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In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

TORONTO, March 7, 2014 - In celebration of today, International Women's Day, RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA). These awards provide national recognition to Canada's most accomplished and impactful women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and influence contribute so much to the local, national and global economy.

'RBC has a long standing commitment to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs across Canada,' said Kim Ulmer, Vice-President, Small Business, RBC. 'These awards enable us to profile women entrepreneurs who are raising the bar, leading the charge and succeeding in business.'

To date, over 15,000 women from their early 20s to their mid-eighties, from every sector of the economy, have been nominated for these awards. Over 120 Awards have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. The following awards are presented; Deloitte Start-Up Award, HUB INTERNATIONAL Impact Award, RBC Momentum Award, TPH Charitable Giving Award, TELUS Trailblazer Award and PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and new this year we have added the Micro-Business Award.

The potential boost to economic activity by tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of women is significant and could sustain women as a source of economic growth in Canada for decades to come.

'Women desire to have value, so when they become entrepreneurs this translates directly to improving quality of life for those around them, challenging the status quo, and making our Country better. The purpose of these Awards is to provide recognition for these hardworking women that serves to propel their success and impact,' said Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence Inc. 'It's a win-win'.

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For interview requests or further information please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie, 416-923-1688, media@womenofinfluence.ca
Suzanne Willers, 416-974-2727, suzanne.willers@rbc.com

Women of Influence is North America's leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content - both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca. (opens external website in new window)