The Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant (Chamber) hosted its first virtual Business Excellence Awards Finalists’ Announcement on Tuesday Feb. 2nd.

David Prang Announces Finalists

CEO David Prang announces finalists during the announcement event online.

Finalists were announced in three categories recognizing local businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations who demonstrate exceptional business achievements and exemplary community citizenship.

The Virtual Finalists’ Announcement was presented by BDO Canada LLP and supported by Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre, PQI Canada Ltd. and Vive Mechanical Inc.

The Bell Community Builder Award Finalists are Booster Juice, Ironstone Entrance Technologies Inc., and Lansdowne Children’s Centre.

The Enterprise Brant Entrepreneur of the Year award finalists are The Beauty Barn Spa, CPR – Cell Phone Repair and Whole Body Health.

Cowan Insurance Group Ltd., Minotaur Stormwater Services Ltd., and West Brant Window World round out the finalists in the Waterous, Holden, Amey, Hitchon Company of the Year category.

The David Baxter Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement is sponsored by Sonoco Canada Corporation and will be presented during the Awards event, scheduled for May 20th.

The Business Excellence Awards program, established in 1985, is the premier business event held in our region annually by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford – Brant. Initially, one award was presented to one company.

The award criteria expanded in 1990 to include smaller companies. In 1996, the categories were changed to include a Company Award as well as an Entrepreneur Award. These categories, combined with the Community Builder and Individual Outstanding Achievement Awards, more appropriately reflect the membership profile of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford – Brant.

The Business Excellence Awards, presented in partnership with BDO Canada LLP, will be held virtually on Thurs. May 20th. Online registration is now open.

Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant Business Excellence Awards

The Company Award recognizes exceptional business achievements, high standards of employee relations, a strong corporate philosophy and making a positive impact in the community.

Finalist Dan Mehta of Booster Juice

Finalist Dan Mehta of Booster Juice speaking during the online announcement.

The Entrepreneur Award recognizes an individual who operates a business at their own financial risk, demonstrates product innovation and growth in sales or employment.

The Community Builder Award recognizes an organization whose initiatives demonstrate sustained and long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.

David Baxter Memorial Award for Individual Outstanding Achievement:
This award is presented to a member of the community who, through their support and initiative, has made our community a better place to work, live, play and conduct business.

Bell Community Builder Finalists

Booster Juice – Dan Mehta

As Canada’s original juice and smoothie bar, their mission is to create long-standing customer relationships by consistently delivering an incredibly delicious, convenient and nutritious product, perfectly suited for an active lifestyle. As a brand, they promise to offer premium products while providing an extraordinary customer experience in a clean and safe environment. Both locations, locally owned and operated by Dan Mehta.

Ironstone Entrance Technologies Inc. – Meghann Bell

Ironstone Entrance Technologies has been a force to be reckoned with in the automatic door industry, since 2009. Created by a husband-and-wife team, Cam and Meghann Bell set out to take formal entrances, “out of the box” with their custom design and installation. The Bell’s have a passion for building entrance ways that are not only safe and secure, but are also AODA compliant, making them accessible to everyone. By understanding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Ironstone continues to support all local businesses that are currently not accessible or AODA compliant.

Lansdowne Children’s Centre – Rita-Marie Hadley – Executive Director

Lansdowne Children’s Centre was incorporated as a treatment centre in 1974; the history that preceded this incorporation is extensive. Starting from 1952 to 2012.

Mission – Supporting children and youth with physical, developmental or communication needs, and their families. Vision – realizing optimal potential for children and youth. Within the supportive context of the client’s life and committed to safe, accessible and accountable teamwork. Their values are: Respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Empowerment [RIDE].

Enterprise Brant – Entrepreneur Finalists

Finalist Corrie Gallant of The Beauty Barn

Finalist Corrie Gallant of The Beauty Barn speaks during the online announcement.

The Beauty Barn – Corrie Gallant

Operating since 2017 and located on the outskirts of Brantford/Paris. Brantford’s first private country barn spa destination. Unlike other spas, they are situated in the country alongside a beautiful outdoor setting. The Beauty Barn is a boutique day spa/medi spa/salon and event space. Offering Laser Hair removal, Eyelash Extensions, Facials and Microdermabrasion, Massage, Body treatments, Mani/Pedi’s, Waxing, and premier hairdressing services.

CPR Cell Phone Repair – Steve and Lorraine Garnham

Electronic device repair experts – CPR technicians have the professional experience to diagnose and fix the problem, fast. Beyond smartphones, they specialize in a wide variety of digital device repairs including computers, laptops, game consoles, cameras, MP3 players, and much more. They strive to create solutions that work for both your device and your wallet. CPR will continue to lead the wireless repair industry as the experts in fast, efficient repairs.

Whole Body Health – Dr. Shaelyn Osborn

Providing chiropractic care in the Brantford area since 1999. Dr. Shaelyn Osborn has been delivering quality chiropractic care to Brantford and the surrounding area since 1999. “Brantford is my home town – I was born and raised here!” After attending University and Chiropractic College, Dr. Osborn returned to Brantford to practice with Dr. Janice Hughes. In 2003, Dr. Osborn became the CEO of Whole Body Health. She is now joined in practice by Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry. At Whole Body Health, they are committed to helping individuals and families achieve optimal health and wellness. Their mission is to educate, empower and inspire people to live the wellness lifestyle.

Waterous, Holden, Amey, Hitchon – Company Finalists

Cowan Insurance Group Ltd. – Bob Heron

Cowan Insurance Group has been providing insurance and risk management to businesses, organizations, and individuals since 1927. Their heritage has enabled them to be an integral part of the Brantford and Brant County community since their earliest days.

Over the past century, Cowan has built an active and growing full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm through their relentless focus on identifying and serving client needs. Yet even as they grow, they have never lost sight of the values on which their company was founded—their clients are, and always will be, at the heart of everything they do. Their commitment to the communities where their employees live and work is unwavering.

Minotaur Stormwater Services Ltd. – Aaron Shaver

A comprehensive inspection, monitoring and service program for Stormceptor® units was not available until one was developed and implemented by Minotaur. Since incorporation in January 2000, Minotaur has become the leading specialist in the inspection and service of Stormceptor® units. Minotaur has been exclusively retained by Forterra Pipe & Precast to provide an inspection, service and repair program for all Stormceptor® units in Ontario. In 2002, Lécuyer & Fils Ltée engaged Minotaur to provide the same maintenance program to Québec.

Finalist Mike Mears of West Brant Window World

Finalist Mike Mears of West Brant Window World speaks during the online announcement.

Polluted stormwater runoff can wreak havoc on our recreational waterways and the local economy. Responsible companies and landowners use Stormceptor® stormwater collection units to protect their property — which helps us all. Minotaur’s role is to service those stormwater collectors and ensure that they are performing in compliance with Ministry regulations and warranty specifications.

West Brant Window World – Mike Mears

Experience, personality and attention to detail best describes their business. Since 1993 West Brant Window World has created a very strong presence in the window and door market, in the Southern Ontario Region. West Brant Window World has a strong reputation for going above and beyond to ensure the products they sell are installed properly, resulting in many, many years of customer satisfaction.