The annual DEKA Awards Gala, through which the Greek business excellence in Montreal is recognized, was held May 17 by the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce of Montreal whose aim is to promote commerce, trade and to reward the sense of entrepreneurship in the Greek community of the city.
This year, among the winners of the DEKA Awards was the former president of the Hellenic Community of Montreal and a notary for many years Demetrius Manolakos. Also, Nick Karabineris of the company Odyssey Shipping Ltd. and Peter Iliopoulos, Senior Vice President of the company Gildan Activewear Inc.
The award for community service was given to the Educational Institute Socrates, while the Hellenism award was given to Tasos Papanastasiou, professor of Modern Greek Studies at McGill University.
The Consul General of Greece in Montreal Thanos Kafopoulos talked about the progress of Greece and its optimistic perspective, inviting entrepreneurs to invest in Greece.
Manolakos referred to the successful route of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, inviting the Greeks to support the community. The President of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce George Tsitouras closed the night by thanking everyone and noted that all his eight children attended the Greek-language school Socrates.
The event was attended by the City Councillor Mary Deros, the President of the Hellenic Community Nikolas Pagonis, the Vice-President of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce John Theodosopoulos and others. The hosts of the night were the TV journalists Aphrodite Salas (CTV) and Joanne Vrakas (CBC).