Past Recipients – 2016

22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Recipients

The award recipients of the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) held March 29th at the Oakville Conference Centre were announced and recognized for their exemplary models of business excellence and community service.

The OABE is a program of the Rotary Club of Oakville West in partnership with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce recognizing local entrepreneurs and businesses for the invaluable contribution they make to the Oakville community. Funds that are raised from partners, supporters and ticket sales of this gala event will benefit Rotary youth programs.

Eleven awards for business excellence in 2016 were presented to Oakville’s outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs. The award recipients are:

Large Business of the Year
Promation Engineering Ltd.
Photo: Mark Zimny (Promation Engineering Ltd.), Christie Henderson (Henderson Partners LLP – Presenter) with Darryl Spector (Promation Engineering Ltd.)


Genworth Community Builder of the Year
Ristorante Julia
Photo: Julia Hanna (Ristorante Julia) with Kiki Sauriol Roode (Genworth – Presenter)


Bell Mid-size Business of the Year
GL Chemtec International
Photo: Gamil Alhakimi & Lisa Studnicki (GL Chemtech Internations) with Lena Demarco (Bell – Presenter)


Professional Services Provider of the Year
Tino-Gaetani & Carusi, Chartered Professional Accountants
Photo: Tanya Leedale (O’Connor Hanna MacLeod LLP – Presenter), Bianca Tino and John Carusi (Tino-Gaetani & Carusi, Chartered Professional Accountants)


Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award
Fourmark Manufacturing Inc.
Photo: Rob Lister (Oakville Hydro – Presenter ) with Adam Cruikshank (Fourmark Manufacturing Inc.)


Entrepreneur of the Year
Jas Brar of Entripy Custom Clothing
Photo: Jas Brar (Entripy Custom Clothing) with Ruth Todd  (KPMG – Presenter)


The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year
The Crepe Kitchen
Photo: Eduardo & Ana Siles with Roberto Ficzere (Oakville Conference Centre-Presenter)


RBC Royal Bank Small Business of the Year
The Millionaire’s Daughter
Photo: Maureen Barnes (The Millionaire’s Daughter) with Greg Belanger (RBC – Presenter)


Franchisee of the Year
QSR Group Inc. (Tim Hortons/Wendy’s Oakville franchise locations)
Photo: Grant Zamidar (QSR Group Inc.) with Julie Taylor (Virox – Presenter)


Oakville’s Charity or Not-for-Profit Award
YMCA of Oakville
Photo: Stu Aker (Cogeco – Presenter), Alexe Somers and Kyle Barber (YMCA of Oakville)


Oakville’s Business Icon Award
Bot Construction Limited
Photo: Oakville Chamber of Commerce President, John Sawyer with Steve Bot, Nancy Mercanti and Roy Bot (Bot Construction Limited)