2015 IW Winners

Sault Ste. Marie | Executive of the Year

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad had spent the bulk of her career as a community development worker when community-based research sparked her interest.

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Sudbury | Entrepreneur of the Year

Diana Fuller Henninger

Diana Fuller Henninger

Diana Fuller Henninger doesn’t see herself as an ambitious person, but the casual observer might think otherwise.

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Sudbury | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Alicia Woods

Alicia Woods

When Alicia Woods was a young girl she never questioned the possibility of following her father’s footsteps with a career in the mining sector.


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North Bay | Business of the Year

BioPed - Crystal Kaufman

BioPed - Crystal Kaufman

Every once in the while, a rare talent comes along that has hit upon the powerful combination of passion, drive and skill.


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Kirkland Lake | Tradeswoman of the Year

Nancy Bruneau

Nancy Bruneau

The construction industry has traditionally been slow to adapt to change in the workplace – including integrating women – but Nancy Bruneau of Kirkland Lake has worked hard to overcome this.


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Batchewana | Aboriginal Leadership

Karen Bird

Karen Bird

Karen Bird credits the start of her career to a fluke.


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Sudbury | Influential Community Trailblazer

Barbara Nott

Barbara Nott

Barbara Nott can hardly remember a time when she didn’t volunteer.


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Thunder Bay | Executive of the Year

Cathy Woodbeck

Cathy Woodbeck

Cathy Woodbeck is considered a mother hen for many newcomers to Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario.


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Thunder Bay | Entrepreneur of the Year

Suzanne Tighe

Suzanne Tighe

The strain on the public healthcare system to adequately care for the elderly made Suzanne Tighe contemplate her future golden years.


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Thunder Bay | Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Andrea Novoa

Andrea Novoa

A year after immigrating to Canada, Andrea Novoa launched her World Centre Dance studio in Thunder Bay on May 4, 2011,


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Thunder Bay | Business of the Year

Fireweed Crafts - Kerrie Atkinson, Cathy MacDonald, Marie Clarke

Fireweed Crafts - Kerrie Atkinson, Cathy MacDonald, Marie Clarke

Marked by its gaily painted exterior, Fireweed Crafts is widely regarded in Thunder Bay as the go-to place to find quality locally and regionally made handmade gifts and crafts.


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Atikokan | Tradeswoman of the Year

Ruth, Jessica and Veronique Bjorkman

Ruth, Jessica and Veronique Bjorkman

For sisters Ruth, Jessica and Veronique Bjorkman, one of the challenging parts of being prospectors isn’t so much the work itself, but trying to explain to an outsider what it is they do for a living.


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Thunder Bay | Aboriginal Leadership

Holly Prince

Holly Prince

“I never chose the field of palliative care, it chose me,” said Holly Prince, project manager of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University.


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Thunder Bay | Trailblazer Award

Nancy Angus

Nancy Angus

Nancy Angus doesn’t have to look far to find inspiration in her day-to-day life.


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Essay Scholarship

Julia Stolz

Julia Stolz

Women have to work harder than their male counterparts to reach the same level of success, said Julia Stolz, the winner of the 2015 Influential Women essay scholarship competition.


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