Peter Blodgett named Peterborough’s Business Citizen Of The Year

24 other award recipients also announced at 2017 Peterborough Chamber Business Excellence Awards on October 18

Peter Blodgett of Darling Insurance hugs his son Jeff after being named Business Citizen of The Year at the 2017 Peterborough Chamber Business Excellence Awards at Showplace Performance Centre on October 18. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Peter Blodgett of Darling Insurance hugs his son Jeff after being named Business Citizen of The Year at the 2017 Peterborough Chamber Business Excellence Awards at Showplace Performance Centre on October 18. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)

Peter Blodgett was named the 2017 Business Citizen Of The Year at the 14th Annual Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce at Showplace Performance Centre last night (October 18).

Blodgett — owner of Darling Insurance with offices in Peterborough, Lakefield, Bobcaygeon, and Fenelon Falls — was recognized for his significant business and volunteer impact on the local community.

VIDEO: Peter Blodgett, 2017 Peterborough Business Citizen of the Year

There were also 24 other award recipients in 20 categories, with Kawartha Lakes Construction being recognized as Employer of the Year:

  • Havelock Metal Co. (Entrepreneurial Spirit)
  • R & M Smith Contracting Ltd. (Skilled Trades)
  • 4th Line Theatre (Tourism)
  • Publican House Brewery (Hospitality)
  • Celtic Connection (Micro Business)
  • Lakefield Foodland (Retail – Chain/Franchise)
  • Grady’s Feet Essentials (Retail – Non-Chain/Non-Franchise)
  • Andressa Lacerda of Noblegen (Newcomer Entrepreneur Of The Year)
  • Avant-Garden Shop (Customer First)
  • Lang Pioneer Village Museum (Local Focus)
  • Chimp Treats (Innovation/Research & Development)
  • Lett Architects Commercial (Development Or Renovation)
  • Oldies 96.7 Radio/My Broadcasting Corp (Marketing & Promotion)
  • Lansdowne Place (Environmental Practices)
  • The Mane Intent Inc. (Health & Wellness)
  • New Canadians Centre Peterborough (Not-For-Profit)
  • Kawartha Lakes Construction (Employer Of The Year)

Also announced were 4-Under-40 Profiles recipients (Jason Chessar, Yvonne Lai, Craig Mortlock, Catia Skinner) and two Student Business Leadership Bursaries recipients (Samantha Rivers at Fleming College and Patricia Hoyt at Trent University).

Kawartha Lakes Construction of Lakefield received the Employer of the Year award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Kawartha Lakes Construction of Lakefield received the Employer of the Year award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
4th Line Theatre in Millbrook won the Tourism award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
4th Line Theatre in Millbrook won the Tourism award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene won the Local Focus award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene won the Local Focus award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Celtic Connections in Lakefield won the Micro Business award.  (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Celtic Connections in Lakefield won the Micro Business award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)

The awards ceremony, previously a sit-down dinner event held at Trentwinds International Centre, moved to Showplace this year allowing more people to attend.

In all, more than 50 businesses and individuals were profiled in 20 categories, with recipients announced live on stage.

Here is the complete list of all nominees and recipients by category:


Entrepreneurial Spirit

Sponsored by Gauvreau & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants

  • Farm Life Financial Planning Group
  • Havelock Metal Co. – Recipient
  • Publican House Brewery

 

Skilled Trades

Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada

  • Fransky Mechanical
  • Kawartha Lakes Construction
  • R & M Smith Contracting Ltd. – Recipient

 

Tourism

Sponsored by BMO Financial Group

  • 4th Line Theatre – Recipient
  • Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour
  • Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

 

Hospitality

Sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union

  • Pita Pit (Lansdowne)
  • Publican House Brewery – Recipient
  • The Venue

 

Micro Business (fewer than 5 employees

Sponsored by Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd.

  • Celtic Connection – Recipient
  • The Mane Intent Inc.
  • Sofie Andreou & Associates

 

Retail – Chain/Franchise

Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

  • Delta Bingo & Gaming
  • Lakefield Foodland – Recipient
  • Leon’s Furniture Peterborough

 

Retail – Non-Chain/Non-Franchise

Sponsored by The Peterborough Examiner

  • Celtic Connection
  • Grady’s Feet Essentials – Recipient
  • Whelan’s Flooring Centre

 

Newcomer Entrepreneur Of The Year

Sponsored by Fleming College

  • Nigina Azimova (Ariyana Middle Eastern Food)
  • Andressa Lacerda (Noblegen) – Recipient
  • Catia Skinner (Mega Experience)

 

Customer First

Sponsored by TD Bank Group

  • Avant-Garden Shop – Recipient
  • Brant Basics
  • Locks Salon & Spa

 

Local Focus

Sponsored by Trent University

  • BE Catering
  • Lang Pioneer Village Museum– Recipient
  • RMS Events

 

Innovation/Research & Development

Sponsored by Innovation Cluster

  • Canuck Play
  • Chimp Treats – Recipient
  • Lucky Strike Bait Works Ltd.

 

Commercial Development Or Renovation

Sponsored by City of Peterborough

  • Euphoria Wellness Spa
  • Lakeshore Designs
  • Lett Architects – Recipient

 

Marketing & Promotion

Sponsored by BDO Canada LLP

  • Lakeshore Designs
  • Mega Experience
  • Oldies 96.7 Radio/My Broadcasting Corp. – Recipient

 

Environmental Practices

Sponsored by County of Peterborough

  • Home Suite Home Transitions
  • Lansdowne Place – Recipient
  • Rainmaker Worldwide Inc.

 

Health & Wellness

Sponsored by Peterborough Regional Health Centre

  • The Mane Intent Inc. – Recipient
  • Pulse Physiotherapy
  • Salti Yoga

 

Not-For-Profit

Sponsored by Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

  • Community Care Peterborough
  • Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
  • New Canadians Centre Peterborough – Recipient

 

Employer Of The Year

Sponsored by LLF Lawyers LLP

  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Cambium
  • Kawartha Lakes Construction – Recipient

 

4-Under-40 Profiles

Sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough

  • Jason Chessar
  • Yvonne Lai
  • Craig Mortlock
  • Catia Skinner

 

Student Business Leadership Bursaries

Sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

  • Samantha Rivers – Fleming College
  • Patricia Hoyt – Trent University

 

Business Citizen Of The Year

Sponsored by Nexicom

  • Peter Blodgett

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