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The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award
2018 Nomination Form

The Ben TeKamp Memorial Award has been established to be presented to an outstanding business that is new or has reinvented itself to meet the changing needs of Leeds and Grenville. Nominations are now being accepted with a closing date of October 8th, 2018 (12:00pm).

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Ben TeKampDescription

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. 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.


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

  • Must have demonstrated a significant effort to develop a business plan.


Requirements of Award Winner

The intent of the award is for recipients to use the bursary entirely for their business. Award winners are asked to inform the EEC Board of how they used the bursary. This will be shared with the sponsors/funders and posted on the EEC website.


Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm on October 8th, 2018.  The applications can be completed online through the Ben TeKamp Memorial Award page on the EEC website ( or by completing the form below and emailing to Susan Watts at

**Please provide at least one letter of recommendation.  

Applications describing how the candidate meets the award criteria 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.

Award recipients will be announced at a celebration in their honor on October 24th, 2018 from 5 – 7 pm at the Aquatarium, 6 Broad Street, Brockville, ON, K6V 0C4. Please RSVP attendance to Jo-Anne Hanley at, by October 17th, 2018.

Susan Watts, Executive Director
Employment & Education Centre
105 Strowger Blvd., Box 191
Brockville, ON  K6V 5V2
613-498-2111 or 1-800-926-0777   Ext 229


Nomination Form

Is the nominee/applicant aware of the nomination?*
Please provide at least one letter of recommendation.
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