Publisher's Message

For 31 years, the Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA) program has brought communities together to celebrate those who fuel economic growth and to give recognition where it’s due. We are excited to be back in the City of Timmins, acknowledging the important contributions of business to our economy and our communities.

From a personal perspective, it’s a homecoming of sorts for me, returning to the community that first welcomed me when I landed in Canada as an immigrant on a government scholarship from Lebanon. While the frigid January temperatures were a shock, I quickly experienced the warmth of the hospitality the city is known for. It’s certainly earned its designation as the ‘City with the Heart of Gold!’

The business leaders we honour through the NOBA program this year are celebrated as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurial heroes who consistently bring ideas to life and create prosperity. In good times and bad, these men and women have demonstrated an ability to navigate change, surmount challenges, and motivate teams in a common purpose to strategically grow business in the North. We applaud their strength, tenacity, and determination.

Again this year, NOBA will partner with Union Gas to invest in the future. Since 1989, the Union Gas Essay Scholarship has awarded outstanding Grade 12 with students more than $85,000 in bursaries.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our esteemed judges who took time from their busy lives to review the dozens of nominations submitted for this year’s awards program. They commit to examining all aspects of the nominees’ business performance from customer service and community involvement to human resource management and future planning.

Special thanks to returning judge Tom Laughren of Lakeshore Gold in Timmins, who was joined by Tom Palangio of WipWare Inc North Bay, Dubreuilville’s Pat Dubreuil of Relais Magpie Relay, and Paul Reid, business development officer with the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation.

Over three decades, the Northern Ontario Business Awards program has continued to thrive with the ongoing commitment of our valued sponsors, community partners, and dedicated staff. We want to acknowledge them and the outstanding hospitality and support of the City of Timmins through Mayor Steve Black, his staff, and city council. Next year, we’ll make our way down the Highway 17 corridor to the City of North Bay. We invite you to join us again for the North’s largest gathering of business leaders to salute the best and brightest.


Abbas Homayed
Vice President, Northern Ontario Business