2017 IW Winners

Executive of the Year - Iroquois Falls

Lee-Ann St.Jacques

Lee-Ann St.Jacques

Growing up in a family of nine children in Iroquois Falls, it was an early lesson from her father that set the tone for Lee-Ann St. Jacques’ personal and professional life.

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Entrepreneur of the Year - Sudbury

Tracy Nutt

Tracy Nutt

From renovations for friends on the weekends to owning three businesses employing around 100 people on any given pay day, Tracy Nutt has come a long way since 1985.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Powassan

Sable Giesler

Sable Giesler

Since the age of 12, equine eventing has been Sable Giesler’s passion. Now, at 22, it’s become the base for her online business.


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Business of the Year - Sudbury

Sue Symons

Design de Plume

Design de Plume pride themselves on bringing graphic design services to the communities that need them.


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Tradeswoman of the Year - Sudbury

Micheline Gervais

Micheline Gervais

Micheline Gervais is a woman thriving in an occupation that would be considered non-traditional.


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Aboriginal Leadership - Timmins

Veronica Nicholson

Veronica Nicholson

Veronica Nicholson is a storyteller by nature, and so it’s fitting that her own personal biography is as inspiring a tale of growth and exploration as any you’ll find.


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Influential Community Trailblazer - Timmins

Noella Rinaldo

Noella Rinaldo

Noella Rinaldo is a woman of many skills and talents, but sitting still isn’t one of them.


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Executive of the Year - Thunder Bay

Joanne Berube

Joanne Berube

In Marathon, groupthink is a good thing. Team-based decisions that set the daily direction to deliver the best primary care possible to North Shore residents are the hallmarks of Joanne Berube and the Marathon Family Health Team.


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Entrepreneur of the Year - Thunder Bay

Nadia La Russa

Nadia La Russa

“I don’t know how she does it.” That’s a common theme throughout the nomination letters for Nadia La Russa, and indeed a common refrain from all who know her.


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Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Thunder Bay

Sherri-Ann White

Sherri-Ann White

Generosity of time and spirit, combined with the innate curiosity to learn and keep moving forward, is what defines Sherri-Ann White.


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Business of the Year - Dryden

Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative

Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is the popular voice of agriculture in northwestern Ontario.


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Tradeswoman of the Year - Thunder Bay

Stephanie Drost and Ceilidh Boyd

Stephanie Drost and Ceilidh Boyd

When Stephanie Drost and Ceilidh Boyd were hired to join the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue as the department’s first two female firefighters, both thought of it as an incredible accomplishment.


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Aboriginal Leadership - Thunder Bay

Sandi Boucher

Sandi Boucher

It all started with a book. In 2005, Sandi Boucher’s mother – and her greatest teacher – died, leaving Boucher unsure which path to take next.


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Influential Community Trailblazer - Kakabeka Falls

Marilyn Grudniski

Marilyn Grudniski

Sunflowers planted in city gardens are a reminder to children and residents of Thunder Bay to be kind, tolerant, and weed out hate.


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Essay Scholarship - Thunder Bay

Peyton Harris

Peyton Harris

At 17 years of age, Peyton Harris has witnessed some dramatic leaps in the evolution of women in society, from being cast solely in the traditional role of family nurturers to becoming highly educated breadwinners.


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