2019 IW Winners

Executive of the Year - Thunder Bay

Madge Richardson

Madge Richardson

Those who know Madge Richardson consider her unflappable.

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Entrepreneur of the Year - Fort William First Nation

Melissa Hardy Giles

Melissa Hardy Giles

Melissa Hardy-Giles believes the secret to her company’s success is placing the job seeker’s interests above their own.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Thunder Bay

Ashlyn Ransome

Ashlyn Ransome

You could say Ashlyn Ransome always had a taste for her field of work.


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Tradeswoman of the Year - Thunder Bay

Raquel Glavish

Raquel Glavish

Raquel Glavish took to civil engineering at an early age.


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Aboriginal Leadership - Atikokan

Marlene Davidson

Marlene Davidson

Meetings of the Atikokan and Area Métis Council can’t begin unless Marlene Davidson delivers or calls for the opening prayer.


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Influential Community Trailblazer - Kakabeka Falls

Patricia Forrest

Patricia Forrest

Patricia Forrest wound up in tourism thanks to a combination of happy coincidences and unexpected opportunities.


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Young Influential Essay Scholarship - Sault Ste. Marie

Patricia Forrest

Daniella Brewer

While studying sports media in high school, Daniella Brewer faced an unpleasant stereotype: because she was female, she knew less about sports than her male classmates.


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Executive of the Year - Sault Ste. Marie

Theresa Mudge

Theresa Mudge

When Theresa Mudge moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., she thought she’d be there for six months. That was 16 years ago.


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Entrepreneur of the Year - Sault Ste. Marie

Francine Floreani

Francine Floreani

Before becoming the dealer principal at Great Lakes Honda in 2012, Francine Floreani had zero experience in car sales.


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Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Timmins

Brianna Humphrey

Brianna Humphrey

Brianna Humphrey is about as rad as you’d expect from someone who owns a restaurant called Radical Gardens.


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Tradeswoman of the Year - Sudbury

Vicki Grant

Vicki Grant

Vicki Grant’s favourite saying is: “If you want to do it, you can do it.”


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Aboriginal Leadership - Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Tina Sheridan

Tina Sheridan

In 2015, after five years of hard work, Tina Sheridan’s fledgling catering and camp services business, CreeQuest, was taking off.


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Influential Community Trailblazer - Sault Ste. Marie

Marnie Stone

Marnie Stone

Marnie Stone thinks of herself as a “connector.” “I’ve always been like that; even when I was in high school, I would always try to connect groups of friends,” she said. “I just always felt it was important for everyone to be included and have the same opportunities.”


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