Edmonton, AB, Canada -
A total of 76 nominations were received from throughout the province, collectively representing $250M of annual revenues and 1,200 employees. This year's awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of inspiring entrepreneurs.
"Small and medium sized businesses are a vital part of driving our economy forward and the diversity of this year's finalists really shows that Alberta is a world class entrepreneurial centre" says Wellington Holbrook, Executive Vice President of ATB Business & Agriculture. "ATB Business is proud to partner with AWE for the 2016 Celebration of Achievement Awards as these awards are all about recognizing the strong women entrepreneurs we have in this province. We know that we need more entrepreneurs taking the reins of businesses in Alberta, if we want to continue to see growth throughout the province, and together with AWE we can offer support to make that happen."
This year the AWE Celebration of Achievement Award will honour Angela Santiago, an exceptional woman entrepreneur who has built a business in Alberta with significant impact on the economy and the community and is an inspirational leader and a role model for women in business.
The AWE Upsurge Award will be presented to an entrepreneur with a strong vision for growth who leads a business that has experienced growth and has significant expansion opportunities. The AWE Emerging award and Emerging Innovators award will be presented to entrepreneurs who have built a strong foundation for a scalable business and achieved success and market traction over the past 2 years.
The Finalists are:
Faith Grant, Rejuvenation Health Services Inc.
Robyn Henderson, "The Uncomplicated Family" Corporate Group - Kids Uncomplicated
Barbara McLean-Stollery, Executive Airways Grooming Services
Dr. Linda Miller, EWI Works International Inc.
Lori Pecorilli, Latium Fleet Management
Julia Cordray, Peeple App/ Career Fox/ 96 Talents
Dr. Gina Cherkowski, STEM Learning Lab
Meghan Dear, Localize
Dr. Jacqueline Shan, Afinity Life Sciences
Colleen Ward & Karen Kennedy, Eriter Creations Inc.
Marnie Ashcroft, Glow Juicery
Susie Sykes, Catapult Inc.
Robyne Garton, Pink Belts Roofing
Jacqueline Jacek, JACEK Chocolate Couture
Claire Theaker-Brown, Flatter Me Belts
AWE will be hosting The Celebration of Achievement Awards Luncheon on May 6th, 2016 at Hotel Arts in Calgary. This is the only event of its kind in Alberta that brings together entrepreneurs with representatives from government, industry, media and educational institutions to celebrate the outstanding contributions of inspiring female entrepreneurs.
Tickets are now on sale now.
About Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women in business through mentoring, advising, financing and skills and network development.