Nominations are open for the Kawartha Chamber’s 19th annual Awards of Excellence and Social Gala!

Any business, individual, or organization within Peterborough County or the City of Peterborough can be nominated and self nominations are encouraged! Please click on the Award names to find the corresponding online nomination form.

Citizen of the Year – Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This prestigious award recognizes and honors a person that has been a leader in moving our region forward and has been responsible for improvement to and well-being of the community, beyond personal or business gain. In addition to why the individual is being nominated, the application should include information on background, business involvement, community involvement and any involvement the individual has had in other businesses, associations, trade organizations or community organizations. The impact that the nominee has had on the overall community is extremely important. The award will be given to an individual and not to an organization or association.


Young Professional – Sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough

This award honours a young professional under the age of 35 who demonstrates innovation, risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional leadership, resulting in a sustainable business with capacity for ongoing growth. This person is an owner or an employee of influence within the business and is a role model for other young professionals.


Outstanding Business Achievement – Sponsored by County of Peterborough

This prestigious award recognizes and honours a business that has been a leader in moving our region forward and is deserving of the term “Outstanding Business.” It recognizes businesses which make significant strides in development as demonstrated by expanding market share, product/service innovation, environmental practices and/or employee relations.


Commercial Development or Renovation – Sponsored by BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

Recognizes business operators and property owners who make a significant contribution to the overall image of the region through physical improvements, or an ongoing effort to maintain high aesthetic standards.


Customer Service Excellence – Sponsored by CIBC

Recognizes business operators that raise customer service to a level of excellence and would therefore be considered a model for other businesses in the community to follow.


Entrepreneur Innovation – Sponsored by Gastles – Registered Patent Agents

Honours a business that has excelled in the field of innovation through the use of innovative products, marketing techniques, service and/or environmental practices. Other criteria include demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit in the form of risk taking and leadership.


Not-For-Profit Excellence – Sponsored by Darling Insurance

This award recognizes a not-for-profit organization that exemplifies excellence in service to the community. The organization has an established reputation for innovation, strategic partnerships, effective volunteer management, successful marketing and promotions, delivering exceptional programs and services, and achieving measurable results for the betterment of the community.


Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Nexicom

Honours a business that has demonstrated retail excellence. Considerations for nomination should include: a high level of sales, a high level of customer services, innovative products or services, proven marketing techniques, environmental practices and other factors that lead to excellence.


Service Sector Excellence – Sponsored by Herod Financial Services

This award honours a business that excels in the service sector, including but not limited to the trades, health and wellness and professional services. This may be demonstrated by a willingness to go beyond the normal call of duty, maintaining an effective pre and post-service relationship, possessing exemplary environmental practices, providing the client with value for money, expanding market share and exhibiting a high level of expertise.

(Tourism/Hospitality providers, Retailers, and Not-for-Profits should be nominated in their respective categories)


Tourism/Hospitality – Sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

Honours a business that has demonstrated the ability to promote our region as a tourism destination point, and/or provide exceptional service in the hospitality field. Considerations include: guest services, unique regional promotions, quality of facilities, environmental practices, signage and staff knowledge of the region.