CAMBRIDGE — A leading cybersecurity firm has won a Business of the Year Award from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.
eSentire Inc. won the award (for companies with more than 50 employees) at the chamber’s Business Excellence Awards dinner Thursday night.
Chamber president Greg Durocher noted that the company “touches everyone in this room” through the work it does as well as its support of the community.
The company, founded in 2001, provides services that protect companies from cyber attacks. It has almost 300 employees.
“They protect us, they secure us, they stay up at night, so we don’t have to,” Durocher said. “In today’s world, we need what they do, and what they do, as world leaders in their industry, they do it with passion and excellence, from right here, in Cambridge.”
Ten other awards were handed out at the dinner at the Armenian Centre:
•Orchard Design Studio won the Business of the Year Award for companies with under 50 employees. The chamber noted that it is praised by clients, offers generous workplace perks and benefits, and supports numerous community organizations.
•Precision Resource Canada was the winner of the Chair’s Award. The auto parts manufacturer employs 370 people in its Cambridge plant. It runs an employee leadership program, participates in the High Performance Solutions consortium, and has a Green Team that has significantly reduced waste at its facility.
•Shimco was named the New Venture of the Year. Shimco, a manufacturer of precision components for the aerospace industry, moved to Cambridge from Milton last year.
•Madison Warnock of the Galt Juice Co. was honoured as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Warnock, 25, opened a cold press juice shop in Galt in 2015. She has expanded to Guelph and now employs eight people.
•Rena Hawkins, president of H-Four Logistics, won the Personal Business Achievement Award. The chamber noted that Hawkins “climbed the ladder in an industry that is male dominated” and is well-known for her charitable work.
•Little Mushroom Catering was honoured with the Sustainability Award. Among other things, the catering business buys locally, sorts waste so that as much as possible can be composted or recycled, and uses biodegradable dishware if disposable dishware is required.
•Jim Collishaw, a longtime engineering and planning consultant in Cambridge, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
•Paul T. Cody of ReMax (Paul T. Cody Team), a longtime Rotarian, was honoured with the Keith Taylor Memorial Award.
•Mark and Cathy Houselander of Cambridge Hearing Centre received the Wowcambridge.com Customer Service Award. They provided a complimentary hearing test for a 91-year-old woman who had little money, and made arrangements for her to get free hearing aids as well as a walker.
Ida Harkness, a Grade 12 student at Southwood Secondary School, was the recipient of The Rotary Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.