2012 Winners

North Bay | Executive of the Year

Christine Fortin

Christine Fortin

Christine Fortin could easily be forgiven if she were bitter. Her son Patrick, a hemophiliac, contracted HIV through blood infusions in the 1980s at the age of seven.

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Thunder Bay | Executive of the Year

Dr. Susan Griffis

Dr. Susan Griffis

Diabetes is growing at near-epidemic proportions in Northern Ontario.

Getting on top of, and staying ahead of, this chronic disease is the life's work of Dr. Susan Griffis.

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Sudbury | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Vicky Wydra

Vicky Wydra

When Vicky Wydra makes a decision, she goes for it. That was the thought process when she impulsively decided to open up a pizza franchise in Sudbury.

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Thunder Bay | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Genevieve Knauff

Genevieve Knauff

A lot of novice entrepreneurs may not have decided to leave a management role in a company to start a new business during one of the worst recessions northwestern Ontario has ever faced. But Genevieve Knauff is not the average businesswoman.


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Callander | Entrepreneur of the Year

Irene Smit

Irene Smit

Opening up her own real estate brokerage in Callander, near North Bay, six years ago wasn't easy for Irene Smit.

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Thunder Bay | Entrepreneur of the Year

Barb Courte

Barb Courte

When Barb Courte first met her husband more than two decades ago, she admits she was in the dark about his profession.

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Timmins | Aspiring Achiever Scholarship

Carly Verville

Carly Verville

Several years ago, a tragic accident impacted the life of Carly Verville's biggest role model.

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