Business Excellence Awards

22nd Annual Business Excellence Award Nomination Are NOW CLOSED!

Save the date to find out which six prestigious businesses will be recognized at our 22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017! Nominations for next year's awards will open January 2018.

Congratulations to the 2016 Business Excellence Award

On September 22, 2016, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce honoured the best in local businesses and business persons at our 22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala at Tosca Banquet Hall and Conference Centre. Congratulations to this year's recipients, Cris Douglas, CRCS DKI; Business Person of the Year, Re/Max Jazz - Dave & Noel Coppins; Business Excellence, Dan Miguel, National ProStaff; ENGEN, Covanata Durham York Renewable Energy; Innovation, The Oshawa Clinic Group; Civic Pride and Hollywood Cone; New Enterprise.


Cris Douglas
1200 Skae Dr., Oshawa|

When disaster strikes, Cris Douglas is there. As owner of CRCS DKI, a family-owned restoration company founded in 1979, he has become a leader in disaster clean-up and remediation. Such disasters could be the result of fire, smoke, water and/or wind. CRCS DKI also remediates damage caused by vandalism, sewage backup and burst pipes, and offers mould remediation and asbestos abatement.

This one-stop shop looks after all aspects of disaster recovery, from clean-up, structural assessment and repair to content management, carpentry and painting. Its team of highly-trained and fully-certified professionals responds to building restoration needs 24/7.

DKI, Canada’s leading network of restoration companies, recently recognized CRCS DKI with for its outstanding contributions in restoration and industry education. CRCS DKI also performs private (non-insurance) work for residential and commercial clients.

Through his work with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce – including a term as president – Mr. Douglas demonstrates his commitment to strengthening our local business community. CRCS DKI is the major financial sponsor of several community fire safety and public education campaigns that have earned accolades from the Oshawa Fire Department and Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association.



Re/Max Jazz - Dave & Noel Coppins 
21 Drew St, Oshawa |

When Dave and Noel Coppins established RE/MAX Jazz in 2009, their mandate was clear: to create an environment that breeds success for agents as well as their clients. It’s distinguished by its volume of sales, quality of agents and support systems it has implemented. The firm has developed an enviable brand presence – from artwork, logos and a consistent slogan to the complimentary cookie everyone who walks through its door receives. It has implemented unique training and marketing material for its agents, who are treated as “business partners.”

In 2009, the firm was awarded the Green Initiative Award from the Durham Region Association of Realtors. In 2011, it was named the Broker Owner of the Year by RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada and the following year was honoured internationally as the Canadian Broker Owner of the Year by RE/MAX LLC.

The firm has two locations in Oshawa and employs 12 full-time and six part-time staff and 170 agents. It’s currently ranked 18 out of 1,410 brokerages registered with the Toronto Real Estate Board. In 2013, the firm established the RE/MAX Jazz Scholarship Program to support high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education in music, leadership, business and real estate. In 2015, it established WEEMAX Children’s Charities, its philanthropic umbrella that covers its many charitable endeavours.

In addition to supporting a long list of organizations that includes Grandview Children’s Centre, and Eastview Boys and Girls Club, RE/MAX Jazz made a $150,000, five-year pledge to help Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s pediatric wing replace and update critical care equipment in the neonatal unit. It has already delivered two new infant resuscitation units and four new fetal heart monitors. 


| ENGEN Award |

Dan Miguel, National ProStaff
21 Simcoe St., S., Oshawa | 

National ProStaff (NPS) is making its mark as the fishing industry’s social media leader, helping more than 500 brands from around the world manage, recruit and highlight brand ambassadors. It’s the premier destination for the angling community to get the information they need to reel in more fish. That’s no mean feat, considering the global fishing industry is 12 times bigger than the music industry, generating a revenue of $193 billion from 220 million participants.

CEO Dan Miguel graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa with an honours bachelor of commerce and a major in marketing. Establishing NPS brings together his passion for business and fishing: he’s the proud recipient of a Spark Centre Ignite Young Entrepreneur Award and last year was ranked top angler in Canada’s largest bass tournament.

Mr. Miguel credits “pure hustle” with the company’s success in convincing brands to come to its social media platform. The Spark Centre award of $25,000 helped NPS expand from the Canadian market of nine million anglers to the lucrative American market of 60 million anglers. NPS is currently experiencing month-over-month revenue growth of 54% and its membership grew from 25,000 to 65,000 in just 45 days. It has grown from two full-time staff to 11 in just one year.

Mr. Miguel is proud of the NPS team culture and work environment. “No job is beneath anyone and we work very hard for each other,” he says. “If our company succeeds, so do our employees.” NPS donates to numerous charitable causes in the fishing industry, particularly those that introduce children to fishing.



Covanta Durham York Renewable
1835 Energy Drive, Courtice |

Since it was established in 1983, Covanta has become a world leader in providing sustainable waste management and energy solutions to communities around the globe. Case in point: the renewable energy produced by the Durham York Energy Centre in Clarington. The first Energy-from-Waste (EfW) greenfield facility constructed in North America in 25+ years, the centre began operation in January 2016. It boasts the most advanced EfW technology systems in the world and complies with stringent air emission standards.

It processes up to 140,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste each year, generating about 17.5MW of baseload electricity – enough to power 10,000+ homes. EfW facilities complement local recycling efforts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding methane from landfills, offsetting greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and through the recycling of recovered metals.

EfW facilities are a far cry from the garbage incinerators used decades ago to reduce the volume of waste requiring disposal, Covanta reports. They use some of the most sophisticated air pollution control equipment available to recover the value in the waste that remains after recycling. EfW facilities also employ state-of-the-art pollution control equipment to scrub and filter emissions, preventing their release into the environment.

Covanta supports the Lakeridge Health Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington, among numerous other community organizations. Senior managements sits on the Ontario Environment Association and Ontario Waste Management Association’s boards of directors.

Covanta also works with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the provincial government as waste management legislation in Ontario continues to evolve. Innovation is key to its continued ability to deliver sustainable waste management and clean energy solutions.



The Oshawa Clinic Group
117 King St., E., Oshawa |

Since its founding in 1927, the Oshawa Clinic has demonstrated its commitment to our community while becoming the largest multi-specialty group practice in the country. It owns and operates three locations in Durham Region: the Courtice Health Centre, Taunton Health Centre and Taunton Surgical Centre, and its downtown Oshawa Clinic. It serves as a model for many other physician groups to organize themselves in a comprehensive care model that provides a wide range of services.

The group employs 130 practising physicians and surgeons and 350 employees. It provides co-op placements to Durham College medical administrative students and hires a significant number of program graduates each year.

As part of its commitment to education, the Oshawa Clinic contributed $100,000 to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology when it was developing its downtown campus. In recognition of that generous donation, a classroom in the former Alger Press Building was dedicated to the Oshawa Clinic.

The Oshawa Clinic supports the YMCA’s Mary Street School Project that provides Christmas gifts to inner-city students and conducts its own Christmas food and toy drives in support of Simcoe Hall Settlement House.

During the torch relay for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the Oshawa Clinic closed much of its operations so its main parking area could be used for ceremonies. As part of its commitment to the environment, the group of clinics maintains waste management and energy consumption reduction programs.
A number of its senior management team are involved in such organizations as Rotary International, Lakeridge Health Foundation and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. The Oshawa Clinic works with the City of Oshawa to help meet the region’s health-care needs.



Hollywood Cone
1 Simcoe St., N., Oshawa |

With mouth-watering concoctions like Reese Wheresmyspoon banana splits and s’mores shakes, Hollywood Cone has transformed ice cream into a red-carpet experience. Even before opening its first bricks-and-mortar location at 1 Simcoe St. N. in downtown Oshawa last year, it had earned enviable reviews from a growing legion of fans.

Hollywood Cone was named ‘best new truck’ at the AwesTRUCK Awards 2014 and credited by Zagat with producing “the best thing to ever come off a food truck.” It has been featured twice on the Marilyn Denis Show and has been included on numerous ‘top 10’ and ‘best of’ lists in and around Toronto.


Hollywood Cone began as a food truck with the vision of perfecting its menus and recipes before opening its first shop. Owners Tom Senton and Joe Kelsey hope locations in the Oshawa Centre and in the Town of Whitby – both expected to open in the coming months – will help them meet demand for its Mutant Shakes™, tricked-out cones and other creative frozen desserts. 

“The cost of doing business in Oshawa is competitive and allowed us a little more financial runway to build our brand,” they explain. They rely on a strong social media presence and word of mouth and say theirs is primarily a destination business, with most customers seeking it out.

From creating new segments to buying only top quality ingredients and providing generous servings, Hollywood Cone has broken most of the rules in the ice cream industry, the owners report. But they rely on volume to make up for low margins and soon plan to begin franchising as they look forward to claiming status as the best ice cream shop in North America.


Congratulations to the 2015 Business Excellence Award Recipients 

On September 24, 2015 the best and the brightest in our business community were honoured at the 20th Anniversary Business Excellence Awards Gala held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre. Celebrating the event, from left to right, are Chamber President Jeff Hayes, Sarah and Jorge Groen of Berry Hill Food Company – New Enterprise; Dr. Jennifer Newhouse and Dr. Mark Coleman of Taunton Road Animal Hospital – Civic Pride; Business Person of the Year, Brian Callery of The Callery Group; Julia and Luc Caron of Winmar-Durham – Business Excellence; Jacqueline Millar accepting on behalf of her sons Adam and Brian Camenzuli of KARIBU Solar Power – EnGen Award and Vince Vella of Spectra Venue Management – Business Excellence.


Congratulations to the 2014 Award Recipients 


Congratulations to all of the 2014 Business Excellence Award recipients. The honorees celebrated on September 18th at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa. Pictured here are New Enterprise Award - Dean Lawrence of Speedpro Imaging ...Durham; Civic Pride Award - Nina Romano of Nina Romano Insurance Agency Inc.; Business Person of the Year Award, Charles Morrison of Creighton Law LLP; Business Excellence Award - Jeff Robinson of J.J. McGuire General Contractors and Innovation Award - Deborah Jollymore of triOS College Business Technology Healthcare.


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