Nominate an extraordinary women for the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards

Nominations close March 16, tickets now available for the awards dinner on April 9

Nominations for the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards close on March 16, 2019, with nominees announced on March 17 and the awards presentation taking place on April 9, 2019. Members of the organizing committee include (from left to right): Amy Simpson, Sofie Andreou, Gwyneth James, Carrie Warkford, and Charlina Westbye. Simpson and James are both past recipients of the Woman in Business Award, Andreou is a past recipient of the Judy Heffernan award, and Westbye is the daughter of the late Judy Heffernan. (Photo: Women's Business Network of Peterborough)
Nominations for the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards close on March 16, 2019, with nominees announced on March 17 and the awards presentation taking place on April 9, 2019. Members of the organizing committee include (from left to right): Amy Simpson, Sofie Andreou, Gwyneth James, Carrie Warkford, and Charlina Westbye. Simpson and James are both past recipients of the Woman in Business Award, Andreou is a past recipient of the Judy Heffernan award, and Westbye is the daughter of the late Judy Heffernan. (Photo: Women's Business Network of Peterborough)

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/.

Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (middle) was named the Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Peterborough Examiner Women in Business Awards, with Bridget Leslie of My Left Breast (left) and Betty Halman-Plumley of Investors Group (right) as finalists. Now known as the Women in Business Award, the award is being presented in 2019, along with the Judy Heffernan Award,  by the Women's Business Network of Peterborough.  (Supplied photo)
Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (middle) was named the Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Peterborough Examiner Women in Business Awards, with Bridget Leslie of My Left Breast (left) and Betty Halman-Plumley of Investors Group (right) as finalists. Now known as the Women in Business Award, the award is being presented in 2019, along with the Judy Heffernan Award, by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. (Supplied photo)

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.

Judy Heffernan (right) pictured at a business event in 2012 with (from left to right) local artist Jeffery Macklin, Maryam Monsef (before she entered politics), and Carol Lawless.  Heffernan, a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women, passed away in 2013 after a brief battle with brain cancer. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor)
Judy Heffernan (right) pictured at a business event in 2012 with (from left to right) local artist Jeffery Macklin, Maryam Monsef (before she entered politics), and Carol Lawless. Heffernan, a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women, passed away in 2013 after a brief battle with brain cancer. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor)

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.

Steelworks Design co-founder and COO  Rhonda Barnet will deliver the keynote speech at the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards dinner on April 9, 2019 at Personal Touch Banquet Hall in Peterborough. (Photo: Heather Doughty / Inspire: The Women's Portrait Project)
Steelworks Design co-founder and COO Rhonda Barnet will deliver the keynote speech at the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards dinner on April 9, 2019 at Personal Touch Banquet Hall in Peterborough. (Photo: Heather Doughty / Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project)

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.

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