Dawn Willoughby is the executive assistant and marketing manager at the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, a Thunder Baybased Aboriginal financial institution providing funding and business support services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses in Northern Ontario.
As a graduate of Confederation College’s business program, Willoughby has gained valuable knowledge over the last 15 years in business development, office administration, sales, marketing and communications, management and client services.
She is a proud member of Whitesand First Nation and, together with her spouse, has two grown children and one grandchild.
Katie Bevan is a self-described entrepreneur and wannabe artist. With a fine arts degree and a fashion design diploma, the North Bay resident has a passion for creating.
In 2010, she created The FARM, a fashion, art, retail outlet on Main Street in downtown North Bay. With a strong desire to be deeply invested in her community, Bevan is chair of CBACH, the local arts council, and volunteers on the organizing committees for the Downtown Gallery Hop and the Downtown Improvement Association.
When Katie isn’t volunteering, she’s dreaming up ideas and celebrating local and Canadian independent designers that are featured at The FARM.
A resident of Sudbury since 1991, Sandra Mews founded an independent financial planning firm, which is now partnering with Desjardins FSI.
She began her career in the securities industry in Newfoundland and holds a coveted financial divorce specialist designation as well as being a family mediator.
Mews provides financial planning to business owner clients with complex estate and tax planning needs.
She has received many awards for her financial acumen, including the 2002 Rogers Media Advisor of the Year Award, recognizing the top 10 financial planners in Canada.
Vicki Blanchard became the economic development manager for the Municipality of Sioux Lookout in February 2014, bringing with her 27 years of experience in the public, education, health and the private sectors.
Blanchard has an extensive track record of project management and has forged successful partnerships with key business, industry, tourism associations, government and First Nation leaders.
She has also worked directly with cabinet ministers, MPs and executives in the development of new programs, policy amendments, and government legislation in economic development, tourism, human resources, skills development and Aboriginal education and business.