Do you or someone you know deserve public praise for exceptional business acumen, career success, professional drive and contributions to the community?
Consider submitting a nomination for the 2014 Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards. The nomination deadline is March 17. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Twelve women will be honoured at two separate events this coming June. Six recipients from northeastern Ontario will be recognized at the first awards luncheon, to be held in Sudbury at the Radisson Hotel on June 2.
In Thunder Bay, on June 5, six recipients from northwestern Ontario will be similarly honoured at the second celebratory luncheon, to be held at the Victoria Inn.
The awards categories include Executive, Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur, and three new categories — Aboriginal Leadership, Tradeswoman and Influential Community Trailblazer of the Year.
Additionally, one Grade 12 student from Northern Ontario will be awarded a $2,000 Aspiring Achiever Essay Scholarship. Essay submissions are due March 17.
“It is estimated that women will start half of Canada’s new companies,” said Northern Ontario Business publisher Patricia Mills. “We need innovators, mentors and risk-takers,” she adds. “We also need to acknowledge those women who do venture into the world of business and economic development, and we need to encourage more to follow.”
The Influential Women of Northern Ontario program was launched in 1997 in order to seek out, honour and profile women in Northern Ontario who contribute to the North’s economic success and expansion. More than 100 influential women have been recognized since the program’s inception. The roster of award winners continues to grow.
Nomination packages are available at www.influentialwomen.ca.