2014 NOBA Judges

Mark S. Barsanti, Dealer (Owner)
Canadian Tire Associate Store - 095





Laurie Bissonette, FCPA, FCA

Laurie is a Partner with KPMG LLP Chartered Accountants.

Laurie didn’t always think she would be an accountant. She is a proud graduate of Laurentian University, with a Bachelor of Science, focusing on mathematics and physics.

Laurie started out working at various racetracks as an Ontario Racing Commission Judge. She is proud to have been the first woman to hold such a position in North America.

She has a wide variety of diverse business and not-for-profit clients. For 29 years, Laurie has worked with them to strategically plan their futures.

Laurie has worked on many community initiatives. She coordinates training in financial acumen for youth with the Children’s Aid Society. She led the Laurentian University Alumni 50th Anniversary celebrations. She has been the treasurer with many Boards over the years including the Kidney Foundation, Laurentian Hospital Foundation, the Industrial Training Centre for Women, and the Adanac Ski Club and has advised many others including the Northern Ontario School of Architecture. Laurie has been blessed to work with many great Sudburians on fundraising efforts for Boards on which she was involved, as well as for Cambrian College and the Sudbury YMCA.

Laurie enjoys writing a monthly Business Column in the Northern Ontario Business. She has also provided seminars on accounting at the University and Graduate levels.

She was recognized with a Fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2013.

Barb Courte, President
Northstar Drilling Ltd. / Cobra Diamond Drilling Ltd.





Luc Stang,
Gin-Cor Industries.

Luc Stang, president and CEO of Gin-Cor Industries, eventually wants the Mattawa-based heavy truck equipment company to be recognized as one of Canada's 50 best managed companies.

The company began as a small welding and fabrication shop started by Bob Corriveau and Louis Gingras in 1978, before expanding into truck body sales in 1986.

Stang arrived on the scene in 2002 after 15 years in the chemical industry, having bought the company from his uncle Bob, the current mayor of Papineau-Cameron Township.

Stang was determined to take it to the next level with double-digit sales every year and a bigger marketshare.

To be closer to customers, Gin-Cor established sales offices in Ottawa, London and Newmarket.

The recent opening of a 18,000-square foot production facility represents an ability to streamline their assembly process and physically expand with an eye on future growth.

In 2012, Luc was awarded an NOBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award.