It’s that time of year again. A time to come together and celebrate all things quality. To look at local businesses in London, Ontario and hold them up to the measure of integrity. Most importantly, a time to give a nod to efforts put forth by small businesses who demonstrate a level of business integrity worthy of note. Yes, it was time for the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario‘s annual Business Integrity Awards.
This year’s 18th annual awards ceremony was another special morning for those in the London business community. It was a day for businesses to come together with other like-minded individuals to celebrate high ethical standards. There was opportunities to network with new businesses and reconnect with others whom they have associated with in the past. And that was all before the speeches began!
Once coffee had been refreshed and plates whisked away, David Simpson of the Richard Ivey School of Business officially welcomed everyone to the event. He had the pleasure of introducing Mark Malerba, the chair of the BBB Board of Directors, who spoke of business integrity and what it means to businesses. After a short video featuring previous year’s winners and their take on what winning a Business Integrity Award meant to them (including our very own Curt McCallum), the videos from this year’s finalists were shown. While CertaPro Painters, Dustex Canada Cleaning Solutions and Lambton Audiology Associates were all nominated in Category I, for businesses of 1-10 employees, it was Old Castle Renovations who won the coveted prize for the 2015 Business Integrity Award. In Category II, for 11+ employees, National Truck League and Porky’s BBQ Hearth & Spa were nominated, with Selectpath Benefits & Financial being hailed the winner. The Rotary Club handed out scholarships to the winners, and then David Simpson returned to the stage to introduce the keynote speakers.
This year #BBBAwards2015 attendees were in for a treat. Ushered to the stage were none other than Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue; Olympic Medalists, World Figure Skating Champions and six-time Canadian National Champions. A lovelier couple with a more inspiring story we could not have had. They spoke of teamwork, cooperation, compassion, dedication and an honest love of what they do. For anyone not knowing their story, it was a genuine illustration of what can be achieved with hard work, drive and support from those around you. As David pointed out, their story gelled perfectly with everything the Better Business Bureau strives to uphold.
As Gold Sponsors, the people at the CLC Tree Services table, along with finalists, winners and other sponsors of the #BBBAwards2015 were invited backstage after the breakfast was done for a meet and greet with Tessa and Scott. Their smiles and charisma were not lost on those privy to a golden handshake with them. And hopefully that will not be the last that CLC Tree Services sees of them; Anna Marie discretely asked where the figure skaters called home nowadays and after hearing tell Scott is still in the Ilderton area on a small farm, suggested he contact CLC the next time he needed tree service work.
Promises of work on a Friday with wine were made! Now to book it…