TORONTO – Jan. 9, 2017 – PRLog — Mompreneurs® and ParentsCanada Magazine have teamed up once again to recognize and reward the country’s top mompreneurs with over $30,000 in cash and business services designed to drive the winners’ companies forward to further success.
Voting began on November 9th and closed December 31st, 2016 for the 2017 Annual Mompreneur® Awards, presented by TruShield Insurance. The Mompreneur® Awards recognizes the hard work and talent of busy female entrepreneurs who are making advances in today’s Canadian business environment, inspired by new lifestyle needs and armed with the education and talent to do so.
This year, winners will be scrutinized by an expert panel of prestigious judges, including Manjit Minhas (CBC’s Dragon’s Den), Krista Scaldwell (VP Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company),Lorraine McLachlan (President/CEO of the Canadian Franchise Assoc.), Jill Schoolenberg (VP, GoDaddy Canada), and Victoria Lennox (Co-Founder, Startup Canada). All Finalists will be judged based on criteria such as innovation, commitment to community, sales growth, leadership, and scalability, in 4 award categories: Mompreneur Award of Excellence(exemplary product/service), Mompreneur Startup Award (for a business under 3 years), Mompreneur Award of Merit (for a consultant or franchisee), and the Mompreneurs “Momentum” Award (for a female-led non-profit, charity, or service-based business).
Women were nominated or registered online at themompreneur.com/award, and after accumulating points based on support from over 20,000 public voters and impression ratings from judges, the finalists were narrowed down.
The finalists in each category are:
Mompreneur® Award of Excellence
Dana Shortt Gourmet & Gifts – Dana Shortt, Waterloo Ontario
Easy Peasy Patches – Andrea Winarski, Aurora Ontario
Olivia Rose – AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio, Milton Ontario
Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear – Wendy Armbruster-Bell, Coquitlam British Columbia
YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet – Dr. Theresa Nicassio, Vancouver British Columbia
Mompreneurs® “Momentum” Award
Blue Ocean Office Supplies – Stephanie Birt, Guelph Ontario
Homeworks Etc. – Jacqueline De’Ath, Surrey British Columbia
Oxygen Fitness – Lori-Ann McLeod, Milton Ontario
Sanctuary Studios – Michelle Emson, Bracebridge Ontario
TIKKO – Christine Frances Poe, Burlington Ontario
The Wedding Coach – Jennifer Reece Maxwell, Ajax Ontario
Mompreneur® Startup Award
K’pure Naturals – Karen Johnson, Mission British Columbia
Malarkey Kids (The Munch Mitt) – Melissa Hyslop, Burlington Ontario
Mama Knows Luxury – Sarah Willey, Edmonton Alberta
Nutracelle – Melanie Wildman, Stratford Prince Edward Island
Nutrition Bites – Sandra Venneri, London Ontario
Talii Towels – Lisa Iafrate, King City Ontario
Mompreneur® Award of Merit
Arbonne International – Mirella Canavan, Mississauga Ontario
Mommy Connections London – Nicole Hennessy, London Ontario
Par-T-Perfect – Amber Dinda, Oakville Ontario
SendoutCards – Duette Anderson, Surrey British Columbia
Stella & Dot– Paula Alblas, Puslinch Ontario
The winners will be announced in Toronto at the 5th Annual National Mompreneurs Conference over International Women’s Day Weekend on March 3rd & 4th, 2017.
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