Wednesday evening was a night of celebration for the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce at the 12th annual President’s Excellence Awards. Sponsored by Atlantic Lottery, the awards night honoured finalists in eight categories: Not-for-Profit Excellence, Export Excellence, Retail Excellence, Workplace Excellence, Volunteer of the Year, Emerging Business, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Excellence in Business. An independent panel of judges chose the finalists from over 45 peer-nominated businesses.
The winner of the Excellence in Business Award for 2017 was The Gahan House Pub, recognizing excellence in all areas of their business operations. Located in historic downtown Charlottetown, The Gahan House is an authentic pub specializing in delicious food and handcrafted ales. They presently employ over sixty people. The Gahan House Pub has hit many exciting milestones over the past seventeen years, most notably, the historical bottling of its first two handcrafted ales, and pub expansions into Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, including a “soon-to-be” Moncton location. Other finalists for this award included Century 21 Colonial Reality and Fair Isle Ford.
Island technology pioneer, Jamie Hill was the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Hill has embodied the entrepreneurial spirit since 1985 when he founded On-line Support and grew the company to over 430 employees. Following this success, he founded PEINet and Cycor Communications. Hill’s most recent achievements were as CEO and President of iWave Information Systems, where he grew the company to have over 40 employees, demonstrated annual double-digit growth and served customers in five countries. Hill’s foresight led him to invest in information technology opportunities at the right times, often taking a significant financial risk to do so. With this award, the Chamber is pleased to celebrate Jamie as a leader in PEI’s IT sector and an accomplished entrepreneur.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Peter Mullins. Mr. Mullins has been a Chamber volunteer and champion for over ten years. He is most known for helping facilitate connections between members as a Chamber Ambassador and as an active member of the Chamber golf committee.
The Not-for-Profit Excellence Award recognizes the accomplishments of organizations in the not-for-profit sector, which contribute to the economic, social and/or cultural well-being of the greater Charlottetown area. The recipient of this year’s award was the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. Finalists included the Bell Alliant Centre and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.
Receiving the Excellence in Export Award was PEI Brewing Company. The award recognizes a business demonstrating growth in sales of their product and/or service to markets outside of the province. Runners-up included Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd and Island Water Technologies.
In recognition of their efforts in providing employees with a positive, healthy and productive workplace, Grant Thornton LLP was presented the Workplace Excellence Award. Finalists included Brown’s Volkswagen and Sylvan Learning Centre Charlottetown.
The Retail Excellence Award went to Upstreet Brewery for its strong commitment to outstanding service, customer loyalty and community involvement. Finalists in this category included Receiver Coffee and PEI Photo Lab.
The Emerging Business Award is given to a business that has demonstrated remarkable growth, innovation, and leadership in their industry sector. Canada’s Island Garden took home this prize. Runners-up included Nutracelle and The Montessori School of Charlottetown.
The President’s Excellence Awards are held annually by the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce in celebration of excellence in the local business community. Nominations for the 2018 President’s Excellence Awards will be open in February. For more information on the President’s Excellence Awards and the Chamber, visit www.charlottetownchamber.com
Congratulations to the 2017 award winners!