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2015 Winners

Union Gas Student Essay Scholarship: Can Cui

Union Gas Student Essay Scholarship: Can Cui

“It’s more important to develop an educated perspective, and this is done through providing adequate information,” he said. “That’s the part the schools can help with.”

Judges' Choice Award: Resolute Forest Products

“We are proud to have Resolute operating near our community as they are not only hiring our town’s people, but also because we know that they are committed to harvesting trees while maintaining biodiversity and protecting social and environmental forest values."

Export Award: Kovit Engineering Ltd.

Mining companies around the world mail their tailings samples to Kovit so the company’s researchers can concoct the perfect paste recipes with their ingredients.

Entrepreneurial Community of the Year: Northern Ontario Angels

“There is some advantage when you are working with smaller communities because a lot of the investors know the companies."

First Nations Business Award of Excellence: CreeWest GP Inc.

“We still hold the Air Creebec joint venture, but we also are now our own identity. We are officially an airline.”

Innovation Award: WipWare Inc.

It began with a blast. As an explosives technical specialist with Dupont in the 1980s, Tom Palangio was always searching for a satisfactory method of measuring blast fragmentation.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Brigitte McLean

McLean started out in her home, eventually moving into a 1,500-square-foot space and employing four fulltime (and one part-time) beauty therapists and a registered massage therapist.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Crystal Kaufman

“I definitely have a soft spot for the Northern communities and the people are very grateful, which makes it worthwhile.”

Company of the Year (51+ Employees): Ionic Engineering

“We have a wide range of skills and abilities,” says Steve Matusch, Ionic’s president. “But we realized very early on and that the key to growth was to develop strategic partnerships with complementary firms.”

Company of the Year (16-50 Employees): Thunder Bay Xerographix Inc.

“If we want to be the best in our business, we have to start wrapping our head around the full customer experience.”