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We are proud to announce the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards finalists. In what has been an unprecedented year, this program continues to shine the light on the Canadian women entrepreneurs whose accomplishments are worthy of recognition and celebration. 

At Women of Influence, we are familiar with the challenges and opportunities that accompany entrepreneurship and innovation, and are honoured to celebrate the accomplishments of a diverse group of women  in a wide range of industries including healthcare services, engineering, beauty, technology, hospitality, law and beyond.

With over 8,600 nominations from across the country, we had the incredible task of selecting 18 finalists across six legacy award categories. In addition to that, five recipients were chosen to receive the Ones to Watch Award, which recognizes entrepreneurs who have launched businesses that have made an incredible impact in fewer than three years.

We are grateful to all of our partners whose contributions make this celebration of women’s entrepreneurship possible, especially the dedication and commitment of our Title Sponsor, RBC. 

“The unwavering resilience, creativity and passion of Canadian entrepreneurs has, and continues to be the hallmark of our economic strength as a country and business community,” says Greg Grice, Executive Vice President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “Many of these businesses are led by inspiring women leaders who are important role models for the next generation of aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. RBC is proud to work with Women of Influence to bring their stories to light, and celebrate their achievements and contributions to the Canadian business community through the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.”

We are honoured to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 award finalists. These entrepreneurs have displayed remarkable resilience over the course of the year, demonstrating exciting growth and innovation as they adapted their businesses to a new environment.

The winners will be announced and celebrated at the 28th Annual Awards Gala, on Wednesday, November 18, where all attendees will be digitally transported into the first ever Virtual Awards Gala. This immersive experience, which will be live streamed around the world, will shine a spotlight on all the amazing Canadian women entrepreneurs. Keynote remarks will be shared by Demetra Streda, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services Strategy, RBC.

For more information, view the press release.  |  Pour plus d’information, visitez le communiqué de presse.

The 2020 Recipients of the Ones to Watch Award are:
  • Eno Eka, Eny Consulting Inc.
  • Jenn Harper, Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc.
  • Nadine Chalati, Chalati Lawyer Inc.
  • Rogayeh Tabrizi, Theory+Practice
  • Suzie Yorke, The Good Fat Co. Ltd.

The 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalists are:

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Micro-Business Award
  • West: Kyla Lee, Kyla Lee Law Corporation
  • Central: Connie Lo & Laura Burget, Three Ships
  • East: Nancy O’Halloran, BraveHeart First Aid
Start-Up Award
  • West: Ashley Freeborn, Smash + Tess
  • Central: Sahar Saidi, LUS Brands
  • East: Monique Fares, Signature Health
RBC Momentum Award
  • West: Desiree Bombenon, SureCall
  • Central: Kristi Herold, Sport & Social Group
  • East: Saba Chishti & Erin Kempt-Sutherland, Choice Health Centre
Social Change Award
  • West: Glori Meldrum, Little Warriors
  • Central: Eugenia Duodu Addy, Visions of Science Network for Learning
  • East: Sylvia Parris Drummond, Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
Innovation Award
  • West: Nicole Neuman, Synergy Engineering Ltd.
  • Central: Sana Salam, Sodales Solutions Inc.
  • East: Soodeh Farokhi, C2RO
Excellence Award
  • West: Mandy Farmer, Accent Inns Inc.
  • West: Shahrzad Rafati, Broadband TV
  • Central: Marina Glogovac, CanadaHelps