For the fourth time in 2018, three deserving women will receive prestigious awards in recognition of their accomplishments. Since 2017, we also an award for one local male leader.
Social Entrepreneur of the Year: In recognition of a remarkable woman who utilizes strategies to effect social change through her business or achieve a social purpose. Nominees can be entrepreneurs or leaders of for-profits whose primary purposes are social, or non-profits who are using innovative business solutions to pursue a social change objective.
Entrepreneur of the Year: In recognition of a remarkable woman entrepreneur. Nominees in this category should demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and be majority owners or leaders of businesses who have experienced good growth and have the potential for more.
The Lifetime Achievement Award: To recognize and promote a woman’s outstanding contribution in the field of entrepreneurship. This contribution may take the form of innovation, variety, success over time, improvement of the field, or other. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond the everyday and serve as an inspiration to other women in the sector.
Outstanding Male Supporter of Women’s Entrepreneurship: In recognition of a male leader who goes out of his way to support women’s entrepreneurship. Nominees should demonstrate leadership, inclusion and support of women in their business practices.
All nominees must be residents of Canada and of the Montreal and environs area. Self nominations are accepted; posthumous nominations are not accepted. Nominees should be leaders or majority owners of their organization.
Nominations are reviewed by our selection committee and finalists are announced at Tales of Triumph.
Tales of Triumph 2017
Social Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Michal Harewood, of Inhairitance
Michal Harewood is the co-founder of the Inhairitance Academy, a hairdressing company that equips women, men and children with the appropriate hair care tools and hair care knowledge to nurture and develop healthy relationships with their roots. Michal Harewood’s business concept has shown exceptional growth. Inhairitance’s reach is not only local but widespread – it attracts more than 5000 people a year to its salon and receives regular clients from France, California, Florida, Austria and many African and Carribean country. It also has a unique business approach that focuses on the newest scientific research, and equips students to become true experts and leaders in the field of natural hair care and natural hair science. As a passionate teacher, creator of information, hair stylist and curl expert Michal is a source of inspiration and is continually making an impact and empowering women by changing the standards of beauty people hold.
Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Isabelle Huot, of Kilo Solutions
Isabelle Huot, Dr. in Nutrition Sciences, is the founder of KILO SOLUTION, a service that offers easy and practical solutions to lose weight – including consultation, meal plans, ready to eat dishes, healthy snacks etc. – everything you need to develop healthy eating habits. Over the past years, Isabelle Huot has published 10 books – all best-sellers, has acquired much experience with the media as a columnist in magazines and newspapers and her business concept has shown exceptional growth. To this day, there are 10 clinics all over Quebec and the Kilo Solution healthy snacks are available at numerous supermarkets including Metro, Costco, Sobeys, Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu and Uniprix. Visionary, hardworking, determined and above all perseverant, Isabelle embodies entrepreneurial spirit and continues to stand out.
Male Supporter of the Year Winner: Marc Beaudet, of Turbulent
Marc Beaudet is the co-founder of Turbulent, a technology firm that specializes in online solutions for other companies. Since he was a young boy, he has been critical of gender inequalities, especially those in the workplace. Today, he strives to be an example to other male employers. Marc mentors and supports his female employees, and seeks to provide greater opportunities for women in the sector of computer science.
Artistri Sud Lifetime Achievement Award: Patricia Dyke
Patricia Dyke is a long-standing member of the Montreal business community. She founded the Bureau des Interprètes Professionnels in 1983, which today is still among the best providers of simultaneous interpretation and translation services. Patricia has mentored and inspired countless women over the course of her career.
Tales of Triumph 2016
Social Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Dr Ella Amir, of AMI – Quebec
Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Cristina Mucciardi, of CookandDate
Lifetime Achievement Award: Debbie Travis, producer and television personality, interior decorator.
Tales of Triumph 2015
Social Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Paulina Podgorska, of SOSsitter.ca
Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Marisol Labrecque, of Technologies ECOFIXE
Nominations for Artistri Sud Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship Awards 2015:
- Nicole Bianco, of langmobile.inc
- Heather Boyd, of Heather Boyd Wire
- Amelia Lopez, of Escenamerique Dance Company
- Sarena Miller, of Women’s Entrepreneurial Exchange Networking