Emery Charity Gala awards 2018

2018 Emery Business Awards The awards are handed out to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and organization for their contribution to our business community, neighbourhoods and their role in the betterment of the greater community.

Philanthropy Award: Apotex Barry and Honey Sherman

Under the formidable leadership of the late Barry and Honey Sherman, Apotex Canada demonstrated exceptional generosity and financial support to the communities in which they live and work. For more than 24 years they have contributed more than $11 million to the United Way. They worked closely with Health Partners Canada International to provide vulnerable communities with access to medicine and have been recognized as a top product donor. Apotex continues to be an exemplar of community building by providing aid to humanitarian crises, including $1.7 million of product to the relief efforts in Ecuador following the earthquake that devastated certain parts of the country in 2016 and more than $600,000 in product to Health Partners International Canada in 2017 to support hurricane relief efforts. They have donated $23 million to Canadian universities and created the APO campus program that provides students with the opportunity to join Apotex as a co-op student on contract or through an internship position.


Board of Management Award of Merit: Peter Mauti

The Award of Merit is the highest honour given to a member. It recognizes significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of business improvement initiatives in Emery Village. Peter Mauti has served diligently as a volunteer board member and has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of sustainable business practices. His dedication to maintaining cost-effective board practices has also contributed to the ongoing success and growth of the Emery Village BIA.


Environmental Stewardship: Koru Distribution

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes an individual, group or business whose outstanding efforts promote the responsible use and protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Koru Distribution is committed to providing innovative eco-friendly lifestyle products in the Canadian market through the distribution of premium brands that excel in quality, toxin-free, natural and sustainable materials.


Robert Chabot Award

The late Robert Chabot is a founding member of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the owner of Centennial Sweeping Ltd. His work alongside others helped galvanize support for the establishment of a BIA as a catalyst for the revitalization of the local community and business areas. His legacy is honoured with this annual award to recognize a deserving business leader or firm that has demonstrated leadership and had a lasting impact in their field of endeavour. In that spirit, The Board of Management of Emery Village BIA awarded Knoll Industries as the recipient of this year’s Robert Chabot Award. Over the years, Knoll has developed a constellation of design-driven brands and people to create modern interiors. They have an internationally recognized portfolio of products that reflect their commitment to modern design that meets the needs of the high-performance workplace and luxury interiors. Recipients of numerous prestigious awards including the National Design Award, they are aligned with the Canadian Green Building Council and LEEDS certification. Located in Emery Village since 1982, Knoll employs 730 people, with many over 25 years of service. They are the Center of Excellence for wood products within the organization.


Humanitarian Award: George Mackenzie

This award recognizes an individual who through their notable actions has demonstrated a commitment to improve lives and address local conditions, along with a passion for people and a resolve to provide services and resources to local groups or people such as with senior citizens, students and others in need. George Mackenzie has lived in Emery Village for 55 years and served on planning committees, countless charrettes and public meetings held to shape the roads, structures, and vision of what was to become in Emery Village. He was honoured by the City of Toronto by having a new street named after him. And when the soon to be built Humber River Hospital was looking for a resident to serve on their board as governor, they did not need to look far, he was proud to serve once again. As a Rotary Club member, Mackenzie worked for many years on programs for youth, breakfast clubs, and scholarships. He is a family man, teacher and civil servant in the most robust meaning of the word.


Long Serving Business: Hendry Heating

Recipients of the Long Serving Business Award have forged success in the face of business cycles, economic downturns and other formidable challenges faced by all businesses over the years. They are beacons to emerging entrepreneurs in creating sustained wealth and pursuing their goals and attaining success in their respective fields. They have in their longevity created jobs and provided service to the community. This year, the Emery Village BIA recognizes a business that has been in operation for over 50 years and established its roots in Emery Village in 1970. Today, it is co-owned by John Trevisan and Derek Jenkyn who continue to cultivate a business culture that espouses the same values it’s founding father, Bob Hendry, promoted: quality products and customized, professional services.