Greater Niagara Chamber To Honour Niagara, Ontario’s Best In Business And Philanthropy

Posted May 4th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

News from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Niagara, Ontario – The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Niagara’s most outstanding business and community leaders on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Niagara Business Achievement Awards.

The restoration and preservation of the 19th century Keefer Mansion in the Niagara, Ontario community of Thorold is one of the achievements of Phil Ritchie and Keefer Developments, who are among those who will receive an award for their contribution to the greater Niagara community. File photo by Doug Draper

The restoration and preservation of the 19th century Keefer Mansion in the Niagara, Ontario community of Thorold is one of the achievements of Phil Ritchie and Keefer Developments, who are among those who will receive an award for their contribution to the greater Niagara community. File photo by Doug Draper

Four distinguished business and community leaders will receive bestowed awards at the 13th annual edition of the ceremony for their achievements in business and philanthropy within the community.

Rob Welch, Partner at Lancaster, Brooks and Welch, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Walker Industries. This award is presented to a businessperson who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to business success and community leadership.

Phil Ritchie, President of Keefer Developments, has been named as Builder of the Year, sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. This award is presented to a company that has had a historically significant impact on the economic prosperity of the community.

Doug Smith, Chair of Wise Guys Charity Fund and Advisor at C.R. Smith Financial Services Inc., is the Volunteer Business Person of the Year. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to helping build a stronger, more prosperous and vibrant community.

Dr. Suzanne Johnston, President of Niagara Health System, will receive the Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Henley Honda.  This award recognizes an individual whose leadership has made a significant impact in the community.

“The four recipients of this year’s bestowed awards demonstrate the incredible diversity of Niagara’s business leaders,” said Mishka Balsom, President & CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “Their accomplishments in business and community building have been invaluable to the economic and social development of our community, and it is with pleasure that we present these awards to them in recognition of the significant, positive impact that they have made in Niagara.”

Thirty-three Niagara businesses are also finalists for eleven business achievement awards, including Outstanding New Business, Excellence in Manufacturing and Business of the Year.

The Niagara Business Achievement Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Visit gncc.ca to learn more about the event. To register, send an email with your contact information to stephanie@gncc.ca or call 905-684-2361.

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3 responses to “Greater Niagara Chamber To Honour Niagara, Ontario’s Best In Business And Philanthropy

  1. cath ens-hurwood

    Congrats to Rob Welch! A wonderful, community spirited person.

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  2. Gail Benjafield

    I absolutely agree about Rob Welch. He’s been giving to the community in so many ways for so long, and remains refreshingly non-partisan, open-minded, even if he carries a political party card or no. Always a delight to talk to about any number of issues.

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  3. Gail Benjafield

    I thought I had responded, but apparently not. I second Catherine’s comment on Rob Welch, as one of the most committed hard working locals worthy of an award. Always a delight to talk to this well informed man.

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