One Stop Naturals

Business Start-Up presented by Freelandt Caldwell Reilly LLP

One Stop Naturals is setting a new standard for the health industry. Featured in a nationwide magazine for its clean, unique and modern presentation and pioneering Canada’s first all-natural drive thru, this location boasts three practitioner offices and a highly trained staff under Homeopath Jessica Ernewein. It’s a natural grocery store and pharmacy in one stop!


Twiggs Coffee Roasters

Service Excellence presented by Technica Group Inc.

Twiggs Coffee Roasters is founded on freshly roasted fair trade organic coffee, offering espresso bar, juice bar, deli and gourmet pizzas. We pride ourselves in our atmosphere where people love to meet. Our customer service stems from our desire to welcome guests, please others and the belief in our products.


Mafic Studios Inc.

Small Enterprise presented by Regional Business Centre

Mafic Studios, Inc. is a digital media company, specializing in creating 3D content for science, engineering and aerospace customers around the world. Mafic studios focuses on the translation of the technical to the artistic, producing visual products that help customers convey their ideas with ease.


Changes Hair Studio

Entrepreneur of the Year presented by RBC

Entrepreneur of the year means commitment…to customers, to my staff, to Family, to Friends and Business Associates. A commitment to change – Changes Hair Studio. A commitment to give back to the community. With this ever changing society we need to pull together and make some Changes. If it is creating jobs in our community or cutting hair for cancer or collecting food for the food bank all while trying to put food on the table for our Families. We need to pull together as a community and help to give back and create opportunities for everyone. Dreams can come true. Changes can happen.

The Positive Inception Inc.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Weaver Simmons

The brand is all about trying to make people a little more positive and to try and make the world a better place. It is about helping people realize their full potential, to help them dream big, to never give up and no matter what their limitations are, they can achieve anything. The brand is about believing in yourself and to be comfortable in your own skin.


RNA Diagnostics

Innovation presented by Norcat / Cambrian College 

Rna Diagnostics develops diagnostic tools for managing cancer patient care. Its platform technology, the RNA Disruption Assay™, enables physicians to monitor in real time tumour response to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Patients with non-responding tumours can avoid the harmful side effects of ineffective treatments and moved promptly to alternative therapies.


Desjardins Voyageurs Credit Union

Best Place to Work presented by Collège Boréal

Desjardins Voyageurs Credit Union is a financial institution with deep roots in the community offering a full range of high quality products and services. Building a career at Desjardins is experiencing cooperative values in a stimulating and motivating work environment promoting teamwork along with a healthy work and family life balance.


Yallowega Belanger Salach Archtecture

Company of the Year presented by Northern Life / Northern Ontario Business  

Established in 1964, Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture has shaped the architectural landscape throughout Northern Ontario. A forward thinking, bilingual, full-service architecture firm, YBSA become recognized for our unique and distinctively Northern approach to design.
With a practice rooted in collaboration; our design solutions continually prove to be socially and environmentally sustainable.


NEO Kids Foundation

Not for Profit / Charity Excellence presented by TD

Children are not small adults. Just like them, their health care needs are unique. NEO Kids Foundation raises funds to purchase vital pieces of pediatric equipment, support programs and services, conduct life-changing research, increase awareness for children’s health needs in Northeastern Ontario and support our ultimate goal of expanding the NEO Kids & Family Program. We want our children treated closer to home without the burden of traveling for treatment.


Don Duval

Executive of the Year presented by the City of Greater Sudbury / Greater Sudbury Development Corporation

Don has spent more than two decades leading, growing and transforming organizations and businesses, working with multinational companies, tech startups, academic/research institutions, governments and clients around the world. As CEO of NORCAT, he has transformed the organization to become a global, multi-faceted enterprise focused on providing programs, services and resources to prepare our current and future workers and tech entrepreneurs with the right skills, competencies, and confidence to succeed.

Previously, Don served as VP of Strategy/Operations for the MaRS Discovery District and as Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations Consulting, at Deloitte. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Master of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.