ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
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Taken from “The Mississauga News, Online”
By: Julia Le
November 7, 2008 09:13 AM – Peter Smith is taking care of business.
In the last 15 years, the company run by Smith, 61, has built more than 3,000 homes in Mississauga and surrounding areas. The president of Andrin Ltd. has also devoted time to building a better community by sitting on many boards and committees, including the Credit Valley Hospital Board, the Armagh House Board and GO Transit, where he is the current chairman.
And last night, the Lorne Park resident of more than 30 years was awarded for his achievements.
Smith received one of 10 Awards of Excellence given to Mississauga businesses that have made important contributions to the economic well-being of Mississauga and its people. Hosted by the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT), the annual event was held at the new conference centre at the International Centre on Airport Rd. The awards have been held since 1986.
Smith was presented with the Business Person of the Year award and recognized other businesses that include The Mississauga News, the City of Mississauga and Pendleton Translations Ltd.
Jake Dheer, the Chair of the MBOT, said businesses drive the economy and in Mississauga, it’s important to take a day to recognize the excellence around our city.
“We’ve got a wonderful mayor, we’ve got great leaders in both provincial and federal offices and we have a very strong business community that are here not only here just to sustain their livelihood for business but also to make the community a better place to live work and raise their families,” said Dheer.
New president and CEO of the MBOT, Sheldon Lieba, added that the annual event is a great opportunity to gather the business community together to share in their collective success as the Mississauga business community.
“Mississauga is very conducive to supporting business here in our community,” said Lieba. “First and foremost, we’re a great locale for businesses to exist within and one of the common elements that we see amongst all our recipients is a great demonstration of vision and leadership.”
Brian Bickford’s vision and leadership in building Pendleton Translations Ltd. earned him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The 30-year-old, who took his passion for languages and created a company that provides translation and conference interpretation services in 25 languages, said Mississauga gave him the ability to help break the language barrier and help others communicate.
“Mississauga is so multicultural and it has so much to offer,” said the six-year Meadowvale resident who speaks French and Spanish fluently. “With so many different ethnicities its great to be able to help them out when they don’t speak English and provide that second language or third language in some cases.”
His wife, Melissa Bickford, is vice-president of Pendleton Translations. She said, “I think we want to encourage young business people to come to Mississauga because there’s so much opportunity and so much cultural diversity here. It’s a fantastic place to start a company.”
Eight other awards were presented last night. They were:
• the Business and the Arts Award that went to The Mississauga News
• Environmental Excellence Award to the City of Mississauga
• the Technology and Innovation Award to The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd.
• the Large Business of the Year Award to the Magellan Aerospace Corp.
• the Corporate Governance Award to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
• the Small Business of the Year Award to Time TECH
• the Sam McCallion Small Business Community Involvement Award to Mississauga Convention Centre
• the Nurturing Success: Education & Business Working Together Award to GlaxoSmithKline