2014 Judges

Karen Bird

Karen Bird, Renewable Energy Director
Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways,
Batchewana First Nation

Karen Bird is the renewable energy director and band member for the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways. The single mother of four children holds an honours bachelor degree in Native Studies from Trent University with specializations in Native management and economic development, business administration and organizational behaviour. She has 10 years of personal and commercial financing experience from RBC Royal Bank and four years of auditing, accounting and consulting experience from BDO Canada. Karen has served as a band councillor, housing director and currently serves as president of the Batchewana Band Industries Ltd.

Liana Frenette

Liana Frenette, CEO
TBT Engineering, Thunder Bay

Liana Frenette is the past president and CEO of TBT Engineering in Thunder Bay.

Recently, she was appointed CEO of Ozaanaman Engineering, a First Nation-owned engineering company, which is a partnership of TBT, Saulteaux Consulting, Rainy River First Nations and Naicatchewenin First Nation. A graduate of Lakehead University, she co-founded Thunder Bay Testing with her husband, Rob, growing it from a two-person laboratory to a full-service engineering firm with more than 100 employees. An ardent advocate of the company's safety and employee wellness program, Liana is also a supporter for community safety and wellness through her participation on several boards and committees.

Vicki Jacobs

Vicki Jacobs, Owner
Copy Copy, Sudbury

Vicki Jacobs is the founder and owner of Copy Copy in Sudbury, a printing business established in 1994. She is active in her community serving as past president of the Rotary Club and the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she sits on the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation's board of directors and chairs the city's community economic development committee and Learning City Initiative. A supporter of the musical arts, Vicki sits on the Sudbury Symphony board of directors and chairs its planning committee. For the past 15 years, Vicki has co-chaired the Rotary Park committee, a group of Rotarians building a park in the centre of Sudbury.

Janet Murray-Ramsay

Janet Murray-Ramsay, Marketing Coordinator
Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay

Janet Murray-Ramsay is the marketing coordinator for North Bay-headquartered Cementation Canada Inc., an underground mine contracting and engineering company with a regional, national and international industry presence. Her involvement in advertising, marketing, media and communications has included previous coordination of the company's Top 100 Employer application, an honour the company has received for seven years. More recently, she has worked closely with Clark Marketing on the company's new website which was awarded an international 2013 Summit Creative Award. She is a strong supporter of Toastmasters and is the current president of Cementation's corporate Toastmasters Club.