March 24, 2023 AWARD WINNERS PRESS RELEASE Presented By Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay ON March 24, 2023 AWARD WINNERS PRESS RELEASE Presented By Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay ON

Welcome to the 31st Annual NADF Awards


NADF returns to the Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, ON on Friday, March 24, 2023  to present the 31st Annual NADF Awards Gala. The awards gala showcases Northern Ontario’s Aboriginal business community and celebrates the determination and perseverance of individuals and businesses that continue to bolster the economy under these very challenging times.

Get ready to celebrate in style at an awards night designed for the stars. We are more excited then ever to celebrate their achievements and contributions, and we invite you to get involved in the celebration by submitting your nomination(s), becoming an event sponsor to promote your company to a targeted audience, or purchasing gala tickets to network with like-minded people.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support:

  1. The NADF Sponsorship Fund, a fund established by NADF to provide financial support to Indigenous People, groups, organizations within our service area for activities and initiatives that promote education, healthy living, and cultural learning.
  2. The Dennis Franklin Cromarty Highschool, a high school for First Nation students located in Thunder Bay, ON. Established in 2000, and administered by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, the highschool delivers education and extra-curricular activities to students from twenty (20) First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario.

The Mission of the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Highschool is to ensure students develop a strong sense of identity in the distinct language, culture, and traditions of the Anishnawbek and achieve academic excellence and become active members in society.



Paul Rabliauskas

Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies

Ron Kanutski

Reception Entertainment

Reception Entertainment

Robin Ranger, Dino Pepe, Mario Potestio

Registration & Networking Reception


Reception Entertainment

Robin Ranger, Dino Pepe (saxophone) and Mario Potestio (guitar) comprise this trio of jazz musicians from Thunder Bay, Ontario. For almost two decades, Robin has performed his original jazz compositions in front of a broad reach of audiences, including those in his home community of Fort William First Nation; across the region and the province; […]

Opening Prayer & Dinner


Master of Ceremonies

Ron Kanutski Ron Kanutski is an energetic social worker, cultural teacher, group facilitator, college instructor, comedian, promoter, and musician who is a long-term resident of the Ogden East End community in Thunder Bay ON. He is the sole proprietor of With Care Consulting and Ron Kanutski Comedy working diligently throughout Canada and the USA to […]




Paul Rabliauskas Paul Rabliauskas is an accomplished stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He’s performed in theatres and festivals across Canada including Oddblock Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Just For Laughs Northwest and the Artic Comedy Festival. In July 2021 Paul taped his first stand up special at the Just For Laughs Festival […]

Awards Presentation & Closing Prayer

Awards Presentation for the following categories:

  • Young Entrepreneurship of the Year
  • Partnership of the Year
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Startup Business of the Year
  • Business Excellence Awards
  • Small Business of the Year


Networking Event



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