Sudbury's best and brightest were honoured on Nov. 12 at the 40 under Forty awards gala, held at the Caruso Club.
The group of 40 individuals under the age of 40 were recognized for being outstanding, up and coming leaders in the city of Greater Sudbury and were honoured in front of more than 500 people.
Northern Ontario Business was the first to create the awards program in Northern Ontario, and the ceremony has been held in Sudbury in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 and now in 2015.
Awards can be won through volunteering, personal success, entrepreneurship, leadership, and community building.
“We honour a group of young people who exemplify hard work and leadership,” said Abbas Homayed, publisher, Northern Ontario Business. “They are our outstanding young leaders who represent the talent and commitment that helps drive our northern economy.”
Among those being honoured was Cody Cacciotti, operations manager at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre.
This was Cacciotti's first nomination and win in the 40 under Forty awards.
“This is a great opportunity to be recognized for all the hard that not only myself but the museum is doing in the community,” said Cacciotti. “It's great to put the organization on the map.”
Another first time winner was Patricia Orozco, co-op and internship coordinator at Laurentian University, who moved to Sudbury from Mexico 10 years ago.
“It means a lot to win, it's such a rewarding experience, being from a minority group it proves to me that hard work is always compensated, regardless of your age or origin,” said Orozco. “I want to thank the community for the support, my husband and I came here 10 years ago and had nothing and to have this recognition is great and this is home to me now.”
Each winner will be profiled in a souvenir magazine and will be posted online at 40UnderForty.ca.
The entire list of winners is as follows:
Manager of Security, By-Law & Court Services, City of Greater Sudbury
Music Coordinator, Cambrian College
Partner & Sr. HR Consultant, DiBrina Group
Creative Director & Partner, Bureau
Manager of Applied Research, College Boreal
Associate Professor/Director, Laurentian University
Operations Manager, Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre
Executive Director, Northern Initiative for Social Action
Lawyer, Weaver Simmons LLP
Fundraising Specialist, Easter Seals Ontario
Dr. Janna-Marie Doni
Chiropractor, Vita Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
Account Executive and Risk Advisor, Gougeon Insurance Brokers
Communications Coordinator, Health Sciences North
Communications and Public Affairs, Desjardins
Applications Engineering Manager, Ionic Engineering
Owner/Personal Trainer, The Basement
Business Development Officer for Tourism & Culture, City of Greater Sudbury
Sales Representative, Coldwell Banker Marsh Real Estate
Strategic Communications Officer, SNOLAB
Development Manager, Science North
Teacher, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Owner/Artist, Petal Pusher Home Décor
President, Weed Man and Marshall Yardworks
Project Geologist, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – A Glencore Company
Owner/Operator, Big & Rich DJ Services
Clinical Behaviour Response Specialist, Health Sciences North
Labour Relations and Wellness Specialist, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – A Glencore Company
Co-op and Internship Coordinator, Laurentian University
Manager, Stobie Mine, Vale
Communications Director, Studio 123
Associate, DiBrina Sure Financial Group
Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Vale
Clinical Manager, NEO Kids, Health Sciences North
Funeral Director, Lougheed Funeral Home
Owner/Personal Trainer, The Basement
Jessica Hsiao Ching Tan
Business Owner, Golden Palace Restaurant
Professor/Program Coordinator, Cambrian College School of Music
Controller, Ontrak Control Systems
President, Forever Young Shows