Honouring the north’s influential women

Source: The Northern Life

The Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards, handed out in Sault Ste. Marie on May 25 and in Thunder Bay on May 28, honours women in Northern Ontario who contribute to the north’s economic success and expansion.

The awards program is put on by Northern Life’s sister company, Northern Ontario Business.

“We are so proud to be recognizing exceptional women in the north,” said Influential Women founder Patricia Mills, in a press release. “Each year we receive more and more nominations. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions for 2016.”

Northwestern Ontario winners:


Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: Porter Airlines Inc.


Suzanne Tighe, President, Nurse Next Door, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: Northern Ontario Angels

Young Entrepreneur

Andrea Novoa, Owner, The World Dance Centre, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: Rapport Credit Union


Fireweed Crafts Inc, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: Northern Credit Union

Aboriginal Leadership

Holly Prince, Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: Ontario Power Generation


Ruth, Jessica and Veronique Bjorkman, Prospectors, Bjorkman Prospecting, Atikokan
Sponsored by: Bombardier Transportation

Influential Woman Essay Scholarship

Julia Stolz, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: TD Canada Trust

Influential Community Trailblazer

Nancy Angus, Community Program Developer & Volunteer, City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay
Sponsored by: PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

For more information, visit www.influentialwomen.ca.