Frequently Asked Questions

What are the OABE categories?

Please refer to our categories page.

How many awards are given out?

Awards are given to the winners of each category. The Judges select qualified nominees in each category. Of the qualified nominees, one is selected as the excellence winner. The Judges reserve the right to allow for a category tie or to designate a large and small winner in a category when appropriate. In these cases an additional award is presented.

Who is eligible to win an OABE?

This competition is open to Oakville businesses that have not won in any category in the last 5 years. The business must be physically located in the Town of Oakville and have been in business for a minimum of 3 years under the same ownership (for the KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional & Entrepreneur of the Year (YPEG Award) and the Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year categories the nominee must have been in business for a minimum of 2 years).

Who is not eligible to win an OABE?

These are business awards. Therefore the competition is not open to charities, governments, associations, centres or organizations which operate on a not-for-profit basis. Businesses that have won an OABE in the past five years are not eligible to win. The competition is also not open to the Judges or their employers, current year OABE Partners (with the exception of non-judged categories), to members of the OABE Organizing Committee or their employers, or to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Oakville West or Board of Directors of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce or their employers.

How is a business nominated for an OABE?

Typically a customer or a supplier nominates a business they recognize as excellent. Sometimes Oakville businesses self nominate if they feel they have succeeded and excelled and possibly many in Oakville are not aware of them.

What does a nominated company have to do to participate in the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence?

All eligible nominees will be contacted and invited to qualify for the award competition by submitting information for the Judges’ consideration. The Judges do not probe commercially sensitive information, but ask nominees general questions.

Does one have to obtain a company’s permission before nominating them?

Not necessarily. Businesses are usually honoured and flattered to be nominated by their customer or suppliers even without consultation. However, you might want to tell them as a courtesy. Most people like to know they are appreciated. In any event they may choose to have their nomination withdrawn.

When are the Awards presented and how do I get tickets?

The Gala Awards Dinner for the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence is held in March at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre (at Bronte Road and Wyecroft Rd.).  Tickets go on sale in early February at

What are the partnership opportunities associated with the OABE and the Gala Dinner?

For information on partnership opportunities, please contact John Sawyer at (905) 845-6613 ext. 202.