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We are proud to announce the 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards finalists. A record-breaking year for the program, Canadian women entrepreneurs were recognized by their colleagues and peers with over 10,000 nominations from across the country. After an intensive judging review, 21 finalists were selected across seven categories. An additional 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.

The women in this exceptional, diverse, and resilient group were chosen for their accomplishments in a wide range of industries including media, venture capital management, apparel, construction, medical services, cybersecurity and beyond.

In recognition of the incredible growth of the overall program, the Social Change category has been expanded this year. This award has now grown to include two categories: Social Change: Regional Impact, which recognizes a leader of a registered charity, social enterprise or not-for-profit that is dedicated to their unique brand of social change at a local or regional level; and Social Change: National Impact, which recognizes those whose organization has national or global impact.

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recognize women business owners from across Canada who make impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian, or global economy. Candidates share a strong entrepreneurial vision and a relentless passion in pursuing their dreams. These awards recognize businesswomen and leaders of non-profits from three major regions across Canada: East, Central, and West. 

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. 

“We are honoured to celebrate the stories and accomplishments of our 2021 award finalists,” said Greg Grice, Executive Vice-President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “We’re excited to see a growing force of women entrepreneurs in Canada who are trailblazing industries, mentoring and creating opportunities for other women, and making significant contributions to our economy and communities through their leadership. Supporting their advancement and celebrating their achievements are critical to creating a more inclusive business community and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs as we strive for greater growth and resilience in a post-pandemic economy.”

We are honoured to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2021 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 29th Annual Awards Gala, on Wednesday, November 17, where all attendees will be once again digitally transported into our Virtual Awards Gala. The Gala, which will be live streamed around the world, will shine a spotlight on all these amazing Canadian women entrepreneurs. Keynote remarks will be shared by Nadine Renaud-Tinker, Regional President Quebec, RBC.

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The 2021 Recipients of the Ones to Watch Award are:

The 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalists are:

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Micro-Business Award
Start-Up Award
RBC Momentum Award
Social Change Award: National Impact
Social Change Award: Regional Impact
Innovation Award
Excellence Award