It was organized by the Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce, with displays and most functions being held in the PARC Arena. A highlight of the three-day event was last Wednesday's Business Excellence Awards at the Star Hall.
Awards presented this year were:
• Innovator of the Year to Sedna Nutraceutial/Ironberry
• Business Excellence Award Under 10 Employees to Spence Corrosion Canada
• Business Excellence Award 10+ Employees to Argentia Freezers & Terminals Ltd.
• Placentia Bay Impact Award to Placentia Area Development Association
• Employee of the Year Award to RBC employee Wendy Leonard
• Rising Star Award to Dandy Dan’s Seafood’s
• New Business of the Year Award to Divine Decor
• Placentia Chamber of Commerce Award to Town of Placentia.
The opening ribbon for the industry showcase was cut by Avalon MP Ken McDonald, Placentia-St. Mary's MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh and Wayne Power Jr. — make one of his last public appearances as the mayor of Placentia — after the singing of “O Canada” by student Lucas White and a proclamation read by Town Crier Angus Gilbert.
Local businesswoman Anne Whelan, CEO of Seafair Capital Inc., gave the opening address on the topic of businesses benefiting the community. Chamber board member Chris Newhook was master of ceremonies and Chamber president Pam Constantine welcomed the participants to the event.
There were 46 displays set up in the arena to give businesses and agencies an opportunity to display their products or services. This also gave businesses an opportunity to make contact with each other. It was further helped with a speed dating like event to allow businesses to share information about what they do. Information was provided by speakers on the panels giving reports on their business or advice on how to succeed in business.
Husky Energy’s announcement to go ahead with building a concrete gravity structure in Argentia for the West White Rose Field created new excitement this year. This was complemented by the announcing of a new mobile harbour heavy duty crane for the Argentia port by international transportation company Eimskip to support increased calls to the Port of Argentia.