2018 NOBA Judges


Liana Frenette

Liana Frenette, CEO
TBT Engineering Limited

Liana Frenette is the CEO of TBT Engineering Ltd., a 200-employee consulting engineering company in Thunder Bay. As a co-owner for more than 25 years, she has been responsible for overall management of business operations. Along with supervising the work of engineers, technicians, administrative and field staff, she coordinates and audits work projects and ensuring that objectives and deadlines are met. Liana handles all community relations and business development initiatives and oversees the creation and operation of all company policy, employee benefits, workplace rules and procedures, safe operating procedures, along with health and safety policies and programs.

Steve Black

Steve Black

Former Timmins mayor Steve Black is back in familiar haunts as a senior project engineer at Glencore’s Kidd Mine operations in Timmins.
The Oshawa-born father to two children and three step-children migrated to Timmins after graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in mining engineering in 2006. He had completed a one-year co-op placement at Kidd Mine a year earlier.
Black was a Timmins city councillor between 2010 and 2014, before assuming the mayor’s chair from 2014 to 2018. During this period, he served as a member of various local boards and organizations, including the Timmins Police Service and Timmins & District Hospital, among others.
He is married to Donna Dorrington, who runs a law practice and is a member of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Dubreuil

Pat Dubreuil
Manitou Gold

Serial entrepreneur Pat Dubreuil is president of Manitou Gold, a gold exploration company with properties near Wawa and Dryden. The resident of Sudbury comes from strong stock of business self-starters as his grandfather and three uncles created the forestry company town of Dubreuilville in the early 1960s.
The graduate of the University of Ottawa and Laurentian University juggles multiple business interests as a consultant, tourism and hospitality operator and developer. He is heavily involved with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and serves on multiple committees involved with tourism and economic development in his hometown of Dubreuilville.
Dubreuil is a past Northern Ontario Business Award winner as the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year.

John Febbraro

John Febbraro
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
John Febbraro is director of business development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. He brings a skill set that includes economic development, strategic planning, quality management, financial management, as well as an ability to develop and sustain partnerships.
He attended Carleton University, where he studied for a BA with a focus on program and quality management. He completed his MBA from the University of Liverpool. He serves on many boards including the North East Health Integration Network, and the Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation.