Chamber Recognizes Business Excellence at Gala Event

February 5, 2024
By Bob Peters

Cornwall, Ontario – Over 200 community and business leaders gathered this weekend at the Ramada to celebrate the Business Excellence Awards and 52nd Citizen of the Year.

Cornwall Citizen of the Year - Wes Libbey

The annual tradition aims to recognize and celebrate the contributions of outstanding businesses and community leaders who have played a pivotal role in fostering growth, economic development, and community engagement.

Business Excellence Award Winners

As in recent years, a short list of nominees in each category were recognized before the announcement of this year’s award winners. The following companies, organizations and individuals were recognized this year:

  • New Business of the Year: Lost Village Brewery
  • Tourism Excellence: St. Lawrence Marathon
  • Inclusion and Diversity: Different Abilities
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Wendy Grant – Cornwall City Press
  • Community Impact: Center 105
  • Young Professional: Brad Robertson
  • Environmental Impact: Laminacorr Industries Inc.
  • Large Business of the Year: Demolition Plus
  • Small and Medium Business of the Year: Marlin Orchards
  • Lifetime Achievement: Randy Sauve, Fantasy Realm, and Carol Sauve, CAPE

“We are thrilled to honor these exceptional award winners who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of our community. Their dedication and leadership serve as an inspiration to us all,” said Angela Bero, General Manager of The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce.

Citizen of the Year

Wes Libbey was named 2023 Citizen of the Year. A well-known personality in Cornwall, Mr. Libbey is a tireless volunteer always willing to lend a hand to a good cause. He is perhaps best known for his long standing role as the Town Crier, helping welcome people countless events and ceremonies.

Family and friends were on hand to celebrate the announcement for the retired engineer and former St. Lawrence College professor. Mr. Libbey was gracious and inspiring in his remarks, noting that he and his then new wife Carol first arrived in Cornwall in 1967.

“We were happy to come to this wonderful and welcoming community,” said Mr. Libbey. “Cornwall was good to us, and we like to give back.”

About the Chamber of Commerce

The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce is a Cornwall, Ontario-based organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local businesses, fostering economic growth, and enhancing the overall quality of life in our community. For more information, please click on the following links:

Photo by Jason Setnyk

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