Prestigious Ontario Business Awards to be handed out by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - A dozen Ontario companies have been chosen to
receive the most prestigious business awards in the province. The Ontario
Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) and the Ontario Global Traders Awards
(OGTA) will be presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce next month in
    "This year more than ever we must give credit to the firms that are
investing in innovation, improving productivity and creating jobs in our
communities," says Len Crispino, President and CEO of the OCC. "It always
takes hard work and creativity to succeed in business, but in today's economic
climate, resiliency and triumph are that much more worthy of recognition."
    Awards will be presented in six categories: the American Express Business
Excellence Small Business Award, the Desjardins Business Excellence Large
Business Award, the Ontario Global Traders Award Innovation - Exports, the
Ontario Global Traders Award - Market Expansion (Product or Service), the
Corporate Governance Award, and the Innovation Technology Award. OGTA
categories have gold, silver and bronze sub-category winners.

    Twelve companies have been selected from a record number of nominees from
across the province:

    -   Ontario Global Traders Award - Market Expansion:
        -  Gold - Omega Lift Manufacturing, Bolton
        -  Silver - NAFTA Foods & Packaging, Brampton
        -  Bronze - JAY LOR(R) , Orton

    -   Ontario Global Traders Award Innovation:
        -  Gold - Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp., Toronto
        -  Silver - Mirus International Inc., Mississauga
        -  Bronze - GestureTek Inc, Toronto

    -   OBAA American Express Award for Small Business:
        -  Brent Packaging & Logistics Ltd., Mississauga
        -  Crownhill Packaging Ltd., Brampton

    -   Desjardins Business Excellence Large Business Award:
        -  S & S Bolton Group, Ottawa
        -  Trojan Technologies, London

    -   OBAA Innovation Technology Award: Navtech Inc., Waterloo
    -   OBAA Corporate Governance Award: Energy Savings Income Trust,

    Awards will be presented at a gala event which will to be attended by
approximately 1,000 business and political leaders at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre on Tuesday, November 4th, hosted by Canadian icon Jann

    For tickets to the OBBA contact Rosanna Ho at or

For further information:

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

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