Founder's Message

Patricia Mills

For 17 years the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards (IW) has profiled and honoured incredible women who have contributed to economic wealth and growth in the northern region. They are small business owners, young entrepreneurs, leaders, visionaries and trailblazers. These IW Alumni represent various communities and cities in the North –from Sioux Lookout, to Elliot Lake, to Kapuskasing, to Kenora and the five major cities in between. What all the IW Alumni share is the tenacity, energy and fortitude to seek success for themselves, their employees and their communities.

In 2015, we are celebrating our 18th year! Last year we introduced new categories and this year we are changing the format of the program to an Awards Gala Dinner instead of a Luncheon. The quality of these award categories reflects on the nominations we receive annually. They are all outstanding contributors to our region and inspiring role models for our future leaders.

14 awards (7 in each region) will be presented to women at a celebratory Gala Dinner within one of 7 categories: Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year, Tradeswoman of the Year, Aboriginal Leadership, and Influential Community Trailblazer.

The Young Influential Woman Essay Scholarship is awarded to one Grade 12 student from Northern Ontario who meets the criteria outlined in the nomination form. We want to encourage future generations of women in business and leadership roles to continue to build our communities.

The Scholarship winner will join the IW Award winners for 2015 and will be honoured along with them at the IW Awards ceremony and luncheon.

We anticipate a tremendous response to our 2015 celebration, where we will once again profile and honour women in the region, who continue to build economic wealth and opportunity for us all. Nominate an Influential Woman and attend one or both of our Awards Gala Dinner. You are sure to be inspired!

Patricia Mills

Patricia Mills
Founder, Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards