Jan 15, 2013- 3:55 PM
Nominations now being accepted for 16th Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards
Business acumen, career success, professional drive and community contributions, these are the qualities that set apart the more than 100 Northern Ontario leaders who have earned the Influential Women moniker.
If you or someone you know embodies these qualities, consider submitting a nomination for the prestigious 2013 Influential Women Award.
Six women will be honoured at two separate events this coming June.
Three recipients from northwestern Ontario will be recognized at the first awards luncheon, to be held in Thunder Bay at the Valhalla Inn on June 3. On June 6 in Sudbury, three recipients from northeastern Ontario will be similarly honoured at the second celebratory luncheon, to be held at the Radisson Hotel.
The awards categories include Executive, Entrepreneur, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The deadline for IW nominations is February 22.
Additionally, one Grade 12 student from Northern Ontario will be awarded a $2,000 Aspiring Achiever Essay Scholarship. Essay submissions are due March 18.
The nomination packages with eligibility and criteria are online at influentialwomen.ca.
The selection of award recipients is made by an independent panel of judges, and winners will be invited to celebrations in their respective areas. Combined attendance is anticipated to exceed 800.
“It is estimated that women will start half of Canada’s new companies,” said Northern Ontario Business publisher Patricia Mills. “We need innovators, mentors and risk-takers.
“We also need to acknowledge those women who do venture into the world of business and economic development, and we need to encourage more to follow.”
The Influential Women of Northern Ontario program was launched in 1997 in order to seek out, honour and profile women in Northern Ontario who contribute to the North’s economic success and expansion.