The Top 25 Women of Influence™ awards recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Canada’s diverse role models. You can learn more about the program here, and there’s an FAQ below to help you with the nomination — whether it’s for yourself or someone else. The nominations for the awards are open until December 8, 2021.
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.
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Our main aim is to provide an inspiring and diverse list of extraordinary role models, so that as many people as possible can find someone they relate to in our recipients, and be inspired. When we refer to women, we are inclusive of self-identified women, and the awards are also open to non-binary individuals and other diverse genders.
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. In the first year after the switch, the 2020 Top 25 had a longer qualification period, from September 2018 to December 2019. From then on, the year in the title reflects 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 identifies as a woman. When we refer to women, we are inclusive of self-identified women, and the awards are also open to non-binary individuals and other diverse genders.
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.
We honour the recipients at the Top 25 Women of Influence Celebration held in March, on or around International Women’s Day.