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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Recipients Announced at 19th Annual Women in Business Awards

On Friday, November 8, the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) hosted the Women in Business Awards (WIBA) at the Marriott on the Falls with founding partners The St. Catharines Standard, The Welland Tribune, and The Niagara Falls Review, sponsored by The Pen Centre and Canadian Tire Bank.

“We are delighted and honoured to gather this year in celebration of the accomplishments of and contributions by women in the business community,” said Nicole Regehr, Chair of the WIN Council. “It’s a superb reminder of how much is being done, and WIN Council is proud to support the women doing it.”

The Women in Business Awards (WIBA) is an annual event to recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, non-profits, and politics.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Business That Gives Back Award, sponsored by Niagara Community Foundation:
    • Niagara Casinos
  • Community Impact Award:
    • Lori Beech
  • Cultural Arts Award:
    • Amanda Nelli
  • Emerging Business Award:
    • Sharon Reeds
  • Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by Niagara College:
    • Lorna Kane
  • Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Award:
    • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Leadership Award, sponsored by Alectra Utilities:
    • Shelley Dix
  • Science and Technology Award, sponsored by DDL & Co.:
    • Kathy Lerette
  • Young Professional Award, sponsored by RBC:
    • Caroline Sherk
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by ncCommunity:
    • Debi Pratt

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third-largest Chamber of Commerce in Ontario, with 1,500 members representing 50,000 employees. More information on the GNCC is available at


Mishka Balsom, President & CEO of GNCC or 905-684-2361

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