SLIDESHOW: Getting down to business at the 2014 Chamber Awards

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Published on February 23, 2014

The Economic Impact Award went to Olymel. The award was sponsored by Cornwall Economic Development. Pictured are Olymel plant manager Martin Croteau, Olymel human resources Heather Jiujias, and Mayor Bob Kilger.

Published on February 23, 2014

The Small Business Award was given to Truffles and Table 21 owners Ahmad Mansori and Dominique Gilgen. The award was sponsored by TD Canada Trust. Pictured are Mansori, Gilgen, Leigh MacDonald, manager TD Canada Trust, and Michelle Huntley, branch manager TD Canada.

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The Breakthrough Award, an accolade given only when there is an extraordinary local event or people accomplishing extraordinary things which benefit the community in unique and meaningful ways, was given to the Difference We Make Campaign and its co-chairs Peter Gault, Terry Landon, and St. Lawrence College director of alumni and development, Frank Lockington. The award was sponsored by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are SLC Cornwall dean Don Fairweather (left), Chamber president Kevin Hargreaves, and SLC president Glen Vollebregt.

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The Team Cornwall Ambassador Award was given to Cornwall's boxing superstar Tony Luis. The award was sponsored by Team Cornwall. Luis is pictured with Team Cornwall president Gilles Latour.

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The Business of the Year Award went to Atelka (call centre). The award was sponsored by Hunt Insurance Group. Pictured are Atelka site director Niki Palmer and Atelka president Elizabeth Tropea.

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The Above & Beyond Award, which recognizes a firm or an individual who goes far beyond what would generally be expected in business or, on behalf of the community itself, was given to the Cornwall's Medical Recruitment Initiative Team. The award was sponsored by Remax Cornwall. Joy Cella, the hospital's physician administrator and key team member, stands with Remax Cornwall's Wade Ruest.

Published on February 23, 2014

The Entrepreneur Award went to Vitaglow Medical Aesthetics: Candace Zimmer. The award was sponsored by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC) and accepted by Vitaglow manager Anne St. John. Pictured are St. John and Candy Pollard, CBEC business consultant.

By Adam Brazeau
Cornwall Ontario - Innovative leadership without the 'business as usual' mindset was celebrated at the 26th annual Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and business owners were recognized for their contributions to the city at a packed banquet on Saturday in Cornwall.

A highlight of the business awards was Rick Eamon, who recently retired from Genivar (a leading Canadian consulting engineering firm), capturing the Lifetime Business Achievement Award.

Eamon was celebrated for his instrumental role in Genivar's growth and success. He was also feted for being a driving force in the creation of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.

"This is a very prestigious award. I'm proud of the work we've done as a business, and the work we've done in the community," said Eamon. "As a business person, I always felt driven to help out the city."

Being able to provide an opportunity for young engineers and architects to move back to the community they're originally from is a cherished piece of his impressive career.

In 1998, Eamon played an integral role in the Chamber's comprehensive 1998 Economic Summit. Lezlie Strasser, executive director of the Chamber, said the positive impacts he made as the organization's president nearly two decades ago continue to be felt across the city.

Organizations: Genivar, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

Geographic location: Cornwall

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