14 saluted as Ontario's best in business and export excellence

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Fourteen organizations from across the province
have been named the best in business and export excellence in Ontario by the
Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).
    In a combined presentation of the Ontario Business Achievement Awards
(OBAA) and the Ontario Global Traders Awards (OGTA), companies were recognized
for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the prosperity of the
    "Business success requires hard work, creativity and passion, with a
healthy dose of entrepreneurial spirit thrown in," says Len Crispino,
President and CEO of the OCC. "On this, our silver anniversary of the OBAA,
we're proud to be able to join our partner, the Ministry of Economic
Development and Trade, in recognizing organizations in Ontario that have
demonstrated these qualities, propelling them to the top in their industries,
and creating a model for other businesses to follow."

    The 2007 OBAA and OGTA Winners are:
    - Business Excellence Award, Desjardins Award for Large Business
        - Linamar Corporation, Guelph
        - Suncor Energy Products Inc., Sarnia

    - Business Excellence Award, American Express Award for Small Business
        - Silicon Knights, St Catharines
        - Regal Tent Productions, Hamilton

    - Corporate Governance Award
        - Denison Mines, Toronto

    - Innovation Technology Award
        - Activplant Corporation, London

    -   Skills Development Award
        - Toronto Community Housing Corporation

    - Accessibility Award
        - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto

    - OGTA Innovation Award - Export Growth, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
        - GOLD - Barrie Metals Group of Companies, Barrie
        - SILVER - GPSNet Technologies Inc., Windsor
        - BRONZE - Eco-Tec Inc., Pickering

    - OGTA Market Expansion Award (Product or Service), sponsored by Export
      Development Canada
        - GOLD - Quickmill Inc., Peterborough
        - SILVER - OZ Optics Ltd., Ottawa
        - BRONZE - HLS Hardline Solutions Inc., Dowling

    Detailed information about each of these winners, can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Amy Terrill, (416) 482-5222, ext. 241,

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