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David Thuss, London Brewing Coop
2019 Agribusiness Award
"Being recipients of the Agribusiness Award was inspiring for our entire team and the recognition of receiving this award has heightened awareness of the need to invest in our local farming communities. Knowing that the hard work of building a business around the drive to create a truly local craft beer matters helps to keep going and to continue developing even more sustainable practices and ensuring our ingredients are as local as possible. This award demonstrates that local matters and is something that resonates with folks throughout the city and region."
Jason Grouette, Director, Electronics and Energy, 3M Canada
2018 Environmental Leadership Award
“We are grateful for receiving the BAA’s prestigious Environmental Leadership Award in 2018. At 3M, Sustainability isn’t just one factor among many when we make a business decision – it’s one of our core values that influences everything we do. Receiving the award was great recognition of our team’s efforts. We remain committed to our 2025 Sustainability Goals and are inspired by the commitment of the other finalists in this category who have shown dedication to improving lives for future generations.”
Kyle Vergeer, Managing Director, WinAir
2018 Medium Business of the Year
"Receiving the 2018 Business of the Year Award is a significant honour for our entire team at WinAir. We are extremely grateful to the London Chamber of Commerce and the London business community for their recognition of our achievements and support of our company."
Jim Grey, CEO, IGPC Ethanol Inc.
2017 Agribusiness Award
“Winning the 2017 Agribusiness of the Year Award was a proud moment in our company’s short history that we were able to share with our Board Members, our dedicated employees and our business partners. IGPC strives to continue to innovate and grow while caring for its employees, the community we operate in and as a key component of the Canadian Renewable Fuels industry; the environment. This award is an acknowledgement that our efforts are meaningful and impactful.”
Peter Rocca, President & CEO, Start.ca
2017 Large Business of the Year
“Receiving the Large Business of the Year Award in 2017 was a huge honour for all of us at Start, and a greatly appreciated recognition of what we had accomplished this year. The prestige of this award has even further increased our exposure within the London community, has inspired us to find more ways of being locally involved, and continues to motivate us towards excellence in everything we do.”
George Warren, Owner, Centennial Windows & Doors
2015 Business of the Year – Large Company
“The award has real value to our organization because of the adjudication process and the recognition we’ve had since. The application submission process and preparation for the judges’ visit encouraged us to reflect on our successes and key strengths that sometimes are taken for granted. It provided us with an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and share them with our team and customers. To win an award like this from a reputable third party, with a judging process, when stacked up against 'best-in-class' competition, has real value. Whether a company wins or not we would recommend the process.”
David Billson, President, rtraction
2014 Business of the Year – Medium Company
“The team at rtraction were thrilled to receive the business of the year award in 2014. Recognition of our efforts in the key areas of the competition was very rewarding for our team, providing validation that we are on the right track. We believe having the award helps us in our sales, recruitment and recruitment efforts as a recognized brand in the London landscape.”
Karl Pfister, CEO, Armatec Survivability Corp.
2014 Innovation Award
“Together we accepted this award to inspire us toward future achievements. As the honored recipient of the London Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award for 2014, Armatec Survivability has augmented its reputation in the business community and strengthened shared values within the organization. Business leaders across various industries have recognized our achievement throughout the year. Sharing the award with employees has inspired us to acknowledge that purposeful imagination cultivates exceptional innovation.”
Keith Gibbons, President & CEO, McCormick Canada
2014 Excellence in Human Resources
“Winning the 2014 Excellence in Human Resources Award has been a truly memorable and rewarding experience for our HR team and whole Company. It has confirmed our teams ability to build HR capabilities and demonstrate value as a function. It has also provided an opportunity for us to celebrate and thank our highly engaged employees for their continued participation and support in our HR led programs and practices. Finally, it provided us with an unbiased assessment of our employees' work experience.”
Brian Ohl, Regional Vice President - Global Spectrum Facility Mgmt & General Manager of Budweiser Gardens
2014 Business of the Year – Medium Company
“Receiving the 2014 Large Business of the Year Award has been a great source of pride for our staff and affirms that our passion for sports and entertainment makes a difference in the community. This award not only reinforces our many successes, but also motivates us to continue to have an impact within the industry. The whole process has been humbling for us as we took a deep look into our operation and philosophies - it was a positive experience.”
Tina Bax, President & Founder, CultureWorks ESL
2013 Business of the Year – Medium Company
“Receiving this award is an affirmation that we make a difference in our community, which is why many of us are drawn to education in the first place. As we face the challenge of how to grow stronger and have more of an impact, we find ourselves re-energized by this recognition, and grateful for the opportunity to continue onwards. London is a great place to raise a business!”
Keith Gibbons, President & CEO, McCormick Canada
2013 Business of the Year Award – Large Company
“There have been so many benefits resulting from receiving the Large Business of the Year award. Foremost, there has been a tremendous amount of pride and accomplishment felt by all our employees; we have been able to reference this award with our employees throughout the year. In this way we have been able to reinforce the strength and success of the Company to all employees. As well, the amount of recognition and acknowledgement from other companies and organizations in London has been really quite surprising; clearly indicating the degree of integrity these awards have. We have wanted to increase our Corporate profile in the City and receiving this award has helped us to do this!”
Tracy Wintermute, Director of Human Resources, Voyageur Transportation Services
2013 Excellence in Human Resources Award
“Winning the 2013 Excellence in Human Resources Award was a very proud moment for the Voyageur team. This award aligns with our values of providing growth and participation to our Employees and supports our Employer of Choice Strategy. The award and the process recognizes our dedicated employees who represent Voyageur in the communities we operate.”
David Ciccarelli, Chief Executive Officer, Voices.com
2012 Business of the Year – Medium Company
"Being recognized by the London Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year helped us develop stronger relationships with companies close to home. The award also raised our profile globally with customers around the world and led to a nomination for Business of the Year on a provincial level. The honour was a real boost to our team and we feel privileged to serve as a member of London's business community."
Holden J. Rhodes, Executive Vice President & Corporate Counsel, CarProof
2012 Business of the Year Award – Large Company
“This past year, CarProof was considered for and was successful at achieving the London Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award for the Large Business category. CarProof is proud to be part of London's business heritage and is especially pleased to have been selected for this prestigious award especially since there are so many outstanding businesses in London. This designation lends credibility and integrity to our business as the process to achieve the award is very competitive. Beyond the external accolade to the rest of the world, it is also very helpful for recruiting and most importantly, the award is one more affirmation to our team as to why they are so enthusiastic to be part of CarProof. We thank the Chamber, the City and the other business who all formed part of the process. A very proud moment.”
Mike Schmalz, President, Digital Extremes
2012 Excellence in Human Resources Award
“Our people are the backbone of Digital Extremes’ success and cultivating a work atmosphere that inspires creative thinking and talent growth is crucial to continued success. Receiving the Excellence in Human Resources Award from the Chamber of Commerce was not only a great honor in being recognized for our dedication in this area but has also helped in our continued recruitment efforts to build one of the most talented teams in the video games industry.”
Jim Galbraith, Facilities Management, Western University
2012 Environmental Leadership Award
“Western University is extremely proud of its sustainability program, highlighted by a combination of strong grass roots initiatives and administrative directive. The roar of excitement from our table at the Awards Gala when Western was announced as the winner of the Environmental Leadership Award literally speaks volumes - what an honour. The award is further evidence that we are leaders in sustainability and it validates our environmental agenda moving forward.”
Shantal Feltham, President & CEO, Stiris Research Inc.
2011 Small Business of the Year
“Being named 2011’s Small Business of the Year was an honour that kicked off a banner year for Stiris. It provided acknowledgement and recognition internally as a great ‘pat on the back’ to our team for excelling in their roles. We were also able to broadcast to our clients and others within our industry that we are a growing, dynamic organization. Lastly, it helped us promote London as a viable location for pharmaceutical research in Canada and opened doors for new opportunities with other groups within London. We are extremely proud of the honour and strive to continue to live up to the standards which led to our selection.”
"Receiving the London Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Human Resources Award for 2011 has been tremendously meaningful to the team atTrojan Technologies. We are very proud and appreciative of the support and recognition from the London community. This entire process has helped us to reflect on the strategic direction of our Human Resources and reaffirmed that we are doing a good job supporting our staff."
Howard Thompson, Senior Vice President TD Canada Trust
2011 Environmental Leadership Award
“Earning the Chamber’s Award for Environmental Leadership is a point of pride for us at TD and an affirmation from the community that London supports and endorses TD’s green practices. From a business operations and a community investment standpoint TD has a strong focus on the environment. Since winning the award, TD has leveraged its increased environmental profile to further invest in local environmental projects.”
James McInnes, CEO, Cyborg Trading Systems
2011 Innovation Award
“Winning the 2011 Innovation Award has served to raise our company’s profile and assisted in accelerating our growth. The award has given all of our employees a renewed energy and sense of accomplishment for all of their hard work and dedication.”
Paul Panabaker, Managing Partner, Davis Martindale - Accountants with Personality
2010 Excellence in Human Resources Award
“The opportunity to engage your Team to reflect on the strengths (and weaknesses) of your organization is priceless. The independent public recognition by Chamber is well respected by the London community. Davis Martindale has always benefitted from our participation in the Business Achievement Awards. You may not win but you are always a winner“
Tania Goodine, Vice President, Brand, Libro Financial Group
2010 London Quality Award
Receiving the 2010 London Quality Award through the London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards has been a tremendous honour for Libro. Our vision is to be southwestern Ontario’s preferred source for quality financial service. To be recognized as delivering outstanding quality speaks to the values held by every member of the Libro team. Our people work with tremendous passion and dedication to provide an outstanding banking experience for each of our 54,000 customer owners. The pride of being recognized with this award continues to inspire everyone who is Libro.
Dr. Sridhar Sridharan, Senior Vice-President, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada
2010 Environmental Leadership Award
"GDLS-C appreciates the recognition; it is a testament to the passion and enthusiasm that the Environmental Team and our employees have towards making an environmental difference. Our employees have always set the bar high when it comes to developing GREEN practices within our facility. Winning this award has motivated them to raise that bar higher."
Paul Seed, President & CEO, StarTech.com
2010 Large Business of the Year
Receiving this honour gave StarTech.com an exciting platform to re-launch our brand while we accelerate our growth globally. Most importantly, after 25 years of hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and success this award acknowledges the great team of invaluable people we have at StarTech.com and has assisted us in attracting more talented employees as we aggressively grow forward! Thank you London Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to showcase our pride and success both our company and community.
Jim Graham, CEO & Owner, TRY Recycling Inc.
2010 Small Business of the Year
“I felt like Mick Jagger… Lights were in my eyes and all I could see were hundreds of heads anticipating my words from the microphone. I was thrilled that a team of recyclers would receive the London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award in the small business category. This award has helped us to generate greater interest from both new and potential clients in doing the right thing. This honour is a testament of how London business can work to invest in and improve our community. TRY is proud of this recognition and acknowledge that it has moved the bar up for what TRY can do for its customers, community and environment. The achievement has inspired the entire company”
From Kevin Welker, Associate, Dillon Consulting Limited
2009 Large Business of the Year
“Winning this award provided our people with a real sense of pride and acknowledgement for their hard work and dedication in making Dillon, and our clients, successful. The anticipation of the Awards Gala had our office buzzing with excitement, and to win was an incredible high for us – it was like winning an Oscar! Since that night, we’ve run into many people who recognize us from the publicity generated by the Business of the Year Award.”
Linda Kalmikov, College Director, Westervelt College
2009 Small Business of the Year
“The Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award was one more thing that brought the Westervelt family even closer together. We have a really great team of positive energetic, people and an incredible sense of pride. This recognition really was a major highlight for the entire Westervelt staff. There’s such a mutual admiration between the staff and Dr. and Mrs. Doerr and winning this award cemented this relationship even more.”
Brian Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources, JMP ENGINEERING INC.
2009 Excellence in Human Resources
“Winning the Excellence in Human Resources Award aligned well with two of our core values - Leadership and Excellence. The objective, third party validation brought credibility not only with our employees, but also with the business community at-large. The exposure has helped build additional relationships with clients that otherwise may not have been possible. Additionally, this specific award supports our attractiveness to some of the best minds in London and beyond – it makes hiring to build the best possible team much easier. Overall, the increased awareness of JMP’s presence in the community makes us all proud”.
John Sealey, General Manager, London Hospital Linen Service
2009 Environmental Leadership Award
“Being recognized by the London Chamber of Commerce with the Environmental Leadership Award further legitimizes our focus on EcoCare, our promise that environmental and social responsibility will always be a driving force in our business. As a central laundry facility for the healthcare community, we collaborate closely with our customers in their mission of care. As such, our efforts to attain greater environmental sustainability — which translate to significant cost savings and process improvements — benefit our customers as much as they do us. This provides us with a tremendous source of pride and winning the award is truly recognition for a job well done.”
Lucy Quaglia, Sciencetech Inc.
2009 Global Trade Innovation Award
We were very honoured and proud to receive the “Global Trade Innovation Award” in 2009.
The award increased our profile in the community. As a matter of fact we got several messages of congratulations from agencies and other companies after our big night. Various local papers and specialized periodicals had articles and editorials about us, our people and our products. We are very thankful he London Chamber of Commerce chose us for this award.
Paul Seed, President, StarTech.com
2008 Global Traders Innovation Award
“Winning the 2008 Global Traders Innovation Award definitely raised our profile within the community and has helped in positioning StarTech.com as a leading technology company.”
From Jack Smit, President and CEO, Libro Financial Group
2007 Large Business of the Year
“Winning Business of the Year really capped off a great year for Libro Financial Group. We changed our name, made a record profit, returned record profit sharing to customer-owners and launched our Community Builder grant program. The Chamber’s recognition of our success was the icing on the cake! Now, no matter where I go, people tell me they see and hear Libro’s name everywhere – I know the publicity around winning Business of the Year has something to do with that.”
From Lina Bowden, Vice President, Highstreet Asset Management Inc.
2003 Small Business of the Year
“Receiving the London Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award has definitely increased Highstreet’s visibility in London. People are starting to know who we are, thanks to the recognition we received from the award. As well, the award has been great for staff morale and momentum. We have a really great team of positive, energetic people, but our Small Business of the Year status gives everyone an incredible sense of pride that shines through the work we do and how we talk to prospects, clients and the community at large.”