Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

March 28, 2007 16:44 ET

Nominations Open for Awards Celebrating Business and Export Excellence in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 28, 2007) - Nominations are now open for the Ontario Global Traders Awards (OGTA) and the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) - held in partnership in 2007 by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for the first time.

"The OGTA and OCC is a winning combination," Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello said. "The partnership combines the outstanding reputation of the OGTA and OBAA programs along with the OCC's province wide outreach into Ontario's business community so that we can better recognize the importance of exporting to Ontario's economy."

The OGTA is the province's premier export recognition program. The awards recognize achievements by the most innovative and successful small and medium-sized exporting companies. Now in its ninth year, the OGTA will continue to be presented in two categories: Innovation Award - Export Growth and Market Expansion Award (Product or Service).

The OBAA celebrates the achievements of Ontario businesses and their contributions to the strength of the Ontario economy, in areas other than export.

"We have so many untold success stories in Ontario," says Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "2007 marks a quarter century of recognizing excellence with the OBAA - what better way to celebrate the silver anniversary than to welcome this new partnership with the OGTA."

The OBAA are presented in six categories: Business Excellence Award (large and small categories), Corporate Governance Award, Innovation Technology Award, Skills Development Award and VISA Accessibility Award.

Nomination information is available for the OGTA and OBAA on the Ontario Chamber's website at www.occ.on.ca. OGTA nominations must be received by Friday, April 20th and the deadline for OBAA nominations is Friday, June 15th.

The OCC represents over 57,000 businesses through 160 local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since 1911. Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the economic well-being of the province: health; education; energy; finance & taxation; transportation & infrastructure; and border issues.

The goal of Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is to strengthen the economy by promoting innovation and competitiveness in business and industrial sectors, attracting new growth and investment, and expanding exports to world markets. The Ministry's trade activities are led through the Investment and Trade Division, which focuses on helping Ontario-based exporters or export-ready firms access and expand into international markets. The Division provides a variety of services such as export education, one-on-one consulting, market information and seminars. For more information, visit: www.ontarioexports.com.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    Amy Terrill
    W: (416) 482-5222, ext. 241 or C: (416) 605-8205
    amyterrill@occ.on.ca