2017 Judges

Sharon Graydon

Sharon Graydon

Sharron Graydon is Co-Owner of three McDonald's Restaurants in New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake, very involved in Payroll, Human Relations, and Marketing and if need be can work the floor as well but fries are her favorite.

Her Community is front and center as President of the New Liskeard Figure Skating Club, Vice President of the New Liskeard Agriculture Society some duties being organizing the Harvest Queen Pageant and Kid's Day with 2500 children in the Kid's Day Parade, and Vice President of the Temiskaming Hospital CTScan Committee raising 2.3 million for the purchase of a new CTScan. Her belief is "Giving back helps Everyone"

Receiving many awards through the years, one being the CJTT Lifetime Achievement Award - last year's Influential Women Community Trailblazer Award was overwhelming and so appreciated. She and her husband have three wonderful children and seven grandchildren.

Crystal Kaufman

Crystal Kaufman

Crystal Kaufman, Certified Pedorthist, Owner of BioPed North Bay

Crystal Kaufman opened her first BioPed Foot Care franchise at the early age of 26 in her hometown of North Bay. BioPed specializes in treating people’s lower limb aliments and pain through custom orthotics, lower limb bracing and compression socks. She has seen tremendous growth in her business and BioPed North Bay now operates satellite clinics in New Liskeard, Sturgeon Falls and Hunstville. As a result of her success in North Bay, Crystal has had the opportunity to partner in other BioPed franchises in Ontario and acts as a mentor to new entrepreneurs and business owners. Crystal’s passion for helping others doesn’t stop at the clinic. She has joined forces with Soles4Souls to collect gently worn footwear to start mirco-enterprises in third world countries. To date her clinic in North Bay has collected over fifteen thousand pairs of shoes. Crystal has received many awards for business and entrepreneur acumen and she now looks forward to seeing the people around her succeed and reach their owns goals.

Suzanna Tighe

Suzanna Tighe

Happiness in life comes from following your heart, and Suzanne is a great example of how it also leads to business success. As owner of Nurse Next Door homecare services in Thunder Bay, Suzanne puts her heart into everything she does, and the community has responded by embracing Nurse Next Door as its go-to private option for high quality home health care.

Suzanne’s personal values have always guided her professional life, and the decision to open Nurse Next Door was rooted in her belief that seniors deserve dependable care that is focused on a wholistic approach to Happier Aging.

By finding that perfect fit between her professional life and her personal values, success naturally followed, winning Suzanne numerous awards from the Northern Ontario business community.

Margot Woodworth

Margot Woodworth

Margot Woodworth describes herself as an earthy person who has always had a green thumb and a deep connection to nature. She comes by it naturally.

She grew up in a family nursery and flower shop in Germany. She moved to Canada when she was 25 and after working in local flower shops, she took the advantage of an opportunity to purchase Evergreen Memories, which offered tree seedlings for wedding favours.

After taking her Business idea to Dragons Den and striking a deal with Jim Treliving, Evergreen Memories has supplied clients such as Mercedes Benz, Danone Joghurt, Molson Canadian who use her trees and seed gifts for their events across Canada and the United States.