Nominations open for 5th Annual NOVA Awards


Thunder Bay, ON – SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network is proud to announce the 5th Biennial Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs) with a region-wide call for nominations of exceptional young professionals. The gala event, celebrating Northwestern Ontario’s brightest stars under 40 years of age, will take place on January 18th, 2020 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay.

NO-VA [noh-vuh]: a young professional recognized for their captivating brilliance as a result of their leadership, community engagement, professional achievement, volunteerism, and mentorship in our community

“2020 will be our fifth bi-annual event recognizing vibrant young professionals who are investing in their communities and advancing their fields of work. This year’s northern theme is a meaningful nod to the amazing work we’ve seen in the region, and the growing pride for Northwestern Ontario we’ve seen over the years,” says SHIFT President, Hannah Gladstone. “We have award categories to recognize the diversity in our youth, and we’re calling on people from Manitouwadge to Kenora to help us identify and nominate the exceptional under forties who are driving positive change in their communities. Through the NOVAs, we strive to nurture their potential, recognize their contributions, and send the message that their work matters and is valued.”

To build on over 300 nominees and 80 award winning individuals since 2012, SHIFT is sourcing nominations in the following award categories:

Community Champion (5 Awards)
Awarded to the most dedicated volunteers, activists, and altruists, these young professionals donate their time and resources and/or dedicate their careers to worthwhile causes, organizations, and initiatives that build up their communities. Through their work or through their volunteerism, they are champions of social welfare and are a driving force of positive change.

Leadership (5 Awards)
Awarded to young professionals who take charge in motivating, inspiring, and mentoring others. They are catalysts, visionaries, and they are team players.

Business and/or Professional Achievement (5 Awards)
Awarded to the most significant movers and shakers in their fields, these young professionals excel in business and/or their careers. Their work is impactful
creating jobs, improving quality of life, driving innovation, and propelling advancement.

Civic Pride (1 Award)
Awarded to t
he young professional who shows the most ‘heart’ for their community through their efforts in community improvement and instilling civic pride in others.

Rising Star (1 Award)

Awarded to a dynamic up-and-comer under the age of 30. Someone who demonstrates huge potential, this is one to watch.

SHIFT Disturber (1 Award)

Awarded to a game changer; disrupter; someone who is unafraid to challenge the norm. This young professional is making waves by doing things differently.

People’s Choice (1 Award)
Awarded to a young professional chosen by the public and their peers via online voting.

Supernova (1 Award)
Awarded to a young professional who has achieved international recognition for their work. The winner is 
hand selected by the NOVA Committee.

Nominations are open until October 6th and can be made at

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