Category: Members in the News

Members in the News: March/April 2017

Congratulations to Chamber Member Carol Goriup, who owns Florence Meats with her husband Damian, and Oakville Chamber Past Chair Gerry Popp for receiving a Paul Harris Award. Carol and Damian were honoured at the three Rotary Clubs of Oakville’s 2017 Paul Harris Fellowship Community Dinner.

JAE associates Ltd. won silver in the 2017 Pyramid Award Competition sponsored by Promotional Productions Association International. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sheridan on celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

Siemens was named The World’s Most Sustainable Company by Corporate Knights annual list, the Global 100. Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on celebrating their 25th Anniversary!

Congratulations to Caroline Hughes, Vice President of Government Relations at Ford Company of Canada Limited & Chair of the Oakville Chamber and Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on making The Hill Times’ list of the Top 100 Lobbyists in Canada!

Congratulations to Oakville Chamber Past Chamber Chair, Mary Cardamone of The Cardamone Group on receiving the Royal LePage Award of Excellence – Lifetime Member and the Chairman’s Club Award for 2016!

Piper Foods/McDonald’s Restaurant achieves a significant milestone in their support of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital with the completion of their $25,000 pledge to the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Lawyer James A. Kay celebrates 25 years in the practice of law! Congratulations James on this milestone!

CertaPro Painters celebrates 25 years in business this year. Drop by to congratulate them in their new office on Speers Road or send a note via their newly updated website!

Members in the News: January / February 2017

Pierre Morrissette, Chairman, President & CEO of Pelmorex Media Inc./The Weather Network was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. Congratulations on achieving this honour!

Food for Life has been named one of the top 10 Charities in Canada by Charity Intelligence (Ci) based on community impact and social return on investment. Congratulations!

Congratulations Cogeco and Siemens Canada Limited on your Ontario Business Achievement Awards! Cogeco won the Community Builder Award and Siemens Canada Limited won the Skills and Training Award. [Photos: Cogeco Award and Siemens Award]

Congratulations Crime Stoppers of Halton on receiving 3 Crime Stoppers International Media Awards! The Oakville Beaver’s David Lea was lauded for the best public service announcement in the print category.

Ford Canada appoints Mark Buzzell as the new President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada. Welcome to the Chamber Network!

Congratulations to Christie Henderson, FCPA FCA, Managing Partner at Henderson Partners LLP Chartered Accountants on her new position as a Council Member for the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario! 

ArtHouse was accredited by Imagine Canada for excellence in non-profit accountability, transparency and governance. Congratulations!

Whiteoaks Communications celebrates 60 years in radio broadcasting! First airing as CHWO in November 1956, the station now operates as JOY 1250 (CJYE)! Congratulations!

The Burlington Convention Centre had the privilege and honour of hosting her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of the Republic of Croatia for the Gala and Fundraiser for Vukovar Water Tower Restoration Project.

Congratulations Halton Healthcare Services Corporation on receiving the Gold Award in the Infrastructure category for the 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships! The award was presented by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships for the New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

Maggie Habieda of Fotografia Boutique organized the Colours of Love International Concert where she showcased the universal language of love through the music of 6 international artists. The concert won the support of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner. [Photo: Colours of Love logo]

Congratulations SB Partners LLP on launching your new brand!

Members in the News: November/December 2016

Congratulations to Hynek Financial Group on winning the top award for Growth for 2014-2016 at the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan® annual national conference!

FirstOntario Credit Union was named Business Partner of the Year at Halton Food for Thought’s partner recognition event. Congratulations!

 The YMCA of Oakville received two grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for its Priority Neighbourhoods Project. MPP Kevin Flynn, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris and OTF volunteer Mark Emmanuel met YMCA of Oakville officials at St. John Elementary School to see the new program in action.

Congratulations Jae Associates Ltd. on winning a Promotional Products Association International 2017 Pyramid Award!

Apple Self Storage and Apple Suites celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Oakville site!

The 3rd Annual Parkinson Superwalk had 75 walk participants in Oakville. Thanks to their participants and supporters across the country they have raised more than $2.7 million since 2015!

Re/Max Aboutowne held their 3rd annual Charity Golf Tournament, which raised funds for Food4Kids!

Congratulations to the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton on receiving their four-year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation!

Halton Women’s Place hosted the 7th Annual Hope in High Heels fundraiser, where more than 100 men put on pink high heel shoes and walked from Centennial Square down Lakeshore to raise awareness about women’s abuse and violence.

Congratulations to John Chisholm, CEO and Partner at SB Partners, on the prestigious honour of being formally recognized as a Fellow to CPA Ontario!

Congratulations Bronte Natural Health Clinic on celebrating 25 years of serving the Oakville community with the highest quality of naturopathic medicine, health testing and professional quality supplements!

Members in the News – September/October 2016

Julia Hanna, Founder and Owner of Ristorante Julia and Ritorno Restaurant, Founder of Healthy Fam and Host of “Return to the Table” received the Leading Women Building Communities Award, recognizing her 30 plus years of culinary and entrepreneurial experience in the Oakville community. A well-deserved recognition!

Cameron’s Brewing Company was awarded the Country Winner for their Cosmic Cream Ale at the World Beer Awards in London, UK. They also received 2 gold medals and a silver medal for their other specialty brews. Congratulations!

Congratulations Oakville Hydro for receiving the David Ellis Award presented by MySafeWork at Safety Talks 2016 for their safety record.

Congratulations Upper Oakville Shopping Centre on celebrating their 20th Anniversary on June 25th!

Otello’s Banquet & Convention Centre sparkles with an updated new look! Same great food, same great hospitality and same great events! Celebrating many years as the landmark banquet centre in south east Oakville.

Congratulations D’Orazio Infrastructure Group on your 50th Anniversary of providing clients a complete turnkey solution for site servicing and site works projects!

FirstOntario Credit Union received the Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award at the Ontario Credit Union Foundation’s AGM. Congratulations!

Arthouse has delivered 208 cost-free, multi-disciplined arts programs to 3,594 youths aged 7-12 years over the past 7 years in Oakville. Way to go!

Genworth Canada’s “June Month of Service” volunteer campaign involved over 130 employees that volunteered 845 hours to 22 employee-led volunteer initiatives across Canada!

Congratulations Oakville Blueprinting on celebrating 40 years of printing services in Oakville!

Porsche Centre Oakville won both the Team championship title and the Drivers’ Championship Title at the 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. Congratulations!

The Halton District School Board has launched a new website following both community and staff input. Check out the new design at

The three Oakville Rotary Clubs hosted an Education Awards dinner for local youth at Le Dome Banquet Hall. 27 students were awarded with $2,000 grants.

Congratulations Peter Watson Investments on celebrating your 25th Anniversary. Wealth Manger and Founder, Peter Watson, has been voted Best Financial Planner 12 times by the readers of the Oakville Beaver.

Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel, District Manager for Hamilton/Halton, Union Gas Limited is pleased to partner with the Town of Oakville’s Woodlands Restoration Project.

Chartwell Retirement Residents has begun construction of a new retirement home in North Oakville. The five-storey residence will feature 128 suites as well as a number of amenities including a bistro, demonstration kitchen, family-friendly kid zone, spa, and exercise room!

Congratulations to the Halton Industry Education Council for being recognized by Cogeco Connexion’s “Celebrating Amazing Businesses” campaign. This campaign recognizes organizations for their competiveness, outreach and commitment to their community.

Sheridan is the home of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project – an incubator for the development of new musical theatre works with Canadian and International writers and Sheridan students. Their musical Come From Away will make its Broadway debut in spring 2017. Congratulations!

The United Way of Oakville kicked off their 2016 campaign with their 6th Annual Bus Pull. The event included more than 20 teams who raised over $30,000!



Oakville’s Austin Smeenk – Paralympic Canadian Record Holder Leaving For Rio!

Austin Smeenk was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia. Rather than view his disability as a burden, this 19 year old Oakville resident, blessed with a unique combination of drive, adaptability and boundless energy, is forging his way to the top of his sport – high performance wheelchair racing

“ Having a disability does not mean you are unable to do things like play hockey, ride a bike, sail a boat, snow board, or have a teen business cutting grass or blowing snow. It just means that there needs to be an openness to trying and doing things differently.”….Austin Smeenk

In his younger years Austin learned to snow board, sail, as well as play sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball. But it was when he tried wheelchair racing that he knew he had found “his” sport. With the help and encouragement of his family, friends and his trainer, Ken Thom, coupled with   Austin’s dedication and maturity beyond his years have made him a competitor to be dealt with.

Austin holds the Canadian record in 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter races and the 100, 200, and 400 meter races in the Americas. He is ranked fourth in the world!

Austin and his family thank the management and staff of The Original Sixth Line Pub for arranging a send-off BBQ party Sunday August 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as Austin heads to The Rio Paralympics to capture the gold.


Austin and coach Ken Thom of Cruisers Sports

“As an active person with a physical disability, I have learned through experience that a lot of my ability happens when I am able to bridge gaps in my mind’s eye.” …Austin Smeenk

Members in the News: Summer 2016

Congratulations Geotab for being one of four winner’s at the 1st Halton Innovation Awards!

The 7th Annual Halton Food for Thought Spring Breakfast Gala held at the Oakville Convention Centre drew over 450 guests. $55,000 was raised to directly support Food for Thought’s programs in Halton.

Congratulations to b.good for opening their second Oakville location at 483 Dundas Street West.

Bayshore Home Health celebrated 10 years of providing 24-7 service to Oakville seniors!

The Oakville Blades unveiled their official logo for their 50th anniversary in 2016-2017. The logo will be placed at centre ice all season long at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, the home of the Oakville Blades.

Congratulations to Crime Stoppers of Halton for winning the 2015 Social Media Award at the annual Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Convention.  

Ford Motor Company of Canada and its Canadian Ford Dealers donated more than $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in Fort McMurray.

Congratulations Employment Matters Consulting for being named as “one of the best” Diversity/Employment Equity consulting practices in Canada by Canadian HR Reporter (CHRR).

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton Regional Branch hosted Margaret Trudeau at their 2016 annual Mental Wealth Week Speaker’s Event, held at the Oakville Conference Centre. The presentation drew a crowd of 700 people, a record for the CMHA Halton branch!

Congratulations James Montague for winning the Individual Volunteer Award at the 15th annual Community Spirits Awards. Congratulations to Mye Japanese Restaurant and St. John Ambulance on your nomination!

Members in the News – May/June 2016

The Oakville Community Foundation is directing more than $120,600 towards special projects intended to help those in need in the community. Halton Women’s Place (HWP) and Reach out Centre for Kids (ROCK) joint project, the Mental Health Collaborative, received $15,000. This project will provide direct services to children and youth who present mental health conditions while staying at a HWP shelter.

Fengate Capital Management purchased six industrial and office building properties along the QEW and Highway 403. They state they are now the leading real estate asset manager and investor in the QEW/403 node by consolidating lands.

May Court Club of Oakville celebrated 60 years in Oakville in April with their Let’s Get This Party Started fundraising dinner at the Oakville Conference Centre.

John Piper’s McDonald’s, located at 574 Iroquois Shore Road, launched its brand new customer service experience called Create your Taste. The new experience includes delivery to your table; self-serve kiosks; Guest Experience Leaders who greet patrons, help them find a set and walk them through using the self-serve kiosks; and a new premium Angus burger with new ingredient choices.

Congratulations to the Oakville Beaver, who took a third place win for general excellence at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Competition!

Total Tech Pools’ 18th annual spring sale and barbecue raised funds for The Refugee Resettlement Fund of the Oakville Community Foundation.

Congratulations to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society for celebrating 80 years of housing and caring for sick, injured, abused and neglected animals in our community!

FCT was named one of the “Top 50 Best Workplaces” for the second year in a row by The Great Place To Work Institute. They were also named one of the “Top 50 Best Workplaces for Women” in Canada.

Congratulations to Musikay for celebrating 10 years in the Oakville Community!M

Members in the News – March/April 2016

Mye Japanese Restaurant celebrates 28 years of culinary excellence by giving back to the community. Every year since 2012, Owner and Executive Chef Motoaki Aoki holds the Feast for Good to raise funds for the New Oakville Hospital. This year Mye Japanese Restaurant raised $14,000!

The Region of Halton honoured Ace2Putt as a Featured Entrepreneur. Their business is currently being displayed at the Halton Regional Centre.

Halton Women’s Place will benefit from the proceeds of the $1 million Bill Love Senior and Aileen Love Foundation.  The announcement was made at the their Red Carpet Affair Gala by Dr. Bill Love Jr. In addition to the foundation, the gala raised over $60,000 for Halton Women’s Place!

Congratulations to Sheridan College for making Forbes’ list of Canada’s 25 Best Employers! Sheridan College ranked 13th and was the only college to make the list.

AtlasCare received the HomeStars Giving Back Award for its contributions to the community! In 2015, AtlasCare rose close to $70,000 for the Peel Dufferin Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and since they became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2012, the company has raised more than $184,000! AtlasCare also received the 2016 HomeStars Best of Award, which they have received every year since 2012.

Acclaim Health received more than $4,700 from the Royal Canadian Legion Oakville Branch. The donation will be used to purchase needed specialized sleep chairs for those living with dementia that use Acclaim Health’s program at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus.

United Way Oakville proudly announced that their 2015 fundraising campaign raised $4.31 million dollars at their Community Celebration Night. United Way Oakville funds 31 local human and social service agencies supporting over 34,000 people in the Oakville community.

Higgins Event Rentals was named Central Ontario’s Family Enterprise of the Year by the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE). The award recognizes achievement in family business, commitment to community and contributions to the local economy.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce their newest staff member, Kristen Curry, the Communications Coordinator.

Members in the News: January/February 2016

Crime Stoppers of Halton has released two short videos on YouTube over the holiday season to remind residents of their role in crime prevention. Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer charitable organization offering telephone, text, and online services to allow residents to give tips on criminal activity.

Congratulations to a number of Oakville Chamber members who made the Top 100 Employers of Canada in 2016. They are: BDC- Business Development Bank of Canada, Bell Canada, Ford Motor Company of Canada, KPMG, RBC, Siemens Canada, and Union Gas Limited.

Siemens was named one of Canada’s 2016 Top Employers for Young People. The 95 winning companies not only welcome young people into their ranks, but also offer unique opportunities for them to develop their knowledge and skill sets through a variety of paid internships, educational support, job shadowing, rotational programs and the chance to travel and work abroad.

Oakville Chamber members, Todd and Trent Courage, led their 31st Annual Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park on New Year’s Day. More than 800 dippers participated this year, drawing more than $130,000 in support of World Vision’s clean water projects in Rwanda. The total earnings since its inception has surpassed $1.4 million.

Congratulations to Ford Canada for officially being named Canada’s #1 automotive brand for seven years in a row. In addition, the iconic F-Series has been Canada’s best-selling truck line for 50 years running!

Chamber member, Cambrian, recently announced its acquisition of N2 Ingredients Inc., a leading distributor of natural, organic and nutritional food ingredients. Cambrian provides a wide range of quality ingredients and solutions to customers in the food industry. N2 Ingredients’ portfolio of all natural and certified organic ingredients is an exciting addition to Cambrian’s product offering. Both parties share a customer focus and passion for finding common-sense solutions for the food industry.

Cogeco Cable Canada is proud to announce that President and Chief Executive Officer Louise St-Pierre has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This prestigious distinction celebrates the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. This award recognizes women who hold senior positions in Canada’s publicly-traded and privately owned companies.

Cogeco Cable Canada is proud to announce that it will now be offering its services under the name “Cogeco Connexion.” In addition, its community television network, TVCogeco, now bears the name “CogecoTV.” These new corporate names are part of the renewal of the brands of all the business units in the Cogeco family, announced today, and will not result in any changes in their operations.