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Women celebrated for contributions in Timmins

The annual Influential Women of Northern Ontario luncheon recognizes women for their achievements.
The Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards were held May 29 in Timmins.

Women from across northeastern Ontario were celebrated for their achievements on May 29 during the 2017 Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards.

The annual event recognizes women across sectors who have made a difference in their communities, creating economic wealth, bettering their community, or serving as mentors to other women.

This marks the 20th anniversary of the awards, which is an initiative of Northern Ontario Business (NOB).

“The quantity and quality of nominations continue to create a difficult task for our judges,” NOBusiness publisher Abbas Homayed said in a release. “The accomplishments of this year’s winners are truly remarkable. We congratulate all the winners for 2017."

Seven women from northeastern Ontario were selected to receive awards, which were presented during a celebratory luncheon at the Senator Hotel & Conference Centre in Timmins.

A list of the awards and their winners follows:

  • Executive of the Year: Lee-Ann St. Jacques, area manager of housing services, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (Iroquois Falls)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Tracy Nutt, owner, Build North Construction (Sudbury)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Sable Giesler, owner, Equine Connect Today Corp. (Powassan)
  • Business of the Year: Design de Plume, led by Jennifer Taback, Melissa Deschenes and Meggan Van Harten (Sudbury)
  • Tradeswoman of the Year: Micheline Gervais, associate/project manager, DST Consulting Engineers (Sudbury)
  • Aboriginal Leadership: Veronica Nicholson, executive director, Timmins Native Friendship Centre (Timmins)
  • Influential Community Trailblazer: Noella Rinaldo, executive director, Downtown Timmins BIA (Timmins)

A celebratory luncheon was held honouring winners from northwestern Ontario on May 25 in Thunder Bay at the Victoria Inn.