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2020 Awards Categories

Arts, Sports and Entertainment

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Canada has a beautifully diverse culture, including a vibrant art scene, captivating architecture, engaging theater, world-renowned festivals, and enthralling sports.

The Arts, Sports and Entertainment Award recognizes women who have shaped our thinking and culture through a profound impact made in these significant areas, with contributions in one of the disciplines of the arts including, but not limited to: sports, journalism, literature, broadcasting, cinema and the performing arts.

The Nominee must be actively in her role on or before December 31, 2019.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Career Accomplishments
    What has the Nominee accomplished in her career that sets her apart?
  • Impact on Canadian Thinking and Culture
    How has the Nominee had a measurable impact on Canadian thinking and culture?
  • Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organization and throughout her career?
  • Community Service
    How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
NEW! Canada's Most Powerful CEOs, presented by KPMG

Canada's Most Powerful CEOs, presented by KPMG

KPMGThe research is in: companies win when women lead. Not only do female CEOs tend to boost the performance of their businesses, but they also attract more women to leadership roles, which leads to higher profits.

The Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs Award, presented by KPMG, recognizes three Canadian female CEOs who are the compelling force behind their organizations. These women demonstrably impact their industry and business, and drive equality in their sector and beyond.

Nominees exemplify all the attributes of a powerful visionary with a strong foundational character, sense of integrity and the ability to elicit public trust. They must hold positions in Canada’s publicly traded or privately owned companies, the public sector or a not-for-profit organization; however they cannot be a Founder or Entrepreneur. CEOs must be actively in their role on or before December 31, 2019, be in their position with the same organization for a minimum of five years and report directly to the Board of Directors to qualify.

Detailed dossiers, including financial metrics, are prepared on the Nominees and provided to the members of the Judging Committee. Each award winner must agree to receive her award in person at the awards gala in Toronto.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Customer and Shareholder Value Creation
    How has the Nominee demonstrated value creation through external benchmarks?
  • Impact on Organization, Industry and Society
    How has the Nominee shown courage and guided the company through challenging periods?
    How has the Nominee shown compassion and credibility through socially responsible initiatives?
    What are examples of the Nominee’s accomplishments as an agent of change in making a distinct and describable difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace?
  • Innovation
    How has the Nominee brought about an innovative change in the market?
  • Financial Performance
    How has the Nominee contributed to sustained financial performance for their organization in the past five years?
  • Brand Ambassador
    How has the Nominee garnered public trust through their actions and reputation?
  • Strategic Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated strong leadership qualities and engagement?
    How has the Nominee created and shared a strategic vision for long-term growth and the determination to drive related events?
    How has the Nominee modelled the values, behaviour and culture of the organization?
NEW! KPMG C-Suite Executives

KPMG C-Suite Executives

The glass ceiling may be shattering, but not quickly enough. Though more women have reached leadership levels than ever before, men still hold 90 per cent of C-Level executive roles in Canada’s largest publicly traded companies – despite the fact that full inclusion means better financial performance. The C-Suite Executives Award honours the women who break from that pattern and lead the way as chief operating, information, marketing, financial and human resource officers, and all other C-level executives.

The KPMG C-Suite Executives Award recognizes women who play a significant strategic role within their organization, have a strong record of innovation in their field, demonstrate outstanding performance, lead with a strong vision, commit to diversity in the workplace and contribute to their organizations and society. These women are powerful communicators, collaborators, influencers, trailblazers, innovators, leaders and strategic thinkers who break down barriers for Canada and our future generations.

C-Suite positions include but are not limited to: CTO (Chief Technology Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer), COO (Chief Operating Officer), CCO (Chief Compliance Officer), CKO (Chief Knowledge Officer), CSO (Chief Security Officer), CDO (Chief Data Officer) and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).

Nominees must hold positions in Canada’s publicly traded or privately owned companies, the public sector or a not-for-profit organization; however, they cannot be a CEO, Founder or Entrepreneur. They must be an active member of the organization’s executive leadership team that advises the CEO on key business decisions. Nominees must hold an active role at the C-Suite level as of December 31, 2019, be in their position with the same organization for a minimum of three years and report directly to the CEO to qualify.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Corporate Growth
    How has the Nominee’s expertise helped limit risks and boost profitability in the past five years?
  • Innovation
    How has the Nominee demonstrated their agility and innovation to adapt to a shifting buisness landscape?
  • Community Involvement
    How has the Nominee been involved with and shown leadership within the community?
  • Strategic Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated strategic vision and leadership at her current organization and throughout her career?
    What mentoring and other initiatives has the Nominee undertaken to assist women in the workplace through serving as a role model?
Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

The Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders Award celebrates the professional achievements of women aged 30 to 45 (inclusive) who are at the mid-level stage of their careers. These women are seen as high-potential contributors within their organizations and have been targeted for successive leadership positions. They are passionate about learning and innovating and have accomplished a great deal in their chosen field.

To qualify, a nominee must have been employed by the same organization for a minimum of three years and have been between 30 and 45 years old as of December 31, 2019. The candidate may come from any professional background or discipline, however she cannot be an entrepreneur, president, CEO, or the founder of her own business.

THE CRITERIA
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organization? What part have her contributions played in taking her organization to the next level?
  • Authentic Leadership
    How does the Nominee demonstrate a strong sense of purpose? How has she earned the trust of her peers and driven engagement within her organization?
  • Innovative Thinking
    Is the Nominee willing to take risks in order to achieve her goals and does she demonstrate continuous learning and improvement?
  • Recognition
    Have the Nominee’s contributions been recognized by senior leadership and has she been identified as a promising talent within her organization?
BMO Entrepreneurs

BMO Entrepreneurs

BMO logoWomen are leaving their mark on the world in amazing ways, embracing great risks to achieve even greater rewards. Female entrepreneurship is incredibly important for our future and for closing the gender gap but in many ways their challenges are greater than those experienced by male counterparts.

The BMO Entrepreneurs Award recognizes female founders who own and operate businesses and bring to the table their bold enthusiasm.

The criteria for this Nominee includes:

  • Actively manage the daily affairs of the company as the top executive;
  • Own at least 25% of the shares of a private company (if she is a Founder or Co-Founder and transferred equity for tax reasons to a life partner and children for example, these shares will be included in the equity calculation) or own at least 5% of the shares of a publicly-traded company.

The Nominee must be actively in her role on or before December 31, 2019.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Management Role
    How has the Nominee grown her business and adapted to changing markets and customer needs?
  • Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee built and grown her team to support her vision?
  • Corporate Performance
    How has the Nominee delivered strong earnings in the most recent fiscal year?
  • Community Service
    How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
NEW! CIBC Executive Leaders

CIBC Executive Leaders

What makes a great leader? Passion. Open-mindedness. Ambition. Communication. Accountability. Creativity. Innovation. A drive to achieve ever-higher goals. A desire to help others along the way.

Women want to be great leaders – and they do it well. They’ve made steady progress moving into positions of leadership across many sectors and industries. Although it’s still an uphill battle, there’s momentum: as more women step into these roles, they inspire others to do the same.

The CIBC Executive Leaders Award recognizes women who not only exemplify what it means to be a great leader in their organizations and communities, but also build confidence, champion equality and break down barriers for the next generation of leaders to come.

Nominees must hold senior positions in Canada’s publicly traded and privately owned companies, the public sector and not-for-profit organizations; however they cannot be a CEO, C-Suite Executive, Emerging Leader, Founder or Entrepreneur. To qualify, a Nominee must have be 46 plus years of age as of December 31, 2019.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

Corporate Performance
How did the Nominee contribute to the financial performance of her organization in the most recent fiscal year?

Management Role
How does the Nominee contribute to the management and strategic direction of her organization?

Community Service
How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?

Strategic Vision and Leadership
How has the Nominee demonstrated strategic vision and leadership at her current organization and throughout her career?
What mentoring and other initiatives has the Nominee undertaken to assist women in the workplace through serving as a role model?

NEW! RBC Future Launch Future Leaders

RBC Future Launch Future Leaders

RBC Future LaunchThese exceptional women are tomorrow’s leaders TODAY!

They are confronting social and economic challenges to take meaningful action to move our communities, workplaces, country and the world forward.

The RBC Future Launch Future Leaders Award recognizes five exceptional young women who are transforming their communities through innovation, collaboration and courage. They are bold and courageous. They are artists, entrepreneurs, influencers, innovators, thinkers and consensus-builders. They forge relationships between communities to enable change in a positive manner and strive to ensure its success. As agents of change and advancing inclusion, they demonstrate a unique ability to guide and inspire others through their drive and commitment.

They are Canada’s Future leaders.

To qualify, the nominee must be a Canadian citizen between 15 and 29 years old as of December 31, 2019. This award is not specific to any industry or sector, and does not require a post-secondary degree or a leadership position in the workplace.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
    How has the Nominee created and executed an original bold idea(s)?
    What was its impact and what was the scale of change?
    How has the Nominee broken new ground or overcome barriers?
  • Advocacy
    How has the Nominee demonstrated advocacy as an effective way of driving social and economic change?
    How has the nominee demonstrated advocacy to influence decision making in their community?
  • Influence and Impact
    How has the Nominee demonstrated benevolence through volunteerism and philanthropy?
    How has the Nominee succeeded in amplifying their voice and following for change?
    How has the Nominee demonstrated an inclusive mindset?
  • Community Service
    How does the Nominee demonstrate an inclusive approach to community building?
NEW! Inclusion Vanguard, presented by Accenture

Inclusion Vanguard, presented by Accenture

AccentureThe Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Accenture, will be awarded to an individual, male or female, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to a broader diversity agenda within their organization. They are a champion for change and they have made a profound and measureable impact, bettering the experience of their colleagues and counterparts and a broader community of clients and contacts. This award honours a Canadian leader who has made a thoughtful and appreciable impact on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Change Agent
    How has the nominee been an agent of change and showcase examples of the individual making a distinct and describable difference to the diversity and inclusion agenda within their workplace and broader community.
  • Role Model
    How has this individual acted as a role model to showcase and shape desired behaviours and outcomes?
  • Disruption, Pushing the Status Quo
    Is this individual open to different perspectives? How do they act differently, show that they are open to disruption?
  • Impact on Diversity and Inclusion
    How has the Nominee had a measurable impact at the local, regional, national and international levels?
Intact Professionals

Intact Professionals

IntactThrough new innovations, laws and policy, professionals affect real change and progress in their fields. The Intact Professionals Award recognizes women who are professionals in practice and are leaders within their organizations. Nominees include women who serve on their firm’s executive committee, have founded their own professional services firm or practice and/or who serve their profession in a leadership role at a professional or national level.

Professional means a vocation or occupation requiring special and advanced education, knowledge and skill. Professionals may include but are not limited to: Lawyers, Accountants, Actuaries, Architects, Engineers, and Airline Pilots, Medical Professions (Pharmacists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Veterinarians, Surgeons, and Physicians).

Nominees must hold positions in Canada’s publicly traded or privately owned companies, the public sector or a not-for-profit organization. Nominees must hold an active role as of December 31, 2019.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Management Role
    How does the Nominee contribute to the management and strategic direction of her organization?
  • Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organization and throughout her career?
    What mentoring and other initiatives has the Nominee undertaken to assist women in their profession through serving as a role model?
  • Corporate Performance
    How did the Nominee contribute to the financial performance of her organization in the most recent fiscal year?
  • Community Service
    How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
Manulife Science and Technology

Manulife Science and Technology

Manulife logoInvesting in science and technology is important for driving innovation and productivity.

Science is the pursuit of knowledge and includes the natural sciences such as biology or physics, the social sciences such as economics, psychology or sociology, and the formal sciences such as mathematics and computer science.

The practical application of science gives rise to technology. The goal of technology is to create products that solve problems and improve human life.

The Manulife Science and Technology Award celebrates the female leaders in STEM roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment.

The Nominee must be actively in her role on or before December 31, 2019.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Empowerment Agent
    How does the Nominee create an environment that empowers women in Science and Technology?
  • Career Accomplishments
    What is the Nominee’s biggest professional achievement to date?
  • Influence of Work
    How has the Nominee had a measurable impact on their field/industry?
  • Advocate for Women in STEM
    How has the Nominee demonstrated her commitment to, and advocacy for, other women in STEM?
CP Skilled Trades

CP Skilled Trades

CP logoThe overall industry sector and skilled trades workforce is, and has always been, predominantly male. In fact, women represent only three to five per cent and this is unacceptable. Balancing the gender ratio is important because it brings many additional skills and fresh innovative perspectives, while creating a stronger and more diversified economy.

The CP Skilled Trades Award recognizes outstanding women who contribute immense value and demonstrate excellence in skilled trades, product or service innovation and community involvement.

To qualify, a Nominee must be on a career path that requires hands-on and specialty knowledge in manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, agriculture, construction, fisheries, forestry or mining. The candidate may come from any industry background or trade and may include Plant Managers, Journeypersons, Construction or Project Managers, Entrepreneurs and Tradeswomen; however she cannot be a Corporate or Not-For-Profit President, CEO, C-Suite or an Executive Leader.

THE CRITERIA:
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Empowerment Agent
    How does the Nominee increase awareness of careers in this category sector for women in her workplace and community?
  • Difference Maker
    How does the Nominee respond to this sector’s deficit in Canada through advocacy and build employability and marketability skills in female youth?
  • Breaking New Ground or Traditional Barriers
    How has the Nominee broken new ground or traditional barriers?
  • Vision and Leadership
    How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organization and throughout her career?

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