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Top businesses honoured at glittery showcase

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Journal Staff

The business elite of Sarnia-Lambton donned their finery Friday night for the 26th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.

An audience of more 450 packed the black tie event at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre to watch the awards presentations.

Eighty-six nominees were up for 15 awards in categories ranging from accessibility and diversity to business leadership and customer service.

“When a peer or a customer or someone notices that you or your business deserves to be recognized as outstanding, that is a win in itself,” said Rory Ring, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s winners are:  

1. Employee relations award: Teppermans

Sponsored by Nova Chemicals

2. Young entrepreneur award: Lamar Hanna, Centre Point IDA

Sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corp

3. Business leadership award: Mark Lumley

Sponsored by Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership. Part.

4. Innovation: Ask Guy Event Graphics

Sponsored by Western Research Park

5. Marketing & promotions award: One Tooth Activewear

Sponsored by – Bluewater Power

6. Health safety and environment award: Anderson-Webb

Sponsored by IEC & SLEA

7. Social profit (not for profit) of the year award: The Inn Of The Good Shepherd

Sponsored by Lehder Environmental Services

8. Outstanding customer service individual: David Noel, Investors Group

Sponsored by – RBC Royal Bank

9. Outstanding customer service – up to 49 employees: Can Grow Crop Solutions

Sponsored by Best Western Guildwood Inn

10. Outstanding customer service-over 50 employees: Lowes

Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation

11. Member of the year award:  Kelly Ash

Sponsored by – Sarnia Lambton Imperial Theater

12. Diversity leadership award: Lambton College

Sponsored by – TD Canada Trust

13. Accessibility leadership award: Pathways Health Centre For Children

Sponsored by – Goodwill E.K.L.

14. Small business of the year – up to 49 employees: Magermans & Raes

Sponsored by CIBC

15. Large business of the year – over 50 employees: WorleyParsons

Sponsored by – Scotiabank


Patti-Jo Pumple and Heather Park, franchisees of One Tooth Active Wear, received the Marketing and Promotions award. Troy Shantz


Sarah Woodley of 99.9 FM The Fox and John Hollingsworth of Electro-Byte Technologies take a ‘selfie’ as members of Lil Chicago look on.
Troy Shantz
OBA2 Myles Vanni, executive director of the Inn of the Good Shepherd, receives a hug from operations manager Adelle Richards after the agency won the Social Profit of the Year Award. Troy Shantz
OBA4Guy Langevin, owner of AG Event Graphics & Signs, expresses his thanks after the company won the Innovation Award. Troy Shantz







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