The winner of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award for 2015 was Kenmac Energy Inc. President Dan MacIssac accepted the award, which recognizes excellence in all areas of business operations.
Kenmac Energy is a locally owned full-service oil and propane company with offices in Charlottetown and Montague, and services all of PEI as the distributor of Petro Canada Products. Kenmac Energy is a leader in providing innovative heating solutions, timely distribution and flexible service programs to customers across Prince Edward Island. President Dan MacIsaac is a trailblazer in the industry and has made significant contributions to increasing safety standards and representing the industry at community, government and regulation levels.
The other distinguished finalists in the Excellence in Business category included Diversified Metal Engineering Ltd. and MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound & Lobster on the Wharf Restaurant.
Kevin Murphy was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Murphy was recognized for his leadership and innovation in his business pursuits, extraordinary energy, and mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs.
The Chamber Volunteer Excellence Award was presented to Ron Keefe for his outstanding commitment and contribution to the Chamber through the Island Advance initiative. Keefe was Chair of the 2012 Island Advance Task Force and agreed to continue with the project and assume the volunteer position of Island Advance Advisory Board Chair, a position he continues to hold today.
The Excellence in Export Award recognizes a business demonstrating growth in sales of their product and/or service to markets outside of the province. The award was given to Island Abbey Foods Ltd. Runner-up in this category was BioVectra Inc.
The Excellence in Retail Award went to Home Hardware Charlottetown for its strong commitment to outstanding service, customer loyalty, and community involvement. Finalists in this category included Verlin Pets (2006) Inc. (Global Pet Foods) and Sherwood Drug Mart.
Invesco Enterprise Services received the Workplace Excellence Award for its innovative human resource practices that provide employees with a positive, healthy and productive workplace. Finalists in this category included Maritime Electric Company Ltd. and MRSB Group.
The Not-for-Profit Excellence Award recognizes the accomplishments of organizations in the not-for-profit sector, which contribute to the economic, social and/or cultural well-being of the greater Charlottetown area.Community Legal Information Association of PEI received the award in this category. Finalists includedDowntown Charlottetown Inc. and PEI Business Women’s Association Inc.
The Emerging Business Award is given to a business that has demonstrated remarkable growth, innovation, and leadership in their industry sector. Somru BioScience Inc. was the winner of the Excellence in Emerging Business category. Runners-up included Glasgow Glen Farms and Precision Document Management.
About the Chamber:
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the “Voice of Business” on economic issues for its 975 members representing more than 17,500 employees in small, medium and large enterprises in the capital region. For further information on the Chamber, visit the website at www.charlottetownchamber.com or call 902-628-2000.
Executive Director, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce