Burlington Honors Three Companies for Business Excellence



By Glenn Hendry

Posted on October 10, 2021 at 10:23 p.m.

An R&D company, an electrical wholesaler and a laboratory instrument company have been recognized as the 2021 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award recipients.

IRIS R&D Group Inc. receives the award for excellence in innovation and technology (small business).

Co-founded by Emil Sylvester Ramos and David Keaney, IRIS R&D develops cutting-edge artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies to solve smart city challenges. They have developed and marketed an AI-powered Smart City data platform that helps cities intelligently monitor road networks and municipal assets.

“The products that IRIS R&D brings to market help solve community problems and obstacles to progress, save operating time and capital costs, create opportunities and jobs, and advance Ontario’s innovation ecosystem through applied research collaborations, ”said Randall Smallbone, chair of the Burlington Economic Development Board.

Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited won the Award for Excellence in Innovation for Large Businesses.

The family business has lived in Burlington for 40 years. They provide electrical, automation and lighting products to their customers. Gerrie Electric recently expanded in Burlington, opening a 76,000 square foot distribution center with advanced technology, such as automated storage and retrieval systems.

Anita Cassidy, general manager of economic development for Burlington, celebrated their accomplishments during COVID-19. “Gerrie Electric has supported critical electricity supply chain infrastructure during COVID-19 and their investment during COVID-19 during this time is a testament to the long-term innovations we will see in the wake of this pandemic. “

Endress + Hauser Canada Ltd received the Award for Excellence in Global Business. Endress + Hauser is a global innovator specializing in instrumentation and process and laboratory automation. This year, they opened their brand new 47,000 square foot Net Zero Customer Experience Center in Burlington.

“We selected Endress + Hauser Canada for this award because they demonstrate true global business success and are a great representation of possible growth in Burlington,” said Smallbone.

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