2019 Fall Awards Dinner – Nominate & Get Tickets Today

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SAVE THE DATE: November 20th, 2019

Global Entrepreneurship Week Fall Dinner & Awards Gala


You’re invited to our Fall Dinner and Awards Gala on November 20th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre! Featuring a series of awards, a gourmet meal, and a post-event mixer with live entertainment. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the BDC Excellence in Business Award.


Tickets on sale now! Register Online Today or to Book a Table contact Susan Fox at 902-625-1588 / susan.fox@straitareachamber.ca.


The 2019 Fall Dinner & Awards Gala is Sponsored by

Port Hawkesbury Paper
Nu Star
The Hawk


Everyone knows someone who works hard at making our communities a better place! The Excellence in Business, Rising Star New Business, Outstanding Customer Service, Export Achievement, Safety Champion, and Ambassador, Club 25/50 and award nominations will give you a chance to recognize these people. NEW this year is the Mark Dube Innovation Award. Nominations need to be submitted to the Chamber office by 4pm on November 1st.


Self-nominations are encouraged and welcome!

Sponsorship Opportunity!


Have your business featured at our Fall Dinner & Awards Gala as an event supporter!  A variety of investment levels are available, along with packages for multiple events.


Contact Amanda Mombourquette for more information at amanda@straitareachamber.ca


Sponsorship provides excellent exposure for your Business!


Fall Awards Descriptions:



Excellence in Business Award

The Excellence in Business Award is sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada.  It is presented annually to a member in good standing who has demonstrated a commitment to; business, employee growth and Strait Region communities. You can nominate a business or fill out an application on behalf of your own business.


Rising Star New Business Award

The Rising Star New Business Award is sponsored by InRich CBDC and is presented to reward the efforts of the entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. The following eligibility criteria must be met for this award: must have been in business no more than three years, owner can demonstrate through good business planning a consistent growth and development pattern.


Outstanding Customer Service Award

This award is designed for our members to put the spotlight on one of their employees that has demonstrated outstanding, “above and beyond” service to the citizens and customers for their employer over the last year. Nominee’s actions must reflect all five of the customer service attributes:

1. Courteous: Greet the customers promptly and courteously.

2. Helpful: Honour your commitments in a timely manner.

3. Accessible: Listen to the customers with respect. Be polite. Focus on their perspective.

4. Responsive: Own the customer’s issue.

5. Knowledgeable: Provide accurate and up-to-date information..


Export Achievement Award

The Export Achievement Award is sponsored by NSBI and is intended to recognize a company that has achieved success over the past year through development of new or existing export markets and by significantly contributing to the province’s economic growth.


Safety Champion Award

This award, sponsored by the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, recognizes an individual that has demonstrated excellence in safety and health practices in the workplace to their coworkers, suppliers, and/or the community. Nominees must have identified a need for, or taken a leadership role in, the development of a safety improvement related to any aspect of a business. If you have an employee who has demonstrated care and compassion for co-workers, customers, etc, then nominate your Safety Champion to recognize their contribution to making workplaces safer!


Club 25 / Club 50

Could your company be a Club 25 or Club 50 inductee?  The Chamber is proud to recognize member businesses that have been serving the Strait Area for 25 & 50 years and have not previously been inducted into Club 25 or 50.


Marc Dube Innovation Award

The Marc Dube Innovation Award is granted each year by the Cape Breton Partnership at the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Dinner & Awards Gala. Marc Dube was the Development Manager at Port Hawkesbury Paper when it was reopened by parent company Stern Partners following a difficult period of closure. His innovative, professional and compassionate approach to his work and community had a deep impact on the region.  This award is presented annually to a business, organization or person who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to innovation and business success. You can nominate by filling out an application (self-nominations encouraged).

Nominate Someone Today!

Your Success is Our Success.