24th Annual Business Excellence Awards

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24th Annual Business Excellence Awards Official Program & Windsor Star Coverage

In partnership with The Windsor Star, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is recognizing excellence in our community.

The Star, as the official print promoter of this prestigious event, will distribute a tabloid section focusing on this year’s nominees. The section will reach more than 130,000 in-paper readers and will be featured on windsorstar.com which receives more than nine million page views per month.

This is the only program endorsed by the Chamber's Business Excellence Awards and is our Official Souvenir Program.

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Meet 2014's Hosts!

Houida Kassem

A busy, devoted mother of two sons, Houida Kassem was born in London, Ontario, but raised in Windsor. She began her career working in media, in January 1999 on the show, “Plugged in.” With a gift to interact with the public, Houida quickly moved from reporter to show host as well as producer – interviewing the likes of Nelly Furtado and Sam Roberts, live from the Canadian Juno Awards on more than one occasion.

Houida also co-hosted a spot on Delaware Nights, a CASCAR racing series, which aired across Ontario. In the fall of 2000, Houida was selected to co-host the afternoon talk show,
‘Daytime,’ alongside Jeff McArthur of FM96.

Just a year into her time with Rogers, Houida became Windsor’s popular Morning Show Host on A-Channel, with a focus on showcasing local businesses, events and people as well as interviewing the likes of Dr. Phil, Chris Noth (Mr. Big from Sex and the City), Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood and more! After nearly a decade of live broadcasting, “AChannel Morning” – a show that had achieved number one ratings for the region of South Western Ontario (beating Good Morning America and The Today Show in our viewing region), was canceled by a downsizing decision made by CTV.

With the gap that was left in the Windsor market as a result, on June 8th, 2009, this local starlet founded Today’s Windsor – with the objective of making local media fully accessible to the people of Windsor and Essex County.

Along with being the Host and Producer of Today’s Windsor, Houida launched a new show called Houida And Friends. “The View” type format is also cohosted by Melanie Gardin, Nancy Duffy and Karen Hall. It features lifestyle and entertainment type segments that will educate, inform and enlighten the audience. The show airs on TVCOGECO Cable 11, Friday’s and Sundays at 7

When you can’t find her online or on the airways, you’re likely to find Houida hosting events with Caesar’s Windsor as well at charitable gatherings and galas throughout the city or as a spokesperson for many charities including World Vision and The Canadian Mental Health Association.

Rhys Wyn Trenhaile, BSc., JD.

Rhys Wyn Trenhaile, BSc., JD. is a real estate agent at Manor Realty Ltd., leading a small team of sales professionals that each focus on a particular niche of real estate. He is well known and respected for the sale of residential homes and his team are collectively best known for selling all forms of income properties (e.g apartment buildings, commercial plazas etc.). When not busy wheeling and dealing real estate, Rhys follows a passion for filmmaking, both as a producer and an actor. His credits include 2 seasons as a lead actor on YTV’s immensely popular hit “Extreme Babysitting”, and a producer on such films as NBC-Universal’s “The Scarehouse” (North American release date October 31st, 2014). And most importantly: he likes his beer dark and his wine red.

Catch the 24th Business Excellence Awards on TVCogeco!

TVCogeco will be re-airing the 24th Annual Business Excellence Awards at the following times:

Friday, May 2, 2014 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – 7PM
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 7:30PM
Monday, May 12, 2014 – 7PM
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 7:30PM
Monday, May 19, 2014 – 7PM

Photos from the 2014 Business Excellence Awards

Videos from the 2014 Business Excellence Awards


Small Company of the Year

Rising Leader of the Year

Tourism & Hospitality Award

Mid-Size Company of the Year

New Business of the Year

Innovation Award

Professional of the Year

International Business

Large Company of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

ATHENA Award

Believe Windsor-Essex Award

AM800 CKLW Salutes the 2014 Award Recipients

Small Company of the Year Award Recipient Brave Controls Solutions and Rising Leader of the Year Award Recipient Sarah Davidson:


Tourism & Hospitality Award Recipient Cooper's Hawk Vineyards LP and Mid-Size Company of the Year Award Recipient AlphaKOR Group:

New Business of the Year Award Recipient Piskey's Mobile Auto Wash & Detailing and Innovation Award Recipient Liqui-Force Services Inc.:

Professional of the Year Award Recipient Peter Hrastovec and International Business Award Recipient Valiant Corporation:

Large Company of the Year Award Recipient A.P. Plasman Inc. and Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient Vito Maggio:

ATHENA Award Recipient Kay Douglas and Believe Windsor-Essex Award Recipient Green Shield Canada:

Business Excellence Awards Finalists Press Conference - January 8, 2014