Eight 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 2011 Executive Committee Award for Outstanding Service to a Local Chamber: Barry Cullen, Brandon Chamber of Commerce (see below for Barry’s bio and a picture of him accepting the award).  

The 2011 Harry Mardon Award: Julie Turenne-Maynard (see below for Julie’s bio and a picture of her accepting the award).  

The 2011 Executive Committee Award for Outstanding Service to a Local Chamber: Barry Cullen, Brandon Chamber of Commerce

Barry Cullen (r) receives award from MCC Chairman Frank Sottana

This year we are honouring a man that has spent countless hours/years representing business interests and helping keep the Brandon community vibrant.  

Barry Cullen was born and raised in the Manitoba prairies in the small town of Hargrave located just west of Virden. 

In the early 1980’s Barry started to experiment with photography, and over the next twenty-five years founded and grew one of the most innovative and creative photographic studios in the country. 

Barry has been active in various business and community organizations over the years. He is a past president of the Brandon Chamber of commerce and the Keystone Lions Club, a member of the economic advisory committee of the city of Brandon, President of the Manitoba Marketing network chair of the board of CNIB and chair of the United Way campaign, and just to make sure he had enough to do with his time he was just voted onto the board of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.   

The 2011 Harry Mardon Award: Julie Turenne-Maynard 

Julie Turenne-Maynard receives award from MCC Chairman Frank Sottana

This year we have an honouree that has been active in the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce for many years and has been part of reason the chamber movement has flourished in Manitoba. 

Julie Turenne-Maynard first joined the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce representing the St. Boniface Chamber of Commerce and progressed through the ranks serving as chair in 2001. She has been involved in many committees over the 10 years she has served on the board.

She is currently is chair of the Manitoba Business Awards selection committee and co –chairs the Manitoba Business Awards. She has also added beauty and grace to the MCC’s Manitoba Business Excellence Gala dinner as the emcee.

Thanks to our host, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and a special thanks to our sponsors; they helped make our AGM possible and the success it was (click on company title to access its website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro 

Keynote

Rogers Communications

Chair’s Reception

CIBC

Gold

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Canadian National Railway

Tribal Councils Investment Group

Place Louis Suite Hotel

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

Silver

Meyers Norris Penny

Victoria Inn

Maple Leaf

Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Imaginet Resources Corp

MTS Allstream

Procurement Services Branch

Southport Aerospace

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Lotteries

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Public Insurance

Bronze

Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Corporate Supporter

PCL Constructors Canada

The Canadian Wheat Board

TD Merchant Services