I had the pleasure and the privilege of attending the London Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Business Achievement Awards, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. This annual event has certainly earned its reputation as London's most prestigious business event of the year and the 2018 Business Achievement Awards dinner did not disappoint. Lerners LLP is a proud sponsor of this event and has been a supporter of the Business Achievement Awards since 2010. This year was my first opportunity to attend the Awards Gala and I am happy to say that I am looking forward to 2019 already.

The London Convention Centre and its staff did an incredible job hosting, seating, and serving about 1,200 of the best and brightest in the London community and the reception and post-Gala party offered a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet a few new ones. A special shout-out to a culinary genius who designed the Combuture Cocktail made with Kombucha from London's own BOOCH.

Lerners was pleased to host Pam Haasen, Program Director at Radio Western; as well as Leith Coghlin, Founder and Managing Director of En-Pointe Development Incorporated.

It was wonderful to see Partner David Lyons sitting along the head table and presenting the Environmental Leadership Award to 3M Canada, an organization which is continuing to push the limits on Environmental Sustainability and responsible corporate operations and governance. Lerners congratulations also go out to the Canadian Centre for Product Validation, winner of the Innovation Award; Diebold Nixdorf, winner of the excellent in Human Resources Award; KPMG LLP, recipient of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award; Armatec Survivability, winner of the brand new Beyond Borders Award; winners of the Agra Business Award, Gray Ridge Egg Farms (L.H. Gray & Son Ltd.); Bentley Hearing Services, winner of the Small Business of the Year prize; WinAir (AV Base Systems), winner of the medium business of the year prize; and Northern Commerce, large business of the year winner.

Our congratulations also go out to all of the other deserving finalists: Anderson Craft Ales; Carswell Partners; Exodus Escape Rooms; C&V Income Tax Services; Globally Locally; Wastell Homes; Digital Echidna; Bonduelle; Big Blue Bubble Inc.; rtraction; London City Centre; Arcane Digital; and Predator Bird Services. We also want to congratulate all of the nominees in each category, London is and is continuing to grow as a vibrant hub for business and innovation recognized provincially, nationally, and globally the leader across many fields.

A special congratulations goes out to Jones Packaging, a London icon and the deserving recipient of the Corporate Icon Award.

The 2018 London Business Achievement Awards certainly lived up to its mandate to recognize business excellence in the London community. We look forward to attending again next year.