Chamber Awards Night to Recognize Business Excellence

February 10, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Business and community leaders are gearing up for one of the most anticipated evenings of the year.

Chamber Business Awards 2020

The 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards and the 47th Annual Citizen of the Year Banquet is set to go for February 22nd at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

“The evening is an elegant mix of networking and fantastic food, yet people are really there to celebrate success in the community,” says Greg Pietersma, Executive Director of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. “Anticipation builds throughout the evening as various business awards are handed out, leading to the announcement of Citizen of the Year.”

The awards have been given out for over three decades. The Chamber collects nominations from the community throughout the year. New this year is selection of the winners in each category from previously announced nominations.

Business Excellence Awards

The Business Excellence Awards recognize firms and individuals who have distinguished themselves by fostering growth, innovation, community service and excellence in their sectors. The Business Excellence Awards have been handed out since 1988. The current line up of awards are as follows:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Economic Impact
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tourism Excellence Award

Individual achievement in business is also recognized with the following awards:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Young Professionals Award
  • Lifetime Business Achievement

The awards are rounded off with two special awards that are not necessarily awarded each year:

  • Breakthrough
  • Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award

Citizen of the Year

Since 1972, when the very first Citizen of the Year award was handed out, the Chamber has regularly honoured citizens who have made an outstanding contribution in the community. Nominations are evaluated with respect to ongoing leadership, dedication and the positive impact the individual has made on the community.

Additional information on each of the above awards, including previous winners and the nomination process, can be found on the Chamber website.


The 2020 dinner will be held on Saturday February 22nd at the Cornwall Civic Complex. Festivities get underway at 6:00pm, with everyone sitting down to dinner at 7:00pm. Tickets are $135.00 per person and can be purchased by calling or emailing the Chamber, or online here.

About the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the region’s business community speaking towards growth, leadership and innovation. With direction from the elected board of directors, the Chamber looks to continuously progress the community through political advocacy, knowledge-based development and innovative opportunities.

The Chamber has over 500 members.  For more information, please click on the following links:

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