Finalists for the 2020 Mompreneur Awards celebrating female entrepreneurs in Canada

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Congratulations to all 26 Finalists for The 2020 Mompreneur® Awards, each a talented Mompreneur in their own right!

The 2020 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence

Naming Canada’s Official Mompreneur® of the Year for 2020

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist AnnaMaria Di Nicolantonio of OLIVIA ROSEAnnaMaria Di Nicolantonio

Hamilton, Ontario  |  Member since 2010

OLIVIA ROSE specializes in creating  a premium, high-end/ luxe line of baby, girls and ladies designer fashions, with collections that are a timeless classic and are perfect for everyday fashion, dress-up, parties, dance recitals, portrait sessions, weddings and many other special occasions. OLIVIA ROSE is proud to be the first Canadian pettiskirt/petticoat private label, designed in Canada.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Carinne Chambers-Saini of DIVA International Inc., makers of The Diva Cup

Carinne Chambers-Saini

Kitchener, Ontario  |  Member since 2014

Diva International is a multinational corporation founded in 2001 by mother-daughter team Francine Chambers and Carinne Chambers-Saini. Their product, The DivaCup, is  a revolutionary menstrual care product sold in 65,000 North American outlets and in 30+ countries worldwide. The DivaCup is reusable and convenient, the #1 product in its category on Amazon, and the fastest growing sanitary protection sku in North America.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Jennylyn Pringle of FUSION Mineral Paint

Jennylyn Pringle

Toronto, Ontario  |  Member since 2019

Fusion Mineral Paint™ has everything you need to create beautiful finishes in any style. Paint it Beautiful with their easy-to-use formula, designed with a long-lasting built in finish. All Fusion™ products are non-toxic, lead-free, virtually odourless and have no volatile organic compounds (VOC), and contain no ammonia or formaldehyde. Made in Canada, each pot of inspiration is filled and labelled by hand, made from recycled materials.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Kalpana Kundra, inventor of UNSTICK by Daughkun Inc.

Kalpana Kundra

Brampton, Ontario  |  Member since 2017

UNSTICK is a line of 100% reusable, non-stick cooking sheets and liners made with premium, non-toxic Japanese PTFE. These innovative non-stick sheets and liners are used for all types of cooking, including baking and barbecuing, and are designed to save time during meal clean up. Food simply glides off the non-stick cooking surface, making clean up a breeze. All UNSTICK products are currently available at retail store locations and online, to help you spend less time cleaning and more time doing what you love!

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalists Mandy Wolfe and Rebecca Wolfe of MANDY'S Gourmet Salads in Montreal, Quebec

Mandy Wolfe & Rebecca Wolfe

Montreal, Quebec  |  Members since 2019

Mandy’s Gourmet Salads is a quick service restaurant that has been serving luxury salads and more to its customers in Montreal since 2004. Sisters and co-founders Amanda and Rebecca’s company values consist of Family, Green priority (the company is 100% compostable), Good Vibes, Charity (the sisters formed a charity in 2018 which helps the most vulnerable Asylum Seekers arriving in Montreal called the Welcome Collective), Wellness, Quality, Growth and feedback. Mandy’s has grown from two small counters to eight restaurants, now serving the Greater Montreal Area and employing approximately 400 people.

The 2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award

Women Making a Difference in the Community (Locally & Globally)

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Erin Woodward, founder of The Girly Book Club

Erin Woodward

Burlington, Ontario  |  Member since 2019

The Girly Book Club is a global, in-person book club for women of all ages. Erin started the GBC as a way for women to connect with others during transitional periods in their lives over the love of a good book. All members read the same book and then meet up in their respective communities to discuss. GBC has 120 chapters across 12 countries and over 100,000 members, making it the largest and first book club of its kind.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Julie LeJeune, founder of Wish & Give

Julie LeJeune

Toronto, Ontario |  Member since 2018

Wish & Give is a tool to empower children to fundraise for a cause they are passionate about through their birthday parties. Guests are asked to contribute to a group gift and a donation to a charity chosen by the host; so, the birthday kid still gets a gift but also gets to feel great about giving back! No more shopping for gifts, no more tracking RSVP’s on scratch paper and it’s better for the environment with no wrapping paper and ribbons.  The birthday kid gets the present they want, and everyone feels great about giving back.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Kay Habib, founder of Skilled Decor and Skilled Accents

Kay Habib

London, Ontario  |  Member since 2012

Skilled Accents provides meaningful employment to marginalized refugee women and reduces textile waste by recycling fabrics into decorative pillows. The social enterprise’s bottom line includes People and Planet to create positive impact socially, environmentally and economically. Products are available on Amazon and Etsy, and sales proceeds go towards helping refugee women develop ongoing skills training.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Melanie Levenberg, founder of PL3Y Education

Melanie J. Levenberg

Vancouver, British Columbia  |  Member since 2019

PL3Y International is the world’s leading provider of pre-packaged kids physical literacy programs, which are taught in schools and communities worldwide to help kids get active and boost mental health through movement and play. PL3Y Inc provides opportunities for passionate entrepreneurs to own and operate exclusive territories for their award-winning curriculum-based in-school dance and yoga programs, or to launch their own business through after-school and extra-curricular programs for children and families.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Nihal Elwan, founder of Tayybeh Foods Ltd. featuring Syrian cuisine

Nihal Elwan

Vancouver, British Columbia  |  Member since 2019

Tayybeh is a full-service caterer, food processor and food truck operation based out of Vancouver, BC. Tayybeh is a social enterprise whose mission is to continue to spread its delicious food throughout the province and beyond, while continuing to employ as many refugee women as possible. Tayybeh prides itself on being an entirely women-run and operated enterprise.

The 2020 Mompreneurs® Startup Award

Forging Success with Under 4 Years in Business

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Charissa Floriancic (Skinner), founder of Crushed Aftercare for permanent makeup artists

Charissa Floriancic

London, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

Crushed Aftercare is an all-natural vegan salve skincare line featuring various types of aftercare salves to help soothe and heal after a cosmetic procedure, including microblading, dermal lip fillers, and eyelash extensions. Crushed Aftercare salve, brow balms and lip balms aid in the healing process through the use of specially formulated earth-derived ingredients like oils, butters, and dried flowers.

2020 Mompreneur Award Finalist Charlene Li, founder of Eatable Gourmet popcorn

Charlene Li

Vaughan, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

EATABLE is a line of select gourmet popcorn featuring the flavours of classic cocktails, wines, and spirits. Made with non-GMO corn kernels and locally-sourced, natural ingredients, EATABLE features unique flavours like “Whisky on the Pops” and “Pop the Champagne”, creating a refined snacking experience worthy of discerning palates.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Laurie Franklin, founder of Unique in the Creek wreathing boards, as featured in Michael's stores

Laurie Franklin

Stoney Creek, Ontario |  Member since 2018

Unique In The Creek™ designs and manufacture innovative wreath boards that simplify DIY wreath making. Their unique streamlined system allows anyone with any skill level to make a gorgeous wreath every time, using fewer materials and less time than traditional methods. Now available in Michaels Craft Stores through Canada and the USA, Unique In The Creek wreathing boards are an Amazon top selling product, and are manufactured in Hamilton, Ontario out of 100% recycled plastic.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Lyndsay Scott, founder of Kindred Cultures Kefir water

Lyndsay Scott

Richmond, British Columbia  |  Member since 2019

Kindred Cultures produces great tasting, low-sugar probiotic Water Kefir infused with organic fruits and herbs. Their line of Infused Water Kefir is made from all organic ingredients with traditional fermentation methods to achieve a delicious beverage that will support great gut health. Water Kefir offers a tasty and diverse alternative to kombucha and dairy-based probiotic products. Kindred Culture’s superfood infused flavours create an all-natural rainbow of bright delicious flavours and colours.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Rosy Atwal, founder of Maple Organics - Canada's first organic pharmaceuticals

Rosy Atwal

Surrey, British Columbia  |  Member since 2017

Maple Organics is Canada’s first organic pharmaceuticals company, where they proudly replace the petrolatum based, chemical filled ointments from your medicine cabinet with certified organic alternatives. The mission at Maple Organics is to make families healthier through their line of organic, pure and effective products while providing flexible career opportunities for women and men.

The 2020 Mompreneur® Award of Distinction

Recognition for Exemplary Success & Leadership in a Service-Based Industry

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Dr. Dina Kulik, founder of Kidcrew for kids health in Toronto

Dr. Dina Kulik

Toronto, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

Kidcrew is the first of its kind in Canada; a forward-thinking clinic focusing on patient experience, family-centered care and wellness for children and families. Kidcrew is the one stop for children’s care. The clinic is focused on health care for children age 0 to 18 years, offering everything from routine visits to pediatric subspecialties, allied health, and dental services. Practitioners work as a collaborative at Kidcrew, providing a comprehensive circle of care.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Jacqueline De'Ath, founder of Homeworks Etc. DIY support and locations across BC

Jacqueline De’Ath

Langley, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

HOMEWORKS ETC® offers innovative DIY home decor opportunities, welcoming both adults and children to the crafting table. Their private parties, kids’ parties and DIY workshops bridge the gap between Pinterest lovers and home décor DIY’ers, with abundant opportunities to explore with wood and paint. Create memories and walk away with decor you are proud to hang in your home.

mompreneur Julie Rock of Julie Rock Photography

Julie Rock

Milton, Ontario  |  Member since 2013

Julie Rock Photography is located in beautiful downtown Milton, Ontario and services Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills, Toronto, the GTA, and surrounding areas, and specializes in maternity, newborn, children and family photography, as well as headshots and personal branding sessions. Making you feel as comfortable as possible to be your truest, realest self is at the core of everything at JRP, where Julie loves to not only work with you to capture the true essence of your family, but also turn those images into beautiful pieces of art for your walls to share your celebrations and milestones with everyone.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Kim Vopni of Pelvienne Wellness - aka The Vagina Coach

Kim Vopni

Port Moody, British Columbia  |  Member since 2015

Pelvienne Wellness Inc offers pelvic health programs, products and coaching for women in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. Founder Kim Vopni is a self professed pelvic health evangelist, known as The Vagina Coach, and is also the creator of the Ab System, a revolutionary birth prep and recovery system for pregnant women.  Kim certifies other fitness and movement professionals to work with women with core and pelvic floor challenges.

Mompreneur Award finalist Patsy Commisso of MCC Nutrition and Fitness Studio

Patsy Commisso

Oakville, Ontario  |  Member since 2016

MCC Nutrition & Fitness Studio offers nutrition with fitness and physiotherapy services for a series of health concerns. The MCC team specializes in weight loss, hormonal health, diabetic support, GUT disturbances, energy, pain, and injury support. With 3 locations and a dedicated staff, MCC is dedicated to helping people transform their health at their own pace, providing safe, simple and successful solutions with results that last.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Shontelle DuBois, fitness trainer and creator of the Dubois Shaper and Dubois Sweat Belt

Shontelle DuBois

Woodbridge, Ontario  |  Member since 2019

Shontelle DuBois Fitness includes a fully equipped gym in Woodbridge, specializing in 30 Day all natural transformations, and a focus on the importance of self love for your mental and physical benefit. Shontelle is also the creator of the DuBois Sweat Belt line, sold internationally and helping people achieve their weight loss goals successfully.

The 2020 Mompreneur® Award of Merit

Recognizing Successful Brokers, Franchisees, and Consultants

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Billie Aadmi of Holi-Wellness, doTERRA essential oils wellness advocate

Billie Aadmi

Vancouver, British Columbia  |  Member since 2018

Holi-Wellness offers natural solutions for health using doTERRA essential oils and supplements. Issues with sleep, stress, anxiety, pain, digestive discomfort, respiratory issues, skin disorders, inflammation, basic first aid and everything in between can be supported through using essential oils and natural supplements as a first line of defence. Billie offers one on one coaching to help others transition into a more holistic lifestyle, reducing toxins and increasing their health.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Justine Levenberg, franchise owner of Sportball Vancouver

Justine Levenberg

Burnaby, British Columbia  |  Member since 2019

Sportball Vancouver’s mission is to introduce children to sports and physical activity at an early age in a non-competitive and positive environment, to inspire them to live a healthy active life. With over 10,000 families served in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland each year, Sportball Vancouver offers multi-sport as well as sport-specific programs, after-school programs, summer camps, parent and tot programs, birthday parties, and special events.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Kate Moir, Senior Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts, Moir Bags Please

Kate Moir

East Selkirk, Manitoba  |  Member since 2019

Thirty-One Gifts specializes in personalized purses, totes, bags, and gifts for you, your family, and your home. Kate began her journey in 2015, and now has a team with 168 consultants and has been promoted as the first Senior Executive Director team outside of Ontario. Her passion is to empower other women feeling lost, stuck, or anxious and help them find other women to be connected with for support and encouragement.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Reema Rafay with Arbonne International

Reema Rafay

Ajax, Ontario  |  Member since 2018

Arbonne serves as a vehicle to help all — regardless of race, colour or religion —  to live a healthier life with their products, and create wealth and independence with their business opportunity. Reema is a National Vice President and Independent Consultant with Arbonne, where the company mission is to empower women to love themselves as they are and to create a massive community of heart centered influencers who are excited to transform their lives and pay that blessing forward to others.

2020 Mompreneur Award finalist Tanya Vakil Fernandes, Forest Hill Real Estate Brokerage KEYSTONE

Tanya Vakil Fernandes

Milton, Ontario  |  Member since 2014

Forest Hill Keystone is a prominent extension of Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. founded by Ronni Fingold in 1985, with over 40 offices now within the GTA. Known as Toronto’s largest Luxury Real Estate Brokerage, the focus at Forest Hill Keystone is to offer clients a Luxury Experience when buying, selling or investing in real estate property, offering a tailored top-tier experience by leveraging strong networks, affiliations, and expertise built over the years within the real estate industry.


Mompreneur Awards "One to Watch"
Congratulations to the following entrants for The 2020 Mompreneur® Awards who were recognized as ‘Ones to Watch’! Each company is gifted with a complimentary VIP All-Access Pass to  The 2020 National Mompreneurs Conference in Toronto ($395 value!), as well as 25 complimentary points to go towards next year’s entry! These women have incredible passion for their businesses, and garnered impressive overall ratings for this year’s Awards, getting them very close to being named Finalists!

Angela Crocker  
— Angela Crocker & Associates (Port Moody, BC)

Carmen Darley — Carli D (Whitby, ON)

Julie Boyer — Wake Up With Gratitude (Lantzville, BC)

Kimberlea Masters — RECVRD Apparel (Port Moody, BC)

Laura Youngs, Theresa Place & Donna Pinsonneault — She’s Got Leggz (Burlington, ON)

Lisa Evans — Chickadee Family Cafe (Burlington, ON)

Meghann Jaeger  — The Intersection: Fair Trade (Surrey, BC)

Michelle Faber — Little Yogis (Toronto, ON)

Mieka Forte — Mieka Forte Inc. (Milton, ON)

Milli Fox — Junior Foxes (Toronto, ON)