The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. Over the last 25 years, thousands of women have been nominated and recognized for demonstrating excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors.
The collective impact of our country’s female entrepreneurs cannot be overstated. We are honoured to shine a spotlight on them.
The award process for the 25th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is completed in three straightforward steps.
1. Get Nominated
Entrepreneurs must be nominated by May 05, 2017. If you have received an email notifying you of your nomination – congratulations! You can follow the links within the email to take you to the next steps.
If you have not been nominated yet, why not nominate yourself?
Nominations now closed.
2. Confirm Your Eligibility by Completing Your Intent to Apply Form
All nominees must complete the Intent to Apply form prior to starting their application. This form confirms your eligibility as an official Award Applicant and the information gathered here is a required component of your complete application.
3. Submit Your Formal Application
All nominees who successfully complete their Intent to Apply will be emailed a link to the official 2017 Award Application. Remember – we have resources to help you! Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions and Video Tutorials to help you create an award-winning application.
Nominees must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply for the 25th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. To see if you qualify, please visit our Eligibility Page or email us at [email protected] for more information.
The six award categories are designed to recognize women entrepreneurs at all levels of growth. Three finalists will be selected for each award category from across the country, each individually representing a region: West, Central, East.
Call for Nominations: March 8, 2017
Nomination Deadline: May 5, 2017
Application Deadline: June 19, 2017 – 11:59pm EST
Finalist Announcement: September 27, 2017
Awards Gala: November 22, 2017
“This award has given me a new confidence to propel my company forward with the knowledge that as a Woman of Influence, there is nothing that can stop me.”
“Thinking back to the start of my working life, where I was, who I was, and where I am today, was I feel a tremendous opportunity to reflect back and plan for the future. Life carries on day to day and you either don’t or can’t make the time to do this, so being ‘pushed’ in that direction was a real windfall for me.”
“Imagine living your life the way you choose – making a splash in your own backyard – and all of a sudden, you find out that someone has been watching and wants to recognize you for doing your own thing… It makes you feel so proud to have walked the path of a female entrepreneur!”
Saje Natural Wellness was born when Kate decided to combine her passion for retail with her mission to alleviate the chronic pain symptoms experienced by her husband. She’s now inspiring global wellness with over 50 stores throughout Canada and the United States, offering 100%-natural products that help the body detoxify and recover from the elements’ harmful effects.
Jean Blacklock grew up in Saskatchewan, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. She then became a partner at a major law firm in Calgary and later joined BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management. Her last role at BMO was managing wealth services for BMO Harris Private Banking and as COO of BMO Trust Company. What’s she up to today? Running one of Toronto’s most popular cupcakeries, Prairie Girl Bakery.