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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.

Deadline to submit nominations has been extended!
The search for qualified nominees for the 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards has been extended until May 27th. Do you know someone extraordinary? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Key Dates

Nomination Launch: March 8, 2016
NEW! Nomination Deadline: May 27, 2016
Application Deadline: July 4, 2016 11:59pm EST
Finalist Announcement: September 21, 2016
Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York: November 16, 2016
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Key Resources

Follow these links to access everything you need to complete an award-winning application.
Video Tutorials
Application Help

2015 Winners

Sharon Vinderine, PTPA Media Inc., Toronto, ON
Deloitte Start-Up
Wendy McClelland, Vets to Go Inc., Calgary, AB
RBC Momentum
Allison Grafton, Rockwood Custom Homes, Calgary, AB
TPH Charitable Giving
Marcia Nozick, Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society (EMBERS),Vancouver, BC
TELUS Trailblazer
Janice Larocque, Spirit Staffing and Consulting Inc., Calgary, AB
PROFIT Award for Excellence
Ann Kaplan, iFinance Canada Inc., Toronto, ON

See the 2014 winners
See the 2013 winners
See the 2012 winners

2016 Award Categories

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.

Eligibility Criteria

To see if you qualify for the Awards Program, please visit our Eligibility Page or email us at [email protected] for more information.

Award Process

To submit a complete application, the applicant must complete all the steps below:

1. Nomination: All entrepreneurs must be nominated by May 27, 2016. To nominate yourself, click here.

2. Intent to Apply: All applicants must formally accept the nomination by stating their intent to apply here.

3. Application: Armed with our Video Tutorials, Application Resources and Frequently Asked Questions page, entrepreneurs can begin their application. To preview the application, click here.