2018 Award Winners

Entrepreneur of the Year
 Sara Carey of Les Coconuts

What started as a search for the perfect all-natural, safe and effective deodorant, has blossomed into a growing line of skin care products. Sarah created and tested (on herself and family) dozens of natural deodorant formulas, until she found the ideal combination using the fewest ingredients necessary. Why stop at deodorant when people are searching for more ways to protect their skin and the environment? Les CocoNuts line of products is continually evolving to offer the best for your body. Making every step eco-conscious and fun; because feeling good looks great on everyone.


Social Entrepreneur of the Year

 Kim Fuller of Phil Communications

Kim Fuller is founder of Phil Communications, where since 1999 she has successfully helped hundreds of charities and foundations get their message to the masses and raise more money – to do good, even better.

Phil Communications is a catalyst for social good, helping changemakers and their organizations do more good, even better. Phil delivers strategic, fundraising and communication support to socially-missioned organizations, helping them achieve real impact. As a certified B Corp and advocate of the “business for good” movement, together with leaders from over 2400 other B-Corps, Phil is helping redefine success in business and making the world a better place.


Outstanding Supporter of Female Entrepreneurship

Frank Bernard 

Frank is director of business development for Mercer, an international consulting firm. For the past 3 years, he has been tireless in his support of women in developing their leadership, advancing their career and helping them gain a spot on company boards. He is on the council of Directors of Women’s Governance, and played a decisive role in the creation of the mentorship program, as well as working on several of their fundraising and event committees.



Lifetime Achievement Award
Danièle Henkel

A passionate and savvy Montreal-based businesswoman, Danièle Henkel has transformed every challenge she faced into success, and made her mark in a highly competitive industry. She found her company in 1997, a year after creating and marketing her successful  “Renaissance glove” — an exfoliating body glove based on the ones used in Moroccan hammams — which is still sold around the world.

Now a leader in medico-aesthetic and therapeutic care, her company offers its services in more than 2,000 centers across Canada. In Quebec, she is associated with over 80 Uniprix stores which carry the Espace Danièle Henkel concept offering personalized and non-invasive beauty treatments in a private cabin. The launch of Danièle Henkel’s range of beauty products in 2017 marks the turning point of her 20 years of expertise in the sector.

She is passionate about the growth of female entrepreneurship, and does not hesitate to invest in companies she believes, in, as she has done for five seasons on the French version of Dragon`s Den.