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Business Citizen of the Year  

Sponsored by Nexicom

In recognition of a member of the community who meets the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of the Greater Peterborough Community;

  • Has played a significant role in the Business Community;

  • Has involvement in the broader community.

As the Chamber of Commerce is a Business-to-Business organization, the role that a nominee for the Business Citizen of the Year Award has had in the Business Community is extremely important. The Chamber of Commerce also recognizes the importance of volunteerism within the broader community.  Please note:  If you have nominated someone in this category in the past and they were not selected, feel free to nominate them again this year. 

Nominators are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible in each section, and to include supporting documentation (e.g., Letters of Support, newspaper articles, etc.). 

Recent recipients:

Peter Blodgett of Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd. (2017)
Stephen Kylie, Barrister, Solicitor, Notary Public (2016)
Haig Kelly of Kelly's Fuel (2015)
Mary Larocque of Marlin Travel (2014)
Tim Barrie of Merit Precision Moulding Ltd. (2013)


Sponsored by Gauvreau & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants

In recognition of a small business or organization, with fewer than 50 employees, showing excellence in any of the following: new or innovative product or service, quality of merchandise/ customer service, job creation, growth potential, market served and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Havelock Metal Co. (2017)
Publican House Brewery (2016)
Noble Purification Inc. (2015)
Noble Purification Inc. (2014)
Traynor Farms (2013)


Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada

In recognition of a business or organization showing excellence, which could include: trade skills development, quality, craftsmanship, outstanding service, excellence in innovation in product or service, sustainable financial performance or market/product development and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

R & M Smith Contracting Ltd. (2017)
Mortlock Construction Inc. (2016)
Bruce Maly Plumbing & Drain Services Inc. (2015)
Mortlock Construction Inc. (2014)
Whitfield Home Improvements Inc. (2013)


Sponsored by BMO Financial Group

In recognition of a business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in attracting tourists to the Greater Peterborough Area in the past year. Describe the event held in the past year and/or the marketing and promotion that brought tourists to the area, and the estimated impact compared to previous year(s).

Recent recipients:

4th Line Theatre (2017)
Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism (2016)
ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival (2015)
Lang Pioneer Village (2014)
SPARK Photo Festival (2013)


Sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union

In recognition of an accommodation and/or food business or organization demonstrating commitment to excellence in hospitality/customer service, staff knowledge, quality and consistency of product, signage, marketing & promotion, parking and accessibility, and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Publican House Brewery (2017)
The Brickhouse Craft Burger (2016)
Riley's Pub (2015)
Cravings Bakery & Market (2014)
Golden Pathways Retreat and B&B (2013)


Sponsored by Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd.

In recognition of a small business or organization that has demonstrated significant business achievement, growth, and/or other significant business milestones in the past year, as well as community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Celtic Connection (2017)
Let's Get Digital (2016)
Glow Maternity (2015)
Blossom Hill Nursery (2014)
Home Suite Home Transitions (2013)


Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

In recognition of a business or organization showing commitment to innovation and excellence in retail, including: staff knowledge, consideration of merchandising, store design, customer service, marketing & promotion and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Lakefield Foodland (2017)
Long & McQuade (2016)
Merit Travel Peterborough (2015)
Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre (2014)
The Body Shop (2013)


Sponsored by The Peterborough Examiner

In recognition of a business that does not have franchise or national brand affiliation/support, who has demonstrated commitment to innovation and excellence in retail, including: staff knowledge, consideration of merchandising, store design, customer service, marketing & promotion and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Grady's Feet Essentials (2017)
Wild Rock Outfitters Inc. (2016)
Paris Marine Ltd. (2015)
Primal Cuts (2014)
Primal Cuts (2013)


Sponsored by TD Bank Group

In recognition of a business or organization that demonstrates consistent top-quality customer service, ongoing employee training and is able to provide examples of being friendly, honest, innovative, approachable and, as well, their community involvement.  Customer testimonials are strongly encouraged (maximum 5).

Recent recipients:

Avant-Garden Shop (2017)
MicroAge Peterborough (2016)
Home Suite Home Transitions (2015)
Jason McIntosh Fresh Frozen Beef (2014)
Grady's Feet Essentials (2013)


Sponsored by Fleming College

In recognition of the achievements of an immigrant entrepreneur that meets the following criteria:

  • Is a resident of the Greater Peterborough Community;

  • Was born or naturalized outside of Canada, having come to Canada within the last 15 years;

  • Shows excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship;

  • Demonstrates positive customer service and reliability;

  • Has some involvement in the broader community.

Recent recipients:

Andressa Lacerda of Noblegen (2017)
Nigina Azimova & Khaja Humayon Sidiqi of Ariyana Middle Eastern Food (2016)


Sponsored by Trent University

In recognition of a business or organization with significant local focus in their enterprise, either through manufacturing product locally, or retailing/utilizing products, and/or services produced locally, as well as their community involvement; with their primary focus being sourcing product and/or services locally first, and that the ideal candidate has an internal policy to support this.

Recent recipients:

Lang Pioneer Village Museum (2017)
The Land Canadian Adventures (2016)
Peterborough Museum & Archives (2015)
Cravings Bakery & Market (2014)
Primal Cuts (2013)


Sponsored by Innovation Cluster

In recognition of a company or organization that demonstrates innovations in products, processes and/or practices, product research and prototype development, as well as community involvement.  Please note: Previous recipients must demonstrate substantial progress.

Recent recipients:

Chimp Treats (2017)
Swish Maintenance Limited (2016)
Next Millennium Farms (2015)
Noble Purification Inc. (2014)
Aclarus (2013)


Sponsored by City of Peterborough

In recognition of either the business/property owner or the contractor for a project showing excellence in overall visual impact or distinctiveness, innovative design and/or commitment to heritage, a commitment to the environment and community involvement. The project should serve as a showcase for the skilled trades, as well as a model to the community and has been completed within the past 2 years (May 22nd, 2017 – May 22nd, 2019).  Please note: Before & after pictures are highly recommended (via email or in person).   

Recent recipients:

Lett Architects (2017)
Ashburnham Realty - 242 Hunter Street (2016)
The Loomex Group (2015)
BrandHealth Inc. (2014)
KI Equity Corp. (2013)


Sponsored by BDO Canada LLP

In recognition of a business or organization, their in-house designer, or a Marketing, Design or Communications Company who has created a multi-media, marketing, or design campaign, that has been outstanding, innovative and noticeable, raising awareness and increasing business for its client, or itself, within the last year, and has community involvement.  

Recent recipients:

Oldies 96.7 Radio/My Broadcasting Corp. (2017)
Mega Experience (2016)
Cottage Country Connection (2015)
Central Smith (2014)
SPARK Photo Festival (2013)


Sponsored by County of Peterborough

In recognition of a business or organization that displays environmental responsibility and who has adopted new practices that encourage the sustainable use of renewable resources, and/or protection of environmentally sensitive areas and has community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Lansdowne Place (2017)
GreenUP (2016)
The Food Forest Cafe (2015)
Camp Kawartha (2014)
Elmhirst's Resort (2013)


Sponsored by Peterborough Regional Health Centre

In recognition of a business or organization that promotes wellness and vitality in our community and demonstrates recognition of the importance of educating and inspiring individuals and the community at large, to achieve optimal health.

Recent recipients:

The Mane Intent Inc. (2017)
Hot Yoga Peterborough Wellness Institute (2016)
Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine (2015)
Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine (2014)
BIOS Natural Health-Allergy and Nutrition Clinic (2013)


Sponsored by Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

In recognition of a Not-for-Profit organization that exemplifies excellence and/or growth in entrepreneurial spirit, programs and services, volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, transparency/disclosure, marketing & promotion, and community involvement.

Recent recipients:

New Canadians Centre Peterborough (2017)
Trent University (2016)
Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (2015)
The James Fund (2014)
YWCA Peterborough Haliburton (2013)


Sponsored by LLF Lawyers LLP

In recognition of a business or organization that exemplifies excellence in its employee focus, which could include: job creation, diversity of hiring, training & support programs, morale initiatives, recognition & reward programs, workplace wellness, and a commitment to professional and personal development, as well as community involvement.

Recent recipients:

Kawartha Lakes Construction (2017)
GM Financial (2016)
Siemens Canada Ltd. (2015)
BOATsmart! (2014)
GM Financial (2013)


Sponsored by Peterborough Community Futures

The ‘4-under-40’ Profile Program is designed to recognize individuals in our community who are under the age of 40 and who are making their mark in the Peterborough area. Their individual achievements may be recognized through business success, community involvement and/or contributions to the not-for-profit sector. We strive for balance, ensuring a diverse group of finalists to profile in terms of business niches, gender, and ethnic background. We look for compelling stories that highlight business and community leadership.

Nomination Rules & Protocol:

  • Individuals can be nominated by their peers or through self nomination.

  • Individuals (or their respective business) do not have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39 as of the current calendar year.

  • Previous recipients are not eligible.

Each Nominee:

  1. Must be an employee or business owner in the City/County of Peterborough.

  2. Must be doing something extraordinary to significantly improve their business or non-profit organization, or something that directly benefits the local or global community.

  3. Must have demonstrated leadership and integrity in business and/or community.

  4. Must have been recognized by his or her peers/industry for outstanding contributions to business and/or community.

Letters of Support are strongly encouraged and should focus on criteria 1-4.  

Recent recipients:

2017 Profiles: Jason Chessar, Yvonne Lai, Craig Mortlock, Catia Skinner
2016 Profiles: Mike Doherty, Adam Noble, Brianna Salmon, Michael VanDerHerberg
2015 Profiles: Paul Bennett,  Andy Curnew, Heather Watson & Dr. Brenda Tapp

business student Leadership Bursary prizes

Sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

This award was established on behalf of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce as a way to recognize exceptional business leadership potential in a post-secondary student.  Part of the Chamber mandate is to encourage young people who are interested in the world of business.  The Peterborough Business Excellence Awards is the perfect venue to award this prize, which will recognize student excellence and foster responsible leadership and business prosperity for our future.

An annual $1,000 prize, and a GPCC one-year Student Associate Membership, will be awarded to both Fleming College and Trent University students based on the following criteria:


  • completed at least 12 credits in the School of Business at Trent University or be in their final year in the Business Program at Fleming College;

  • demonstrated great potential to be a leader in business;

  • displayed academic excellence, but not necessarily held the top mark;

  • exhibited initiative beyond the boundaries of academics.

Open to Canadian or International students.

This criteria was established by both the Business Administration Department and Development Office at Trent University, and the Associate Registrar at Fleming College.

Recent recipients:

Samantha Rivers, Patricia Hoyt (2017)
Jungeon Kim, David Shadlock (2016)
Tashonna McDougall, Maria Carruthers (2015)
Thomas Wilkins, Jessica Rogers (2014)
Margaret Bowen, Nathan Dinnick (2013)