Rideau Lakes celebrated its business community on April 7 at the South Elmsley municipal complex with the first edition of an annual recognition ceremony of local leadership and excellence.
The award for business innovation went to John and Tony Ferguson, whose 2low invention alters the drive of vehicles while transporting heavy loads or pulling trailers, reducing the stress on transmission systems and engines by up to 66 per cent. Their relatively young product, which reduces or eliminates expensive repair costs caused by driveline stress, has gone global, and receives glowing reviews while creating employment opportunities.
Scott Blair of Scott Blair Construction won the Young Entrepreneur award, recognizing a longstanding passion for quality work that includes winning gold in provincial and national carpentry skills competitions, as well as being ranked the 10th best carpenter in the world.
Country Roads Community Health Centre, one of the oldest and largest employers in Rideau Lakes, won Business of the Year in recognition of its continued growth and service to the community at multiple locations, running youth programs while offering health care to those without regular family doctors. Country Roads has been honoured twice in the past four years by the province for excellence in health care provision.
With MPP Steve Clark, Mayor Ron Holman, and numerous township councillors on hand for the packed breakfast gathering, numerous speakers also discussed a series of priorities including economic development, tourism, infrastructure investment, financial sustainability, and village and hamlet vitality.