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Cogeco, Green Benefits group among Burlington Chamber business award winners

Glamorous evening celebrates business excellence in the city

It was a night of glamour, excitement, even nerves as the 2024 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala was held at the Burlington Convention Centre last night.

The annual evening celebrates and recognizes local businesses, charity, non-profit organizations, and exceptional business leaders that have achieved excellence through their leadership, community contributions, and innovation.

The sold-out event saw a crowd of more than 450 people enjoy a gourmet meal of beef tenderloin or grilled vegetable tower.


Large Business Award: Cogeco 

Cogeco is a local provider of high speed internet and TV services for both businesses and homes.

(nominees: Laurel Steel, Ritestart and Rootree)

Small Business Award: Green benefits group 

Since 2008, Green benefits group has been driven by those who look at new ways to develop group benefits, retirement and pension plans, and unique financial planning solutions. 

(nominees: Birminghma Consulting, Care For Life Support Services Inc., Gem Limousine and Martin & Lillyer Associates)

Charity/Non-profit award: Goodwill Amity 

Founded in Hamilton in 1935, Goodwill, The Amity Group initially started to help able bodied men thrown out of work by the great depression. In the decades since, the group has helped marginalized and vulnerable people enter, or re-enter, the workforce. 

(nominees: Centre for Diverse Learners, Community Living Burlington, Shifra Homes Ince. Woodview mental health and autism services

Female Business Leader award: Ashley Deland

Deland has worked with hundreds of businesses around North America to manage sales, operating strategies, and marketing portfolios. She provides hands- on experience building, scaling, and all the workings of a full-service marketing agency.

(nominees: Bluewater Performance Coaching, Code Ninjas, Oakstone Wealth, She's Got Leggz and The womb World of my Baby.)

Heritage Award: Aldershot Greenhouses 

Founded in 1954, Aldershot Greenhouses has provided year round access to plants. The company has grown significantly since those first few flowers. 

(nominees: Brechin and Huffman Lawyers and Burlington Soccer Club)

Young Entrepreneur Award: Frederick Redding, Detail Guard 

Detail Guard provides a luxury mobile car and boat detailing service, specalizing in paint corrections and ceramic coating. 

(nominees: Purity Nails and Spa and Samantha Henry, Sharp Storytelling

Environmental Impact Award: Thordon Bearings 

Thordon Bearings manufactures high performance, oil and grease free bearing systems for marine, clean energy, pump, and industrial markets. 

(nominees: Cogeco, Cultivated B)

Tourism Award: Courtyard by Marriott 

Providing visitors to Burlington with a comfortable bed.

(nominees: Bling Events International, Burlington Convention Centre and Expedia Cruises)

New Business of the Year Award: Cultivated B

A multinational company based in Burlington dedicated to the development of new technologies in cellular agriculture. 

(nominees:, Fermented Fury Hot Sauce, Shop Time Studios)

Burlington Economic Development Awards

2024 Mayor's Award went to Dare to be You(th)

With the core values of caring, community, impact, commitment, and inclusivity, this organization and movement is dedicated to empowering the youth to unlock their potential. 

Excellence in Retail Innovation went to Feedback Solutions.

A leader in the energy conservation space, this Burlington business is looking to best understand how to use actionable data to find a new approach to ventilation. 

Excellence in Innovation and Technology went to Familia Fine Foods

The place to stop in for ready made meals, and get that “ahh” time back on the table. 

Excellence in Global Business Awards went to Onsemi.

Pushing innovation to create intelligent power and sensing technologies that solve the most challenging problems customers face. 


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