Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards

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2020 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay

NO-VA [noh-vuh]: a young professional recognized for their captivating brilliance as a result of their leadership, community engagement, professional achievement, volunteerism, and mentorship in our community.

The 5th Biennial Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVA) Gala celebrates the top 20 under 40. Over the past eight years, the awards have recognized over 300 nominees with 80 award winning young professionals from across Northwestern Ontario spanning from Kenora all the way to Geraldton.

As a biennial event, 2020 will be the fifth NOVA gala celebrating professionals across our region on their achieved success. This year’s northern theme is a meaningful nod to the amazing work being done in the region, and the growing pride for Northwestern Ontario. This gala aims to inspire other young professionals to reach their potential through leadership, professional achievement, community engagement and mentorship.

Young professionals are recognized by award categories:

  • Community Champion (5 awards)
    Awarded to the most dedicated volunteers, activists, and altruists, these young professionals donate their time and resources and/or dedicate their careers to worthwhile causes, organizations, and initiatives that build up their communities. Through their work or through their volunteerism, they are champions of social welfare and are a driving force of positive change.
  • Leadership (5 awards)
    Awarded to young professionals who take charge in motivating, inspiring, and mentoring others. They are catalysts, visionaries, and they are team players.
  • Business and/or Professional Achievement (5 awards)
    Awarded to the most significant movers and shakers in their fields, these young professionals excel in business and/or their careers. Their work is impactful – creating jobs, improving quality of life, driving innovation, and propelling advancement.
  • Civic Pride (1 Award)
    Awarded to the young professional who shows the most 'heart' for their community through their efforts in community improvement and instilling civic pride in others.
  • Rising Star (1 Award)
    Awarded to a dynamic up-and-comer under the age of 30. Someone who demonstrates huge potential; this is one to watch!
  • SHIFT Disturber (1 Award)
    Awarded to a game changer; disrupter; someone who is unafraid to challenge the norm. This young professional is making waves by doing things differently.
  • People’s Choice (1 Award)
    Awarded to a young professional chosen by the public and their peers via online voting.
  • Supernova (1 Award)
    Awarded to a young professional who has achieved international recognition for their work. The winner is hand selected by the NOVA Committee.

2020 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVA) Gala takes place January 18, 2020 at the Valhalla Inn.

Register for the 2020 NOVAs today!

Thank you to the 2020 NOVA Sponsors:


tbaytel Newmont Gold
Halfway Motors  


Nominee Reception Sponsor

Ambassadors Northwest


Guest Stars

Lakehead University Alumni Association Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Thunder Bay CEDC TD Canada Trust Grant Thornton Remax Thunder Bay


Event Photography

Daniela Carlino Video & Photography Services


Media Sponsor

99.9 The Bay COUNTRY105

Photography for the Promotion of the 2020 NOVAs Graciously Provided by Young Professionals in Northwestern Ontario:

Download the 2020 NOVA sponsorship package


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