Business Awards

The 21st Annual Business Awards

Thursday, Feb 9th,2017
at Copper River Inn
Sponsored by: New Gold
Dinner Sponsor: Sunset Country Ford
Wine Sponsor: Gillons Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Media Sponsors: Studio Gibbous / 93.1 The Border / Fort Frances Times
Entertainment Sponsor: Tbaytel / Fort Frances Power Corp

Music & Emcee by: Melanie at DJ Party Rock
Decor by: Gibson Design
Entertainment by: Robin Chestnut, Comedic Juggler

 

Business of the Year
Sponsored by: 93.1 The Border
Winner:

Employee of the Year
Sponsored by: RBC Royal Bank
Winner:

Business Woman of the Year
Sponsored by: PARO Centre
Winner:

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by: Rainy River Future Development
Winner:

Home Based Business
Sponsored by: M.L. Caron Electric
Winner:

Customer Service Award (Business)
Sponsored by: The Westend Weekly
Winner:

Customer Service Award (Individual)
Sponsored by: Good Impressions Printing
Winner:

Small Business Trainer of the Year
Sponsored by: NCDS
Winner:

Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsored by: TD Canada Trust
Winner:

 

 


 

The 20th Annual Business Awards

Thursday, Feb 11th,2016
at La Place Rendez Vous
Sponsored by: New Gold
Dinner Sponsor: Sunset Country Ford

  Music & Emcee by: Melanie at DJ Party Rock
Decor by: Gibson Design
Entertainment by: Chris Funk, the Wonderist


Business of the Year
Sponsored by: 93.1 The Border
Winner: Cloverleaf Grocery

Employee of the Year
Sponsored by: The Westend Weekly
Winner: Christina Kantor, Suds & Tubs Laundromat / Mekong

Business Woman of the Year
Sponsored by: PARO Centre
Winner: Donna Lowey, Lowey's Greenhouse and Market Garden

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by: Rainy River Future Development
Winner: Pamela Williams, 4 Your Pets

Home Based Business
Sponsored by: M.L. Caron Electric
Winner: Stained Glass by Nichole, Nichole Lowey

Customer Service Award (Business)
Sponsored by: TD Canada Trust
Winner: Carl's Eatery

Customer Service Award (Individual)
Sponsored by: Good Impressions Printing
Winner: Travis Chabot, Chabot's All Season Repair

Small Business Trainer of the Year
Sponsored by: NCDS
Winner: M.L Caron Electric LTD.

Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce
Winner: John Beaton

 




The 19th Annual Business Awards

Thursday, March 12th,2015
at La Place Rendez-Vous
 
Musical Performance By: Entirely Mac
Sponsored by: Tamarack Legal Support Services
Decor by Gibson Design

Entertainment based on the TV game show the Family Feud
"Fabulous Feud"
 Features table vs. table in an exciting trivia and prize filled competition
to crown the Grand Prize Winners!
Game Trophies Sponsored by: Fort Frances General Supply

Dinner Sponsor: Sunset Country Ford
Champagne Sponsor: Gillons Insurance Brokers Ltd.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

MIKE NITZ

Mike was born in Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario to study Business Administration at Lakehead University, where he successfully received his degree in 2004.
 In addition to his Regional Manager, Business Banking role at RBC, Mike is very involved in his community by volunteering his time passionately within a few organizations that have a positive effect on our community.
 He was the 2014 Campaign Chairman and Director for the United Way of Thunder Bay, promoting, supporting and facilitating the organized capacity of people to help one another. He is the Past President of both the Northwestern Chamber of Commerce and SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professional Network. Mike sits on the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre. Also being heavily involved with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2013, including Chairman of the Board for 2011 and 2012.  Mike is Co-Founding Chairman of the Young Professionals Network of Ontario, which launched in late 2014 to connect and engage Young Professional Networks across the province.

 

STEPHANIE ASH 

 Originally from the UK, Stephanie Ash launched her home based business Firedog Communications shortly after receiving her landed immigrant status in Canada. Not only did she face the challenge of starting up a new business in a new country, she had to build her business from the ground up with no connections at all. Her persistence and determination helped her grow her small home based business into a large regional and national award winning company with an impressive client base in Northern Ontario, Canada and North America. Those that have witnessed her dedication and passion have stated that she puts in long hours working through the evenings and weekends so that she can fulfill her clients deadlines. It’s been said that she is oddly motivated by stressful situations and unique challenges. One of her greatest accomplishments is starting and raising a family without sacrificing her business or community commitments. Her 3 year old and 4 month old provide her with great joy and also provided her office staff the opportunity to nickname her the “Manic Momtreprenuer!”

 Stephanie’s talent is not only appreciated in her own Thunder Bay community, her accolades reach far and wide. She was recognized by Canadian Marketing Magazine in 2005 as being an “innovative and influential trailblazer,” and was named as being one of Canada’s Top Ten in the publication’s “One’s To Watch Awards.” Her persistence and drive didn’t end there, in 2006 she won the Northern Ontario Business “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” was honoured with an Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award in recognition of her work with First Nations youth, was also the recipient of “Career Guidance Winner” in 2010, awarded the “RBC Innovative Project of the Year Award” in 2011, and received Thunder Bay’s “Top 20 under 40 Awards” in 2012.

 To say that Stephanie has become deeply engaged with and invaluable to her community is an understatement. Her business has created rewarding careers for 9 staff members under the age of 35. When she is not mentoring, teaching or encouraging those around her, she is continually giving back to her community by actively participating on numerous boards and committees. Her passion and commitment is reflected in everything that she does, and is evident to everyone that she meets. Stephanie Ash is truly an enterprising woman.

Business of the Year
sponsored by 93.1 The Border

  • From the Grind Up
Customer Service (Individual)
sponsored by Good Impressions Printing
  •  Brenda Hanzuk – Life Labs
Employee of the Year
sponsored by The Westend Weekly
  • Penny Faragher – Northwoods Gallery & Gifts

Business Woman of the Year
sponsored by the Business Women’s Network & PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

  •  Nina Stopa – Back In Motion

Small Business Trainer of the Year
sponsored by NCDS

  •  Andy Peters, Andy Peters Plumbing & Heating
Tony Beyak Volunteer of the Year
sponsored by Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce
  •  Linda Plumridge
Entrepreneur of the Year
sponsored by RRFDC
  • Bryce Campbell – Copper River Inn
Customer Service (Business)
sponsored by TD Canada Trust
  •  Lowerys
Home Based Business
sponsored by ML Caron Electric
  •  Diane Gibson – Gibson Design
 

 

 

 

The 18th Annual Business Awards
Thursday, March 6th,2014
at La Place Rendez Vous
  
Musical Performance By: Entirely Mac
Featuring Comedian Ryan McMahon
& Host Myles Kuharski
Decor by Gibson Design


AND THE 2014 WINNERS ARE:
Small Business Trainer of the Year: Bobbie Parker, Mr Sub
Home Based Business: Kupila's Sound Centre, Miles Kupila
Business Woman of the Year: Jennifer Horton, Curvy Chick /Chick with a Camera
Customer Service Award (individual): Donna Lowey, Lowey's Greenhouse and Market Garden
Customer Service Awards (business): Tompkins Home Hardware
Entrepreneur of the Year: Ben Morelli, From the Grind Up
Employee of the Year: Christine Krueger, Fort Frances Dental Center
Business of the Year: Betty's of Fort Frances
Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award: Kayne Shaw



A Special Thank-you to all of the Generous Businesses and Individuals Who Support this Annual Event:

Event Sponsor: Tbaytel
Dinner Sponsor: Sunset Country Ford
Champagne Sponsor: Gillons' Insurance Brokers



Award Sponsors:
NCDS, M.L. Caron Electric, The Professional Women's Network, Good Impressions Printing, TD Canada Trust,
Rainy River Future Development Corporation, The Westend Weekly, and 93.1 The Border


Door Prize Donor:
Jennifer Greenhalgh - J. Greenhalgh Consulting

Prize Donors:
Baduik Equipment, Simplicity Professional Hair and Body Care, Tonic Tattoo, Plaza Lanes, Northwoods Gallery and Gifts,
Boston Pizza, Revco Carpets, Shear Serenity, North American Lumber, Impact Promotions, Lacy K, Pharmasave,
Celeste's/The Den, J.N. Webb Wholesale, and Canada Safeway


Table Favors:
Smashing Tea


Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

Small Business Trainer of the Year

Dennis Roach, DJ Roach Electric
Ben Morelli, From the Grind Up
Ted DeBenetti, A Buck or Two  

Bobbie Parker, Mr. Sub

Home Based Business of the Year
Nicke Baird, Chelsey Simpson & Heather Bridgeman, Smashing Tea
Ken Hawryluk, Digital Dr.
Inga Friesen, Merge 2
Diane Gibson, Gibson Design
Miles Kupila, Kupila's Sound Centre

 

Business Woman of the Year 

Donna Lowey, Lowey's Greenhouse
Grace Cridland, Gillons' Insurance Brokers
Paula Jensen, Shear Serenity
Jennifer Horton, Curvy Chick / Chick With a Camera

Jackie Lampi-Hughes, Energy Fitness 

 
Customer Service Award (Individual)

Zac Manty, Webb's Power Shack
Kerry Zucchiatti, 93.1 The Border
Adrian Chapman, Investors Group
Alicia Desserre, Simplicity Hair & Body Shop

Donna Lowey, Lowey's Greenhouse

Laureen Luchka, Boston Pizza



Customer Service Award (Business)

RBC Royal Bank
Tonic Tattoo
Lowery's 

Betty's of Fort Frances

Fort Frances General Supply

Tompkins Home Hardware

Northwoods Gallery & Gifts

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Ben Morelli, From the Grind Up
Paula Jensen, Shear Serenity

Tyler Nordin, Just 4 Fun Power Sports

Chad Jackson, Pro-Shine 

 Employee of the Year
Christine Krueger, Fort Frances Dental Centre
Elizabeth Petkau, Rainy River Meats
Duane Hicks, Fort Frances Times
Jay McFarlane, Plaza Lanes


 Business of the Year

From the Grind Up
Betty's of Fort Frances

Saulteaux Consulting & Engineering

Gillons' Insurance Brokers

Cloverleaf Grocery 
 
The Tony Beyak Memorial
Volunteer of the Year Award

Kayne Shaw
Leslie Danielson