RevolutionHer Award Winners and Mompreneur Awards winners alumni

Since 2013, our Annual Awards Program has recognized over 4,500 women, and awarded a combined $300,000+ in bursaries, business services, promotion, and media to our winners.

The 2023 RevolutionHer™ Awards recognizes, celebrates and acknowledges successful women, youth and gender diverse people from across Canada and The USA for their hard work, dedication, perseverance, innovation and commitment to community.

OUR AWARDS ALUMNI SINCE 2013

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– 2022 –

The 2022 RevolutionHer™ Awards featured an incredibly accomplished roster of leaders in the world of entrepreneurship, community leadership, and advocacy work. The 25 women and youth named as Finalists had a combined gross revenue of over $100 million, and provided over $500,000 in giveback contributions through their work. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these women and youth!

Shontay Lundy Black Girl Sunscreen

Trailblazer Award

WINNER: Shontay Lundy - Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy is the CEO, Creator, and Founder of Black Girl Sunscreen (BGS). In 2016, when Shontay became tired of using sunscreen that left a white residue, she decided to leverage her MBA and knack for business to develop a melanin-friendly option for women who look like her. While working to build awareness for BGS, Shontay has continued to fuel her passion by traveling the world educating women of color on the importance of wearing sunscreen. A revolutionary sunscreen made by a Black woman for women of color, Black Girl Sunscreen has you looking good and feeling good by leaving no white cast through incorporating moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba, cacao, and avocado that also protect your skin.

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Impact in Entrepreneurship Award

WINNER: Mik Zazon - Health Undefined

Mik Zazon is a writer, speaker, creator, health professional, and entrepreneur on a mission to normalize normal bodies ™ . Mik works to inspire and raise awareness with mental health and eating disorders through creating content on social media, her global event company (The Rose Retreats LLC), and her online fitness and self love community (Health Undefined LLC). After surviving multiple eating disorders, trauma, and an abusive relationship, Mik know what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong in your own skin. Now she shares her journey to help women find the courage to speak their truth and learn to love themselves at any size.

Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko

Impact in Leadership Award

WINNER: Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko

In 1992, at age 9, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko founded the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS), an award-winning organization that supports interest in Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with virtual programming and local clubs that visit labs, workshops, and field sites to meet mentors and do fun, hands-on activities. Larissa remains president of CAGIS and has become a strong voice and advocate for gender equity in STEM.  Larissa has created awareness of the barriers that still exist, and through her tireless efforts has become renowned for her work. When CAGIS was founded, it was the only organization of its kind in Canada. Larissa broke new ground by allowing girls to actively explore their interests, and lead their own club.

Kind Laundry

Momentum Small Business Award

WINNER: Angie Tran - Kind Laundry

Angie Tran is the co-founder of Kind Laundry, a purpose-driven company whose mission is to eliminate single-use plastic polluting our oceans and landfills, while providing people with a more eco-friendly laundry cleaning solution. With sustainability at the centre of every single step of business operations, Kind Laundry offers innovative, greener and safer ways to do laundry that will keep your clothes clean and the planet happy. To date, in less than one year, Kind Laundry has eliminated over 200,000 single-use plastic jugs from going into the landfills and oceans! Contains no toxic chemicals like traditional detergents do (which can contain more than 25+ harmful ingredients). Kind Laundry contains only simple plant-based ingredients, with strong cleaning power. 

Paola Ochoa

Community Vision Youth Award

WINNER: Paola Ochoa - Teen Boss Babes

Paola Ochoa is an entrepreneur and content creator who started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 16 as a sophomore in high school. Paola launched PAO Agency, followed by her nonprofit organization Teen Boss Babes. After growing both businesses behind the scenes, Paola knew it was time build her personal platforms. Over the years she has been able to learn from and inspire other young entrepreneurs to know that there is no age requirement to follow your dreams and no matter what stage in life you can start following your dreams. Paola's overall goal in life is to have everyone live their dream life and be involved in something that they are proud of!

Congratulations to all of our 2022 Top Finalists

Angie Tran (Kind Laundry), Ann Dunning & Christina Kelmon (Vamigas), Bahiyah Robinson (VC Include), Claudia Poulin (Evive Nutrition), Colette Courtion (Joylux Inc.), Daisy Hampton (Including You),  Elizabeth Rogers (Creamalicious Inc.), Erin Kleinberg (Sidia Inc.), Evonna Kuehner (Anové, LLC), Francesca Reicherter (Inspiring My Generation Corp.), Jayne McCaw (Jayne's Luxury Rentals), Jennifer Stojkovic (Vegan Women Summit), Jessica Kwong (Jack & Friends), Karen Lee & Tanya Lee (LEZE the Label), Kristian Edwards (BLK + GRN), Larissa Vingillis-Jaremko (Canadian Associaion for Girls in Science), Lisa Mae Brunson (Wonder Women Tech), Mallory Leblanc (Wildpier Beauty Inc.), Margaret Coons (Nuts For Cheese), Marnie Rabinovitch Consky (Thigh Society), Mikayla Zazon (Health Undefined / The Rose Retreats LLC), Mitchella Gilbert (OYA Femtech Apparel), Paola Ochoa (Teen Boss Babes), Priyanka Naik (The Spicy Mango Foodies, LLC), Rhaelyn Gillespie & Jessica Donati (Mintier), Rizala Carrington (Rewire Fitness), Robin Kovitz (Baskits Inc.), Sara Cunningham (Free Mom Hugs), Sarah Syed (You Are The Change), Shayla Oulette Stonechild (Matriarch Movement), Shontay Lundy (Black Girl Sunscreen), Stefanie Loukes (Rabbittown Beverage Co.), Styawat Leigh Joseph (Skwalwen Botanicals), Tamia Coleman-Hawkins (Mia's Treats Delight), and Tosca Reno (TRIM)

– 2021 –

The 2021 RevolutionHer™ Awards featured an incredibly accomplished roster of leaders in the world of entrepreneurship, community leadership, and advocacy work. The 24 women and youth named as Finalists had a combined gross revenue of over $79 million, and provided over $645,000 in giveback contributions through their work. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these women and youth!

RevolutionHer Trailblazer Award winner Ashley Freeborn of Smash & Tess

Trailblazer Award

 

WINNER: Ashley Freeborn — Smash + Tess

Smash + Tess everyday wear is all about quality, style, and inclusivity, celebrating people of all ages and body types. Best known for their hero product, the romper, Smash + Tess offers an ever-expanding line of coordinating apparel to take customers through all of life’s scenarios. Under Ashley’s direction, Smash + Tess has grown exponentially in revenue and transnationally in market share and public notoriety. Ashley is passionate about creating clothing that celebrates femininity, strength, style, and comfort in women of all shapes and sizes.

Honorary Recognition:
Marcia Smith — HGC Apparel

RevolutionHer Impact Entrepreneur Award winner Suzie Yorke of Love Good Fats

Impact in Entrepreneurship Award

WINNER: Suzie Yorke — Love Good Fats

Love Good Fats was born out of a dream that Suzie had to create something ridiculously delicious that she could enjoy eating and feel good about. Original Truffle Bars and new Chewy Nutty bars are crafted with Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, and a proprietary fats blend made with nuts, seed and nut butters and responsibly sourced palm oils. Suzie has created a company that is diverse and gives back generously, rapidly expanding Love Good Fats to become one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America.

 

Honorary Recognition:
Ashley James The Bare Home

RevolutionHer Youth Award winner Autumn Peltier Anishinabek Nation Water Commissioner

Community Vision Youth Award

WINNER: Autumn Peltier

Autumn Peltier is an Anishinaabe Environmental Activist for the Indigenous People in Canada. She began to use her voice at the age of 8 to bring awareness about boil water advisories on Indigenous communities, bringing attention to the fact that there were Indigenous communities that didn’t have clean water for over 25 years, and that even though Canada is a resource wealthy country, her people lived in third world conditions. She continues to be a voice for change.

 


Honorary Recognition:

Natalie McIntosh — Nautical Waters

RevolutionHer Leadership Award winner Kayla Isabelle, CEO of Startup Canada

Impact in Leadership Award

WINNER: Kayla Isabelle — Startup Canada

Kayla Isabelle is the CEO of Startup Canada, a national non-profit supporting Canada’s entrepreneurs, scaling support every year to meet the needs of diverse, rural, remote, and marginalized communities across the country. In addition to running Startup Canada, Kayla is also the President of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, President of the International Association of Business Communicators Ottawa Chapter, and host of the Startup Women Podcast.


Honorary Recognition:
Wendy Euler — Goodbye Crop Top

RevolutionHer Small Business Award winner Avalon Lukacs of Aura Inner Beauty featured on GOOP

Momentum Small Business Award

WINNER: Avalon Lukacs — Aura Inner Beauty

Avalon Lukacs is the Founder & CEO of Aura Inner Beauty, a modern wellness brand offering nutritional wellness with delicious supplements that embody the best of science and nature. Aura is redefining inner beauty by connecting your skin, body, and mind through elevated, holistic nutrition, offering formulations with bioavailable nutrients and not synthetic vitamins, sugar, or other unnecessary additives, bringing you purity and potency through powders and elixirs.


Honorary Recognition:
Laurie Cook — VTMN Packs

Congratulations to all of our 2021 Top Finalists

Amanda Buhse (Coal & Canary); Marcia Smith (HGC Apparel); Marnie Consky (Thigh Society); Toni Desrosiers (Abeego); Andrea Watson (Nature Knows); Ashley James (The Bare Home); Natalie Farrell (Well Kept); Taylor Lindsay-Noel (Cup of Té); Allison Venditti (Moms At Work); Nengi Offurum (Black Women Owned); Wendy Euler (Goodbye Crop Top); Laurie Cook (VTMN Packs); Liza Marinenko (Mood Milk); Maryam Munaf (Healthy Genie); Sandhya Iyer (Geek Girl Careers); Katia Bannister; Kelen Tamurian; Natalie McIntosh; and Stella Bowles.

Congratulations to our 2021 “Ones to Watch”

Amanda Baker (Tease Tea & The Founder’s Fund); Amy Ballantyne (Holistic Wellness Coaching & Usana Health Sciences Gold Director); Ashwaq Al-Hashedi (INViCARE Inc.); Emma Rohmann (Green At Home); Evonna Kuehner (Anové); Giovanna Aiello (Mumdies Maternity Underwear Inc.); Janet Lawlor (Qwench Juice Bar); Katherine Vellinga (Zirkova Vodka); Katie McKinnon (WELO Probiotics); Kristy Miller (The Scented Market); Mary Marino, Jo Anne Torrance, and Marlow Italiano (La Dee Da Gourmet Sauces); Mia Gauthier (Marathon Coffee Co.); Natasha Patten (My Coat Is Blue); and Sheba Zaidi & Genevieve Savundranayagam (Mahara Mindfulness)

– 2020 –

Our 2020 Awards were represented by an incredible roster of talent within the female entrepreneurship landscape. The 25 women named as Finalists had a combined gross revenue of over $65 million, and provided over 1,500 jobs to the North American economy. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these amazing women!

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Award of Excellence

Female Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER: Carinne Chambers-Saini — Diva International
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, and the #1 sanitary product worldwide.

Honorary Recognition:
Mandy & Rebecca Wolfe — Mandy’s Gourmet Salads

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Momentum Award

Community Leadership

WINNER: Erin Woodward — The Girly Book Club
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. 

Honorary Recognition:
Nihal Elwan — Tayybeh Syrian Cuisine

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Startup Award

Under 3 Years in Business

WINNER: Laurie Franklin — Unique in the Creek
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.

Honorary Recognition:
Lyndsay Scott — Kindred Cultures

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Award of Distinction

Excellence in Service

WINNER: Dina Kulik — Kidcrew
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.

Honorary Recognition:
Jacqueline De’Ath — Homeworks Etc.

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Award of Merit

Consultant, Franchisee, or Broker

WINNER: Justine Levenberg — Sportball Vancouver
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.

Honorary Recognition:
Reema Rafay — Arbonne International

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Top Finalists

Charissa Floriancic (Crushed Aftercare); Billie Aadmi (Holi-Wellness with doTERRA); Charlene Li (Eatable Gourmet Popcorn); Tanya Vakil Fernandes (Forest Hill Keystone); Jennylyn Pringle (Fusion Mineral Paint); Julie Rock (Julie Rock Photography); Lyndsay Scott (Kindred Cultures); Rosy Atwal (Maple Organics); Patsy Commisso (MCC Weight Solutions); AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio (Olivia Rose); Mélanie Levenberg (PL3Y International); Shontelle DuBois (Shontelle DuBois Fitness); Kay Habib (Skilled Accents); Nihal Elwan (Tayybeh Syrian Cuisine); Kim Vopni (The Vagina Coach / Pelvienne Wellness); Kate Moir (Thirty-One Gifts); Kalpana Kundra (UNSTICK by Daughun); Julie LeJeune (Wish & Give)

Congratulations to our 2020 “Ones to Watch”

Angela Crocker (Angela Crocker & Associates); Carmen Darley (Carli D); Julie Boyer (Wake Up With Gratitude); Kimberlea Masters (RECVRD Apparel); Laura Youngs & Donna Pinsonneault (She’s Got Leggz); Lisa Evans (Chickadee Family Café); Meghann Jaeger (The Intersection: Fair Trade); Michelle Faber (Little Yogis); Mieka Forte (Mieka Forte Inc.); Milli Fox (Junior Foxes)

– 2019 –

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Award of Excellence

Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER: Heba Ahmed Malki — Domilya Group
Domilya Group is a team of skilled and dedicated contractors with decades of training and experience. Featured on HGTV and CityTV, they are experts in designing, renovating and building and have been transforming dreams into a reality since 2004. Domilya Group has their own design boutique and offer basement, bathroom, kitchen, custom and commercial renovations.

Honorary Recognition:
Tatum Wood — Timber + Gray

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Momentum Award

Community Leadership

WINNER: Denise Bebenek — Meagan’s Hug
Meagan’s Hug – Creating a Circle of Hope is dedicated to sharing a message of hope and raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours and the devastating effect they have on children and their families. Dedicated to raising funds to support research at the Brain Tumour Research Centre at Sick Kids Hospital, to date Meagan's Hug has raised $5.4M to support brain tumour research.

Honorary Recognition:
Tanya Donahue — Mango + Moose

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Startup Award

Under 3 Years in Business

WINNER: Suzie Yorke — Love Good Fats
Love Good Fats offers bars and shakes that are loaded with good fats, are low in sugar (1-2 grams only) and are ridiculously delicious. They are Keto and LCHF (Low Carbs High Fats) friendly. Eating a high fat diet gives you more energy, helps you to feel fuller longer and feel satisfied. Good fats help rev up your metabolism and are great brain food; and the best part is these bars taste delicious!

Honorary Recognition:
Anna Lozano & Lindy Sood — Love Powered Co.

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Award of Distinction

Excellence in Service

WINNER: Angela Kafadar — Video Power Up
Video Power Up offers a variety of seminars, workshops and programs to teach small business owners how to leverage the power of video to support sales and marketing for their business, helping them to create their own marketing videos using their smartphones in order to gain a real competitive advantage and level the playing field with larger businesses and corporations.

Honorary Recognition:
Ginette Guimond — Maple Academy of Dance

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Award of Merit

Consultant, Franchisee, or Broker

WINNER: Rosanna Marouelli — Modo Yoga Barrie
At Modo Yoga Barrie, the goal is to inspire people to feel more connected to themselves and the world around them through a regular yoga practice. With weekly “karma” classes that are donation-based, for many people in the community the studio is a ‘home away from home’.

Honorary Recognition:
Chrissy Ronalds — The Lunch Lady Hamilton

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Top Finalists

Dianah Warrington (Allysian Sciences); Brooke Hohenadel (Bedtime Beginnings); Cathy Thompson (Beyond the Classroom); Tanya Hayles (Black Moms Connection); Carolyn Nikkanen (Carolyn’s Model & Talent Agency); Michelle Watterson (CatNap Cottages); Lindsay Whisen (Ease Up – The Organizing Experts); Jacqueline De’Ath (Homeworks Etc.); JB Owen (Lotus Liners); Jessica Janzen (Love for Lewiston); Antonella Argento & Mia Scaff (LYNQ Nutrition Redefined); Robbin McManne (Parenting for Connection); Wendy Armbruster (Snugabell); Drupti Glowinkowski (Senegence International); Laura Newton (The Kind Matter Company); Torill Myre (Torill’s Table); Monica Ruffo (Well Told Health Botanicals); Yvonne Yua (World Financial Group)

– 2018 –

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Startup Award

Under 3 Years in Business
WINNER: Tamara Al Dip — Nanashake

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Award of Merit

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Top Finalists

Ginette Ahier (Adorable Chocolat); Christina Platt (Bamboletta Dolls); Melissa Power (For the Love of Laundry); Kerry Bunney (Hawthorne Café); Barb House (It Works!); Jennifer Zurbrigg (Juice Plus); Sheri Simson (Keen Fit Walking Poles); Anna Lozano & Lindy Sood (Love Powered Co.); Lygia Valcourt (Mary Kay); Neveen Dominic (Neveen Dominic Cosmetics); Kathy Brennan (Pampered Chef); Natalie Dueck (Rawnata); Alison Wawrzyniak (Roundtrip Studios); Elizabeth Roque (Rok Cork); Ashley Freeborn (Smash + Tess); Vanessa Miniaci & Jessica Monkcom (The Yoga Project); Natasha & Elysia Vandenhurk (Three Farmers Products); Monique Parker (Wallis Evera); Puja Misra (Zoom Into Life Photography)

– 2017 –

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Award of Excellence

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Momentum Award

Service Based or Non-Profit
WINNER: Lori-Ann McLeod — ONYX Fit

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Award of Merit

Consultant, Franchisee, or Broker
WINNER: Duette Anderson — SendOut Cards

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Top Finalists

Mirella Canavan; Stephanie Birt (Blue Ocean Office Supplies); Andrea Winarski (Easy Peasy Patches); Jacqueline De’Ath (Homeworks Etc. Designs); Karen Johnson (K’Pure Naturals); Sarah Willey (Mama Knows Luxury); Nicole Hennessy (Mommy Connections London); Melanie Wildman (Nutracelle); Sandra Venneri (Nutrition Bites); AnnaMaria DiNicolantonio (Olivia Rose); Amber Dinda (Par-T-Perfect); Michelle Emson (Sanctuary Studios); Wendy Armbruster (Snugabell); Lisa Iafrate (Talii Towels); Jennifer Reece Maxwell; Christine Frances Poe (Tikko); Dr. Theresa Nicassio (YUM: Plant Based Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet)

– 2016 –

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Award of Excellence

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Momentum Award

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Startup Award

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Award of Merit

Consultant, Franchisee, or Broker
WINNER: Angie Wagenaar – Isagenix

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Top Finalists

Nikkie Price (Arbonne International); Candice Bell (Bitty Boots); Kasey Boudreau (Cellar 82); Cassie Krygsman (Curiosity Box); Melissa Vriesinga (Funky Monkey Fabrics); Laura Batista (Handmade For You Love Lu); Carly Shuler (Kindomo / Hoot Reading); Laurie Goodman (Laurie Goodman Photography “Life Messages”); Maria Freeman (Little Jots); Lori-Ann McLeod (ONYX Fitness); Bailey Roth (Redstone Agency); Cindy Grenier (St. Pierre Realty); Katie Valade (Sipology by Steeped Tea); Sabrina Maulucci (The Over Co.); Janey Reilly (Wee Sleep)

- 2015 - 2014 - 2013 -

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Award of Excellence

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Award of Excellence

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Award of Excellence

Entrepreneur of the Year
WINNER: Jade Barr — Jady Babys