HALTON HILLS, OCTOBER 19, 2022 – The Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce celebrated
the 43rd Business Excellence Awards at a Gala celebration emceed by Wes May of Maple
Lodge Farms and former Chamber Board Director at Granite Ridge Golf Club.
“The core message of the evening was community. Every day our businesses are focused on
getting the job done but they all find time to give back to Halton Hills. Our awards bring the
business community together to celebrate how important each and everyone’s contribution to
the economy of Halton Hills is and to recognize business excellence.” said Chamber Executive
Director Melanie Frazer.
The Halton Hills Chamber Business Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of local
businesses, organizations and their teams. These awards are not just about a company's
financial success, they are intended to acknowledge a set of values that recognize social
responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit, risk-taking, ideas, and innovation in our community -- all of
which contribute to a stronger local economy. We are thrilled to celebrate these local
organizations and to offer you an in-person event.
In 1979, the first recipient of the Business of the Year award was Smith and Stone Limited. An
industrial landmark in Georgetown for more than 70 years, Smith and Stone Limited opened its
doors in 1919, and manufactured items related to electricity such as porcelain insulators, wiring
devices, and switches. Since then, 128 businesses have been recognized.
In his address to the attendees, Sean Ashbee, Principal at Title Sponsor Grant Thornton said:
“At Grant Thornton, we believe in working together to create a meaningful and sustainable
impact on the communities in which we live and work. Contributing to the prosperity of our
communities is second nature to us.”
The Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following recipients of the
2022 Business Excellence Awards:
The Community Excellence Award recipient was Monckton Real Estate Group, presented by
Geoff Bent, Community Relations Specialist from sponsor Cogeco Inc.
The Association of the Year Award recipient was Halton Learning Foundation presented by
Tim O’Connor from the Halton Hills Chamber Board of Directors on behalf of sponsor CN.
The Employee of the Year Award recipient was Dana Sheppard presented by Stephen Stoute
from the Halton Hills Chamber Board of Directors on behalf of sponsor P&H Milling group –
The Environmental Sustainability Award recipient was Superior Glove works LTD. presented
by Councillor Clark Somerville representing the sponsor The Town of Halton Hills.
The New Business of the Year Award recipient was Farm Girl Fitness presented by Keir
Johnston, Senior Advisor, Municipal Affairs & Stakeholder Relations – GTA West
From sponsor Enbridge.
The Business of the Year: 1-9 Employees Award recipient was Dynamic Bodies Fitness
Studio presented by Stephanie Mazhari, Manager of Entrepreneurship Services from sponsor
Halton Region Small Business Centre.
The Business of the Year: 10+ Employees Award recipient was Georgetown Toyota and
presented by Elizabeth Koc, Manager Member Solutions of sponsor Tandia Financial.
The HomeTown Hero Award recipient was Sarah Brophy-Platts presented by Sean Ashbee,
Principal of sponsor Grant Thornton.
The event coincides with Small Business Week highlighting the important contribution of small
businesses to communities across the province and celebrating everything they give back.This is so important because small businesses make up 98 per cent of all Ontario businesses and 30 per cent of the provincial GDP.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Grant Thornton LLP
Platinum Sponsor: CN
Wine Sponsor: Maple Lodge Farms
Award Sponsors: CN, Cogeco, Enbridge, Grant Thornton, Halton Region Economic
Development Small Business Centre, P&H Milling Group – Acton, Tandia Financial Credit
Union, Town of Halton Hills
Media Sponsors: Canada Property Tours, GavCom Media Productions, YourTV
Melanie Frazer, Executive Director