2019 Judges

Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie

Sault Ste. Marie’s Dionne Elgie is a multi-talented entrepreneur with close to two decades of experience in finance, education, administration, media and internet production fields. She is president of Village Electric, a Sault-based multimedia production studio, and as a project manager with Digital Intelligence Group (DIG) a digital consulting firm, and a Village Media, a nationally growing chain of digital media sites, along with shepherding other online ventures. Her charitable endeavors include work with the Sault Downtown Association, ARCH Hospice, Village Media’s Random Acts of Kindness Program, the Medal of Merit Committee, and NEO Kids Foundation board of directors in Sudbury.

Cindy Kawahara

Cindy Levanto-Kawahara

Cindy Levanto-Kawahara is a professional fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
Born and raised in the northwestern Ontario city, the Lakehead University graduate spent several years in Vancouver before returning home in 2006 to find work in the mineral exploration sector.
Levanto-Kawahara helped establish and served on the inaugural board of the local chapter of Women in Mining.
She is also a corporate member of the Fort William Rotary Club, is active with Women in Action, a local philanthropy network, and works with community leaders to raise money for the hospital’s cardiovascular surgery program.

Tracy Nutt

Tracy Nutt

Tracy Nutt co-owns Build North Construction, a Sudbury business has co-owned with her husband Tony since 1985. The company has since expanded and spun off into four separate businesses of approximately 100 employees.
While raising two sons, Nutt has managed the growth and development of those companies, gone to college, and volunteers for many organizations.
Nutt serves on a number of committees for the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, having served as its board chair during 2016-17. She was recently elected as a board member to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
In 2017, she was named the Influential Women of Northern Ontario’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Florence Mclean

Florence McLean

Florence MacLean is the Township of Manitouwadge’s economic development officer.
The graduate of Confederation College and Lakehead University left her hometown of Thunder Bay in 1999 to advance a career in economic development in northwestern Ontario.
Through her network of contacts, she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge in business and community development, infrastructure funding, government relations, and partnership development with industry and First Nations.
MacLean returned to Thunder Bay in 2015 to work with Lakehead University as its director of industry research partnerships, where she facilitated many partnerships to advance economic development and innovation opportunities in the community and Simcoe County areas.