Nominations sought for business, tourism excellence awards

November 5, 2018

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

Business excellence can be found in every corner of our community and the people of Cornwall can be a part of it!

With that, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce invites the public to nominate their choices for one of a number of distinguished business awards including the Tourism Excellence Award.

“On February 23, 2019, the Chamber will pay tribute to selected firms and individuals who strive for the best and make our community a better place to work and to live,” said Chamber President, Rory MacLennan. “For over 30 years, the Chamber has recognized Cornwall’s business best with our prestigious Business Excellence Awards banquet.”

While the Chamber identifies some of those who have excelled in various business sectors, it seeks public input as well.

“We believe that people in our community can help when it comes to nominating candidates, and we look to them for their recommendations,” said MacLennan.

Executive Manager Lezlie Strasser summarizes the various categories.

“There are six principal business awards recognizing worthy local firms,” she says. “Then, there are three individual awards and two special awards.”

Strasser notes that the special awards, the Dr. Garth Taylor Humanitarian, and Breakthrough, are only conferred when there is a suitable candidate or, an extraordinary event.

There’s also the Citizen of the Year award.

“This is a significant award and it pays tribute to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to our community,” notes MacLennan. “The winner announced during the 2019 banquet will be the 47th in a long list of worthy Cornwall and area citizens.”

Tourism Excellence Award

The list of awards also includes the Tourism Excellence Award which recognizes organizations or initiatives that help to raise Cornwall’s profile as a tourist destination.

Last year’s winner was the Historic Walking Tour, a collection of 30 plaques throughout the waterfront, Downtown and Le Village areas – each depicting an era, event or landmark from the City’s past.

Read More: Historic Walking Tour wins Tourism Excellence Award

“We have so many great tourism assets and businesses in our area that are worthy of recognition,” said Kevin Lajoie, Cornwall Tourism Coordinator. “This award helps to celebrate local achievements and raise awareness of the importance of the tourism sector.”

Nominate today!

The Chamber is now seeking nominations in the various categories and residents are encouraged to submit.

Those wishing to nominate a firm or individual may visit the Chamber web site at They can also pick up nomination forms from the Chamber office at 113 Second Street East.

For additional information on the Business Excellence Awards, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office inside the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street East. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie