PEC Chamber

Prince Edward County Business Excellence Awards



The PEC Business Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by local businesses, and the invaluable contribution they make to the County's economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.


Peer recognition is a meaningful acknowledgment of the dedication and hard work that has been invested by The County’s businesses. All our nominees and winners serve as inspiration and best practice guides for everyone, whether new and aspiring entrepreneurs or seasoned businesses. They foster the spirit of adventure and enterprise and invite others to challenge their thinking.

From innovative startups to long-standing pillars of the community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the 2023 nominees & award recipients

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Laluxe Femme, Onelook Productions Inc., The Cookie Mama, The Renaissance Farm, The Soapbox Car Wash, Joseph Prinzen Woodworks, Nomad Cre8tive, On Board Grazing Co., Employer to the Year: Bloomfield Beauty CoMLP Residence, Gillingham Brewing Company, Willowlee Sod Farms Limited, Contribution to the Arts: Oeno Gallery,

Base 31, Rosehaven Yarn Shop, Environmental Practices: Carson’s Garden + Market, Harmony PEC, Laluxe Femme, Beyond Business: Oeno Gallery, Redtail Vineyards, McDougall Insurance and Financial, The Renaissance Farm, Not-For-Profit: Reaching for Rainbows, The ROC, The County Foundation, Rotary Club of Picton, The Hub Child & Family Centre, The Prince Edward County Arts Council, Business of the Year: Rosehaven Yarn Shop, Onelook Productions Inc., Nomad Cre8tive, Quinte’s Isle Campark, Terracello Winery, The Royal Hotel, Willowlee Sod Farms Limited, Base 31, Bloomfield Beauty Co., Cannery Row PEC, Compass Rose, County Chiropractic, Gillingham Brewing Company, Kingfisher Financial

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Prince Edward County Business Excellence Awards

Prince Edward County Business Excellence Awards is an independent program, open to any business, entrepreneur and not-for-profit organization based in Prince Edward County. 



The PEC Business Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by local businesses, and the invaluable contribution they make to the County's economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.


Peer recognition is a meaningful acknowledgment of the dedication and hard work that has been invested by The County’s businesses. All our nominees and winners serve as inspiration and best practice guides for everyone, whether new and aspiring entrepreneurs or seasoned businesses. They foster the spirit of adventure and enterprise and invite others to challenge their thinking.

Nominations have closed. Early Bird Ticket Pricing Available Now.

In-Person Celebration at The CAPE, Picton

Thursday 09 NOVEMBER 2023

Your ticket includes:

  • Welcome glass of sparkling from Lighthall Vineyards
  • Unique one-time experiences by salon partners Redtail Winery and The County
  • Reception catering by Matt DeMille (canapes, food stations, sweets)
  • Soft Bar
  • Cocktail Reception by The Drake Devonshire
  • Awards Ceremony and Celebration (Kevin Lockwood, Emcee)
  • Music and Entertainment (with thanks Wilkinson & Company)
  • Cash Bar
  • Complete venue access to all 4 salons (Joplin Room, Robbie Burns, Mark Twain, Odyssey Ballroom) 

Award Categories

This awards ceremony celebrates the contributions of businesspeople and features organizations that exemplify leadership and business excellence in our community.

Business of the Year
Not-For-Profit
Beyond Business
Employer of the Year
Entrepreneurial Spirit
Environmental Practices
Contribution to the Arts
Business of the Year

Business Of The Year

To recognize achievement in business and significant contributions to the business community. Supporting documentation (eg letters of commendation, newspaper articles) is highly recommended.

Not-For-Profit

Not For Profit

To recognize a not-for-profit organization that exemplifies excellence and/or growth in any or all of the following areas:

  • programs and services
  • volunteer management (eg recruitment, training, recognition)
  • fundraising initiatives
  • transparency/disclosure
  • marketing and promotion
  • innovation in approach to community impact/service
    Beyond Business

    Beyond Business

    In recognition of an individual, business or organization in the business community who has contributed to the fabric of Prince Edward County through community involvement, community support and volunteerism.

    Employer of the Year

    Employer Of The Year

    To recognize a business or organization that exemplifies excellence in its community involvement and employee focus, in any or all of the following areas:

    • job creation
    • diversity of hiring, training and support programs
    • morale initiatives
    • recognition & reward programs
    • workplace wellness
    • commitment to professional and personal development


    Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Entrepreneurial Spirit 

    To recognize a business or organization that exemplifies excellence in any or all of the following areas:

    • new or innovative product or service
    • quality of merchandise
    • quality of customer service
    • job creation
    • growth potential
    • market served
    • community involvement
      Environmental Practices

      Environmental Practices

      To recognize a business or organization that has demonstrated environmental responsibility in any or all of the following areas:

      • adoption of new sustainable practices
      • encouragement of the sustainable use of renewable resources
      • protection of environmentally sensitive areas
      • contribution to improvement of community environmental practices


      Contribution to the Arts

      Contribution to the Arts

      To recognize and celebrate an individual, organization or business that has contributed significantly to local art and culture.

      2023 Partners

      Our partners play a major role in contributing to the prosperity and diversity of the business community by celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of Prince Edward County. This event and recognition ceremony would not be possible without their generous support.

      The Award Process
      Adjudication Process
      Eligibility
      The Award Process

      The 2023 Nominations were open from May 15 - July 14 this year. Nominations were promoted weekly in the newsletter, via member email, on social media channels, on CountyFM and an ad placement in the Picton Gazette for 4 weeks. We will follow a similar timeline in 2024. There will be a nomination form on this webpage. 


      A business needs only be nominated once. Self nomination is acceptable. If the business accepts the nomination, they are sent an application form to complete for the adjudication committee to evaluate. Nominees must be in attendance, or be represented, at the celebration event to accept the award should they be the successful recipient.

      Adjudication Process
      Evaluations are done by representatives from outside PEC as well as by leaders and influencers within various business sectors of the County. The nominations have been scored based on the applications received and using evaluation criteria. The winners will be announced during the evening celebration on November 9, 2023.
      The 2023 Business Excellence Awards Judging Panel:

      Evan Nash, Wellington Home Hardware

      Andrew Zimakas, Marketing Executive

      Brad Roach, Community Futures

      Brent Timm, Kingfisher Financial

      Curtis Craig, McDougall Insurance

      Lonelle Selbo, County Lifestyle magazine publisher

      Eleanor Cook, DMMO (Visit the County)

      Nadia Guerrera, Loyalist College

      Gillian Armstrong, The County Foundation

      Resi Wait, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

      Janice Scharf, The Local Store

      Gavin Robinson, Robinson Leadership 

      Eligibility
      • In order to be eligible for nomination for any of the award categories the nominee must be located within Prince Edward County, or primarily serve The County or have been founded in and still have headquarters here.
      • Previous award recipients are not eligible for an award within the same category the following year.
      • Businesses may be nominated in multiple categories but must select only 2 categories to put forth for submission.
      • When a business accepts their nomination, they must fully complete every section of the application form. Be specific - include facts and figures to support the nomination. The Adjudication Committee evaluates candidates based solely on the information provided on this application form. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and detailed. 
      • The Adjudication Committee Chair reserves the right to contact nominees to verify facts.
      • Applicants (or a representative on behalf of the nominee) must be present at the awards celebration to accept the award should they be the successful recipient.
      View the PEC Award Archives
      View Partnership Opportunities

      Being a key partner will be a visible demonstration of your commitment and support to the prosperity and diversity of The County’s business community. We are stronger together!

      Nominate a Business

      These awards, hosted and facilitated by the PEC Chamber of Commerce, are open to any business, entrepreneur or not-for-profit organization based in Prince Edward County and not just Chamber members. Equally, nominations are welcome from any individual, business or organization.

      Nominations close Friday 14 July

      Symbolism of the Trophy

      SHAPE: The raindrop represents the water that surrounds us in Prince Edward County and the ripple effect our businesses and people have on the good of the community and the economy.


      COLOUR: Blue for water, for imagination and inspiration. Brown for the land, for strength and reliability. Together they represent resilience and dependability.