The country's best female business owners recognized at annual gala
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Women of Influence celebrated the
recipients of the 2013 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto tonight. The six award winners,
representing the best of what the country has to offer, were recognized
for their contributions to the local, Canadian, and global economies.
Diane Francis, editor-at-large at the National Post, hosted the
ceremony, which is now in its 21st year.
"RBC is honoured to support and recognize women entrepreneurs who have
taken their passion for an idea and made it into a business from
start-up to success," said Andrea Bolger, executive vice president,
Business Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank. "It's this entrepreneurial
spirit that we celebrate at these annual awards - the extraordinary
vision, determination and achievements of women entrepreneurs across
The Awards program identifies finalists from three regions across Canada
(West, Central, and East) and the 2013 winners call places from
Vancouver to Halifax home. All the nominees share a strong
entrepreneurial vision and a relentless passion to pursue their dreams
and make something better, in their communities, their industries, and
"On behalf of everyone at this year's RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur
Awards, we are so very proud to highlight the successes of the award
recipients," said Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO, Women of
Influence Inc. "Each winner is incredibly deserving of all the
accolades bestowed upon her and the resulting momentum to propel the
growth of her business. These women are incredible role models for
The 2013 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recipients are:
Deloitte Start-Up Award
Lisa Tuningley, President, T-RAIL Products Inc.
Hub HKMB Impact Award
Judith Bobbitt, President, Oceans Ltd.
RBC Momentum Award
Victoria Sopik & Jennifer Nashmi, CEO and Co-Founder / CFO and
Co-Founder, Kids & Company
TPH Sustainability Award
Tamara Barker Watson, CEO, Whitestone Developments Ltd.
TELUS Trailblazer Award
Shannon Rogers, President & General Counsel, Global Relay
PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Suzanne Lee West, President and CEO, Black Shire Energy Inc.
About the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national
business awards recognizing the country's leading female entrepreneurs.
The program kicks off in March with a call for nominations. Nominees
are then required to submit a thorough application including a business
plan and video questionnaire. Candidates are judged by a nationwide
committee, subjected to a due diligence interview by Deloitte, and
finally selected within each of the 6 award categories including: Start
up, Impact, Momentum, Sustainability, Trailblazer and Excellence. For
more information, visit www.womenofinfluence.ca/theawards/
About Women of Influence
Women of Influence Inc. is North America's leading organization
dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It offers solutions
to corporations through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence,
and solutions to women through executive leadership workshops,
nationwide events, and media. It produces and hosts the renowned
Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women
Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to
publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of
Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across
North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo,
Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, and Washington, DC. For
more information, visit www.womenofinfluence.ca.
Image with caption: "2013 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Winners. L to R: Jennifer Tory, RBC; Diane Francis, National Post; Suzanne West, Black Shire Energy; Judith Bobbitt, Oceans Ltd; Jennifer Nashmi & Victoria Sopik, Kids & Company; Lisa Tuningly, T-Rail Products; Tamara Barker Watson, Whitestone Developments; Carolyn Lawrence, Women of Influence (CNW Group/Women of Influence Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131127_C5686_PHOTO_EN_34007.jpg
SOURCE: Women of Influence Inc.
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