About the Awards

BUSINESSWOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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

For the 2020 event, the awards will be available in two categories:

  • Entrepreneur Category: Welcomes a nominee who operates an established business or group of businesses (5+ years); is a founder and current stakeholder, and actively involved in running the business.
  • Organization Category: Welcomes a nominee who is a senior employee or holds a key decision-making position in the organization (business or non-profit).

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)

2020 Businesswomen of the Year Awards and Judy Heffernan Award nominations will open January 20, 2020.