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Biz X Was There - 40 Under 40 Leaders Awards

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Leadership Windsor/Essex (LWE) and over 400 guests welcomed Alex Brown, ‘digital nomad’ and Beard Club President as the keynote speaker at the 40 Under 40 Leaders Awards, which took place at Caesars Windsor on Wednesday, March 28.

Brown is a Canadian-born entrepreneur who has been featured in Forbes, INC, AdAge, and Buzzfeed for his thought leadership on business, marketing, and philanthropy.

The 40 Under 40 Leaders Awards honour local individuals under the age of 40 who are not only emerging leaders in their profession, but are also giving back to their community in meaningful ways.

We are very fortunate to live in a community with so many talented and generous young leaders,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “Leadership Windsor-Essex – a program of United Way – has inspired and engaged hundreds of civic-minded leaders throughout the years and we are pleased to be able to recognize 40 of these leaders.”

In November and December, the community submitted over 150 nominations. From amongst this list of outstanding individuals, the top 40 award recipients were selected by a selection panel representative of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Windsor and Essex County.

“We were extremely impressed with the response of the community. To have so many people nominated is a clear signal of the outstanding work being done in our community. These diverse, talented, innovative young leaders are valuable assets to our community and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their success.” –  Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh, LWE Program Director

The top 40 recipients are also featured in the March 2018 issue of Biz X magazine. Posters and cups were sold of the cover at the event.

The 40 Leaders Under 40 are . . .

Dr. Maxwell Abraham

Remy Allison

Jonathon Azzopardi

Andrew Banar

Michael Bennett

Katharen Bortolin

Jeremy Bracken

David Burman

Jayce Carver

Adam Castle

Michael Cholubko

Cessidia De Biasio

Marcus Deans

Sara Grace Donally

Andrew Dowie

Paul Dufour

Natasha E. Feghali

Celesta Gaba

Dr. Vincent Georgie

Nour Hachem-Fawaz

Alison Hunter

Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk

Wes Langlois

Ryan Lemay

Naomi Ruth Levitz

Sarah Lewis

Jada Malott

Lina-Marie Mastronardi

Sarah Morris

Sarah Mushtaq

Lorraine Oloya

Natalie Packer

Sierra Parr

Kara Picco

Myla Picco

Yvonne Pilon

Austin Roth

Kiera Royle

Danielle Tartaro

Zain Ismail

Photos by Rod Denis – Biz X magazine

From amongst the top 40 recipients, a few names will also be submitted for consideration to the Canadian Top 40 Under 40 Awards. Forty under Forty ® has been a symbol of leadership, innovation, excellence in community involvement in cities across Canada for many years. This awards event enhances and validates Windsor – Essex’s current and next generation of community leaders.

Leadership Windsor/Essex is a program of United Way that began 16 years ago with the goal of identifying and building strong civic-minded leaders. LWE is one of 22 leadership programs across Canada and is a non-profit voluntary program that provides community experiences, knowledge and skill building opportunities for rising leaders from all sectors of the community, and creates leadership capacity to support the community-based voluntary sector and to help build a strong Windsor-Essex County. LWE Alumni are a network of people from different sectors of the community who can work together to strengthen the community.

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh
Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh is an award winning leadership consultant and former Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex, Principal, Chief Communications Officer and business owner with over 30 years of experience in education, administration, mentoring, consulting and community leadership. She is also the founder of Girls Rock Windsor, which supports camps across the world to develop leadership, social justice, community awareness, positive self-esteem and a sense of belonging, using music education and performance.