Call for Nominations for the 2019 LSTAR Don Smith Commercial Building Awards

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2019 LSTAR Don Smith Commercial Building Awards.

Organized by LSTAR’s Regional Commercial Council, these Awards recognize the top commercial, industrial, multi-family and community buildings located within the Association’s jurisdiction. The program was named after the late Don Smith, legendary co-founder of EllisDon, a world-renowned construction company with deep roots in London.

"The awards were established in 2009 in order to inspire the architectural and construction community to honour commercial building excellence across our region - which includes London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, as well as Elgin and Middlesex Counties" said John Geha, LSTAR CEO. "This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize the outstanding talent, innovation and design by the developer, construction and architectural businesses who create these amazing buildings in our area," he added.

Award categories include Commercial (retail and office), Industrial, Multi-family and Institutional (community). A judging panel evaluates the projects based on the following criteria:

  • Building, development or renovation located within LSTAR’s jurisdiction
  • Design and innovation
  • Addresses a specific developmental need within the community
  • Sensitive to the environment
  • Completed between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2019

LSTAR is currently accepting nominations from local builders, architects, and industry leaders. If you know of or have a project that qualifies, we invite you to submit a completed Nomination Form for consideration no later than October 18th at 4:30 pm.

If you’d like to become a sponsor of this prestigious event, please consult the Sponsorship Package.

For more information, please contact Claire Dawson at or 519-641-1434 x246.

About LSTAR Regional Commercial Council

The Regional Commercial Council (RCC) of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® is committed to assisting its Members to succeed in commercial real estate. The Council came into effect on March 24, 2004.

The Council's mandate is to:

  • Represent the interests of its membership;
  • Contribute to the Council Members' professional development and expertise;
  • Develop recommendations on matters of public policy of a commercial nature and forward to appropriate authorities; and
  • Foster co-operation in the exchange of information among Council Members.

In pursuing its mandate, the Council recognizes that the Board of Directors has the primary responsibility and authority to manage LSTAR's affairs and agrees to conduct its activities in such a way as to avoid conflict or duplication.