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The collective impact of our country’s female entrepreneurs cannot be overstated. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. Now in its 24th year, over 135 women have been recognized for demonstrating excellence — from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We’re honoured to shine a spotlight on them.
Applicant Status: September 12, 2016 Due Diligence: September 13 – September 30, 2016 Finalist Notification: October 3, 2016 PR Announcement: October 5, 2016 Finalist Video Shoot: October 15, 2016 Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York: November 16, 2016 Winners Announced: November 17, 2016
Isabelle Primeau & Marie-Helene Primeau, Premier Continuum Inc., Montreal, QC Deloitte Start-Up
Angela Marotta & Melissa Paolicelli, Two Sisters Vineyard, Niagara Region, ON RBC Momentum
Kate Ross Leblanc, Saje Wellness, Vancouver, BC Charitable Giving
Jennifer Flanagan, Actua, Toronto, ON (EMBERS),Vancouver, BC TELUS Trailblazer
Eva Sun, The Rice People, Richmond, BC PROFIT Award for Excellence
Kathy Gregory, Paradigm Quest Inc., Toronto, ON
“To be nominated and included with so many wonderful women leaders from across the country was in and of itself a true honour.”
“Hearing the speeches from the other women was so touching—it really made you realize how powerful an event this was and how powerful women are when they come together and support each other.”
“I was so excited and proud to have the opportunity to be a finalist and enjoy the recognition and support Women of Influence provides to all women entrepreneurs.”
“Women do not take enough time to compliment themselves, to honor their leadership and their accomplishments, Women of Influence provides that space, that platform from which to truly honor women leaders.”
“I am proud of our Canadian Women and the finalists are very deserving. This is a great program and I will continue to support it.”
“I found the application process to be a great learning experience, and have moved forward with my business with a much clearer sense of my goals and the value of my business.”
“It was a huge honour to have been chosen as the winner of the Start-Up category and everything was managed so well.”
This award honors entrepreneurs who own and operate small businesses that generate annual revenues of under $1 million. The applicant’s business is in any industry, at any stage and in any region, and must demonstrate a successful growth rate on the micro level.
This award celebrates the achievements of an entrepreneur who, in a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years, has developed her business into one that’s ready for the next level of growth. The recipient has been successful in building a profitable business since its inception, and can share a comprehensive and sustainable business plan.
This entrepreneur has successfully capitalized on opportunities to deliver 10% or more growth, year-over-year for three years or more. Through expanded management, empowered employees, and demonstrated excellence, she has created a flexible and responsive business that is able to adapt to changing market environments and leverage opportunities for continued growth.
Awarding an exceptional leader of a registered charity or not-for-profit that is dedicated to social change. Applicants have garnered extraordinary support from the community by being champions for philanthropy and volunteerism in Canada.
This entrepreneur is a true trendsetter. She has recognized a new market, product, service, technological advancement or opportunity and led the way. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company and her market and she has set standards for originality, quality and successful management.
Through timely innovation, strategic thinking and smart execution, the recipient of this award has built and managed one or more successful businesses over a period of 10 years. With a proven track record of growth, profitability, and industry leadership, this entrepreneur’s exploits have generated an uncommon degree of economic growth, and she has shown to possess the drive, managerial acumen and leadership traits that others aspire to have.