Thunder Bay consultant Michael Fox and documentary filmmaker Michelle Derosier received top honours at the 22nd annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) Business Awards.
Fox, of Fox High Impact Consulting, took home the Businessman of the Year and Derosier, of Thunderstone Pictures, won Businesswoman of the Year at the Oct. 24 gala in Thunder Bay.
Brent Edwards was honoured as the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for his business MooseLegs2, which provides training, programs, and master of ceremonies services all across Canada. Other winners of the awards include Webequie First Nation with the Building Communities honours.
“On behalf of the 49 chiefs and councils of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, it is my honour as the Grand Chief to congratulate all of the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund Business Awards 2012 Recipients,” said NAN Grand Chief Yesno in a statement. “This evening’s award recipients are a testimony to the hard-work and effort of First Nations and individuals to participate in the economy of Northern Ontario. I encourage all members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to assess and develop the business opportunities in their home communities, and the region. As the Northern Ontario economy improves, so will the economies of First Nations, families and individuals if we begin to prepare for the challenge of entering the market place now.”
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political organization representing 49 communities in the James Bay Treaty 9 and in the Ontario portion of Treaty 5.