The Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant is proud to announce that nominations for our annual Business Excellence Awards are open for 2023. Please ensure your nominee meets all criteria before submitting them for consideration. See the nomination form below for details.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, BDO.

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Bell Community Builder Award
Bell Canada

To qualify, the nominated organization must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant is in good standing. It is awarded to a business or organization whose community investments have yielded the greatest social return on investment. The qualified organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been operating in Brantford-Brant for three years or more
  • Have initiative(s) that demonstrates sustained and long‐term commitment to improving the quality of life in the community
  • Have policies and practices that demonstrate accountability and responsibility to the community
  • Measurable impact of success.
Enterprise Brant Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Enterprise Brant

To qualify, the individual must be operating a business at their own financial risk, and been in his/her present business for a minimum of three years, and meet the following criteria:

  • Exceptional Business Achievements
  • High Standard of Employee Relations and Customer Relations
  • Excellence in Community Relations
  • Advancements in Product Innovation and/or Technology
  • Growth in Sales and/or Employment
  • Demonstrates Environmental Responsibility
  • Actively promotes Brantford-Brant
Waterous, Holden, Amey, Hitchon Company of the Year Award
Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon Lawyers

To qualify, the nominated business must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant, in good standing, have been in operation for a minimum of five years and meet the following criteria:

  • Have been in business for five years or more
  • Have made exceptional business achievements
  • High standard of employee relations and customer relations
  • Strong Corporate Philosophy
  • Embrace new technologies and markets
  • Positive image and impact in this region
  • Demonstrates Environmental Responsibility
  • Demonstrates Exemplary Corporate Citizenship
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Sponsored by OLG
OLG

To qualify, the nominated organization must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant in good standing and in operation for five years. It recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to creating workplaces that are inclusive, respectful, and reflective of the community in which they exist.

  • Actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Demonstrates consistent efforts to recognize the elements that make individuals unique
  • Operates a work environment where all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully
  • Creates opportunities to start conversations and advances a sense of belonging
  • Embraces corporate citizenship through leadership in social responsibility

David Baxter Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement 
Sonoco Canada

To qualify, the individual should possess many of the qualities associated with great leaders: have a purpose, show passion, be persistent, demonstrate patience, and be present. Presented to a member of the community, who, through their support and initiative, has made the community a better place to work, live, play and conduct business.

  • Charismatic communicator
  • Highly respected by peers
  • Serves as a mentor for other leaders
  • Inspires others
  • Has chaired or been active on boards of not-for-profit organizations
  • Respectful of all, regardless of social position and ability
  • Tireless fundraiser
  • If leading a business, has implemented strong corporate volunteer and/or fundraising initiatives which serve as an example of excellence to other businesses
  • Philanthropic on a personal level

Past recipients of the Individual Outstanding Achievement award are:

1999 R.N. Waterous

2000 R.B. Forbes

2001 J. Pryor Harris

2003 Mary Welsh

2004 Roger Davis

2005 Vyrt Sisson

2006 Lucy Marco

2007 Crawford Reid & George Campbell

2008 John G. Wilson

2009 Bruce Hodgson

2010 Paul Williamson

2011 Bill & Dorothy Campbell

2012 Bob MacLean

2013 Rick Sterne

2014 Vern Gale

2015 Jean Anderson

2016 Robert Caissie

2017 Bob Peeling

2018 Dennis Duce

2019 Ed Hensen

2020 Jim Boughner

2021 Anwar Dost

Nomination Form