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BCC recognizes Lifetime Achievement - Ed Lehtinen BCC recognizes Lifetime Achievement - Ed Lehtinen There once was a boy who was told he might consider being a bank teller by his guidance counsellor in Port Arthur (before it became Thunder Bay) because he was kind of good at math. He actually pursued a biology degree with the intention of going into medicine but somehow that got him a job with Mead Johnson and he and his wife moved to Belleville in December of 1969. He moved on to work at Polytwine as a manager when it started and helped move the company from 10 – 200 employees.  He had also started his own company – EML Custom Pack that offered packaging services to
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Cornerstone Visionary 2020 - Paul Dinkel 156th President Greg Sudds presents Cornerstone Visionary Award to Paul Dinkel Over a plate of calamari, a taste of wine followed by delicious pickerel, I was drawn in to the story of a man who came to Canada from Switzerland to learn English.  He wasn’t coming for long, just a year and he’d chosen Canada over England, the US or Australia because his father had found a program where he could get a 1 way ticket ½ price. He grew up near Basel, surrounded by entrepreneurs. His grandfather had sold some land to the ever expanding pharmaceutical industry and while they still had
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Cornerstone Mentor 2020 - Audra Anderson 156th President Greg Sudds presents Audra Anderson with Cornerstone Mentor Award A recurring theme through this year’s recipients was the very conscious decision to make Belleville the location for the business they built. Our mentor recipient started her journey in business through her parents - who owned a Furniture Refinishing business in Carrying Place (Scott Anderson’s Furniture Refinishing) and the Carrying Place Flea Market which was opened on Sundays only. At 10 years old, my Mom actually had me running the cafeteria at the Flea Market by myself. Every Saturday we would
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Cornerstone Founder 2020 - Peter Sorensen & Brian Stafford 156th President Greg Sudds presenting Sharon Stafford (Brian) & Peter Sorensen with Cornerstone Founder award. When we choose a “founder” for this award, we look for someone who has made a global impact and put Belleville on the map.  It’s hard to know how many of their customers conceive of where Belleville is but their reputation is world-wide and they’ve been first to the gate with many solutions, hold multiple patents and bid on contracts worth millions of dollars.  They now have 85 employees locally and 100 globally – including presence in China & Europe. Back in
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Cornerstone Founder 2020 - Wilf Wilkinson 156th President Greg Sudds presents Wilf Wilkinson with the Cornerstone Founder's Award   Our first “founder” recipient had been coming to the Bay of Quinte region for many years to serve clients between Toronto and Kingston for EC Leetham & Co out of Montreal.  When he graduated from McGill in 1950, as a junior partner, he was assigned to travel and through that decade, business was booming.  In 1959, the economy took a turn and now they were working on business loans to help their clients survive.  In the early 60s, Wilf convinced his partners at EC Leetham & Co
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