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Northern Ontario Business Awards return to the Sault

Winners will be announced during gala event on Sept. 26
Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano (left) and Northern Ontario Business vice-president and publisher Abbas Homayed announced the 2019 Northern Ontario Business Awards would return to the Sault on Sept. 26.

High-calibre business leaders from across the North will converge on the city Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 as the highly anticipated Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA) return to Sault Ste. Marie.

Mayor Christian Provenzano will host the event at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre with Abbas Homayed, vice-president and publisher of Northern Ontario Business. 

“With a rich history spanning more than three decades, this prestigious awards program has a tradition of celebrating and activating business in a different Northern Ontario city each year,” said Homayed during the announcement in Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 5.

“It’s been five years since we were last in the Sault, and we are thrilled to be back to celebrate the winning achievements of outstanding Northern businesses, with multiple winners coming from the host city.”

The outstanding contributions of business leaders are recognized with awards in 10 categories:

  • Company of the Year (1 to 15 employees, 16 to 50 employees and 51+ employees),
  • Entrepreneur of the Year,
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year,
  • Entrepreneurial Community,
  • First Nations Business Award of Excellence,
  • Innovation,
  • Export, and
  • Judges’ Choice.

A networking reception will take place Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Machine Shop, providing a social opportunity to meet winners and sponsors and explore new business opportunities.

“We extend our gratitude to Mayor Provenzano and the City of Sault Ste. Marie for their warm welcome, all of our many sponsors who understand the importance of celebrating business in the North, and this year’s delegates,” Homayed added.

“It’s never been more important to take time out to acknowledge the creativity, innovation and business savvy of today’s successful Northern entrepreneurs.”

Tickets for the Northern Ontario Business Awards and Networking Reception can be reserved at

In conjunction with the awards, the Northern Policy Institute will host the State of the North annual conference, which explores how Northern leaders and policy experts can work collaboratively to identify strategies to grow and strengthen Northern communities. Registration for the State of the North conference and the event agenda can be accessed at

The Northern Ontario Business Awards has become the largest annual gathering of its kind in Northern Ontario since it was launched in 1986. These awards have served to heighten the visibility and influence of business in the North and bring peer recognition to the business leaders who create prosperity and economic growth.

The NOBAs is an initiative of Northern Ontario Business.