About the Awards

Previously known as the Women in Business Award, the Businesswomen of the Year Awards recognize women who demonstrate business leadership within their organization or company that has resulted in job creation, innovation or increased business acumen. It also recognizes the recipients’ impact on the community at large, including, volunteering, and other contributions.

  • Entrepreneur Category: A nominee must be someone who owns/co-owns and operates an established business or group of businesses. She must have an active role in running the business.
  • Organization Category: A nominee must be an employee currently working in a business or non-profit organization, holding a formal or informal leadership role. She must have an impact on the organization in some way.

Both awards are both open to any woman in the City or County of Peterborough.

2019 Women in Business Award winner Monika Carmichael (second from right) and 2019 Judy Heffernan Award winner Kim Appleton (right) along with Tara Spence from Trent University and Jo Oanh Ho from Fleming College, the recipients of the 2019 Female Business Student Award. (Photo: Bianca Nucaro / kawarthaNOW.com)

JUDY HEFFERNAN AWARD

The recipient of the Judy Heffernan Award will be a female entrepreneur, mentor or student who embodies the late Judy Heffernan’s legacy of humbly helping others succeed. Judy 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.

Judy 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 was a well-respected leader of the local business community who passed away in 2013. 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. (Photo: Christina Robertson Photography)

In 2019, WBN also introduced two Student Business Awards, given to a Trent University student and Fleming College student, respectively, who are enrolled in a business program.

See a list of past award winners here

Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (middle) was named the Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Women in Business Awards, with Bridget Leslie of My Left Breast (left) and Betty Halman-Plumley of Investors Group (right) as finalists. (Photo: Clifford Skarstedt / Peterborough Examiner)