Year
Economic Impact
Entrepreneur of the Year
Tourism Excellence Award

Individual awards are:
Above and Beyond
Lifetime Business Achievement
Team Cornwall Ambassador of the Year

Special awards are:
Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award
Citizen of the Year


Nomination Form

Once nominations are completed, they may be sent electronically to the Chamber, mailed to P.O. Box 338 ~ Cornwall, ON ~ K6H 5T1 or, hand delivered to the Chamber office at 113 Second Street East. Nominations must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017.

The winners in each category are selected by nomination committees representing business and other professionals from within the community. Here are the descriptions and criteria for each award.

Last Year’s Winners

Past Winners

Each year, the Chamber Board appoints an Awards Nomination Committee. Nominations are submitted from groups and individuals in the community that the Committee carefully review and then, select a winner in each category.

Awards Categories

Business of the Year

Cornwall boasts a number of area businesses and industries with some of them enjoying global recognition and respect for excellence in products and services. Employing 50 or more people, these firms play a leading role in solidly positioning the City in the marketplace.

They provide employment, stability and an enhanced quality of life for many Cornwall and area residents. This category is described, in general terms as having been in operation for a minimum of one year in either a manufacturing or non-manufacturing role.

Specific criteria for the award include:

  • Significant increase in revenue
  • Addition of new technology
  • Progressive human resource policies
  • New or expanded facilities
  • Environmental commitment
  • Workforce has grown
  • Committed training culture
  • Innovative marketing strategy or new market development
  • Community involvement

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Small Business of the Year

Nine of ten enterprises in Canada are classified as small business making them a mainstay of the Canadian economy. A vast majority fall into this category of stalwart business professionals. The award is a tribute to a non-manufacturing organization of less than 50 employees which has operated in the Cornwall area for at least one year.

Specific Criteria for the award include:

  • Increased workforce
  • Expanded facilities
  • Unique marketing strategy and success
  • Significant sales growth
  • Community commitment
  • Chamber membership not a requisite

Sponsored by:
TD Canada Trust | Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Entrepreneur of the Year

Without imagination and a willingness to take risks, many of the innovative products and valuable services in today’s marketplace would not exist. The entrepreneur takes a vision and turns it into a profitable reality. This award recognizes someone from the community who exemplifies the qualities of the business visionary.
The general criteria centre on an enterprise which is no more than three years old or, one that has undergone a significant shift in focus within that period of time.

Specific Criteria include but not limited to:

  • Demonstrated leadership, daring and creativity
  • Steady revenue growth
  • Demonstrated personal and financial commitment
  • Newly secured market share
  • Unique marketing concept
  • Chamber membership not a requisite

Sponsored by:
Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre | Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador of the Year

The Ambassador of the Year award will recognize the efforts of an individual who goes out of his or her way to promote Cornwall, and by doing so share with others the story of our community and what it has to offer.
Specific Criteria include but not limited to:

  • Raising the profile of Cornwall to people who may not otherwise have known the City
  • An effort of that is extraordinary in its execution or concept
  • An effort that succeeds in positively changing perceptions of Cornwall and/or its people
  • The award is open to both individuals and groups
  • Chamber membership not a requisite

Sponsored by:

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce



Sponsored by the City of  Cornwall , the winner of the Tourism Excellence award will have a demonstrated history of excellence over the past year through increasing awareness of Cornwall and area as a viable tourist destination.

The award will recognize a for-profit business that has demonstrated excellence in the tourism sector will have showcased the local tourism sector, and has played a vital role in the growth of the tourism industry in the region.

The business should demonstrate the critical success factors that have played a role in its success including outstanding employee relations, economic development, business growth, and contributions to the community.

This local business goes above and beyond providing extraordinary customer service and recognizes the importance of tourism in the region as well as serving the community. Examples of potential nominations include the following sectors such as, accommodations, culinary, retailers, attractions and businesses representing outdoor recreation.

Some factors to consider when submitting a nomination:

  • Committed to increasing revenue
  • Innovative Marketing Campaigns
  • Excellence in front line service
  • A committed training culture
  • Partnership development
  • Community involvement
  • Business must be for-profit
  • Chamber membership not a pre-requisite


Sponsored by:
choose Cornwall






Economic Impact

The Economic Impact Award recognizes an extraordinary investment in the community that has a significant positive impact on the economy of the City of Cornwall and surrounding region. The award may be given to an individual, group, organization or business. Specific criteria include but are not limited to:

Specific Criteria include but not limited to:

  • The investment is of a significant measure, dramatically and positively impacting the local economy
  • Creating meaningful opportunities for spin-off business activity
  • Significantly improving Cornwall’s image
  • Event or activity culminates in the current year

Sponsored by:

Above and Beyond

The Above and Beyond award recognizes exemplary service in the community. Generally speaking, it is awarded to a firm or individual who goes, as the name suggests above what would generally be expected. Criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Exceptional service
  • An innovative idea
  • Enhances Cornwall’s image
  • Positive public relations figure for the community
  • Assisted others to excel

Candidates for this award may be employed by a business in the product or service sector, may be a volunteer at one of Cornwall’s many agencies or, may be a member of the community who has made a difference.

Sponsored by:

Lifetime Achievement of the Year

The Cornwall business community boasts an enviable group of long standing business professionals. These individuals have not only made their mark in the world of commerce, they have enhanced the community as a whole.
Their belief in the community has seen them give of their time and expertise to help create an environment of growth and prosperity and to create a better quality of life for all. This award recognizes and salutes these individuals for their selfless commitment.

Specific Criteria for the award include:

  • Long term business success
  • Strong community involvement
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in a changing business world
  • Innovative business strategies
  • Recognized business leader and a role model
  • Chamber membership not a requisite

Sponsored by:






Breakthrough Award

A special award not always presented, Breakthrough recognizes an extraordinary local event or people accomplishing extraordinary things which benefit the community in unique and meaningful ways. The award may be given to an individual, a group, an organization or, a business. In general terms the award recognizes a significant accomplishment that benefits the entire City.

Specific Criteria for the award include:

  • Significantly improving Cornwall’s image
  • Dramatically and positively impacting the entire community
  • An accomplishment eclipsing normal individual and company boundaries
  • Creating meaningful new opportunities for business
  • Event or activity culminates in the current year
  • Chamber membership not a requisite

Sponsored by:
Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award

The personal commitments made by volunteers in the Cornwall region is significant. Whether it is by volunteering time, effort, expertise or resources, people throughout our region are making valuable contributions in Ontario, across the country and around the world.

The Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award is one that is not regularly given out. It is presented to an individual from the Cornwall area who has distinguished himself/herself for exceptional contributions outside our community, as epitomized by the late Dr. Taylor. The winner of the award would be someone who has committed to assisting others in a humanitarian focused manner such that the people, the community or the region benefits.

Specific criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Humanitarian efforts on behalf of those less fortunate
  • Continuous years of commitment and dedicated service
  • Offering tangible and/or intangible support to those in need
  • Enhancing the quality of life for an individual, a group of people from an outside community or, a defined geographic region
  • Positively promoting the community during conferences, external business activities
  • Raising in a positive and caring manner, the profile of the City of Cornwall

Sponsored by:
Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Citizen of the Year

The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce introduced the “Citizen of the Year” award in 1972. Since then, the Chamber has regularly honoured citizens who have made an outstanding contribution in the community.
Nominations are evaluated on the nature of the achievement with respect to ongoing leadership, dedication and the positive impact the individual has made on the community.
For a comprehensive and complete nomination, please include the following:

  1. Description letters of support from persons/organizations who know your nominee and his/her work.
  2. Copies of any newspaper/magazine articles about your nominee.

Individuals Eligible For Nomination And Consideration:

  • An area resident who has demonstrated excellence in Cornwall’s community service and who has substantially enhanced the well being of its citizens.
  • The services listed have not been performed as part of the normal course of professional or business duties but, the contribution has been given freely without thought of receiving any personal or financial gain.
  • The achievement may include community service, business and industry, labour, sports, arts and culture, education, heritage conservation, environment, etc.
  • The nomination must be signed by two persons or the head of the organization nominating the individual.
  • Elected federal, provincial or municipal representatives are not eligible for nomination while holding office.

Sponsored by:
Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce