There was excitement in the air at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia, with dozens of nominees gathering with hundreds of their, colleagues, friends, and family for one of the signature events of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.
Our Outstanding Business Achievement Awards, the 29th annual event, was all it was expected to be—and more.
For starters, there’s something to be said—especially in a time where modern business fashion is more likely to be “casual” than anything else—for a “dress-up” event that makes us all feel a bit brighter.
Suit and tie. A dress designed to catch the eye and draw more than a compliment or two.
It’s all part of the OBAA experience.
But then there’s also the excitement of the nominees who brought their very best to panels of judges who themselves, on the Friday, October 12 night of the OBAAs, were not aware of who the winners would be.
Some 15 categories were judged from among nominees made earlier this summer, plus one “Chamber Champion” selected by a group of past chairs of the Chamber’s board.
None of this would have been possible without the generous lead sponsorship of Libro Credit Union, and for their support we are very grateful.
A special thanks goes to McFarlan Rowlands/Economical Select for sponsoring the Nominee Reception/Rehearsal evening.
Here, then, are the categories, sponsors, nominees and, of course, our winners of this year’s OBAA event:
Agri-business—sponsored by Cargill Ltd
High Park Company, Hog Wild Farms, Penta TMR, Sipkens Nurseries, Podolinsky Equipment Ltd.
Podolinsky Equipment Ltd.
Business of the Year—sponsored by Scotiabank
Dragonfly Media, Guardian Real Estate Management, NOVA Chemicals, Royal Protective Services Sarnia
Cool Place to Work—sponsored by TMRRW Inc
Blackwater Coffee Company, EXIT Realty Twin Bridges, Rally Engineering, Rebound, TWD Technologies, The Painted Cat
Winner—EXIT Realty Twin Bridges
Exporter of the Year—sponsored by Global Affairs Canada
AG Event Graphics, New England Arbors, Zen Yarn Garden
Winner—AG Event Graphics
Health Safety and Environmental Leadership—sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association and Industrial Education Cooperative
Ontario Choice Tree Service, Terrapure Environmental
Inclusivity—sponsored by Cogeco
Children’s Aid Society of Sarnia Lambton, Goodwill, Grace United Church, Helen Lomax Pathways & Transitions, RBC
Winner—Helen Lomax Pathways & Transitions
Marketing and Promotions—sponsored by Bluewater Power
FortyHours, Greg’s Auto Detailing, PM Entertainment Group & Foundation (Bluewater BorderFest)
Winner—PM Entertainment Group & Foundation (Bluewater BorderFest)
Non-Profit—sponsored by LEHDER Environmental Services
Family Counselling Centre, Lambton Elderly Outreach, Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton, Sarnia Community Foundation, Twin Bridges NPLC, Workplace Group
Winner—Sarnia Community Foundation
Outstanding Customer Service (Business)—sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
A Taste of Britain, Big Fish, Bluewater Hearing, Deb’s Shoe Gallery, Math Plus Tutors, Young Drivers of Canada – Sarnia, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, Mortgage Wellness, Freshii, Skin Glow Aesthetic Boutique, LBM Consulting/Selectpath
Social Responsibility—sponsored by Pinchin Ltd
Bushido Sing Judo/Jiu-jitsu Club, Lambton College, Preferred Towing, Sarnia Green Drinks
Tech-novation—sponsored by CIBC
Cogeco, LEADWAVE Technologies, Corporation of City of Sarnia
Winner (tied)—LEADWAVE Technologies and Corporation of the City of Sarnia
Business Leadership—sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership
Julie Jenkins, EXIT Realty Twin Bridges, Judith Morris, Lambton College, Bill Yurchuk, Lambton Elderly Outreach, Lindsay Davey, Tiny Tots Sensory Baby Toys & Sewing Club
Winner—Judith Morris, Lambton College
Entrepreneur—sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation
Adaleah Lacey, Adaleah Lacey Photography; Dean Haldenby, Haldenby Financial Group; Liwordson Vijayabalan, TMRRW
Liwordson Vijayabalan, TMRRW
Member of the Year, sponsored by Imperial Theatre
Dave Watson, Goodwill, Michael John Kooy, RBC Dominion Securities
Dave Watson, Goodwill
Outstanding Customer Service (Individual)—sponsored by Air Canada
Dave Duguay, Blackwater Coffee Company; Donna Paddock, Danske Industries; Christian Willemsen, The Co-operators; David Burrows, The Show with David Burrows; Caroline Bekkers, Canadian Cancer Society; Aaron Deactis, DeGroot’s Nurseries; Danielle Edgar, Lambton Pharmacy; David Pugh, Ontario Choice Tree Service; Cara Quinn, Skin Glow Aesthetic Boutique; Alexa Pape, Young Drivers of Canada – Sarnia; Luc Berube, LEADWAVE Technologies.
Winner—Dave Duguay, Blackwater Coffee Company
Chamber Champion—sponsored by Past Chairs
Selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors: Franco Filia, The Co-operators Insurance
And finally … we all look forward to seeing you next year for another “Outstanding” event!