Business Excellence Award Winners

The 2018 Business Excellence Awards recognize outstanding businesses in Haldimand.

Agri-Business Award

Accepting award from Mayor Hewitt


Recognizes an outstanding business connected with the agricultural sector or the supply chain.

Winner:  Pine Ridge Gardens

Pine Ridge Gardens grows quality greenhouse flowers year round in Dunnville.  Their flowers are sent to many major centres in Canada and the United States including: New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and various locations in Eastern Canada.  In the past three years the company has increased its crop growth by 40%, while simultaneously lowering their carbon footprint.

Business Award - 10 employees & Under

Photo of winner with the Mayor


Recognizes companies that demonstrate growth, excellence and innovation.

Winner:  Confident Temps Dental Placement Agency Inc.

Since 2002 Confident Temps Dental Placement Agency in Cayuga has been providing a customized friendly, caring and confidential approach towards filling dental staffing needs. The agency provides temporary and permanent staff for dental offices, while also providing job opportunities for many dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental receptionists who want to supplement their income.

Business Award - Over 10 employees

Award presented by Mayor Hewitt


Recognizes companies that demonstrate growth, excellence and innovation.

Winner:  Erie Mutual Insurance Company

Erie Mutual Insurance Company in Dunnville was founded in 1871 and originally formed on the strong roots of the farming community in Haldimand. Today, they continue to grow and build on the value of providing insurance protection that exceeds their members’ expectations with a customer experience unsurpassed in the insurance industry.

Not-For-Profit Business Award

Mayor Hewitt presents award to DHHF


Recognizes outstanding leadership and organizational excellence in a registered not-for-profit or charity.

Winner:  Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation

Established in 1974, the Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation has continuously raised funds through the tremendous support of their generous donors, to take care of the hospital and other healthcare institution needs in Haldimand.  Currently, 15 members of the community reside on the Board of Directors that govern the Foundation and accept the challenge to raise the bar higher in support of the Hospital.

Tourism Business Award

Mayor Hewitt awarding trophy


Recognizes outstanding businesses that provide tourism experiences and promote Haldimand County as a tourism destination.

Winner:  Toronto Motorsports Park

Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga is a multi-purpose motorsports facility and has been the home of Drag Racing since the 50’s.  In 2003 TMP expanded, adding a road course circuit to their drag strip, making them the only facility of its kind in Eastern Canada.  Since then, they have further expanded their offerings to include major events, weekly race programs, training sessions, an exotic car and drag race experience, and corporate outings.

Youth Entrepreneur Award

Mayor Hewitt and Tauri Caputo pose with winners


Recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs under 30 years old. Presented in partnership with the Grand Erie Business Centre.

Winner:  LVW Creative Barracks

LVW Creative Barracks in Dunnville has been attracting regional artists to Haldimand County since 2015.  They are know for partnering with local businesses and organizations to offer artistic and experiential events truly unique to the community. Operating as a social enterprise, they focus on positive social and environmental impacts, creating a safe and welcoming community space in downtown Dunnville.

Mayor's Award of Distinction

This award is not presented every year, but only on occasions where a business is deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contribution to our community and to the residents.

Winner:  Chuck and Peter Hogeterp, Sales Representatives – Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc.

Chuck and Peter Hogeterp own a Real Estate business that operates under the Remax Escarpment Realty Inc. Hamilton umbrella, and is based out of Cayuga.  The pair have been in the Real Estate business since 2002, while focusing initially on Haldimand they have since expanded their business into neighbouring counties and cities, all the while supporting countless Haldimand charities, initiatives and organizations.

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