2016 NOBA Judges

Tom Laughren

Tom Laughren, Director of Corporate Responsibility
Lake Shore Gold

Tom Laughren Joined Lake Shore Gold as Director of Corporate Responsibility September 2014 bringing over 30 years of experience in a variety of fields. Tom’s responsibilities with Lake Shore Gold include representation with legislation and regulatory affairs to elected officials and liaisons with government committees and other agencies. Tom is responsible to interface with Timmins and associated First Nation communities as well as assist with operations and management as it relates to occupational health and safety and environmental performance. Prior to joining Lake Shore Gold Tom served as Mayor for the City of Timmins from November 2006 - November 2014 when he decided to return to the mining industry with Lake Shore Gold. Prior to his tenure as mayor he worked for Gorf Contracting from July 1980 - November 2006 as Manager Heavy Equipment and Quality assurance (IS0 9001), TSSA certification and purchasing.

Cliff Friesen

Cliff Friesen

For more than 35 years, Cliff Friesen has been an inspirational community leader in Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario, while growing his aviation business throughout Ontario and Manitoba. A native of Warman, Sask., he directed the financial, administration, marketing, public relations and human resources aspects of Bearskin Airlines until his retirement in December 2013. His involvement was instrumental in growing Bearskin to become Northern Ontario’s largest commuter airline with more than 450 employees and offering in excess of 200 scheduled departures daily to more than 40 destinations prior to the sale of Bearskin's northern operations to Wasaya Airways in 2003.

In 1993, Cliff, on behalf of Bearskin, received the NOB Award for Company of the Year, 51+ employees.

His community involvement and accomplishments are extensive. He has been a member of the board for The United Way of Thunder Bay and has served as campaign chair and in many other capacities. Cliff organized the annual Bearskin Airlines Charity Golf events in Thunder Bay and other communities, which raised $1,476,000 over 15 years for health care, sports and many other causes.

Mark Sherry

Mark Sherry

is currently involved in four businesses.

  • Stroma Service Consulting Inc. is an information technology company that employees 30 people and made the Hot 50 list in Profit Magazine, won a Northern Ontario Business Innovation Award, and the North Bay and Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. It was sold in 2014 to a publicly traded company and Mark has stayed on as President.
  • Quinn & Sherry Inc. created one of Canada best new selling games called The Game of Things, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. The game has won the Canadian Testing Council’s award in 2006, and the TAGIE award for Excellence in Game Design for 2013/14.
  • iRing Inc. is an innovative software company that develops and sells mining software that helps mine planners to best drill and blast a mine face underground. This company won the NOBA for Innovation in 2014 and was nominated for the Manning Award in 2015.
  • Sherry & Sherry Inc. owns two A&W Restaurants in North Bay, one of which has won the Bronze Award for operations excellence.
  • His educational background includes a BComm, MA, and MBA. Mark is married with three children and is actively involved in the community.

Jeff Fuller

Jeff Fuller, President
Fuller Industrial

With his heritage deeply and proudly in Northern Ontario, Jeff Fuller has tapped his entrepreneurial spirit and Northern roots to expand and grow his business internationally.

Following a strong family tradition, Jeff has stayed true to his entrepreneurial pedigree. With an Honors Commerce Degree from Laurentian University and a real life exposure to SME’s through his father’s family business, Jeff started Fuller Industrial in 2004 to provide carbon steel rubber lined fittings to the world. Since opening their doors in 2004 Fuller has shipped pipe to every continent and has enjoyed exponential business growth. Fuller boasts the most advanced pipe fabrication facility in North America.

Other business’s currently or previously owned or partnered in by Jeff include Leak Prevention Limited, MJ Fuller Real Estate Holding Company, Acorn Mill Direct (Hong Kong), Fuller Western Rubber Linings Limited, SPJ (Fire Assay) Labs and Legend Studio.

Jeff is a strong community supporter, being involved with many local charities and in particular the Sudbury Food Bank. Jeff is also a lifelong musician having played in several local bands that have performed locally and internationally.

Jeff is on the Norcat Innovation Mill advisor panel, Past President of SAMSSA, and past board member of the Yves Landry Foundation.

Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Northern Ontario Business Awards – 40 under 40 award
  • Bell Excellence Award for Company of the Year 2010
  • Awarded Sudbury Chamber of Commerce – New Business start up 2007
  • Awarded Sudbury Chamber of Commerce – Business of the year 2010
  • Northern Ontario Business Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

Union Gas Essay Scholarship Judge

Stephen Monet

Stephen Monet

Stephen Monet has served as the Manager of Environmental Planning Initiatives with the City of Greater Sudbury since 2002, overseeing environmental planning matters as well as the City’s Regreening Program, Lake Water Quality Program, and the EarthCare Sudbury Program.

Stephen has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of environmental planning and management. Following several years work in environmental consulting firms, he obtained a joint Ph.D. in Biology and in Planning from the University of Waterloo while running his own environmental consulting business. He has worked on a number of environmental studies for large-scale and small-scale projects for both private and public clients in Ontario and Quebec. He is a licensed landscape architect as well as a registered professional planner.