Outstanding Business Achievement Awards 2017 Winners

March 20, 2018- Hamilton, ON – On the evening of March 20th, in front of a crowd of 400+ at Carmen’s, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2017 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards presented by RBC.

The Chamber is proud to announce the following winners:

SMALL BUSINESS (1-10 employees): The Laundry Design Works

The Laundry Design Works has expertise in all areas of design, marketing and branding. They also have one unusual niche: clothing design. From their small studio in Hamilton, they design for international apparel brands, with designs being distributed in Europe, Asia and South America

MID-SIZED (11-50 employees): IDEAL Bootcamp

Jeremy White had a vision of a hybrid fitness concept that would be able to help more people transform their lifestyle than any other boutique fitness studio. IDEAL Bootcamp welcomes all ages, shapes, sizes, physical ability, race, gender, whatever your goal is there is something for everyone.

LARGE BUSINESS (51+ employees): Walters Inc.

Founded in 1956, Walters Inc. is a family-owned steel construction company that designs, fabricates, and constructs commercial and industrial projects throughout North America.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (up to age 35): Brandon Aubie, QReserve

QReserve Inc. was established in 2014 as a spin-out company from McMaster University. Starting with just a few pieces of equipment in a single lab, QReserve has grown to house tens of thousands of resources and help thousands of people access and utilize those resources everyday.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT: Indwell

Indwell has existed for more than 40 years to provide affordable housing and accessible options for vulnerable people. In recent history, they’ve focused on creating more housing solutions that transform lives.

ACCESSIBILTY: Indwell

In the early 1970’s, Siny Prinzen, and her late husband John, saw a real need in area churches for support for vulnerable adults dealing with mental health issues.

By 1974, John had organized a group of professionals to devise solutions for families with adult children who had disabilities. That year, The Homestead, as it was affectionately known, was born in downtown Hamilton. House parents were hired and seven residents were accepted. After a couple of years, The Homestead moved from a rented location on Homewood Ave., and purchased a home on Locke Street. Through 2001 that home saw many, many people served, usually moving to independent living within a year or two.

Since our founding, Indwell has expanded both the range and number of housing options. We now provide supportive housing to more than 400 households in southern Ontario through our programs in Hamilton, Woodstock and Simcoe. Our housing options range from residential care facilities with 24-hour on-site services, high support housing and individual units that provide accessibility and independence.

CENTURY (awarded for 100+ years of business in Hamilton): The Hamilton Club

The history of Hamilton is indeed the history of The Hamilton Club. Established by the “who’s who” of Hamilton in 1873, The Hamilton Club’s location at the corner of Main & James has not changed in over one hundred and forty five years. The Hamilton Club has remained the premier private club in the city, and continues to grow with the ever-changing needs of their members.

“The OBAAs are a celebration of the all the best efforts in the Hamilton business community from year to year,” said Keanin Loomis, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, “Congratulations to our 2017 winners.”

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the presenting sponsor of Outstanding Business Achievement Awards, RBC as well as sponsors: BMO Bank of Montreal, Bell, Hamilton Economic Development Department, OLG, Cogeco, Taylor Leibow, Dan Lawrie Insurance, SoundBox Productions, Carmen’s Group, and Cable 14.