Awards – Nominations now open

Tales of Triumph 2018 – Celebrating Remarkable Women Entrepreneurs

At its 7th annual event in honour of International Women’s Day, Artistri Sud will be celebrating three remarkable women and a male mentor in the Montreal community who exemplify Artistri Sud’s commitment to empowering women through entrepreneurship (see In Brief below for more details).

Two of these awards are now open for nominations. We want to honour women in our community who help further women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship and who use business innovatively to help solve a pressing social issue. Of interest are women who are role models and decision-makers who are making waves in communities, creating change and raising awareness about important social issues from a business perspective.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight January 15, 2018 for two awards:

 

1. Entrepreneur of the Year

In recognition of a remarkable woman entrepreneur.  Applicants 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Canadian resident living in the greater Montreal area
  • At least 51% ownership in company
  • In business for at least 1 year
  • Applicants must be 18 years and over.  Posthumous applications are not accepted.

Selection criteria
Applicants for the Entrepreneur of the Year should demonstrate:

  • Vision and passion: applicants must have energy, creativity, entrepreneurial purpose and passion.
  • Perseverance: applicants must have the confidence, conviction, tenacity, plan and overall professional acumen to take a high-potential business and scale it into a market leader.
  • Risk taking: applicants must show how in order to achieve they had to take risks and overcome obstacles
  • Growth and viability: applicants should have ambitious company growth goals and the maturity and level of business sophistication needed to interact effectively with potential investors, business advisors and executives.

Complete the application form by midnight January 15, 2018.

 

2. Social Entrepreneur of the Year

In recognition of a remarkable woman using business or market-based strategies to effect social change through her business or achieve a social purpose. Appplicants 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Canadian resident living in the greater Montreal area
  • At least 51% ownership in company
  • In business for at least 1 year
  • Applicants must be 18 years and over. Posthumous applications are not accepted.

Applicants for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year should demonstrate:

  • Innovation: the entrepreneur has brought about social change with an innovative product or service or a different approach.
  • Reach and scope: the initiative has spread and been successfully adapted to other settings.
  • Replicability: the initiative is adaptable and scalable, and the entrepreneur is open to sharing the tools and techniques for successful adaptation.
  • Sustainability: the entrepreneur needs to be dedicating all his / her time to the initiative, and the initiative itself generates its own funding. An eligible organization can be non- or for-profit, but will have clear differences from a traditional charity or a company that has profit as an end in itself.
  • Direct positive social impact: the entrepreneur has founded, developed and implemented the initiative directly, with poor or marginalised beneficiaries and stakeholders. The impact can be measured and should be well documented, with no significant negative externalities.
  • Role model: the entrepreneur should be a role model for future social entrepreneurs, with unquestionable integrity.

Complete the application form by midnight January 15, 2018.

 

Application process

To apply for a remarkable woman entrepreneur award please fill in the online form for entrepreneur of the year or social entrepreneur of the year before January 15th at midnight. Candidates will be informed if they have been short-listed by February 5th. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony on February 27 to receive their award.

For any questions please contact award.artistrisud@gmail.com.

How are recipients selected?

Selections will be made by a committee of experts with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, business, and social business and innovation. The winner will be announced at Tales of Triumph gala on February 27, 2018.

Tickets will be available for purchase online soon. To reserve tickets before then, please contact award.artistrisud@gmail.com.

In brief

The Awards

Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award: In recognition of a remarkable woman who uses business to effect social change or achieve a social purpose. Nominees for this award 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 Award: An award 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. 

Criteria

All nominees must be residents of Canada and of the Montreal and environs area. Self nominations are accepted; posthumous nominations are not. 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.

 

 

Past award-winners

Tales of Triumph 2017

awards winner 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 countries. 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. 

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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.

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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

logo-ami-quebecSocial Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Dr Ella Amir, of AMI – Quebec

 

 

Chosen-LogoEntrepreneur of the Year Winner: Cristina Mucciardi, of CookandDate

 

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Debbie Travis, producer and television personality, interior decorator. 

 

 

 

Tales of Triumph 2015

SOSsitterSocial Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Paulina Podgorska, of SOSsitter.ca

 

 

 

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Entrepreneur of the Year Winner: Marisol Labrecque, of Technologies ECOFIXE