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.
How Does the Award Process Work?
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?
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.
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.
2017 Award Categories
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.
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.
“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!”
As the president and founder of rock-it promotions and an innovator within the industry, Debra is a seasoned professional with an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. She started her company out of her parents’ spare bedroom, and now, 17 years later, rock-it is a leading Canadian lifestyle PR firm that resides in the heart of downtown Toronto.
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.