The Women in Business (WIB) Award and the Judy Heffernan Award are both 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 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.
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. (Supplied photo)
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. 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 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. (Supplied photo)
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.
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. Not pictured: Erin McLean and Bridget Leslie, the two finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Award. (Photo: Bianca Nucaro / kawarthaNOW.com)
The 2020 Women in Business Award and Judy Heffernan Award nominations will open in early 2020. Nomination dates to be announced at a later date.