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Program Description

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 27 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 27th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is completed in three straightforward steps.

1. Get Nominated

Entrepreneurs must be nominated by March 21, 2019. 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.

3. Submit Your Formal Application

All nominees who successfully complete their Intent to Apply will be emailed a link to the official 2019 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.

Are you Eligible to Apply?

Nominees must meet all eligibility criteria in order to apply for the 27th 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.

2019 Award Categories

The seven 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 recognizes five entrepreneurs who may not meet the criteria for the other awards but who demonstrate incredible potential through their innovative ideas, keen business sense and solid plans for future profitable growth. The award is open to those who have been in business more than 1 but fewer than 3 years.

Meet the 2018 Recipients:

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.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Glain Roberts-McCabe
                     Finalists: Luann Baker-Johnson and Kathleen Quinlan
Meet the 2017 Winner: Genevieve Levesque
                     Finalists: Kalpana Kundra and Angel Guerra & Angela Dione
Meet the 2016 Finalists
Meet the 2015 Finalists

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.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Joanna Griffiths
                     Finalists: Jennifer Denouden and Ella Choi
Meet the 2017 Winner: Trina Bailey
                     Finalists: Rula Sharkawi and Marlo Brausse
Meet the 2016 Finalists
Meet the 2015 Finalists

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.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Dr. Marjorie Dixon
                     Finalists: Jennifer Hamilton and Francine Brûlé
Meet the 2017 Winner: Mandy Rennehan
                     Finalists: Kara Angus and Rachel Mielke
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Meet the 2015 Finalists

Awarding an exceptional leader of a registered charity, not-for-profit or for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to social change. Applicants have garnered extraordinary support from the community by being champions for philanthropy and volunteerism in Canada.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Latha Sukumar
                     Finalists: Ching Tien and Heather Modlin
Meet the 2017 Winner: Melissa Sariffodeen
                     Finalists: Cathy Deagle Gammon and Glori Meldrum
Meet the 2016 Finalists
Meet the 2015 Finalists

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.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Toni Desrosiers
                     Finalists: Caroline Roberts and Elen Steinberg
Meet the 2017 Winner: Claudia Sjoberg
                     Finalists: Natalie Voland and Sharifa Khan
Meet the 2016 Finalists
Meet the 2015 Finalists

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. Past finalists in this category have annual revenues in excess of $30M+.

Meet the 2018 Winner: Victoria Sopik & Jennifer Nashmi
                     Finalists: Mandy Farmer and Mélanie Normandin
Meet the 2017 Winner: Janet Zuccarini
                     Finalists: Allison Grafton and Christiane Germain
Meet the 2016 Finalists
Meet the 2015 Finalists

2019 Key Program Dates

Call for Nominations: Closed
Nomination Deadline: Closed
Application Deadline: Closed
Finalist Announcement: September 18, 2019
Awards Gala: November 20, 2019
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Award Process – Quick Links

Nominations are closed
Intent to Apply Form

Award Application – Key Resources

Follow these links to access everything you need to complete an award-winning application.
Eligibility Criteria
Frequently Asked Questions
Application Tutorials


Meet Winner Marjorie Dixon

Founded in 2016, Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health is committed to making the right to family accessible to everyone. As a doctor in reproductive medicine who had been through the system for assisted fertility personally, Marjorie Dixon saw inequality for different segments of the population, service that was lacking in providing care to women, and gaps in innovative, evidence-based treatment options. She knew it could be done better. Currently reporting twice the Canadian standard rate of success per cycle, Anova’s growth has been substantial: from a clinic of 8 employees to a full-IVF centre with a team of over 80.



Meet Finalist Caroline Roberts

When Caroline Roberts co-founded Thoth Technology in 2001, she saw a market opportunity in Canada’s vibrant space sector, providing services to validate equipment for spaceflight. The space and defense company now has three divisions — Space Tracking and Navigation, Space Test, and Space Systems — with a headquarters at the Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO). It’s here you’ll find Earthfence, the world’s first commercial deep space radar, which utilizes a 1,500 tonne antenna to track satellites in a 50,000 km range — the equivalent of detecting an insect at a range of 500 km.