Niagara Chamber announces 2015 Business Achievement Award winners


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The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 12th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards at an Oct. 22 gala evening. Meridian Credit Union sponsors the annual event spotlighting the achievements of businesses across Niagara.

A media release announcing the awards quoted Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce CEO, Mishka Balsom as saying: “The Niagara Business Achievement Awards give us a chance to showcase some of the amazing business talent that we have here in Niagara.This event is our pportunity to recognize and reward outstanding performances of business excellence while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in Niagara.”

She also said this year’s finalists, which included Mountainview Homes, in the category Excellence in Business – 51+ Employees, and Darren Hendriks, vice president of Homes by Hendriks in the category Young Professional Award, are “yet another example of how Niagara is filled with outstanding businesses. The finalists exemplify the true potential of Niagara. Each finalist stands as a cornerstone of our community and evokes the spirit of industriousness and passion in Niagara’s business community.”

Winners included Quartek Group Inc. in the category for Excellence in Business – 11 to 50 employees. Quartek is an integrated design firm in downtown St. Catharines. The company offers architectural, engineering, planning, interior design and project management solutions within a single construct to clients in both public and private sectors and is one of Niagara’s largest multidisciplinary firms.

Balsom says the awards recognize businesses within any of the 12 greater Niagara municipalities which belong to the GNCC.

The awards, she says, provide a different depth and focus on businesses. “We are always surprised by what the awards reveal. The details that are uncovered are often true jewels.”

As an example she references discreet acts of community service that are often unspoken but deserving of recognition.

Six weeks before winners are announced, finalists are publicized through the press, radio and social media


Business of the Year: Canadian Tire Bank

Excellence in Business – 10 or less employees: Cherry Lane Excellence in Business – 11 to 50 employees: Quartek Group Inc. Excellence in Business – 51 or more employees: Gales Gas Bars Outstanding New Business: Niagara Oast House Brewers Technology and Innovation: Form & Affect

Environmental Leadership: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Excellence in Manufacturing: VinFirst Inc. Young Professional Award: Tracy Duru (Moksha Yoga) Lifetime Achievement Award: Cam Champion and John Mann (Performance Auto Group) Builder of the Year Award: Dino Di- Cienzo (Canadian Niagara Hotels) Volunteer Business Person of the Year Award: Mike Watt Community Leadership Award: Ann- Louise Branscombe (Branscombe Foundation)



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