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Peter Hawkins Wins Businessperson of the Year

December 12, 2018

Independent Business Owner wins Mississauga Board of Trade Business Person of the Year at annual Gala

Mississauga, Ontario, December 4, 2018 –

At the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala, the Business Person of the Year award was won by Peter Hawkins, Managing Director of MELLOHAWK Logistics and Director of the MELLOHAWK Logistics International Training Center.

Nominated by Acces Employment, where he is a volunteer Mentor to newcomers to Canada, Peter helps internationally-trained candidates understand the Canadian job market and navigate the unspoken obstacles to getting a job in Canada. A strong advocate for multi-cultural understanding, small business and entrepreneurship, he regularly gives seminars to help Canadians from all walks of life maximize their potential. The nature of Peter’s international logistics company has identified a shortage of Canadian candidates who understand global trade. In fact, Peter is the only person in his company born in Canada.

In order to improve the education outcomes from Canadian-trained schools, he not only sits on professionally advisory committees for post-secondary institutions but he also regularly reaches out to students about the options for an international career. This month he was the keynote speaker at the RBC-Schulich Enterprise Forum IV at York University, the annual Global Management Studies Grad Breakfast at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and the Centennial College Business School Career Hack event for Global Management Students.

Peter Hawkins is a native of Woodstock, New Brunswick and strongly feels his maritime sense of community should be shared throughout the world. He believes in promoting international trade, strong communication, Education and helping new comers establish their place in Canadian society is the best way to create peace, wealth and dialogue.

Professional Biography:

Peter Hawkins is Managing Director of MELLOHAWK Logistics. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he spent a decade in international sales with McClelland & Stewart Publishers before he co-founded MELLOHAWK with his partner Arnon Melo. He is Vice President of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC); Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee – International Business Program, Sheridan College; Member of the Peel-Halton Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC); Member of the Peel-Halton Workforce Development Group Central Planning Table (CPT); and Mentor at Acces Employment. Peter has been recognized twice internationally by CONCID, the Brazilian Citizenship Council for leadership in the community of Brazilians living outside of Brazil. He is the 2018 Winner of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) Business Person of the Year.

Company Profile:

MELLOHAWK Logistics is an international Freight Forwarding Company providing logistics, shipping and international trade and consulting services throughout the world. We are a member of the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA). Founded in 2002 with his partner Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics is a two-time winner of the ITATA, FIATA, TT Club, Canadian International Young Freight Forwarder of the Year; Global winner of the Xpert Logistics Network Best Service Operations 2016-17, Winner of the Scotiabank Small Business Big Impact Leadership Award, and short-listed for the Toronto Region Immigrant Economic Council (TRIEC) Immigrant Success award. Our company is Certified Diverse with the City of Toronto and the Canadian Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC). We opened the MELLOHAWK Logistics International Training Center (a private career college) in 2016.

MBOT: Established in 1961, the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) is the main “voice of business” in Canada’s sixth largest city. MBOT offers a wide variety of valuable business services and professional development programs, networking events and marketing opportunities, to help business grow, prosper, and get connected.

ACCES: ACCES Employment is a leader in connecting employers with qualified employees from diverse backgrounds. More than 32,000 job seekers are served annually at five locations across the Greater Toronto Area. As a not-for-profit corporation, ACCES receives funding from all levels of government, corporate sponsors, various supporters and the United Way Toronto.

Photos By Jonathan Goldstein (hi-res available)