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(Updated 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5)
Chamber of Commerce announces business award finalists

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce has unvelied the finalists for this year's Business Excellence Awards and the list includes several past recipients as well as some that are in the running for the first time.

Perrennial finalists PauL Rushforth Real Estate is among the finalists for Service Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year; and Downsize Fitness is up for Arts, Recreation and Leisure Business of the Year, as well as Small Business of the Year.

Other multiple category finalists include Rangoli Indian Cuisine and Sweets which made the final three for Resturarnt of the Year and Small Business of the Year; and Pita Pit, which is also a finalist for Small Business of the Year, as well as the New Business of tthe Year.

Unlike last year, when only four of the category finalists and winners were selected by a panel of judges, while the rest were voted on by the general public, this year, all of them have been judged on merit.

Ottawa Business Journal publisher and former Orléans Star editor Michael Curran was one of the judges who had the difficult job of sorting through the more than 80 nominees and picking his favourites.

"I was amazed at the number of nominations. It actually took me eight hours to read through al of them. So certainly we had a wealth of information," said Curran.

"In the end we gave a lot of weight to what each nominee had accomplished in 2016 rather than make it a lifetime achievement award. So I personally was looking for milestones hit in 2016, and in the end we came to a strong consensus on who the finalists are and who the winners will be when they are announced on January 26."

The sheer number and quality of the nominations impressed, Curran who is a lifelong resident of community.

"Orléans is a very understated business community. People think of Kanata. People think of downtown, when they're thinking of tech companies and professional service companies, but really there are lot of great entrepreunerurs are here in Orléans and it was reflected in the quality of the nominations."

After the finalists were announced at the Orléans Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast Thursday morning, Business Excellence Awards committee chairman, Dave Bellefleur, said he was very happy with the judging process.

"The intent was to get away from it being a popularity contest. So with a judging process were basing it on merit. We're looking more at their accomplishments and their acheivements throughout 2016 as a whole," explained Bellefleur.

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Janury 26 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

The finalists in each of the 12 categories are as follows...

Arts, Recreation and Leisure Business of the Year
Downsize Fitness
Greco Lean + Fit Orléans
Moksha Yoga Orléans

Business Person of the Year
Kevin Conroy, VP Ottawa Computer Services
Lisa Cruickshank, State Farm Insurance
Jarrod Goldsmith, eSax networking event planners
Ravinder Tumber, owner Host India

Community or Non-Profit Organization of the Year
La Coccinelle d'Orléans
Cumberland United Soccer Club
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Heart of Orléans BIA

Financial Professional of the Year
Pascal Bazinet, Caisse populaire Trillium
Janet Gray, Money Coaches Canada
Lucie Hallé Dominion Lending Centre
Paul Vaillancourt, Investors Group

Health Care and Wellness Professional of the Year
Danielle del Greco-Scott, Bellefleur Physiotherapy
Sean Makarenko, Innes Massage Therapy
Dawn Oehring, Orléans Core Elements Registered Massage Therapy
Amanda-Lynn Smith, The Massage and Treatment Centre

Large Business of the Year
Caisse populaire Trillum
Oakwood
Orléans Boat World and Sports
Paul Rushforth Real Estate

New Business of the Year
Core Elements Registered Massage Therapy
Holiday Inn Express Suites
Pita Pit
School of Trades

Non-Financial Professional of the Year
Jeremy Ash, engineer with C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd
Kevin Conroy, VP Ottawa Computer Services
Michael Pilon, owner of Romantic Freplaces and BBQ

Realtor of the Year
Jason Pilon, ReMax Hallmark
Francois Tessier, ReMax Core Realty
Steve Sicard, Royal Lepage Performance Realty
Teresa Whitmore.ReMax Core Realty'

Restaurant of the Year
Boston Pizza Orléans
Cucina da Vito
OCCO Kitchen
Rangoli Indian Cuisine and Sweets

Retail Business of the Year
Lunettes Clearview Eyeware
Orléans Home Hardware
Shoppers Home Health Care

Service Business of the Year
Carte Blanche
East Coast Limos
Paul Rushforth Real Estate
Rhapsody Strategies

Small Business of the Year
Bellefleur Physiotherapy
Downsize Fitness
Pita Pit
Rangoli Indian Cuisine and Sweets

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   

 


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