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Women Empowerment Awards Nominations

Women Empowerment Awards Nominations


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Congratulations to our
2022 Finalists!

Iris Simpson, Instructor, Toronto Metropolitan University (@irisknowsbest)
Beckie Di Leo, Creative Director, 6ix Academy (@beckiedileo)
Francine Mbvoumbo, Founder & Strategic Leader (@mothers_to_daughters)
The Finalists for Global Impact are:
Ana Gabriela Juarez, Founder & Director, Women in Mining Central America (@wim_centralamerica)
Christine Cruz-Clarke, CEO, Balzac’s Coffee Roaster (@balzacscoffee)
Almas Jiwani, President & CEO, Emeritus UN Women Canada (@jiwanialmas)
Our Finalists for the Mantella Corporation BIPOC Entrepreneur Grant Award are:
Jenn Harper, Founder and CEO, Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics (@cheekbonebeauty)
Marcia Brown, Founder & Executive Director, Trust 15 Youth Community Support Organization (@marciabrown_trust_15_ )
Lesley Hampton, Creative Director, Lesley Hampton (@lesley_hampton)
Dr. Laura Desveaux, Founder and Executuve Director, Women Who Lead (@lauradesveaux)
Reetu Gupta, Chairwoman, The Gupta Group (reetuguptaofficial)
Ovie Onagbeboma, Founder, Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (@thecbna)
The Finalists for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion are:
Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Creative Director, D.PE Agency (@ashleymckenziebarnes)
Alexa Jovanovic, Founder, Aille (@lexajovanovic)
Amie Archibald-Varley, Health Equity Specialist (@varleyrn)
The Finalists for Rising Star are:
Sarah Lalji-Mawji, Founder & CEO, SLM Prep (@slm_prep)
Kenisha Arora, Founder, The Hope Sisters (@kenishaarora56)
Cierra Johnson, Founder, creArt Foundation (@creartfoundation)
The Finalists for Innovation are:
Patricia Drewnowska, Owner, Patricia's Cake Creations (@patriciascakecreations)
Tatiana Soldatova, Principal, Strategic Design and Co-founder, Syllable Inc. (
Izzy Camilleri, Founder, IZ Adaptive (@izadaptive)
The Finalists for Entrepreneurship are:
Stephanie den Hollander, Phenomenally You Life Coaching (@steph_lifecoach)
Jiordana Saade, CEO & Founder, The Mind-Full Clinic Inc. (@themindfullclinicinc)
Emily O’Brien, Founder and CEO, Comeback Snacks (@comebacksnacks )
The Finalists for Businesswoman of the Year are:
Christine Faulhaber, Founder & CEO, Faulhaber Communications (@faulhabercomm)
Fennella Bruce, Founder, FKB Media Solutions (@fkbmedia)
Mary Jean Tully, Founder & CEO, Tully Luxury Travel (@tullyluxurytravel)
With a career that began in journalism and flourished into the host of internationally acclaimed Fashion Television for 27 years, an author of 5 books, contributing editor of multiple publications, her own clothing line and hosting a regular series for TSC called “Style Matters with Jeanne Beker” and her more recent podcast Beyond Style Matters, Jeanne has made such an impactful contribution to our community and inspired so many during her career.



Businesswoman of the Year Award

The world of business is full of talented, innovative leaders and entrepreneurs who run successful ventures. This award recognizes an individual who has shown dedication in achieving phenomenal success in business and continues to drive her business forward while fostering and encouraging female entrepreneurship.


Leadership Award

Leaders create leaders.  This award recognizes an individual who is seen as an instrumental and influential leader in business or their community, demonstrating how their personal leadership has led to business growth and development, or how they have impacted the quality of life in their community.

Diversity, Equality & Inclusivity Award

Celebrating the diversity of ethnicities in the workplace, supporting colleagues with physical or mental health challenges, and for inclusion of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community, this award recognizes an individual with a continuous and long-term commitment to Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DE&I) within the workplace and community.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Exemplifying the ideals of entrepreneurship by running a successful start-up or being the driving force of a successful business (1-3 years).  This award recognizes an individual with a strong focus on vision, passion and strategic direction.

Mentorship Award

Inspiring and providing guidance to others, this award recognizes mentors that go above and beyond, empowering other women to accomplish their goals and fostering the next generation of leaders.

Innovator Award

Impacting the way they do business, working with others in product and service development, this award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant innovations within the scope of business, which includes quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness or creativity.

Global Impact Award

Impacting and inspiring women beyond our Canadian boundaries, this award recognizes the leadership, contributions and actions taken to reach and impact women globally, making a difference within communities in developing nations. 

Mantella Corporation BIPOC Entrepreneur Award

This award includes a generous  $10,000 grant and recognizes successful BIPOC business leaders who have overcome greater challenges, breaking through roadblocks to gain credibility and establish themselves in their industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition to an individual who has made a significant impact on a large number of individuals or organizations during a distinguished career.  Documented achievement must have taken place over a minimum of 10 years through individually designed or implemented high-impact programs or projects, the development of influential initiatives, publications, community or business mentorships.

Rising Star Award

With recognizing young individuals whose examples serve to inspire our next generation through entrepreneurship, advocacy, community involvement or global change, this award is presented to an individual who is seen to be an inspiration to our younger generation.  (This Award is only open to those aged between 14–22 years.)

Please fill in the nomination form of the woman you wish to nominate for one of our awards.  Please note that the candidate must be a Canadian resident and meet each award criteria.  All nominations will be carefully considered.


2023 Award Recipients will be Announced at the
Women Empowerment Awards on September 22nd.
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