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Women of Influence Launches the ‘Name Her, Nominate Her’ Campaign as the 28th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Call for Nominations Officially Open

TORONTO, January 20, 2020 - RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. This year’s Name Her, Nominate Her campaign marks the 28th year of the awards which provide national recognition to Canada's most accomplished and impactful women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and influence contribute significantly to the local, national and global economy.

Canada is home to over 1.4 million women entrepreneurs1  and 47% of small and medium-sized businesses are now owned by women, generating over $117 billion per annum of economic activity2 in Canada. Moreover, 63% are likely to turn a profit with adequate funding in just two years.

Since its inception, over 40,000 women have been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and over 180 Awards have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. We are calling on all corporations, organizations, and individuals to champion this cause and help us recognize and give a voice to the outstanding work of female entrepreneurs across the entire country and in all industries.

“Canada is home to a growing pool of inspiring women entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the Canadian business landscape with their leadership, innovative ideas and passion,” says Greg Grice, Executive Vice President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “As we launch a new decade with the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, we’re excited about discovering and sharing more of these inspirational stories of entrepreneurship and celebrating the achievements of exceptional women in Canadian business.”

Each of these prestigious awards is tailored to recognize women from all sectors of the economy and at all stages of business growth. They include: Ones to Watch Award, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Micro-Business Award, Start-Up Award, RBC Momentum Award, Social Change Award, Innovation Award, and Excellence Award.

“As we start a new decade, we're excited to celebrate the growth in Canadian business throughout the years passed and in the years to come,” says Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO, Head of Events and Programming, Women of Influence. “We look forward to recognizing Canada's newest and leading women  entrepreneurs who are redefining their industries through innovation, dedication and resilience.”

To nominate, please go to

1 Women Entrepreneurship Study, PayPal 2018
2 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 2015/2016


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 awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing women globally.

About Women of Influence Worldwide Inc.
Women of Influence, now in its 26th year, is one of North America’s leading organizations working towards gender equality in the workplace — by empowering individuals. Through our events, content, awards, courses and coaching, Women of Influence annually reaches a community of over 300,000 professional women and men across Canada and internationally. Providing insights and inspiration, sharing the stories of extraordinary women, and creating opportunities to connect — we are making change happen for women, today. For more information, please visit

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For interview requests or further information please contact:

Amanda Kruzich, Women of Influence, 416-456-8633,
Yuri Park, RBC, 437-229-2742,