And the nominees are…

Business Woman of the Year – PARO Centre

Krista Gushulak – Mortgage with Krista
Sarah Noonan – La Place Rendez-Vous
Susan Bodnarchuk – Holmlund Financial
Jennifer Horton – Curvy Chick
Leanne Spry – The Spry Farms
Kim-Jo Bliss – Manager of EMO Agricultural Research Centre & Bliss Farm

Home Based Business – ML Caron Electric

Sunset Gourmet – Kimberly Penney Peters
Border Blooms Fort Frances – Janet Kuiack

New Business Award   1-3 Years – Rainy River Future Development Corporation

Rainy Lake Sports & Tackle – Derek & Missy Nelson
Ski’s Variety – Jon & Janice Neurinski

Customer Service Award (Business) – Fort Frances Times

Sight & Sound – Derek Jackson
Boston Pizza – Dale Fortes
The Bargain Shop – Dawn Gray
Sunrise Meats – Paul & Susan Peters
Lidkea Optometry – Bruce Lidkea/Bob Lidkea

Customer Service (Individual) – Good Impressions Printing

Bonnie Faragher – La Place Rendez-Vous
Tanya Cummings Jerome – Fort Frances Times
Alma Stratton – The Harbourage Restaurant
Cassidy Jolicoeur – Ski’s Variety
Amanda Guimond – The Bargain Shop
Alexis Parker – The Bargain Shop
Dawn Gray – The Bargain Shop
John Pierce – Fort Frances Times
Mika Curiston – Betty’s
Darcy Banman – Causeway General Insurance Brokers

Business of the Year 1-15 Employees – 93.1 The Border

Causeway General Insurance Brokers – John Homer
The Harbourage Restaurant – Edith Bodnar
Holmlund Financial – Adrian Chapman

Business of the Year 16+ Employees – New Gold Rainy River

Tribal Health – Kayla Caul-Chartier
Northwestern Health Unit – Fort Frances Office

Test of Time – TD Canada Trust

George Armstrong Co. – Shane Armstrong
Lidkea Optometry – Bruce Lidkea/Bob Lidkea
Green’s BrandSource – Travis Green
Northwest Animal Clinic – Dr. Dan Pierroz

Pivot Award – NCDS

7 Generations Educational Institution – Brent Tookenay
Curvy Chick – Jennifer Horton
La Place Rendez-Vous – Sarah Noonan
The Bargain Shop – Dawn Gray

Indigenous Award – TBAYTEL

Big Grassy Medical Supplies – James Comegan
RBG Trucking – Little Otter EDC
CC Complex – Colleen & Cathy Perreault


The 24th Annual Business Awards!

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals for outstanding business achievement and the contributions made to the economic growth of the Rainy River District.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, September 29 at La Place Rendez-Vous, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $55.00 for Chamber Members and $60.00 for non-members, and can be purchased at the FF Chamber Office, 240 First Street E. 274-5773 and also at Causeway Insurance Brokers, 229 Scott Street, 274-6688

As per the Ontario Government Proof of Vaccination order taking effect on September 22, you must be able to show a photo ID and proof of double vaccines at the door. The deadline to get your 2nd shot in time for the event is September 15, 2021.


The Great Northern Ontario Road Show

The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow is coming to Fort Frances this August!
If you or anyone you know has talent that they would like to share with the town for this great opportunity, get back to us with the information posted on the ad below.

Chamber GNOR and Expo poster


National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • The eagle to represent the First Nations peoples
  • The narwhal to represent the Inuit peoples
  • The violin to represent the Métis peoples

Smoke is used in different ways by all three Indigenous groups in Canada. Whether it is to smoke fish and meat, to burn sage and tobacco or for sacred ceremonies or celebrations, it is a significant symbol in Indigenous cultures.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that took part in the Treasure Hunt.
It was a really fun day and we had a great turnout!
Congratulations to the winning teams.
1st Place: Team #15 – Captain Arlene Georgeson
2nd Place: Team #6 – Captain Glenna Moran
3rd Place: Team #13 – Captain Laurel Basaraba
Check out all the team photos.

Rapid Testing Kits

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, OCC, and both the Federal & Provincial governments have worked together to bring the Rapid Antigen Testing kits to small and medium businesses – up to 150 employees.
Email thefort@fortfranceschamber.com or call 274-5773 to be added to the Kit program.