Inaugural Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 award winners announced

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The recipients of the inaugural Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 Awards have been announced — including Kingstonist’s Editor-In-Chief, Tori Stafford — and will be celebrated at a black-tie event later this month.

Kingston Economic Development (EcDev) announced the outstanding individuals on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, and stated that these 40 young leaders have “demonstrated exceptional achievements and contributions, making an impact in various fields and shaping the future of Kingston.”

“The remarkable talent of these individuals shows why Kingston is seen as a leading city in Ontario and across the country for establishing a business or launching an innovative project,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Their contribution to our community is immensely felt and is a true testament to the caring and connected community we want to foster here in Kingston. I hope that, through recognizing our top 40 Under 40, aspiring young professionals will be motivated to keep pursuing their dreams.”

Selected from a diverse pool of nominees, the Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 winners have “showcased unparalleled dedication, innovation, and commitment to their respective industries,” according to a release from Kingston EcDev. Their accomplishments span across business, technology, healthcare, arts, culture, and more, highlighting the diverse young leaders that Kingston is proud to nurture and support.

“Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 recipients are a testament to the incredible talent and innovation that thrives within our city. These young leaders are shaping our community’s future and by recognizing their achievements, we not only celebrate their accomplishments but also fuel the inspiration for other young leaders to make their mark in our city. We are immensely proud of what our honourees have achieved and we look forward to a future where their impact continues to make Kingston a desirable place to live and work,” said Donna Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Economic Development.

Relaunched in March of this year, the Kingston Young Professionals network provides a supportive platform for networking, collaboration and professional advancement, according to Kingston EcDev. Through a range of engaging events and opportunities, the network comes together to share knowledge, build meaningful connections and contribute to the vibrant professional landscape of Kingston.

“This recognition is not just about individual accomplishments but a celebration of our collective potential to drive positive change as young leaders. Together, we’re shaping a future where innovation, collaboration and community engagement thrive. I’m excited to continue this journey alongside my fellow young professionals and inspire others to dream big and contribute to our vibrant city,” said Nour Mazloum, Marketing & Communications Manager with Kingston Economic Development.

The 2023 Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 recipients are:

Adam RondeauDaft Brewing
Alexandra (Ali) ten HoveSail Canada
Alyssa ProderickAmherstview Golf Course
Anne-Sophie VerhaegheUmicore
Braden DragomirUntold Storytelling
Cedric PepeleaCedric Pepelea Consulting
Connor HolwayRoyal Bank of Canada
Constantin MugengaImperial Painting Reno, Imperial Cleaning System
Cory FirthNeuma
Daniel DesjardinsDistributive
Daniel LiaoSt. Lawrence College
Daniel MulderKingston Health Sciences Centre
Emma FitzgeraldAssante Financial – Fenlon Division
Francisco CorbettFORWORLD
Gregory RidgeCity Councillor
Irsa WigintonmDETECT
Jacqui CollierTamarack Homes
James McCarthyCunningham Swan
Jenn BossioTri Health Clinic
Jennifer NgTempleman LLP
Jessica HellardJessica Hellard Real Estate Group
Kailey LonghurstGrabbing Grapefruit
Kel MartinYellow House, Queen’s University
Krista LeClairKingston Accommodation Partners
Latoya PowderPatry Group
Laura NovitskyJobwell Social Enterprise
Liv RondeauLimestone District School Board
Liz JenschGrains and Goods Farmstead
Maddee LintonMaddee Rose Design
Malcom EadeSpectra Plasmonics
Melissa EapenImprobable Escapes, Visual Menace, waypoint
Melissa PhelanMissy Welds, St. Lawrence College
Patrick GarrettCambium Inc.
Prashant AgrawalPlantee Bioplastics
Rathi PerumalUyir Engineering
Rishabh ChopraCyclic Materials
Sina TahamtanRogers & Trainor
Tianna EdwardsQueen’s University, Keep Up With Kingston
Tori StaffordKingstonist
Zach FangMiss Bao, Royal Bank of Canada

An awards gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 at the Frontenac Club to honour the Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 winners. For more information and to RSVP for the awards gala, visit

2 thoughts on “Inaugural Kingston Young Professionals 40 Under 40 award winners announced

  • Congrats to all. Keep shining your light to brighten our city.

  • Agreed. Congrats. Independent journalism is something to be proud of!

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