First annual ‘Ambassador of the Year’ award

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce “Business Excellent Awards” is celebrating its 25th year – and what better way to celebrate than by introducing a new award to this year’s line-up?

About the Award

Sponsored by Team Cornwall, the “Ambassador of the Year” award will recognize the efforts of an individual who goes out of his or her way to promote Cornwall, and by doing so, share with others the story of our community and what it has to offer.

“Cornwall is a fantastic city made up of great people, yet we are just one city amongst thousands in Canada and the world,” said Chamber President Rick Shaver. “When people travel and speak positively about Cornwall, we get noticed and that can lead to new investment.”

The Chamber has been working on the new award for some time. In part, it is recognition of the positive impact that Team Cornwall has had on the community.

“There are so many people that act as goodwill ambassadors without realizing it,” said Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall. “I think this award fits in very nicely with the spirit of recognizing excellence within our community.”

About the Business Excellence Awards

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a distinguished Cornwall tradition established in 1988. The Awards recognize outstanding achievements by Cornwall area businesses and individuals in the fields of commerce, community work and/or innovation. The awards ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted Citizen of Year award is one of Cornwall’s most prestigious annual affairs.

How to Nominate

Nominations are submitted from groups and individuals in the community and carefully reviewed by the Nominations Committee. Other award categories include Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Garth Taylor Humanitarian Award and others. Nominations are open from November 1, 2012 to January 18, 2013.

Click here to nominate an individual or group.

The awards will be announced at the 25th Anniversary gala on February 23, 2013.

Specific Criteria for the Ambassador of the Year award include:

  • Raising the profile of Cornwall to people who may not otherwise have known the City
  • An effort of that is extraordinary in its execution or concept
  • An effort that succeeds in positively changing perceptions of Cornwall and/or its people
  • The award is open to both individuals and groups


About the Chamber of Commerce
The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the region’s business community speaking towards growth, leadership and innovation. With direction from the elected board of directors, the Chamber looks to continuously progress the community through political advocacy, knowledge-based development and innovative opportunities.
The Chamber has close to 700 members. More information can be found online at You can also follow the Chamber on Twitter @ChamberCornwall