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The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award

Nominations are now being accepted for The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award.

The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award has been established in his name to be presented to an outstanding business that is new, or has reinvented itself, to meet the changing needs of Leeds and Grenville.

Ben TeKamp championed and advocated for local community economic development from both a public and private perspective. Originally emigrating from Holland, and growing up in a rural environment, Ben was raised on the ethics of hard work, respect and integrity. He wore many hats over the years. Ben was a business owner, teacher, mentor and politician elect. Be it on the farm or in the boardroom, he was a citizen of Brockville with a lengthy resume to certainly be proud of. Although best known as Mayor Ben, his political career was just one of his many contributions to the Brockville community.

He is also remembered as an accomplished businessman and a believer, supporter and motivator of new Entrepreneurs and people interested in starting their own business. Working with local community economic development agencies, Ben spent years helping new businesses turn into successful livelihoods. This was a passion of Ben’s and a career that made a difference in the community.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee, consisting of a representative from the Employment and Education Centre (EEC) Board of Directors, the TeKamp family, and the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre, will choose the successful candidate(s) from the pool of applicants. The award is open to anyone living in Leeds and Grenville who exemplifies the criteria established:

Applicants or nominees must be in the early stages of business development, innovation or reinvigoration.

Business history and start up effort should display some of the traits which Ben TeKamp was most noted for: perseverance, collaboration, leadership.

Preference will be given to new businesses that have displayed strong creativity and innovation.

Core business concept should have clear promise of growth, sustainable practices and/or exceptional vision that will contribute to business success.

Must have demonstrated a significant effort to developing a business plan.

Must display how the business can make a significant contribution to the larger community of Leeds and Grenville.

Requirements of Award Winner

  • To use the bursary for their business
  • To inform the EEC Board of how they used the bursary – this will be shared with the TeKamp family, the sponsors/funders and posted on EEC website

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by November 7th , 2017.  The applications can be completed online through The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award page on the EEC website or via email to

Applications can be submitted through either self-nomination and/or brought forward through a third party. In the case of third-party nominations, the nominees will be notified of their nomination by EEC to confirm their participation in the contest before their nomination is published on the EEC website. In the case of third-party nominations the name of the nominator will not be kept confidential and will be released to the nominee.

Application Deadline

1.   Complete the online application form below.

2.   Provide a brief account, in your choice of format (print, audio, video) describing how the candidate meets the award criteria. Feel free to use the form attached or your choice of print, audio, video.

3.   Provide at least one letter of recommendation.

Please email completed nominations and references to Susan Watts, EEC at

Award recipients will be announced at a celebration in their honor on;

November 28th, 2017 from 5 – 7pm

Court House Lodge, 7 Court House Square, Brockville, ON, K6V 4T3. 

Please RSVP attendance to Jo-Anne Hanley at, by November 17th, 2017.


The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award Online Application Form

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