Canadian Urban Institute’s Urban Leadership Awards – 2007 Local Heroes Award
Recognizing individuals who have had a profound and lasting impact on the quality of life in their neighbourhood.
Steve Charest was awarded the 2007 Canadian Urban Institute Local Heroes Award, in recognition for the economic and social impact he has had in the City of Brantford. King & Benton was one of the first to recognize the potential of the town’s abandoned industrial sites or brownfields and has redeveloped the former Harding Carpet site on Morrell Street and revitalized the former Work Wear site on Wellington Street into the YMCA Family Program Centre. Moreover, King & Benton has also donated space to local institutions like the Why Not Mission, the Local Food Bank, the Brantford Little Theatre, the SPCA and the Brant United Way. By attracting commercial activity and jobs to the city’s redeveloped brownfield sites, more support can be afforded to non-profit organizations and community activities that contribute to Brantford’s revitalization.
Steve Charest’s work in brownfield redevelopment has allowed Brantford to recover and grow. His social conscience has benefited many local organizations and made Brantford a better place. As Steve Charest puts it, “At King & Benton, we want to come up with ways to make things better.”
Tourism Shining Stars Awards – 2007
Nominated for Corporate Partner of the Year (More than 16 Employees)
The Shining Star Tourism Awards honour outstanding achievement and contributions in the tourism industry in the communities of Brantford, the County of Brant and Six Nations and New Credit.
Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant Business Excellence Awards – 2007
Nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year