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CONGRATULATIONS – 2020 Women of Inspiration™   Award Recipients Raise the Bar!

We did it! CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Top 150 Finalists and Award Recipients from across Canada! 2020 marks a historic year. We are honoured to recognize the achievements from across Canada who Raise the Bar for others to follow!

When we celebrate one woman we celebrate all women! Thank you for your leadership and commitment to Raise the Bar for women to be seen, heard, and valued! #WOI202Raisethebar #SupportHER @PostmediaNews Meet our 2020 Women of Inspiration Award Recipients!

Meet our 2020 Women of Inspiration Award Recipients

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We could not do it without a network or champions and visible SupportHER’s. We are grateful to our Media Partners at Post Media for your continued commitment to SupportHER! Be sure to grab the paper to see our 2020 Women of Inspiration™  Awards Winner Announcement on November 17, 2020, in newspapers across Canada (Calgary Herald, National Post, Vancouver Sun, and Montreal Gazette).

Thank you to our Awards Partners Innovation Canada, and Award Sponsors, Mitacs, Startup Canada and CanWCC.

We are so excited for the epic plans to Raise the Bar for women to be seen, heard, and valued in 2021! We look forward to our 2021 Road Show across Canada along with 500 companies who are visible SupportHER’s committed to advance women! Contact us to become a Sponsor and learn about our Epic Initiatives for 2021 including 20202 Edition – 100 Women of Inspiration™ Book, Corporate SupportHER™ Certification and Programs, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, and more!

The Universal Womens Network™ – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Award Recipients:  Meet WOI Award Winner.

Tribute – Women of Inspiration™ Heidi Stevenson Unsung Hero Award – (NS)

Advocate and Catalyst for Change Award presented by CanWCC – Jodeme Goldhar (ON), Monique Auffrey (AB)

Jr. Advocate and Catalyst for Change Award – Gujot Kaur Singh (ON)

Authentic Leader Award – Alma Arzate (ON), Jenn Lofgren (AB)

Cultural Ambassador Award  – Sabine Weber ON), Krista Malden (AB)

Diversity and Inclusiveness Award Lorin MacDonald (ON), Keshia Holloman-Dawson (AB)

Game Changer Award – Jennifer Commins, Karen MacNeill

Health and Wellness Award – Karen Adams, Connie Jakab

Rural Leader presented by Startup Canada – Shelley Uvanille-Hesch (ON), Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo (AB)

Indigenous Leader -Lori Campbell (ON),  Wendy Lumby (AB)

Influencer Award – Jana Webb (ON), Blaise Hunter (AB)

Integrity Award – Karen Somerville (ON), Karen Fellowes (AB)

Lifetime Achievement Award – Patricia Gagic (ON), Karen Fonseth (MB)

Youth Excellence Award –Boluwatife Adefemi (ON), Chloe Shingoose (AB)

Rising Leader Award – Geetika Joshi (ON), Jolie Gan (AB)

Mentorship Award – Susan deRyk (ON), Deborah Rodrigo (AB)

Millennial Leader – Lulu Liang (ON), Lindsay Jones (AB)

The Nest Award – Sibel Coskuner (ON), Maeghen Cotterill (AB)

Trailblazer (STEM) Award presented by Mitacs – Anu Bidani (ON), Sara Badiei (BC)

Vision Builder Award – Jessica Lui (ON), Towumni Coker (AB)

SupportHER Award – Victoria Lennox (ON), Christina Chow (AB)

SupportHER (Ally) Award – Mark Bombenon (AB), Dominic Vogel (BC), Paul Doroshenko (BC)

Innovation Award – Sharon Vinderine (ON), Laura Grant (AB)

Dream Builder Award – Anuja Sharma- Virani (ON), Monica Dauenhauer (AB)

Customer Experience Award – Adele Spraggon (ON), Judith Virag (AB)

Difference Maker Award – Vanisha Breault (AB), Glori Meldrum (AB)

Social Impact Award – Margot Witz (ON), Carlene Donnelly (AB)

Women in Media Award –Tracy Lamourie (ON), Angela Sterritt (BC),

Black Women Leader Award – Nothabo Ncube (ON), Margaret Adu (AB)

COVID-19 Leader Award – Angie Kim (ON), Evelyne Nyairo (AB)


A Message from our Media Partners at Post Media

As the media sponsor for the 2020 Women of Inspiration awards, Postmedia is proud to congratulate all of this year’s unstoppable nominees and award recipients. We are thrilled to help this great organization and the SupportHER members encourage women in business to fully realize and reach their potential. With the many sudden changes to the business and consumer landscape in this difficult year, the importance of recognizing women who have risen to the occasion through innovation, leadership, and perseverance continues to be paramount.  As a Canadian news media company with more than 120 brands across print, online, and mobile platforms, Postmedia is committed to upholding diversity and equality, and to supporting great initiatives like the Women of Inspiration Awards.

A message from our Selection Committee Chair

Congratulations! There is no greater recognition than the acknowledgment presented by one’s peers through nomination for an award. Such is the significance of the Women of Inspiration™ Awards.

To the women who submitted documents for review in the 2020 competition, know that most members of the Selection Committee were once nominees and have won this award. They have walked where you walked. They grew as you have grown just by accepting your nomination. I applaud the work and the spirit of my incredible committee: Karen Sherbut, Rhonda Goldberg, Deb Milimaka Miles, Elizabeth Blake Thomas, and Armineh Keshishian.

On behalf of the WOI2020 Awards Selection Committee, I congratulate all the women who have participated in the nomination process. Your courage is worthy of note.

For those of you who stepped forward and completed your nomination packages, you demonstrated to us that your achievements matter and deserve appreciation. You made our job tougher than tough. We encourage you to continue to build the recognition you deserve. For those of you are award recipients, know that what you do stands out. We look forward to your continued participation as a member of the WOI Alumni. 

With Sincerity and Respect, Donna P. Dahl, WOI2020 Selection Committee Chair, 2016 Woman of Inspiration™ for Lifetime Achievement

Thank you to our SupportHER’s. We could not move these mountains without you!





Innovation Canada – Proud Awards Partners


Mitacs – Category Awards Sponsor – Trailblazer (STEM) Award


Startup Canada – Category Awards Sponsor – Rural Leader Award


CanWCC – Category Awards Sponsor – Advocate and Catalyst for Change Award

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