Report on AGM 2009: Honouring Our Own

Apr 29, 2009 | Government News

Six years ago the MCC created an annual award ceremony to recognize its community leaders.

“It may sound trite, but the strength of the chamber movement is its members – those individuals who, in addition to a myriad of responsibilities ranging from work to family, dedicate themselves to making their communities better places to live, work and raise a family” explains MCC President Graham Starmer. 

Two awards are presented, one for direct service to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and one for service to a local chamber. The award for direct service to the MCC was named for Harry Mardon after the chamber icon passed away in 2004.

Both recipients receive an engraved award, are commemorated on a plaque in the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce office, and are profiled on the MCC Website.

The recipients of the awards are formally announced during the banquet of the MCC AGM.

The MCC congratulates this year’s recipients:

The 2009 Local Chamber Award: Gord Peters, Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Click here for Gord’s bio. 

The 2009 Mardon Harry  Award: Tom Dooley. Click here for Tom’s bio.

For the first time ever the MCC has videos of the acceptance speeches:

Gord Peters Acceptance Speech for the 2009 Local Chamber Award:

Tom Dooley Acceptance Speech for the 2009 Harry Mardon Award:


The Manitoba Chambers thanks the Arborg and Riverton Chambers of Commerce for hosting AGM 2009 and these sponsors for making the event possible (click on the company name to access their website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro

Chairman’s Reception



Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

Procurement Services Branch

Manitoba Public Insurance

Canadian National Railway

TD Merchant Services

Imaginets Resources Corp


Southport Aerospace Centre Inc.

Manitoba Lotteries Corporation

Manitoba Hydro

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Maple Leaf Foods

Meyers Norris Penny LLP

Women’s Enterprise Centre


Competitiveness, Training & Trade

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

HudBay Minerals

Corporate Supporter

Pitblado LLP

Canada Safeway Limited

Travel Manitoba

The Canadian Wheat Board

Trivia Contest

Cando Contracting Ltd.

Peak of the Market


2009 Speakers Series Keystone Sponsor:


 To find out more about the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation click here 

 2009 Speakers Series Diamond Sponsor:


To find out more about the Tribal Councils Investment Group Of Manitoba Ltd. click here.

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