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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Greater Niagara Chamber honours Women in Business leaders

On Friday, October 14, the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council, a business council of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and founding partners, The Standard, The Tribune and The Review, hosted the Women in Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls.

“This annual event is an incredible celebration of Women’s accomplishments and contributions,” said Nicole Regher, Chair of the WIN council. “WIN is proud to be able to highlight these remarkable women and we’re grateful for all the work they have done to advance women in leadership roles and for our community.”

The WIBAs are an annual event, honouring women from around Niagara whose contributions to the community go above and beyond the call of duty. The WIN council received over 70 nominations from around the region in many different sectors.

2016 Women in Business Award recipients:

  • Community Spirit Award (sponsored by Manpower): Cathy Berkhout-Bosse, My Pelham
  • Business of Science and Technology Award (sponsored by Bell): Sandra Buffet, Jordan Engineering
  • Business Leadership Award (sponsored by Niagara College): Carolyne Watts, General Motors
  • Emerging Business Award (sponsored by Canadian Tire Bank): Allie Hughes, Hughes & Co.
  • Cultural Arts Award (sponsored by Niagara Region): Juliet Dunn, Niagara Jazz Festival
  • Social Enterprise Award (sponsored by Niagara Community Foundation): Stacy Elia, Grimsby Benevolent Fund
  • Excellence in Tourism Award (sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution): Karen Whitty, 13 Street Winery
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Verge Insurance Group): Mary Turner, Canadian Tire Bank


“We honour these women in our awards, but we recognize the achievements of so many more. The contributions to Niagara’s prosperity and community made by women are overlooked too often. I hope that the achievements of these extraordinary community leaders will lead to recognition of the work of others.”

— Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With almost 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

For further information, contact:

Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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