OBAAs

The Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs) is the most recognized industry gala in Lambton County with a single focus on celebrating business success. The OBAAs, which celebrate incredible innovations and achievements, is unique in its engagement of a broad range of industry sectors and sizes.

Sincere congratulations to all 2021 OBAA nominees, finalists, and trophy recipients. You really are inspirational to all those in our local business community.

Agri-Business Award

Recognizing organizations that drive value through agri-business, celebrating both the success and passion for growth and excellence in the agricultural sectors.

Nominees

  • Forest Glen Herb Farm

  • Pretty Roads Farm

  • Sarnia Micro Greens

  • Taproots Green Gardens

Finalists

  • Taproots Green Gardens

  • Forest Glen Herb Farm

  • Pretty Roads Farm

Customer Service – Business

Recognizing organizations that drive value through agri-business, celebrating both the success and passion for growth and excellence in the agricultural sectors.

Nominees

  • Bad Dog Bar & Grill

  • Baker Tilly

  • Bebingh Insurance

  • Bluewater Plumbing

  • Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital

  • Crave Beauty Studio

  • Jennifer Dekant, Custom Tattoos

  • Dattolo’s Baked Goods

  • Deb’s Shoe Gallery

  • It’s a Wessner Thing

  • Lilith Boutique

  • Los Puntos Cantina

  • PETS Life

  • Napoli Pizza

  • Milano’s Pizzeria & Subs

  • Hucker Floor Coverings

  • Home Instead Senior Care

  • Harbour Bay Clothing

  • Greg’s Auto Detailing

  • Global Donuts & Deli

  • Foodland Brights Grove

  • Pure Local Organics

  • Red & Ko

  • The Shoe Box

  • Ron Clark Motors

  • S&S Greenhouses

  • Sitara Indian Cuisine

  • Sticky Fingers & Soups Up

  • The Bookkeeper

  • The Hive Tattoos

  • The Tin Fiddler

  • Karen Axani Bernard and Dave Bernard, Cromwell Grill

Finalists

  • Lilith Boutique

  • The Shoe Box

  • Home Instead Senior Car

TECHNOVATION AWARD

Recognizing organizations that incorporate new or existing technology in the development of new products, services, or business processes; or the improvement of existing products, services, or business processes that result in consistent growth and job creation.

Nominees

  • Best Wiring Solutions

  • Leadware Technologies Inc.

  • GLF Environmental

Finalists

  • Finalists
    GLF Environmental

COOL PLACE TO WORK AWARD

Recognizing organizations that demonstrate a healthy, positive, and productive workplace environment.

Nominees

  • Chelsea Cooper Professional Corporation

  • Christo’s Pizza and Burgers

  • Degroot’s Nurseries

  • EXIT Realty Twin Bridges

  • Johnny G’s Premium Pizza

  • Sunripe Fresh Market

  • The Eye Guy

Finalists

  • EXIT Realty Twin Bridges

  • Chelsea Cooper Professional Corp

  • Johnny G’s Premium Pizza

CUSTOMER SERVICE – INDIVIDUAL AWARD

Recognizing individuals who stand out when it comes to delivering customer service.

Nominees

  • Beth Kolthoff, The Eye Guy

  • Chrissy McRoberts, Dog Eat Dog

  • Julia Sneider, Watchful Owl Tatoos

  • Louise Dottori – State Farm/Desjardins

  • Madison Twose – EXP Realty of Canada

  • Rina Barker – Imperial City Brew House

  • Sharon Sielky – Riverside Print & Signs

  • Teighan Gibson – Coffee Culture

Finalists

  • Madison Twose – EXP Realty of Canada

  • Rina Barker – Imperial City Brew House

  • Beth Kolthoff – The Eye Guy

INCLUSIVITY AWARD

Recognizing organizations that demonstrate excellence in celebrating differences and inclusivity. Forward-thinking champions of inclusive values and principles.

Nominees

  • Belly Babe Boutique

  • Blackwater Coffee Co.

  • Dog Eat Dog

  • The Eye Guy

Finalists

  • The Eye Guy

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recognizing organizations in the non-profit sector who demonstrate excellence and innovation resulting in significant social impact.

Nominees

  • BIG-Bluewater International Granfondo

  • Bluewater Health

  • Imperial Theatre

  • Le Centre Communautaire Francophone de Sarnia-Lambton

  • St. Clair Child & Youth Services

  • Life’s Seasons Care & Support

  • Pathways Health Centre for Children

  • Sarnia & District Humane Society

  • Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board

  • Sarnia Moose Lodge 1046

  • The Inn of the Good Shepherd

  • Tourism Sarnia-Lambton

Finalists

  • BIG-Bluewater International Granfondo 

  • Sarnia & District Humane Society 

  • Life’s Seasons Care & Support 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recognizing organizations in the non-profit sector who demonstrate excellence and innovation resulting in significant social impact.

Nominees

  • Allyx Smith – Apex Dance Industry

  • Amy Spadafora – Urban Escape

  • Angela Sundby – Angela Sundby Photography

  • Chrissy McRoberts – Dog Eat Dog

  • Craig Brodie/Mathew Whitney/Kyle Blandford/Mike Barker – Imperial City Brew House

  • Jennifer Dekant – Custom Tattoos

  • Dean Troiani – Sarnia Produce

  • Nicole Lewis – Rustic Scoops Ice Cream Bar Inc.

  • Stephanie Purdy – Red & Ko

  • Tracey Manchester – Dynamic Graffix Signs & More

  • Vanessa Lobodzinski – Call the Chef

  • Karen Axani Bernard and Dave Bernard – Cromwell Grill

  • Lisa Isaac – Lisa Issac HR Professional Services

Finalists

  • Dean Troiani – Sarnia Produce  

  • Chrissy McRoberts – Dog Eat Dog 

  • Craig Brodie/Mathew Whitney/Kyle Blandford/Mike Barker – Imperial City Brew House 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recognizing organizations that stand out for driving value for customers, employees, the community, and beyond. Celebrating excellence across the board.

Nominees

  • Archway Health & Sports Services

  • Bad Dog Bar & Grill

  • Blackwater Coffee Co.

  • Bluewater First Aid Training Centre Inc.,

  • Bluewater Power Distribution

  • Imperial City Brew House

  • Jim’s Carpet Warehouse

  • Motus Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centre

  • Ron Clark Motors

  • Sarnia Auctions

  • The Shoebox

  • The Show with David Burrows

  • Chelsea Cooper Professional Corporation

  • Dog Eat Dog

  • Gordon’s Shoreline Marine

  • Greens Organic Café

  • The Studio

  • Top Shelf Canada

  • Vita (formerly New England Arbors)

  • Harbour Bay Clothing

Finalists

  • Imperial City Brew House

  • Bluewater First Aid training Centre Inc.,

  • Bluewater Power Distribution

The 2021 OBAA Trophies

We would like to thank Tim & Kim Eberle for their incredible work on the 2021 OBAAs trophies.

“As artists, Tim and I are inspired every day by the natural elements that surround us. Combining the rich beauty of wood and the sparkle of glass, our collaborative work has been a natural progression over the 34 years that we have been married”.
“We were very honoured to have been chosen to create the trophies for this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.
The wood that was used to create the trophies once stood proudly as a pair of crabapple trees that grew on municipal land next to our home. These trees bloomed every spring and were a bountiful source of food for birds and animals alike; in fact, it produced so many apples that each year we would harvest some of the fruit ourselves for jam”.
“In 2019, as Tim was working at home, he heard the sound of chainsaws and was saddened to see both trees being cut down. By the time Tim reached the workers, one of the trees was already in the chipper, but he felt compelled to save the wood from the one that remained and asked to take it. Tim eventually had that wood milled into rough boards and, until now, it had been left untouched. It only seemed right to build these trophies from local materials: especially something that had such a beautiful history to it”.
“Continuing in the theme of local, we took inspiration from the beautiful waters of our shoreline and gave the trophies an abstract wave shape with a blue stained glass wave motif in the center. Due to the nature of the materials used and the fact that each piece was handmade by both myself and Tim, each of the 9 pieces are unique, much like the local businesses chosen to receive them”.
Thank you, Tim and Kim, for sharing your creative talents with the local community. Contact Kim’s Accents In Glass on Facebook, or email timkim.eberle@gmail.com.

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