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Northern Ontario Business News Release ******************** On April 15, 2010, 40 individuals were recognized at the inaugural 40 Under Forty event for being outstanding, up and coming leaders in the North Bay and Nipissing area.

Northern Ontario Business
News Release


On April 15, 2010, 40 individuals were recognized at the inaugural 40 Under Forty event for being outstanding, up and coming leaders in the North Bay and Nipissing area.

The event was presented by Patricia Mills, Publisher of Northern Ontario Business and co-hosted by Mayor Vic Fedeli, Mayor of North Bay and Kimberley Wahamaa, Event Manager of Northern Ontario Business.  

“The first 40 Under Forty event in North Bay was an enormous success. All of the award recipients were acknowledged for their achievements, contributions, and leadership,” said Patricia Mills. “There were a wide variety of award winners, each individual added to the awards in a unique way. It was a great celebration for all of the exceptional people in the communities of the North Bay and Nipissing area.”

The 40 Under Forty event is a celebration for all individuals under the age of 40, who bring a great deal of contribution to the North Bay and Nipissing area. This can be through volunteering, personal success, entrepreneurship, leadership and community building. The background of each award winner is different and adds to the community in a positive way. The event is to recognize the achievements of the future leaders.

Vic Fedeli, Mayor of North Bay, said, “This was a great occasion to recognize the future of North Bay. It allows everyone to see the leadership in the community and the future of what each of these individuals will bring. It was an honour to be a part of it.”

Thank you to our Judges: Paul Douglas Cook – Chief of North Bay Police Service, Ruth St. Phard – General Manager, Best Western North Bay, Les Couchie – Director of Operations, Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity and Mark Hurst – President & CEO of North Bay General Hospital.

The 40 Under Forty – North Bay Winners!

Jennifer Baxter, 29, Owner/Operator of Music for Young Children

Tanya Bedard, 25, Ontario Director of Canadian Youth Business Foundation

David Bugo, 26, Commercial Insurance Broker for Knox Insurance

Jerri Clout, 17, Student at West Ferris Secondary School

John Crescenzi, 36, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, North Bay

Claude Daigle, 33, Chartered Accountant & Partner at Kendall, Sinclair, Finch, Pigden, Cowper & Daigle LLP

Amy Dickerson, 30, Divert Co-ordinator at Sears, North Bay

Lynn Dolbeck, 37, Co-owner of Modern College of Hairstyling & Esthetics in North Bay and Sudbury

Ryan Farquhar, 32, General Manger and Part Owner of North Bay Chrysler

William Ferguson, 36, Vice-President, Creative with TWG Communications

Jenn Galan, 35, Stepping Stones Project Manager with NECO Community Futures Development Corporation

Holly Ann Garnett, 21, Nipissing Student, studying History, Political Science and French

Brad Gavan, 34, Director of Advancement and Alumni Services at Canadore College

Nicole Graham, 32, Marketing Director and Partner at VS Group

Dr. Nick Green, 36, Chiropractor and Vice- President of Cor Maximus

Scott Hayne, 31, Manager, Engineering Services, J.S. Redpath Ltd.

Samuel Howard, 25, Scientist, Nipissing University Environmental Co-ordinator

Anna Iati, 30, Small Business Adviser with the Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc.

Karen Jones, 30, Entrepreneur, who recently launched her own consulting business

Crystal Kaufman, 29, Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Owner of BioPed

Jacques Craig Lacourse Jr. 33, Director of Sales and Marketing, Interim Food & Beverage Manager, Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, North Bay

Sean Lawlor, 38, General Manager of Lawlor and Associates Consultants Inc.

Khouri Long, 30, Sports Therapist and Co-owner of Cor Maximus

Alison McGraw, 32, Sales Co-ordinator for Holiday Inn Express & Suites, North Bay

Theo Margaritis, 38, one of the founders of TWG Communications, Vice-President Strategic Marketing/ Partner

Beverly Martin, 33, Chief in Communications Officer for Ontario Northland

Catherine Mayne, 33, Community Economic Development Officer with NECO Community Futures Development Corporation

Andre O’Bonsawin, 35, Graphic Designer and Partner/ Account Manager with Sofa Communications Inc.

Christian Prost, 31, Owner/Operator of North Riders

Heather Ryman, 25, Area Counsellor/ Case Manager for Veterans Affairs Canada

Kyle Selle, 33, Owner of Sellebration Productions, Co-owner of

Chetna Sharma, 24, Northern Development Officer with Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry

Andrew Staniforth, 35, Regional Sales Manager Business Markets for RBC Royal Bank

Claude St-Pierre, 39, President of Fern’s Heating Inc.

Kurt Tempelmans Plat, 17, High School student, operates two businesses KTP Indoor Tennis and Rent-A-Team

Laura Twigg, 25, Owner/Operator of Twiggs Coffee Company

Michelle Walker, 37, Manager of Conference Services for Nipissing University

Anne Marie Welsh, 30, Program Co-ordinator for the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre

Virginia Willms, 38, Sales Consultant with AMJ Campbell Van Lines, North Bay an agent for Atlas Van Lines Canada

Tara Young, 33, Sales Manager for the Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre, North Bay

Thank you to our sponsors: The City of North Bay, JS Redpath, The Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre – North Bay and the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and Staples. TV Cogeco, Media Sponsor filmed the Awards and it will be aired on Saturday May 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm and Sunday May 2 at 9:00 am.

The winners were profiled in a souvenir magazine and are posted online at