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Women Entrepreneurs

RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards


Benefits of Being a Winner

The RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards celebrate successful women-owned businesses of all types and sizes right across the country. Previous recipients say that winning one of these awards has boosted their profile and market presence and opened the door to new business opportunities.

  • “It’s the most meaningful award I’ve ever won and a big win for Phoenix. To receive national recognition of achievement for what it takes to compete globally is pretty special!” Kyle MacDonald, Phoenix Interactive Design Inc. (2006 Export Award Winner)
  • “The benefits are more than we could ever have imagined. Winning gives you credibility at a different level. We got incredible press and lots of hits off the RBC Women Entrepreneurs web site.” Suzanne Mick, Discover Wines Ltd. (2006 Start-Up Award Winner)
  • “The thing that I’m quite thrilled about as a result of winning the award is that I was invited to join two groups of really remarkable women - Women Presidents’ Organization and the International Women’s Forum. I also received a tremendous write up in the Globe & Mail.” Lola Rasminsky, Avenue Road Arts School, (2006 Trailblazer Award Winner)
  • “Being recognized is absolutely fantastic and it was great to meet the other wonderful winners.” Susan Niczowski, Summer Fresh Salads Inc. (2006 RBC Momentum Award Winner)
Winning the Momentum Award was perfect for us because we've built momentum in the company over the past decade and just keep going.

Sherri Stevens, 2005 RBC Momentum

  • “We’ve certainly received a lot of recognition and media attention. I’ve never had the opportunity to deal with media, so it’s been a good growth experience. I’ve also met some wonderful people because of the award, which has shifted and broadened how I think.” Yvonne Tollens, ComputerAid Professional Services Ltd (2006 Innovation Award Winner)
  • “There have been many spin-off benefits. Having the opportunity to speak about what we’ve achieved has increased my confidence. I’ve conducted media interviews and the mayor of my city gave me an Award of Excellence. A high school group even interviewed me…which was a lot of fun.” Sherri Stevens, Stevens Resource Group (2005 RBC Momentum Award Winner)
  • “I’ve received lots of media attention, including CBC-TV, TVO and print media nationally. And it’s reconnected me with people from my past - I even heard from my journalism college professor from 20 years ago. I’ve also been invited to join the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and have been appointed to the national First Nations Governance Institute Board of Directors.” Lynda Powless, Turtle Island News (2005 Trailblazer Award Winner)
  • “Because the award is high profile, our company has received a lot of attention, which has been good for our team since it reinforces we are doing the right thing. The media profile also makes it easier to talk to people and they are quicker to respond.” Andrea Feunekes, Remsoft Inc. (2005 Innovation Award Winner)
  • “Getting this kind of professional recognition is terrific! Not only have I made excellent contacts through the process and received great press, but it’s nice to take things up a notch and be able to say that our small Canadian company is in this league. ” Marianne Bertrand, Muttluks Inc. (2002 Innovation Award Winner)

Even 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Wendy McDonald, founder of BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. – who has won multiple awards, including an Order of Canada honour, during her 61-year entrepreneurial climb in a male-dominated industry – sees the value. “It’s a wonderful award for achievement over the years and so nice to be recognized this way.”

The bottom line? It’s well worth it to apply!

Resource: Awards DVD

RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards DVD

A special DVD is available featuring the 2006 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards, vignettes of the 2006 winners sharing their successful stories and business advice, and other information that can help you grow and promote your business.

Looking to motivate yourself or others to apply for the Awards? This is an excellent resource. Those nominated will automatically receive this special DVD.

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How to Nominate or Apply for the 2012 Awards
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