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.