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 2018 dinner will be held on Saturday  February 24th at the NAV Centre. Tickets are $125.00 plus tax 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

Young Professional

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 113 Second St ~ 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 19, 2018.

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 both products and services. Typically employing 50 people or more, these firms play a leading role in solidly positioning the city in the marketplace.

These firms provide employment, stability and enhanced quality of life for many Cornwall and area residents. This category is described, in general terms, as a firm that has been in operation for a minimum of three years. Criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Significant increase in revenue
  • Addition of new technology
  • Progressive human resource policies
  • New or expanded facilities
  • Environmental commitment
  • Increased workforce
  • Demonstrated training culture
  • Innovative marketing strategy or, new market development
  • Community involvement

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Small Business of the Year

Nine out of ten enterprises in Canada are classified as small businesses making them the mainstay of the Canadian economy. A vast majority fall into this category of stalwart business professionals. The award is a tribute to a business organization of typically less than 50 employees that has operated in the Cornwall area for at least three years. Criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Increased workforce
  • Business growth
  • Unique marketing strategy and demonstrated success
  • Significant sales growth
  • Environmental commitment
  • Community involvement
  • Business expansion

Sponsored by:

TD Canada Trust | Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Entrepreneur of the Year

Without imagination and a willingness to take risks, many innovative products and 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 these qualities.

General criteria centre on an enterprise 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 are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Demonstrated leadership, daring and creativity
  • Steady revenue growth
  • An innovative idea
  • Demonstrated personal and financial commitment
  • Newly secured market share
  • Unique marketing concept
  • Community involvement

Sponsored by:

Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre | Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Team Cornwall Ambassador:

The Ambassador of the Year award recognizes 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 Cornwall’s profile to people who may not otherwise know the City
  • An effort of that is extraordinary in its execution or concept
  • An effort that positively changes perceptions of Cornwall and/or its people
  • The award is open to both individuals and groups


 Sponsored by:

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Tourism Excellence Award

Sponsored by Cornwall  Tourism, the winner of the Tourism Excellence award will have a demonstrated history of service excellence over the past year through increasing awareness of Cornwall 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.

Examples of potential nominations include restaurants, hotels/motels, wineries, micro-breweries, attractions, golf courses. Criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Excellence in front line service to visitors
  • Results in increased tourism traffic to region
  • Partnership development
  • Community involvement


Sponsored by:
choose Cornwall






Young Professionals Award

The Cornwall area is experiencing a growing number of young professionals and entrepreneurs. The cohort represents the next generation of business professional who will play an important role in Cornwall’s growth and prosperity.

The Chamber is recognizing these young and talented individuals with a new award, to be presented during its 2018 Business Excellence Awards. The criteria for the award are as follows and candidates from both for and non-profit organizations are eligible.

  • The candidate will be under the age of 35
  • Part of the area business community for a minimum of two years
  • If candidate has established an independent business, demonstrates overall growth
  • If part of an organization, stands out for outstanding contribution
  • Active community contribution
  • A positive role model for other young professionals

Sponsored by:

eastern o






Economic Impact Award

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 regions.  Criteria include but are not limited to:

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

Sponsored by:

Above and Beyond

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

  • Exceptional service to others
  • Personal or, company commitment with no expectation of reward
  • Enhancing the community’s image
  • Positive public relations example for Cornwall
  • Assisting others to succeed

Candidates for this award may be a business or, someone employed by a local business or organization, a volunteer in at one of Cornwall’s many agencies or, members of the community who have made a positive difference because of an extra effort on behalf of others.


Sponsored by:


Lifetime Business Achievement

The City of Cornwall boasts an enviable group of longstanding 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 make a better quality of life for all. Specific criteria included are not limited to:

  • Long term business success
  • Created and maintained employment in the city
  • Demonstrated and recognized community commitment
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility in a changing business world
  • Innovative business strategies
  • Recognized business leader and role model

Sponsored by:






Breakthrough Award

A special award not always presented, it 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

Sponsored by:
Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award

The personal commitments made by volunteers in the Cornwall region are 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, internationally,  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 local 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 and those who work and live here.

Criteria for individuals eligible for nomination and consideration include but are not limited to:

  • 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 provided have not been performed as part of the normal course of professional or business duties. Rather, the contribution has been given freely without thought of receiving any personal or financial gain.
  • The achievement may include community service in various sectors including business and industry, sports, arts and culture, heritage conservation, the environment, etc.

Nominators are encouraged to provide background information about the candidate including letters of support, testimonials, etc. NOTE: Elected officials, while holding office, are not eligible for nomination.


Sponsored by:
Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce



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