The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence and Citizen of the Year Awards is a long-standing tradition dating back to 1972. The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership consists of locally owned and operated businesses that strive for excellence, and every year we formally recognize their success.
We encourage the community to submit nominations for which businesses they believe deserve recognition for their outstanding commitment to make Cornwall and Area a better place to start and grow a business.
Please use the forms below to submit your nominations for one or all of the award categories.
If you would like to send your submission by mail, please send them to P.O. Box 1, Cornwall, ON, K6H 5R9
Citizen of the Year Award
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 to the community. We will evaluate nominations on the nature of the achievement concerning ongoing leadership, dedication and the positive impact the individual has made on the community and those who work and live here.
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.
2020 – Terry Muir
2019 – Father Kevin Maloney
2018 – Rachel Navaneelan
2017 – Rachelle Lamond
2016 – Sister Raymond
Lifetime Achievement Award
Cornwall boasts an enviable group of longstanding professionals. These individuals have not only made their mark in the world of commerce; they enhance the community as a whole.
Their belief in the city 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.
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 does not always get awarded. We may award it 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 this award has committed to assisting others in a focused humanitarian manner to benefit the people, the city, or the region.
Above and Beyond Award
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 award suggests, more than what we typically would expect.
Candidates for this award may work for a local business or organization, volunteer at one of Cornwall’s many agencies or are members of the community who have made a positive difference because of an extra effort on behalf of others.
Inclusion and Diversity Award
The Inclusion and Diversity Award honours a business that prioritizes the principles of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and in the community. The business that receives this award recognizes and celebrates the range of human differences, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, or ideology.
Environmental Impact Award
The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce is interested in the local efforts to impact, solve, and address Cornwall and the region’s environmental issues. This award winner demonstrates leadership towards enhancing the communities’ ability to respond to environmental challenges.
The award winner does not have to be an environmental service company.
A special award (not always presented) recognizes an extraordinary local event or people accomplishing incredible things that benefit the community in unique and meaningful ways.
This award can go to an individual, a group, an organization or, a business. Generally, this award recognizes a significant accomplishment that benefits the entire area.
Tourism Excellence Award has a demonstrated history of excellence over the past year by increasing Cornwall and the Counties’ awareness as a viable tourist destination. The award will recognize a business that has demonstrated excellence in the tourism sector, showcased the local tourism sector, and has played a vital role in the growth of the region’s tourism industry.
This business should demonstrate the critical success factors that have played a role in its success, including outstanding employee relations, economic development, business growth, and community contributions. This business goes above and beyond, providing extraordinary customer service and recognizing the importance of tourism in the region and serving the community.
Examples of potential nominations include restaurants, hotels/motels, wineries, micro-breweries, attractions, golf courses.
Large Business Award
Cornwall boasts many businesses and industries, with some of them enjoying global recognition and respect for excellence in both products and services. Employing 30 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 one year in either a manufacturing or a non-manufacturing role.
Nine out of ten enterprises in Canada classify 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 manufacturing or non-manufacturing organization of fewer than 30 employees that has operated in the Cornwall area for at least one year.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
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 that has undergone a significant shift in focus within that period.
Economic Impact Award
The Economic Impact Award recognizes an excellent investment in the community that has a significant positive impact on Cornwall and the surrounding region. This award can go to an individual, group, organization or business.