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2011 Winners

Union Gas Student Essay Scholarship: Ashley Larose

"While some subjects never seem to evolve, there is always something changing in the sciences."

Judges' Choice Award: CEMI

"By working with global mining companies, you also get a network of challenging problems and opportunities that we can bring back to smaller businesses in the communities."

Entrepreneurial Community of the Year: North Bay & District Multi-Cultural Centre

"We wanted to make sure they became part of the community as soon as possible."

First Nations Business Award of Excellence: J.J.'s Ranch

"I attribute the success of our business to our family because we have always worked together really hard."

Innovation Award: DST Consulting Engineers Inc.

The company has earned a stellar reputation for taking on tough tasks and delivering outside-the-box solutions.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Katy Bailey and David McGregor

"You have to figure out what is important."

Entrepreneur of the Year: Amanda Dalcourt

"It's just so rewarding to be able to work with a population of people who are willing and wanting to maintain their own independence and to hear your suggestions on how you want to work with them," Dalcourt said.

Company of the Year (51+ Employees): J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd.

"In Northern Ontario, we're big enough to serve and do these projects, but we're small enough to care."

Company of the Year (16-50 Employees): HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc.

"In business, you can't stop driving," he said. "The day you sit back and say, 'I'm happy where I am,' you'll be out of business in no time."

Company of the Year (1-15 Employees): Voyageurs' Lodge & Cookhouse

"We've always had a love of Canada and a personal love for history and the Hudson's Bay Company. We just realized the North Shore of Lake Superior was ideally suited to retell the story of the fur trade."