2014 IW Winners

Sudbury | Executive of the Year

Shana Calixte

Shana Calixte

When Shana Calixte moved from Toronto to Sudbury she left behind a supportive group of friends and had to deal with the loneliness that often comes with the first few months in a new community.

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Parry Sound | Entrepreneur of the Year

Nicole Saulnier

Nicole Saulnier

Before she graduated from Georgian College with an advertising diploma, Nicole Saulnier had only been in a plane once, for a trip to Florida.

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North Bay | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Crystal Kaufman

Crystal Kaufman

Since opening her North Bay pedorthic clinic in 2007, Crystal Kaufman has achieved gold standard-like status within the Bioped franchising chain.


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Espanola | Aboriginal Leadership

Christi Belcourt

Christi Belcourt

At the Walking With Our Sisters memorial and art exhibit, rows upon rows of beaded, woven and painted "vamps" are laid out for viewing. But their beauty belies their symbolism.


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Sudbury | Influential Community Trailblazer

Debbi Nicholson

Debbi Nicholson

When Debbi Nicholson started working at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce 35 years ago only one woman sat on the board of directors.


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Sudbury | Tradeswoman of the Year

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Hunter wanted to work in the electrical field, continuing the legacy that had been set by her father, grandfather, and stepfather before her.


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Thunder Bay | Executive of the Year

Carolyne Leroux

Carolyne Leroux

Always be prepared and willing when opportunity knocks.

That's the message Carolyne Leroux passes to those she mentors at Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay.


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Thunder Bay | Entrepreneur of the Year

Lynn Landry-Rody

Lynn Landry-Rody

When Lynn Landry-Rody was a teenager, the job prospects for women were limited: nurse, teacher, secretary. All offered stable, good-paying careers, but none of them captured her imagination the way the fibre arts did. Landry-Rody decided she wasn't taking the bait.


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Thunder Bay | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Shelby Ch'ng

Shelby Ch'ng

Six years into a comfortable public sector job, Shelby Ch'ng decided that the cubicle life just wasn't for her.


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Thunder Bay | Aboriginal Leadership

Georjann Morriseau

Georjann Morriseau

Georjann Morriseau's first year as chief of Fort William First Nation sorely tested her leadership abilities.


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Thunder Bay | Influential Community Trailblazer

Margaret Phillip

Margaret Phillips

Thunder Bay may seem an unlikely place to locate a pioneering feminist women's bookstore. But 30 years after Margaret Phillips and Anna McColl opened the Northern Women's Bookstore in the city, it's still going strong.


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Thunder Bay | Tradeswoman of the Year

Dani Drewek

Dani Drewek

Dani Drewek is determined to create some elbow room for herself in the mining industry. The energetic 22-year-old Thunder Bay native is out to prove her worth and show that gender poses no barrier to success in a male-dominated industry.


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Essay Scholarship

Kiara Gannon

Kiara Gannon

At 17, Kiara Gannon has already run a marathon.

The Grade 12 student at Atikokan High School, located in the northwestern Ontario town of the same name, participates in more than a half-dozen extra-curricular activities and has amassed a collection of awards that would fill most display cases.


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