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Niagara Business Achievements Awards Gala

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists of the Niagara Business Achievement Awards!

June 23 rd. Niagara Businesses were recognised at the 2016 NBAA.  Tim Dennis from 105.7 Niagara’s EZ Rock emceed the event that ran from 5 – 9 pm at the Holiday Inn Convention Centre in St. Catharines and was hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

The Niagara Local would like to raise a glass and toast all of this year’s winners and finalists!  Cheers!


Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Meridian Credit Union

White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa


Excellence in Business – up to 10 employees

Sponsored by St. Catharines Economic
Development & Tourism Services & St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

Big Country Raw Food


Excellence in Business – 11 to 50 employees

Sponsored by Brock University

Future Access Inc.


Excellence in Business – 51 or more employees

Sponsored by Performance Mercedes-Benz

Kraun Electric



Outstanding New Business

Sponsored by Niagara College Canada

ProActive Chiropractic & Training Centre


Excellence in Technology & Innovation

Sponsored by Innovate Niagara

Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.


Excellence in Environmental Leadership

Sponsored by Horizon Utilities Corporation

Pinchin Ltd.


Excellence in Manufacturing

Sponsored by Niagara Region 

Ladson Creative Millworks



Excellence in Tourism

Sponsored by CAA Rewards

Niagara Sport Commission


Excellence in International Business

Sponsored by Ridley College

WP Warehousing Inc.


Young Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Bell

Mary Jane Johnson (Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre and Foundation)


Four special awards were presented as well:

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Walker Industries was awarded to Robert W.P. Welch of Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP.

The Builder of the Year Award, sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc., is presented to a company or individual that has had a historically significant impact on the economic prosperity of the community and went to Phil Ritchie of Keefer Developments.

The Volunteer Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Niagara Immigrant Connections Initiative, is presented to an individual demonstrating an outstanding commitment to helping build a stronger, more prosperous and vibrant community, and was awarded to Doug Smith of C.R. Smith Financial and Wise Guys.

The Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Henley Honda, is presented to an individual recognized for their leadership and the impact they have had on their community and was bestowed to Dr. Suzanne Johnston of the Niagara Health System.


Congratulations to everyone!


Here is the complete list of Nominees for 2016:

Young Professional Award

Sponsored by Bell

  • Mario DeDivitiis
    (Leadership Niagara)
  • Jessica Kemp
    (Kemp Financial Group Inc.)
  • Mary Jane Johnson
    (Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation)

Technology & Innovation

Sponsored by Innovate Niagara

  • 360 Growers Inc.
  • Commercial Digital Print
  • Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.

Environmental Leadership

Sponsored by Horizon Utilities

  • Hydro Metal Recycling
  • GFL Environmental
  • Pinchin Ltd.

Tourism Award

Sponsored by CAA Niagara

  • Niagara Outlet Collection
  • Safari Niagara
  • Niagara Sport Commission


Excellence in Business:
10 employees or less
Sponsored by St. Catharines Economic Development &
St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

  • Big Country Raw
  • Provisions Food Co.
  • National Records Management
  • Cairnwood Homes

Excellence in Business:
11—50 employees

Sponsored by Brock University
• Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd.
• Enviro-Niagara Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
• Future Access

Excellence in Business:
51 employees or more
Sponsored by Performance Mercedes-Benz

  • Enbridge
  • Kraun Electric
  • Sitel


Excellence in Manufacturing
Sponsored by Niagara Region
• Metal Supermarkets
• Ladson Creative Mill Works
• Niagara Granite and Marble

International Business

Sponsored by Ridley College

  • Alexandria Professional
  • WP Warehousing
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Outstanding New Business Award
Sponsored by Niagara College Canada

  •  ProActive Chiropractic & Training
  •  Niagara Region Money Coaches
  • Futbol Niagara

Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Meridian Credit Union

  • Homes by Hendriks
  • Book Outlet
  • White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa


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