Jeff Fuller, Fuller Industrial Corp. accepted the award for Entrepreneur of the Year.More than 400 business and opinion leaders celebrated the achievements of 11 companies and individuals at the 27th annual Northern Ontario Business Awards Gala held in October in North Bay. Three Sudbury men were honoured at the dinner.
Fuller Industrial fabricates pipes and fittings and interior rubber lining for pipes and tanks. The company sends its niche products all over the globe; up to 90 perccent of its business comprises exports out of the Sudbury plant. Fuller has a presence on every continent, and after making a name for itself in the mining industry, is seeking the same success in oil and gas.
Frank Chartrand, 26, and Nico Taus, 25, of Bureau Group, a marketing firm, won the Young Entreprenuer of the Year Award.
Sudbury artist Ray Laporte is one of 40 writers selected from 13 years’ worth of material to be published in a new anthology. Literary magazine Open Minds Quarterly is now in its 15th year of publication, and to celebrate this milestone, it has launched its first anthology In New Light: The many paths of identity, struggle and mental illness. The book features selections from the magazine from 1998 to 2011 and examines how a person can hold on to their identity in the struggle for wellness. Laporte’s poem A Leaf is a metaphor for depression and the change it brings to one’s sense of self.
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci has been honoured by Huntington University with a honorary degree of doctor of sacred letters. The university has also established a scholarship in his name to be presented to Huntington student who has shown commitment to community through volunteer work.
Trevor Bain has been appointed by the city as executive deputy chief of fire and paramedic services and will report directly to the chief of emergency services.The new appointment comes as part of direction from city council to integrate medical and fire emergency services. Bain started his career with the OPP, working out of Espanola and Parry Sound. From there, he moved to the Office of the Fire Marshal, as a fire investigator and most recently served as deputy fire marshal with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office.
Retired Laurentian University professor of history Gaëtan Gervais has been made a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the advancement of the francophone culture in Ontario, notably as a founder of organizations and as a historian, according to the Office of the Governor-General in a published statement. Gervais was one of the people who created the Ontario Francophone flag in 1975 which is now widely recognized as the symbol of French-speaking Ontario. In 2011, Laurentian awarded Gervais an honourary doctorate of laws for his work in Franco-Ontarian history.
Tomson Highway, noted aboriginal playwright, novelist and children’s author, received an honorary doctorate during Thorneloe University’s October convocation ceremony. Gary Gray of the YMCA of Sudbury received the Thorneloe Mitre Award. Margaret Kechnie, a founding member of the women’s studies department, was made an honorary fellow of Thorneloe University.
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario has announced the election of 59 Ontario CPAs as Fellows, earning the designation FCPA, FCA. That prestigious group includes Sudbury’s Laurie Bissonette, a partner with KPMG LLP in Sudbury.
Bissonette has supported Laurentian University, Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, and YMCA Sudbury. She also writes a business column in Northern Ontario Business. The fellowship designation is awarded for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession. Less than 2.8 per cent of Ontario’s over 36,500 CPAs have been elected to fellowship, making this an exceptional honour.