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Congratulations to all 22 Finalists for The 2017 Mompreneur® Awards, each a talented Mompreneur in their own right!

The 2017 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence

Naming Canada’s Official Mompreneur® of the Year for 2017

Mompreneur Andrea Winarski of Easy Peasy Patches


Andrea Winarski
Aurora, Ontario  |  Member since 2012

Just Peel, Stick & Wear! Easy Peasy Patches are the only permanent, fabric,stick-on patch on the market. NO ironing. NO sewing. Easy Peasy Patches will stay on through the washer, dryer & dishwasher. They are super durable and fun. This means that they can be used on anything from jeans and backpacks to water bottles and sporting gear. They are great for decorating, crafting, and mending everything! easypeasypatches.com

Mompreneur AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio of Olivia RoseOLIVIA ROSE

AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio
Milton, Ontario  |  Member since 2010

The OLIVIA ROSE® hand made collection of designer pettiskirts/petticoats and girls fashions are a timeless classic and are perfect for everyday fashion, dress-up, parties, dance recitals, portrait sessions, weddings and many other special occasions. Specializing in creating  a premium, high-end/ luxe line of baby, girls and ladies designer fashions, OLIVIA ROSE® is proud to be the first Canadian pettiskirt/petticoat private label, designed and run in Canada. oliviarose.com

Mompreneur Dana Shortt of Dana Shortt Gourmet in WaterlooDANA SHORTT GOURMET & GIFTS

Dana Shortt
Waterloo, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts is a boutique-style gourmet food shop in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, offering freshly made appetizers, entrees, gift baskets and quality chocolates, as well as an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar. As a chef, Dana is convinced that being passionate about taste makes all the difference. It means creating an experience that starts with a taste and ends with a memory. danashortt.com

Mompreneur Dr. Theresa Nicassio, author of YUM plant-based recipes for a gluten-free dietYUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet

Dr. Theresa Nicassio
Vancouver, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

2016 “Best in the World” Gourmand Award Winner, YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet has a scope that extends far beyond the typical cookbook in any genre. EAT Magazine’s 2016 BEST GIFT PICK, YUM makes healthy eating delicious, whether or not you or your loved ones are vegetarian or have any other food preferences or dietary restrictions. yumfoodforliving.com

Mompreneur Wendy Armbruster-Bell of SnugabellSNUGABELL MOM & BABY GEAR

Wendy Armbruster-Bell
Coquitlam, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear designs and manufactures award-winning breastfeeding and pumping products for moms who are not willing to forgo fashion for function. Our Core Values include Community, Service Excellence, Respect, and Quality. Our Company Mission is to support moms’ decision to breastfeed through education, community and beauty. snugabell.com

The 2017 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award

Women Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Mompreneur Christine Frances Poe of TIKKO Travels, raising autism awarenessTIKKO

Christine Frances Poe
Burlington, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

Tikko is the symbol of hope, compassion, and courage for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tikko travels the globe for Autism Awareness, inspiring acceptance and changing the way people see autism. tikko.ca

Mompreneur Jacqueline De'Ath of Homeworks Etc.HOMEWORKS ETC.

Jacqueline De’Ath
Surrey, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

Homeworks Etc. designs nursery and kids room decor, with a belief that there is more to DIY and home decor than just decorating! A home creates an impact on our children through what we surround them with and the messages we send them, with what we put on our walls. Homeworks Etc. helps you create a space that reflects your child’s personality and interests., with decor collections and designs including wall hooks, growth charts, wood letters, canvas, signs and more. homeworksetckids.com

Mompreneur Jennifer Reece Maxwell, The Wedding CoachTHE WEDDING COACH

Jennifer Reece Maxwell
Ajax, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

Providing wedding planning for couples, and strategic systems for planners, Jennifer, aka The Wedding Coach, believes that every experience on the wedding day should be elevated, and she has simplified and maximized the planning aspects of the journey for couples so they can fully enjoy every moment of their special day. In addition, Jennifer has created the Wedding Business Quick Start Template System for planners who need a streamlined approach to organizing and managing their wedding clients throughout the planning process, all while keeping it fun, practical, and perfectly pretty. theweddingcoach.ca

Mompreneur Lori-Ann McLeod of Oxygen Fitness in Milton, OntarioOXYGEN FITNESS

Lori-Ann McLeod
Milton, Ontario  |  Member since 2010

Oxygen Fitness is an award winning exclusive boutique style fitness facility that caters to people of all fitness abilities. Oxygen has grown expedetionally in the last 5 years and has helped hundreds of people live healthier lives through fitness and nutrition, offering a supportive team atmosphere that allows people to step out of their comfort zones. oxygenpilates.ca

Mompreneur Michelle Emson of Sanctuary Studios supporting LGBTQ human rightsSANCTUARY STUDIOS

Michelle Emson
Bracebridge, Ontario  |  Member since 2012

Sanctuary Studios is a full-service digital agency specializing in web design, hosting, and management, providing an integrated digital solution for your online presence. In addition, Sanctuary Studios is a social enterprise providing advocacy, activism, and documentary filmmaking to support LGBTQ human rights campaigns world-wide, striving to raise awareness, and effect change, around key human rights issues. sanctuary-studios.ca

Mompreneur Stephanie Birt of Blue Ocean Office SuppliesBLUE OCEAN OFFICE SUPPLIES

Stephanie Birt
Guelph, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Blue Ocean Office Supplies is a Canadian run ink and toner business, with prices that are 20-60% less than the “BIG BOX” market prices, offering quality products at an affordable price. Stephanie has also created The Million Dollar Donation Voyage aimed at “good works” organizations, a marketing system that generates a perpetual fundraiser, through the online sales of ink and toner products. Blue Ocean Office Supplies invites customers to buy something they already need, at a great price, which in turn funnels into donations to a charitable organization of their choice at the same time. blueoceanofficesupplies.com

The 2017 Mompreneurs® Startup Award

Forging Success with Under 3 Years in Business

Mompreneur Karen Johnson of K'pure NaturalsK’PURE NATURALS

Karen Johnson
Mission, British Columbia  |  Member since 2011

K’pure Naturals is a line of products that are safe for the whole family to use, while still being just as effective, if not more effective, than commercial brands of products. Dedicated to sharing love and passion for all natural body care products with everyone, K’pure Naturals believes what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. kpurenaturals.com

Mompreneur Lisa Iafrate of Talii TowelsTALII TOWELS

Lisa Iafrate
King City, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Talii Towels are suede microfiber towels that are super absorbent, compact, quick drying and antibacterial. When compared with regular towels, they dry 70% faster, are 75% thinner, and hold 500% more water. Use them for travelling, camping, boating, at the beach, the gym, or the cottage, for yoga, pilates and weekends away. You’ll love them so much you’ll use them at home every day! taliitowels.com

Mompreneur Melanie Wildman of NutracelleNUTRACELLE

Melanie Wildman
Stratford, Prince Edward Island  |  Member since 2015

Proudly made right here in Canada, Nutracelle offers scientifically proven products free of added sugars, unhealthy chemical additives, and made using only the highest quality whey protein, prebiotic fiber from the chicory root, natural sweeteners from the stevia leaf, and healthy fats from flaxseed. Nutracelle is 100% nut-free and gluten-free, and the proteins, fiber, and healthy fats will help you feel fuller up to 4x longer, so you snack 60% less. CEO and Founder, Melanie Wildman, was named the winner of four Stevie® Awards for multiple categories in The 13th Annual International Business Awards. nutracelle.com

Mompreneur Melissa Hyslop, creator of The Munch MittMALARKEY KIDS — THE MUNCH MITT

Melissa Hyslop
Burlington, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

The Munch Mitt is a “handy” teething solution that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys. It provides easy access pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction, and protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. Made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, The Munch Mitt can be found in over 7 countries internationally, in over 2000 independent stores in North America, and in major chains such as Toys R’ Us. munchmitt.com

Mompreneur Sandra Venneri of Nutrition BitesNUTRITION BITES

Sandra Venneri
London, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Nutrition Bites Consulting offers nutrition education services for kids, adults, and small businesses. Services include cooking classes, birthday parties, mindful eating workshops, farm & food promotions, and recipe development. The company also features Growing Up Healthy Seed to Fork Kits, an affordable activity for all ages and stages, connecting growing your own food to learning how to cook easy recipes with fresh, local, wholesome ingredients. nutritionbites.ca

Mompreneur Sarah Willey of Mama Knows LuxuryMAMA KNOWS LUXURY

Sarah Willey
Edmonton, Alberta  |  Member since 2016

Specializing in luxury Merino Big Stitch Yarn and locally handmade Giant Knitting and Crocheting tools, Mama Knows Luxury has built strong wholesaler relationships to work with local designers and creators and bring products to Canadian artisans and hobbyists at an affordable price and with a full customer service experience. As the first company in Western Canada to bring these extremely popular products to both Canadian and International markets, Mama Knows Luxury offers wool that is ethically and sustainably sourced and of the highest quality, and an expanded product line that includes innovative and unique handmade tools, finished blankets and other items crafters and yarn artists want. mamaknowsluxury.etsy.com

The 2017 Mompreneur® Award of Merit

Recognizing Successful Franchisees & Consultants

Mompreneur Amber Dinda of Par-T-PerfectPAR-T-PERFECT

Amber Dinda
Oakville, Ontario  |  Member since 2013

Par-T-Perfect is Canada’s only national full service children’s party and event service. With 20+ locations across Canada and the U.S., along with Par-T-Pets, an exclusive line of stuffable toys, Par-T-Perfect offers clean, fully insured and supervised equipment, and experienced and enthusiastic party leaders, to make every event one to remember. par-t-perfect.com

Mompreneur Duette Anderson of SendoutcardsSendOutCards

Duette Anderson
Surrey, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

SendOutCards is a unique business tool for small businesses and entrepreneurs, that enables you to keep in touch with your customer database on a personal level by sending personalized greeting cards and gifts. In 60 seconds, you can choose your card, add your company logo, write your heartfelt, inspirational, or cheerful message in your own handwriting font, and click send. Then SendOutCards will print, stuff, stamp and mail your personalized greeting card to any postal address anywhere in the world! With SendOutCards, staying top of mind, building and maintaining relationships with your clients has never been so easy. sendoutcards.com/duette

Mompreneur Mirella Canavan of ArbonneARBONNE

Mirella Canavan
Mississauga, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Arbonne products integrate the most beneficial botanical ingredients from nature with the principles of green chemistry, crafting products with integrity, expertise and innovation, and doing so responsibly, taking care of the earth at the same time. Mirella’s vision is to provide beauty and wellness products to men and women across the world. The wonderful thing about Arbonne is that consultants like Mirella are able to offer not just wonderful products, but also an amazing business opportunity. mirellacanavan.arbonne.ca

Mompreneur Nicole Hennessy of Mommy Connections London and Body Design FitnessMOMMY CONNECTIONS LONDON

Nicole Hennessy
London, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Mommy Connections London is a fun and social platform for moms to connect to each other in the programs, products and services available in their community through workshops, events and classes before baby and beyond. Weekly classes provide a unique learning opportunity as well as the opportunity for mothers to bond with their child and other moms in the community in a social environment. mommyconnections.ca/london

Mompreneur Paula Alblas of Stella and DotSTELLA & DOT

Paula Alblas
Puslinch, Ontario  |  Member since 2015

Stella & Dot offers irresistible high-end fashion boutique jewelry at it’s finest, including semi-precious stones, hand-finished sterling silver and 14-karat gold vermeil, as well as accessories and handbags. Paula believes that Stella & Dot offers much more than just accessories, as the company gives women an opportunity to grow their very own businesses without the need of a retail store. stelladot.com/paulamalblas