What is the AVA Gala?
The Algoma Visionary Awards go to young professionals recognized for their incredible efforts to achieve greatness in leadership, community engagement, professional achievement, volunteerism, and mentoring in our community.
The 1st Annual AVA Gala celebrates the top 20 young professionals (YPs) under 40 in the Algoma region. Since Strive Young Professional Group’s inception, we have witnessed inspiring people doing incredible things and we want to recognize that! Any young professional under 40 is eligible for the awards (with the exception of our 4 Strive specific awards).
The 2018 AVA Gala will recognize 20 individuals who have excelled as YPs in Algoma according to the following distinctions:
- Community Champion
- Business/Professional Development Achievement
- Civic Pride
- Excellence in Entrepreneurship
- Striving Star
- Strive Game Changer*
- Strive Member of the Year*
- Strive Male Young Professional of the Year*
- Strive Female Young Professional of the Year*
To learn more about these distinctions click here.
*Awarded to Strive Members in good standing
The Top 10
10 AVA Awards will also be presented to individuals who have excelled in their field. Candidates demonstrate excellence in all aspects of their jobs, including but not limited to leadership, initiative, innovation, growth, mentoring, dedication, and volunteerism. The Top 10 industries include:
- Arts & Culture
- Business Administration
- Hospitality & Leisure
- Science & Technology
- Health & Wellness
- Public Service
- Sales & Retail
The Strive Executive will review all entries and select the winners, following our Conflict of Interest Policy.
All selected individuals will be publicly acknowledged at the 2018 Algoma Visionary Awards Gala on January 13, 2018 at The Grand Gardens Downtown.
Join us and host Tim Murphy for a night of celebration as we recognize the Top 20 young professionals under 40 in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma.
6 00 pm
Guest Check-in & Cocktail Lounge
6 45 pm
7 00 pm
|Dinner & Awards Ceremony|
9 30 pm
AVA After-Party feat. Masi Entertainment
|Door Prize Draw|
Dinner provided by The Grand Gardens Downtown will include:
Chicken Pastina Soup
Caesar and Garden Salad
Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Garlic Mashed Potato
Green Bean Almondine
Complimentary Wine with Dinner
…and don’t miss the late night pizza buffet!
Dr. Lucas Castellani
Candace Day Neveau
You can purchase your tickets using the form below.
Your sponsorship is an investment in the future stars of our region, and the next leaders of your business!
- Gain brand exposure at the newest Awards celebration in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma
- Strengthen your connections by networking with over 300 young professionals doing business in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma
- Enhance your company’s public profile among an established, enthusiastic demographic
To learn more about each of the 2018 AVA recipients, follow the links to their bios.
Top 10 Industry Leaders
Arts & Culture
Julia Piskiewicz, Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Luke Stilin, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Michael Pratt, BioForest Technologies Inc.
Hospitality & Leisure
Erinn Esklisson, Starbucks
Science & Technology
Jeff Greco, Cavera Inc.
Micaela Mansfield, Huron Superior Catholic District School Board
Health & Wellness
Jillian Ingribelli, Algoma Public Health
Tessa Vecchio, Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie
Sales & Retail
Allison Kantovaara, Superior Nissan
Tyler Rains, S&T Group/Good Sense Group
Awards of Distinction
Katie Blunt, NORDIK Institute
Matthew Shoemaker, Wishart Law Frim LLP
Business/Professional Development Achievement
Angela Caputo, The Breakfast Pig
Jasmyn Rowley, Village Media
Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Katrina Thibodeau, Discover the Canvas
Brianne Veale, United Way
Strive Game Changer
Robin Sutherland, Thinking Rock Community Arts
Strive Member of the Year
Nelson Grant, Freedom 55
Strive Male Young Professional of the Year
Paul Caputo, PAC Construction
Strive Female Young Professional of the Year
Karen Lefave, Superior Nissan