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Press Release – Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 26th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards with the ‘Name Her, Nominate Her’ Campaign



TORONTO – JANUARY 22nd – RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. This year’s Name Her, Nominate Her campaign marks the 26th year of the awards which provide national recognition to Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and influence contribute significantly to the local, national and global economy.

There are over 950,000 self-employed women in Canada accounting for 36% of all self-employed persons.

Majority women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises represent over $117 billion per annum of economic activity in Canada.

Since its inception, over 25,000 women have been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and over 150 Awards have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. We are calling on all corporations, organizations, and individuals to champion this cause and help us recognize and give a voice to the outstanding work of female entrepreneurs across the entire country and in all industries.

“RBC is proud to work with Women of Influence again to launch this year’s RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards to recognize the passion, dedication and contributions of Canada’s exceptional business women,” said Greg Grice, executive vice-president, Business Financial Services, RBC. “We remain dedicated to helping create opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses and committed to ensuring that women have the resources they need to play an active role in their future.”

Each of these prestigious awards is tailored to recognize women from all sectors of the economy and at all stages of business growth. They include: Micro-Business Award, Start-Up Award, RBC Momentum Award, Social Change Award, TELUS Trailblazer Award, and the TEC Canada Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.

This year, Women of Influence is excited to introduce a new award category, the Ones to Watch Award which recognizes female business owners who, although in the early stages of their business, show incredible potential through innovative ideas, strong business sense and solid plans for future profitable growth.

“Starting a business requires more than a great idea — it takes bravery, passion, and dedication,” said Alicia Skalin,

Co-CEO, Head of Events and Programming, Women of Influence, “With the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards this year, we’re celebrating not only those who have established their businesses, but also the women who have taken the leap into entrepreneurship and shown they have what it takes to persevere and succeed.”

To nominate, please go to http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/rbc-cwea.


About the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing women globally.


About Women of Influence Worldwide Inc.

Women of Influence, now in its 24th year, is one of North America’s leading organization offering solutions to further women’s career advancement. With courses in executive leadership, global events, and print and digital content, Women of Influence annually reaches over 200,000 professional women and men across Canada and internationally. Signature events include the Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. For more information, please visit www.womenofinfluence.com


For interview requests or further information please contact:

Amanda Kruzich, Women of Influence, 416 456 8633, akruzich@womenofinfluence.ca

Rob Merk, Corporate Communications, RBC, 416-955-6665, rob.merk@rbc.com