There’s still time to nominate an extraordinary woman for the 2019 Women in Business Award and the Judy Heffernan Award, presented by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN).
Both awards are open to any woman in the City or County of Peterborough, with the Women in Business Award for leadership in local business and the Judy Heffernan Award for empowering other women to succeed.
The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th. For nomination forms for each award, visit womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/award-nominations/.
The Women in Business Award will recognize a woman who demonstrates business leadership that has led to job creation, innovation, and increased business acumen. It will also recognize the recipient’s impact on the community at large, including fundraising, volunteering, and other contributions.
The recipient of Judy Heffernan Award will be a female entrepreneur, mentor, or student who embodies the late Judy Heffernan’s legacy of humbly helping others succeed. Heffernan was a well-respected leader of the local business community who passed away in 2013 at the age of 61 after a brief battle with cancer.
Heffernan was the general manager of the Greater Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation for 16 years, and an active member of the Peterborough and area business community (including WBN). Volunteering her time on many boards and committees. she was also a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women both young and old.
Nominees for both awards will be announced after March 17th, and the awards will be presented at a dinner on Tuesday, April 9th at the Personal Touch Banquet Hall (1135 Lansdowne St. W.,), formerly known as the Parkway Place Banquet Hall. Youth entrepreneur awards will also be presented to a student from Fleming College and a student from Trent University.
Tickets are now available for the awards dinner, which will begin with a champagne and music presentation (featuring local musician Carling Stephen) at 5:30 p.m. An introduction and toast will take place at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Rhonda Barnet will deliver a keynote speech. Barnet is the Chief Operating Officer of Steelworks Design, an engineering and custom automation firm she co-founded with her husband Don Barnet. She is also a past Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the first female chair in that organization’s history.
The announcement and celebration of the finalists and winner of the 2019 Women in Business Award and the winner of the 2019 Judy Heffernan Award will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available now, at a cost of $65 for WBN members or $75 for non-members.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/.
Past Award Recipients
Women In Business Award
- 2018 – No award*
- 2017 – No award*
- 2016 – Gwyneth James, Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants
- 2015 – Amy Simpson, MicroAge
- 2014 – Kerri Davies, Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR
- 2013 – Kyla Gutsche, Cosmetic Transformations
- 2012 – Sally Harding, Nightingale Nursing
- 2011 – Sheridan Graham, The County of Peterborough
- 2010 – Jean Grant, The Toy Shop
- 2009 – Kathy Windrem, BDO Canada
- 2008 – Mary LaRocque, Marlin Travel
- 2007 – Tina Johnston, Fandango Spa
- 2006 – Kim Paget, Paget Dental
- 2005 – Jeannine Taylor, Kawartha Now
- 2004 – Helen Hamilton, Costume King
- 2003 – Gail Courneyea, Angels of Flight
Judy Heffernan Award
- 2018 – No award*
- 2017 – No award*
- 2016 – Louise Racine
- 2015 – Sofie Andreou
*Both the Women in Business Award (previously known as the Business Woman of the Year Award) and the Judy Heffernan Award (previously known as the Judy Heffernan Memorial Award) were organized by the Peterborough Examiner until 2016. The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough assumed responsibility for both awards in 2019.