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The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) were created to recognize companies that excel in their business category.

Nominee Requirements:

  1. The business must reside (have a physical presence) in Oakville.
  2. The business must have been in operation more than 36 months (as of December 31, 2016) under its present ownership structure within the Town of Oakville, with the exception of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award which must have been in operation more than 24 months (as of December 31, 2016)
  3. The business must not have won an OABE in any category in the last 5 years
  4. OABE nomination process must be followed.
  5. Note: in any given year if a sufficient number of nominations are not received in any category, the judges reserve the right to cancel the awarding of that category for that year. At the discretion of the committee, awards may not be distributed in any category with low participation rates.
  6. Nominees are not required to be members of either the Oakville Chamber of Commerce or the Rotary Club of Oakville West (or any other Chamber or Rotary Club).

RBC Royal Bank Small Business of the Year – This award recognizes a business of 1-5 full time equivalent employees and/or primarily serves Oakville and district and/or generates up to approximately $2 million in revenue annually. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Business growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business Practices

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year – This award recognizes a business of 5-20 employees and/or primarily serves the regional/provincial markets and/or generates between $2 million-$10 million in revenue annually. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Business growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business practices

Large Business of the Year – This award recognizes a business of more than 20 employees and/or primarily serves the provincial, national and international markets and/or generates approximately $10 million or more in revenue annually. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Business growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business Practices

Franchisee of the Year – This award recognizes a Franchisee, serving the Oakville market, who is recognized by their customers and their Franchisor for the outstanding operation of their business. The nomination must be supported by the Franchisor (acquiring the support of the Franchisor will be the responsibility of the Franchisee and the OABE committee, NOT THE NOMINATOR). The nominee will be assessed on:

  • Business growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business practices

Professional Services Provider of the Year – This award recognizes a person or employee team with a professional designation or whose practice is regulated by a provincial, federal or regulatory body. Nominees will be considered from the following professional categories:

  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Medical or Dental
  • Financial

Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Business growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business practices

The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year – This award recognizes a restaurateur with an establishment in Oakville that is open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: this is a BUSINESS award, NOT a food award. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Growth
  • Profile/Reputation
  • Attraction of visitors
  • Innovation
  • Investment in the business
  • Business Practices

Entrepreneur of the Year – This award recognizes an individual who personally exhibits extraordinary entrepreneurship, energy, inspiration, leadership and / or innovation in their business pursuits. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Growth
  • Leadership
  • Innovation in business pursuits
  • Business practices

Nominees for this category must have been in business in Oakville for at least 24 months (as of December 31, 2016)


Genworth Community Builder of the Year – This award recognizes a business that has, over a period of time, demonstrated exemplary business practices and dedicated involvement in the community. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Commitment to corporate social responsibility
  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Local Sourcing
  • Employee Engagement
  • Business Practices

Oakville’s Business Icon Award – This award recognizes a prominent Oakville business which is highly regarded in the business community. The recipient must be:

  • Headquartered and operating for a minimum of five years in Oakville
  • Have a national or international profile
  • Provide significant local employment opportunities
  • Make a substantial contribution to the social and economic well-being of Oakville
  • Recognized as a leader in its field

The recipient of this award will be determined solely at the discretion of the OABE committee and is not open for nominations.


Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award – This award recognizes an Oakville business that has participated in energy conservation programs offered by Oakville Hydro and that have demonstrated innovation and leadership in reducing their energy use.

The recipient of this award will be determined solely at the discretion of Oakville Hydro and is not open for nominations.


Oakville’s Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award – This award recognizes a charity or not-for-profit organization which is highly regarded in the community and raises funds or provides services to improve the lives of people within the community. The recipient must be:

  • A registered charity or not-for-profit organization
  • Operated for a minimum of five years in Oakville or Halton
  • Have an office or facility in Oakville or Halton
  • Make a substantial contribution to the social well-being of Oakville

The recipient of this award will be determined solely at the discretion of the OABE committee and is not open for nominations.