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24th Annual NADF Business Awards
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay, ON 



Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) is pleased to present the "24th Annual NADF Business Awards" to celebrate Aboriginal business in northern Ontario.  Eight award recipients will be recognized for their achievements at a gala event hosted by the Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay, Ontario's premier hotel.  

Since 1991, the annual NADF Business Awards has recognized the outstanding business achievement of successful businesses, organizations and people in northern Ontario's growing Aboriginal business community and the contributions they make to the growth and prosperity of our economy. The annual business function is the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s largest event bringing together business, government and industry leaders to join in celebrating the achievements of our Aboriginal business community.



Nomination deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014


To be eligible nominees must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be a member of Treaty #9, Treaty #5 (Ontario Portion), Treaty #3 or Robinson-Superior 1850 OR Be a member of a recognized Métis association; AND
  2. Be substantially involved in the day-to-day operations of the business; AND
  3. Be able to provide evidence of the business’ financial performance; AND
  4. Be able to demonstrate high ethical and professional standards; AND
  5. Be able to demonstrate involvement in community programs, activities and services.

Do you know someone who fits this profile?  Nominate them for an award!


Youth Entrepreneur: Presented to an Aboriginal youth between 18 and 35 years of age who is successfully operating a business in northern Ontario for a least two years.

Business Woman: Presented to an Aboriginal woman, 18 years or older, who is successfully operating a business in northern Ontario. Business must be in operation for a minimum of two (2) years.

Business Man: Presented to an Aboriginal man, 18 years or older, who is successfully operating a business in northern Ontario. Business must be in operation for a minimum of two (2) years.

Executive: Presented to an individual of Aboriginal heritage in northern Ontario who currently holds an executive position for a minimum period of 1 year; and who has made significant contributions to the organization.

Partnership: Presented to a successful business partnership where at least one of the partners is of Aboriginal heritage, is significantly involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, and retains at least 51% ownership in the business.

Corporation: Presented to a majority-owned Aboriginal corporation that is operating successfully in northern Ontario.

Building Communities: Presented to an individual of Aboriginal heritage; or a majority-owned Aboriginal business; or an Aboriginal organization that is successfully operating a business in northern Ontario.

New Business: Presented to an individual of Aboriginal heritage; or a majority-owned Aboriginal business; or an Aboriginal organization, located in northern Ontario. Business must in operation for a minimum of one (1) year, but less than two (2) years.

Submit Your Nomination Online



Partner of the Awards $10,000 & Over 1 Opportunity Available
Award Sponsor $7,000-$9,999 8 Opportunities Available
Platinum Sponsor $5,000-$6,999
Diamond Sponsor $3,000-$4,999
Gold Sponsor $1,750-$2,999
Silver Sponsor $1,000-$1,749
Bronze Sponsor $500-$999
NeeChee Sponsor $0-$499


SPONSOR BENEFIT Partner  Award  Platinum  Diamond  Gold  Silver  Bronze  Neechee 
Opening Address at Awards Ceremony (10-15min) - - - - - - -
Opportunity for radio interview (Live Broadcast) - - - - - - -
Reserved Seating (Table of 10) - - - - -
Complimentary Tickets - - - 5 3 2 1 -
Invitation to VIP Reception and Press Conference - - - - -
Brand placement on sponsored award  - Ο - - - - -
Opportunity to introduce award recipient - Ο - - - - -
Exclusive exposure of corporate display - - - - - - -
Primary exposure of corporate display - Ο - - - - -
Prominent exposure of corporate display - - - - - -
Exclusive logo exposure on all event advertising and promotion - - - - - - -
Primary logo exposure on all event advertising and promotion - Ο - - - - -
Corporate profile and hyperlink on event webpage - - - - - - -
Corporate logo and hyperlink on event webpage - - - - -
Feature profile in one edition of NADF newsletter - - - - - - -
Exhibit booth space at event - - - -
Acknowledgement in event program and event webpage - - - -
Gift of Appreciation -
First right of refusal for 24th annual event - - - - -

NOTE: "Ο" indicates that in the event that a vacancy exists at the Award Sponsor Level or is unable to present, a Platinum Sponsor will fulfill that vacancy.  Selection will be based on order of sponsorship registration. 

Updates will be posted on our website and social media sites. 


Awards Background

In 1991, NADF hosted the 1st Annual Business Awards dinner to recognize two award recipients for their achievement in business: Business Man and Business Woman of the Year. Since then, the number of award categories has expanded to eight, with the most recent addition in 2010.

Traditionally awards have been presented to Aboriginal entrepreneurs, executives, businesses and organizations within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory. This territory spans the northern portion of Ontario, primarily the area known as Treaty #9, from the James Bay coast to the Manitoba border. Due to the vastness of the territory, the awards venue has alternated between Thunder Bay, ON and Timmins, ON to provide opportunity for participation from across the Nation. In recent years, the award categories have been opened up to recognize the achievements of all Aboriginal entrepreneurs, executives, businesses and organizations in northern Ontario, including Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson-Superior 1850 and Treaty #3 territories.

In 1993, the annual awards banquet also evolved into a fundraiser with event proceeds supporting the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Memorial Fund; a bursary fund to assist Aboriginal pursuing post secondary education. The DFC Memorial Fund was created in memory of the late Dennis Franklin Cromarty, former Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and past President/CEO of Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund.  Dennis was a visionary dedicated to achieving harmony amongst all peoples and his belief in Aboriginal people and what they could accomplish never swayed. His conviction to improving the quality of life, the advancement and recognition of Treaty, Aboriginal and Inherent Rights provided the vision for promoting self-government. Dennis truly felt that there was no room for making excuses, only room to improve and to be dedicated to that improvement by 'working together'. We remain inspired by his example and work diligently to make Dennis' dream become a reality.

23rd Annual NADF Business Award Recipients


Download 23rd Annual Business Awards Press Release 

Award Recipient  First Nation Business Name
Youth Entrepreneur Nolan Tozer Moose Cree First Nation Moose River Tours
Corporation Whitesand First Nation Whitesand First Nation Sagatay Economic Development LP
Businesswoman Dr. Doris Mitchell Brunswick House First Nation    Dr. Doris Mitchell (Private Practice)
Executive Lucie Edwards, CEO Fort Albany First Nation Five Nations Energy Inc.
Businessman Dan Bannon Fort William First Nation Dan Bannon Contracting
Partnership Bannon Family Council    Fort William First Nation J&W Confectionary
Building Communities    William Quachegan Moose Cree First Nation WQ Carpentry
New Business Jason Blakely Pic Mobert First Nation Blakely Trucking


23rd Annual NADF Business Award Sponsors

Thank you! 

Partner of the Awards


Award and Platinum Sponsors




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 Diamond Sponsor




  Silver Sponsors

 Bronze Sponsors

Form Architecture Engineering
TD Bank
Timmins Chamber of  Commerce

Canadian Pacific Railway
Cheadles Law Firm
Crupi Consulting
Lakehead University
McLeod Wood Associates Inc.
Shout Media


Door Prizes Generously Donated By
Air Creebec
Days Inn & Conference Centre
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
Valhalla Inn
Wasaya Airways LP





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