A North Bay roofer has come up big.
Michelle Mulder has been named Female Roofing Professional of the Year in an international contest sponsored by the American company Beacon Roofing Products.
"Thank you to everyone who voted," Mulder said via social media about the win. "I'm so honoured and excited."
Mulder, who owns her own company, Nailed it Roofing, was nominated for the contest by a group of supporters and named one of five finalists in May.
She was one of 680 original applicants and was the only Canadian in the finals.
As the grand prize winner, she takes home US$10,000.
Mulder is an active member of the community, sitting on the Program Advisory Committee at Canadore College, and is considered a mentor for young women at the school.
She's previously expressed her hope that her participation in the contest would elevate awareness about the profession and encourage more women to seek careers in the trades.
"I would love to be that role model for anyone just even thinking about it, to just give them that push and to show them that it can be done," she told SooToday. "You can do it and it is definitely a rewarding career."
Mulder's company and her hard work have already been recognized in the North.
Nailed it Roofing was nominated for New Business of the year in 2015 and 2016 and Small Business of the Year in 2020 by the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. Mulder has been recognized individually and nominated for the Northern Ontario Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018.