Local leaders under 40 honoured by Leadership Windsor/Essex

Media Release
March 22, 2018

Windsor, ON – Leadership Windsor/Essex (LWE) is pleased to welcome Alex Brown, ‘digital nomad’ and Beard Club President as the keynote speaker at the 40 Under 40 Leaders Awards, taking 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. Follow LWE on Twitter to be the first to hear the latest news.

“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 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,” says LWE Program Director Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh.  “These diverse, talented, innovative young leaders are valuable assets to our community and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their success.”

To book an interview with the Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex or Alex Brown please contact Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh. The top 40 recipients are also featured in this month`s BizX Magazine. 

LWE is pleased to recognize the top 40 recipients:

  • 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

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.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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About the Leadership Windsor/Essex Program

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. 

Visit www.leadershipwindsor-essex.org to learn more.


Media Contact: Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh, Director, Leadership Windsor/Essex
scolley-vegh@weareunited.com   |   t: 519-258-0000 extension 1186  |  m : 519-919-6505
Twitter @LeadershipWE   #LWE40UNDER40


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