Sold Out Crowd Celebrates Business Excellence in Oakville

Oakville celebrated business leaders in their community at the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala on Wednesday, March 29 where over 600 guests gathered at the Oakville Conference Centre. Presented by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West, this annual event attracts business, community, government and political leaders, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs from the local business community.

“The Oakville Chamber is thrilled by the tremendous support shown by the business community at tonight’s gala,” said Ken Nevar, Vice-Chair, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “We offer our congratulations to all the finalists and award recipients.”

The award recipients were recognized throughout the course of the evening, interspersed with videos that featured last year’s award recipients.

This year’s Business Icon Award was presented to the Bot Construction Group. Roy Bot, President of Bot Construction Group, accepted the award presented by John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “What began as a small concrete forming company serving the local market 60 years ago, has grown to become one of Ontario’s largest privately owned and operated civil engineering and construction companies and a leader in the transportation infrastructure sector” commented John Sawyer. Bot Construction draws their workforce from the local community, and showing support for the communities in which they live and work is a longstanding tradition for the organization.

The Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award was presented to the YMCA of Oakville. Kyle Barber, President of the YMCA of Oakville, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. For more than 50 years, the YMCA of Oakville has played a crucial role in improving the quality of health and life for residents in Oakville. In 2016, the YMCA of Oakville provided more than $726,000 in membership assistance, including the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, to support more than 2,200 individuals and their families. The YMCA of Oakville invests in youth through the Peter Gilgan Foundation bursaries, which assist recipients with their post-secondary education and the charitable organization is a large provider of youth employment in Oakville. Through their inclusive programming, the YMCA of Oakville works to ensure that everyone in Oakville has an opportunity to succeed.

This year the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence received a record number of nominations for over 170 businesses. After careful consideration, 78 finalists were selected from the list of 170 nominees.

To learn more about the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, or to nominate a business for next year, please visit or contact Karen Pomfret by phone at 905-845-6613 ext. 210 or e-mail

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and The Rotary Club of Oakville West are proud to list the award recipients of the 22nd Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence:

RBC Royal Bank Small Business of the Year

The Millionaire’s Daughter

Bell Mid-size Business of the Year

GL Chemtec International Ltd.

Large Business of the Year

Promation (Promation Engineering Ltd. & Promation Nuclear Ltd.)

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jas Brar of Entripy Custom Clothing

Professional Services Provider of the Year

Tino-Gaetani & Carusi, Chartered Professional Accountants

Franchisee of the Year

QSR Group Inc. (Tim Hortons and Wendy’s Franchisee locations)

The Morris Mercanti Restaurateur of the Year

The Crêpe Kitchen

Genworth Community Builder of the Year

Ristorante Julia

Oakville Hydro Conservation Leadership Award

Fourmark Manufacturing

Oakville’s Charity or Not-for-Profit Excellence Award

The YMCA of Oakville

Oakville’s Business Icon Award

Bot Construction Group


Unable to attend this year’s Gala? Don’t worry CogecoTV has you covered! You can watch the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence on CogecoTV:

  • Monday, April 10 at 10pm
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 1pm
  • Thursday, April 13 at 3pm and 8pm
  • Friday, April 14 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 16 at 8:00pm

In case of any programming changes, please see CogecoTV’s schedule.