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Top 25 Women of Influence

A celebration of Canada's diverse women role models.

The annual Top 25 Women of Influence™ awards recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Canada’s self-identified women and gender-diverse role models. The recipients have all left their mark over the past year: contributing to the greater good through their initiatives; using their influence to drive positive change; or reaching inspiring heights on a global stage. 

From athletes to activists, corporate leaders to up-and-coming entrepreneurs — their unique achievements are impossible to compare against each other, which is why we’ve designed these awards as a celebration, rather than a ranking.

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what we look for


From grassroots to global efforts, these role models are creating, building, and leading initiatives and programs that are designed to benefit others. 


Breaking barriers to reach impressive heights on a global stage, these role models are becoming inspirational visible examples of what women are capable of. 


From sparking important conversations to setting a positive example, these role models are using their personal influence to drive broad change.

2021 Top 25

Lifetime Achievement Award

We are honouring Camille Orridge with the 2021 Top 25 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Ricoh Canada, for her outstanding contributions to social change and healthcare equity. Over her 50+ year career — during which she climbed from ward maid to CEO — Camille has always prioritized patient and community needs, collaborating to build groundbreaking programs and initiatives that have had a positive and enduring impact on people’s lives.

Top 25

Past award recipients

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Sign up for our PREVIEW newsletter and be the first to find out when our 2022 Top 25 Women of Influence applications open. 

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To celebrate the accomplishments of a diverse group of role models, including self-identified women and gender-diverse individuals.  

In 2020, we moved the presentation of the Top 25 from November to February. Why? We wanted to make it easier for applicants to understand the period of qualification — any time in the previous calendar year — so we wouldn’t miss out on any great achievements. Since this is our first year after the switch, the 2020 Top 25 had a longer qualification period, from September 2018 to December 2019. From here on, the year in the title will reflect the year the awards are given, for accomplishments in the previous calendar year. 

We kept the name but reimagined the format. Rather than quantifiably measuring influence, we celebrate a wide variety of accomplishments and contributions. 

Any Canadian citizen living in Canada or abroad, or any permanent resident in Canada, that self-identifies as a woman or as gender-diverse. You can learn more about eligibility and what we look for on the Application page

Applications for the 2021 Top 25 Women of Influence are closed. You can subscribe to our PREVIEW newsletter to be notified about the 2022 Top Women of Influence nomination process.

Because the Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) is not related to accomplishments within a calendar year, but rather a lifetime of notable achievements, we don’t have the same restrictions that come with the eligibility period. This allows us to make our selection earlier than the other recipients, and make sure we can get our esteemed LAA recipient scheduled to appear at the annual Top 25 Women of Influence Luncheon.

in partnership with

Our Presenting Sponsor

Ricoh is a worldwide leader of digital workplace solutions designed to connect people to information and each other. For more than 80 years we have imagined change to help people work better. Our technology, creativity, and expertise has helped thousands of businesses thrive during times of change. With more than 90,000 Ricoh Change Makers across 200+ countries and regions, we are helping today’s companies redefine work and change. For better. Headquartered in Tokyo, the Ricoh Group ended its fiscal year 2020, with worldwide sales of 2,008 billion yen (approx.18.5 billion USD).

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