Chamber seeking nominations

Published on February 27, 2017

TRURO, N.S. – Outstanding business leaders will be recognized for their contributions, as the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for honorees at its dinner gala and awards celebration.

Two awards will be presented at the April 27 event: the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Business Person of the Year Award and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award.

“The award program provides recognition for individuals and businesses that are rooted in their communities, providing strong leadership and value,” said Chamber president Andrew Lake.  

The gala will feature special guest Cathy Bennett, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board for Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Cathy offers an inspirational story of applying work ethic, focus and direction to advance from a front-line worker to a successful owner/operator, respected business woman and politician,” said Lake.

Prior to her election to the Legislature in April 2013, Bennett was CEO of Bennett Group of Companies, leading Bennett Restaurants’ franchises for eight St. John’s area restaurants, a small construction company and a commercial property company. Bennett was also partner in an industrial construction and supply company and a day spa.

Her business and community focus has been acknowledged with awards as Employer of Distinction in 2011, and several top CEO in Atlantic Canada awards from Atlantic Business Magazine. She is also recipient of a Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Award of Excellence.

The Chamber is accepting reservations for the April 27 gala dinner at the Holiday Inn and Convention Centre. Seats booked by April 14 are $45 plus tax for members and $55 plus tax for non-members.  After April 14 it is $50 plus HST for members and $60 plus HST for non-members.

For more information contact the Chamber office at 902-895-6328 or email


The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes a business that has been in operation for at least 10 years and has had an outstanding impact on the community in Truro or Colchester.

The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success in business showing strong leadership skills and business acumen contributing to the consistent growth of the business.

To view the full award criteria and to download the 2017 nomination forms, visit, email to request a form, or stop by the Chamber office at 605 Prince St., Truro (Marigold Cultural Centre). Self-nominations are welcome.

Deadline to submit completed nominations is March 29. They may be submitted electronically to, by mail to Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, 605 Prince St., Truro, N.S. B2N 1G2, or at the Chamber office.