Contact: Pam Robertson, Executive Director                                                                       February 17, 2023

Phone: (613) 342-6553 ext. 101                                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that this year there will be two Lifetime Business Achievement Awards handed out at the corporation’s 2023 Annual General Meeting.  This adjustment is being made to allow for a very important posthumous award to be presented alongside recognition of another legendary local icon.

Previous recipients of this award include Paul Fournier, Hunter Grant, Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.  

Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity, and personal/corporate generosity.

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Ms. Pam Robertson, explained the rationale for an additional award being handed out this year.  “Longevity is a central consideration and sometimes that means honouring people posthumously, which is the case this year. The long list of worthy candidates is indicative of the high quality of people who have had a resounding impact on our community. We’d prefer to acknowledge as many as we possibly can.”

Since 2017, the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation has sponsored this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process.  The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, considers it to be the most important recognition in the region. “These awards should be treated with the reverence and respect they deserve. We are saluting the cream of our crop and it’s an absolute privilege to do so. Acknowledging two people in no way diminishes the accomplishments of either recipient. We are confident that the community will be very pleased with both selections.”

The two winners will be announced in the coming days and both recipients of the 2023 Lifetime Business Achievement Award will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Country Club on Thursday, March 30th.

Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website here or call 613-342-6553 by March 16th.


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 300 members and has been the community’s business advocate since 1906. Our mission is to foster a competitive business environment in the Brockville region that benefits the people of this region through the growth of jobs, wealth and quality of life.