Community Builders Awards of Excellence

Community Builder Awards


Marc Boudreau

Marc Boudreau is a Professional Engineer and Co-CEO of BESTECH. For 19 years, Marc and his business partner Denis Pitre have guided BESTECH to extraordinary heights resulting as one of Canada's top employers and leading firm specializing in engineering, automation, software development and product innovations. Marc maintains that BESTECH's success is directly related to its proactive planning in the face of new and exciting opportunities. Marc is passionate about using innovation leadership to help industry improve productivity, profitability and safety. He is a member of many not-for-profit organizations, such as the Ontario Mining Association, CIM and the Professional Engineers of Ontario, he is Chairman of the board for MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation & Applied Research Corporation), and also sits on Cambrian College's board of governors. BESTECH was the winner of the Innovation Award for NOBA in 2000 and also received a CBA award in 2010 for Economic Development. Marc is a proud northerner and feels blessed to live and raise his family in Northern Ontario.

Don Duval

Don Duval is the Chief Executive Officer at NORCAT, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to empowering their clients, staff, and community partners to drive a culture of productivity, innovation, and life-long learning. As an angel investor, strategy consultant, recovering tech entrepreneur, university engineering professor, and former executive at the MaRS Discovery District, Don is passionate to be part of a team that embodies the true spirit of collaboration, excellence, and innovation.

Outside of his day to day activities, Don serves as the Northern Ontario Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards and sits on the Board of JUMP Math, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the Canadian Innovation Exchange. In addition, Don serves as the Chair of the Sudbury Queen's Alumni Association and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Academically, Don has a BScH in Chemistry from Queen's University and a MASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Leo Lefebvre

Léo Lefebvre is a Sudbury native with a B. A. from Laurentian University and holder of a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa. He is a former Director of Education with the Sudbury and District Catholic Separate School Board and Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. He also worked as Education Officer with the Ministry of Education and Superintendent of French Immersion with the former Sudbury Board of Education. He has taught teacher qualification courses for the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and has given several workshops in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick. In his retirement years, Léo continues to exemplify leadership qualities in serving others, being actively involved in several groups and organizations, including Club Richelieu Sudbury as member emeritus, and more recently, the Board of Directors of Maison Vale Hospice as Past Chair. He has been a member of several commissions and has chaired various boards and professional organizations. He sets high standards for himself and his continued involvement as a volunteer in community work is permeated with much zeal and passion.

Tina McCaffrey

Born and raised in Sudbury, Tina received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Earth Sciences from Laurentian University in 1994. Shortly after, she began her career with the City's Regreening Program and became a member of VETAC (past CBA winner), the City's Advisory Panel on the Regreening Program. Since her time with the City, the Regreeing Program has planted 7.7 million trees to make a total of 9.4 million planted trees in our community. The program has continued to evolve and now includes the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest and, more recently, a biodiversity focus, with a mandate to engage the community and plant more diverse plants and shrubs. Through her work at the City, Tina has facilitated countless planting activities with a variety of community groups and continues to assist in making Greater Sudbury a little greener.

David Makela

Born and raised in Greater Sudbury, Dave Makela has been a passionate advocate for amateur sports his entire adult life. He began this advocacy in 1986 as a graduate of Laurentian University's Sport Administration program, beginning an eight-year stint as Executive Director of the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association. In the fall of 1994, he was hired on as Athletic Administrator of the Sudbury District Secondary Schools' Athletic Association, a position shared by the four co-terminous Boards of Education in the Greater Sudbury area, where he continues to work to this day. Throughout his term with the SDSSAA, Makela has actively served on no less than twenty-eight provincial championship organizing committees in various capacities, including most recently as co-Chair to the OFSAA Girls Hockey Championships next month. An avid runner and columnist, his volunteer endeavours include: Executive Member of the Big Nickel Hockey Tournament organizing committee (28 years), Elmview Playground Association executive member (12 years) and current member of the City of Greater Sudbury Sport Tourism Panel. A resident of Valley East with wife Catherine and son Samuel, Makela also helps coach his son's Peewee Houseleague Hockey team in his spare time.

David Munch

David Munch is the Executive Director at Finlandia Village, a senior's continuum of care complex in Sudbury, Ontario.

He has been working in the seniors community care, housing and long term care health sector for over 18 years.

He is a graduate from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in marketing/finance and is accredited as a Long Term Care Administrator by the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Regarding community volunteerism, from 2010-2013 acted as the Treasurer of the Project Dance Competitive Fundraising Inc. and is the Manager for the Sudbury Bulldogs Novice AA competitive hockey team. In 2008 David was one of Sudbury's 40 Under 40 award recipients and accepted a Community Builders Award on behalf of Finlandia Village in 2012.

Karen Tait Peacock

Born in Toronto, but raised in Sudbury, Karen returned to her roots and now calls Sudbury home with her husband and three step-children. Karen Tait-Peacock throughout her 19 years of NGO and entrepreneurship experiences is skilled in fundraising, launching capital campaigns and directing communications and marketing efforts for the greater good.

Karen, while completing her Masters in Child Development at Laurentian University, co-founded the Walden Youth for Youth Centre. Connecting kids with their local community, the centre continues to thrive today under the stewardship of the City of Greater Sudbury.

Having worked as a consultant and employee in both Sudbury and Toronto, Karen's work always focuses around helping individuals and the communities they live in. Brands that Karen has guided through her fundraising, marketing and communications abilities include Easter Seals, Scott Tournament of Hearts, Ontario March of Dimes, Huntington University, Active Healthy Kids Canada, Frontier College and Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.

Karen is Past Chair of the Walden Community Action Network, is an active member of the Canadian Association of Museum Directors, the Canadian Museum Association, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries as well as the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. Karen serves as an appointed member to the Sudbury Community Liaison Group, Healthy Community Cabinet Cultural Plan Steering Group and North-Eastern Ontario Group of Seven Steering Committee in Sudbury.

Jeanne Warwick Conroy

Jeanne is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Nursing, after successfully completing the prescribed courses at Victoria Hospital's School of Nursing. Jeanne also graduated from the Diet Center School of Nutritional Dietology as a Certified Dietologist, which included courses in behaviour modification. She also attended Huntington University and conferred an Honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters in Spring 2013. A B.Sc.N. nurse by profession, her career included teaching in the medical field before she decided to become an entrepreneur. Jeanne owned and operated the Diet Center of Sudbury for 20 years. Jeanne has been honoured as the Sudbury Business and Professional Women's Club 'Woman of the Week' and received the club's annual 'Bernadine Yackman Award'. The Club also presented her with the Business Leadership Award. She earned a prestigious Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce honoured her with a Life Membership and the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers presented her with a Paul Harris Award. In 2004, the Ontario Medical Association granted Jeanne the Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of the people of Sudbury. A year later, she became an honourary member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation.

Most recently, Jeanne received the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship (OMGC), the 2011 Community Builders Hall of Fame Award and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Among her interests are duplicate bridge, tennis, skiing, both cross country and downhill.


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