Chamber Awards Gala Brings Out the Best of Cornwall

By Bob Peters
March 1, 2013

Jamie Carr and Sue StewartCornwall Ontario - The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated excellence in the community at a star-studded gala at the Cornwall Civic Complex. It marked the 25th anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards, and accordingly a silver theme ran through out the room.

"This is one of the best nights of the year, where business and community leaders gather to celebrate some amazing achievements from the past year," said Kevin Hargreaves, Chamber President. "Excitement starts building from the moment we open nominations - it really is one of the most popular events the Chamber organizes."

Here is a recap of the awards handed out. Click on the links below to read a full story with photos:

Over 300 people were on hand for the awards, which were announced by masters of ceremony Sue Stewart and Jamie Carr. Both Ms. Stewart and Mr. Carr work at Cornwall's Corus radio station, and their lively banter made for an entertaining night.

"We have a great team that put a lot of effort into every aspect of the room," said Lezlie Strasser, Executive Director of the Chamber. "What a great thrill for the 10 award winners - who were all very deserving. I know I can call on any of them and ask for a favour - for the chamber or for the community. There is never a 'no" answer."

Guests were treated to the talents of caterer La Cuisine Volante who put together a wonderful four-course meal.  Entertainment was provided by the duelling pianos of David Kalil and Tyler Kealey.

The entire event was taped by TV Cogeco and broadcast locally on Cable 11. You can watch a recap of the night here:

Business Excellence Awards & Citizen of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a distinguished Cornwall tradition established in 1988. The Awards recognize outstanding achievements by Cornwall area businesses and individuals in the fields of commerce, community work and/or innovation. The awards ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted Citizen of Year award is one of Cornwall’s most prestigious annual affairs.

For more info, along with a list of current and past winners, follow this link:


The above photo was taken by Cornwall photographer Frank Burelle. You can view more of his photos here.


Category: Business