Women of Inspiration

Every Woman Has A Story! DREAM BIG!

In May 2014, founder and CEO Monica Kretschmer launched Canadian Business Chicks, Canada’s diverse community of professional and entrepreneurial women with shared values who embrace life with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity. Monica believes every woman has a story and is passionate about celebrating the achievements of women and elevating the men who SupportHER! Canadian Business Chicks proudly supports The Nest Foundation empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.

On September 26, 2015, the inaugural Women of Inspiration Awards recognized one woman, Ms. Diane L. Harms. Women of Inspiration Awards has grown organically from 200 guests with one award recipient in 2015 to over 600 guests with 18 Diverse Award Categories in 2018. Women of Inspiration Awards is one of Canada’s fastest growing women’s network that continues to attract attention and support of government officials, various associations, industry A-Lister’s and has featured the stories of inspiring Canadian women including Amanda Lindhout, Barb Stegemann, and Rachel Mielke.

Women of Inspiration has raised the profiles of over 300 women nationally and awarded 40 Women of Inspiration Awards. Women of Inspiration lead, inspire and motivate others to be more and do more! They are role models who take the road less travelled and pave the road for others to follow in their footsteps and use their voice to make change locally, nationally and globally. Women of Inspiration are our catalysts for change and inspire us all to DREAM BIG! Nominate a Woman of Inspiration who inspires you to greatness!

Join us for our 5th Annual Women of Inspiration Awards Gala in Calgary (October 3) and Toronto (October 9) and the launch of our 3 Day Inspire Summit in Toronto (October 8 - 10): Inspirational Keynotes, VIP Receptions, Networking, SupportHER Roundtables, Bliss Experience Day and Media Brunch with our Award Winners.

Women of Inspiration is a one of a kind women’s empowerment event celebrating nominees, and connecting key stakeholders, partners with visionaries, thought leaders, game changers and business leaders who shape our local, national and global community.

Your Nomination Matters!

Dream Big and join Canadian Business Chicks to elevate role models in our community and celebrate the 5th Annual Women of Inspiration Awards in Calgary and Toronto. Now is your chance to recognize the women in your life that are doing amazing things. We would love to ensure those amazing women in your network, community and workplace are represented amongst this year’s nominees and finalists.

By nominating a woman, you are honouring her accomplishments, contributing to her legacy, validating her hard work and raising the profile for all women. You are taking action to SupportHER to elevate her as a role model. You are ensuring her hard work is being recognized locally, nationally, and globally.

Nominations are open now across Canada in 23 Diverse Categories including Advocate and Catalyst for Change, Lifetime Achievement, Mompreneur, Game Changer, Innovation Award, Youth Excellence, Difference Maker, Mentorship, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Rural Leader, Indigenous Leader and a new category to elevate the male champions – Power Partner. Your nomination matters, deadline to nominate is June 15th. Nominate now: https://canadianbusinesschicks.com/women-inspiration/nominate-2019/

Finalists and winners will be honoured at an Awards Gala in Calgary and Toronto this October. Show her she matters and help us raise the profile and visibility of women inspiring others to do more and be more! Purchase your tickets and plan to join the celebration: https://canadianbusinesschicks.com/events/

3 Day Inspire Summit

Our Premier 3 Day Inspire Summit was created to validate the achievements of women making an impact, advocate for gender diversity, and elevate the men that SupportHER. We are sharing experiences, collaborating, developing meaningful relationships, and fostering valuable connections.

Everything we will do carefully crafted to support, acknowledge and recognize the contributions of inspiring women nationally and globally.

Calgary - October 3, 2019 - Women of Inspiration Awards Gala + After Party
Toronto - October 9, 2019 - Women of Inspiration Awards Gala + After Party

Toronto - October 8 - 9, 2019 - 3 Day Inspire Summit
Day 1 - VIP Opening Soiree Reception
Day 2 - Bliss Day Experience
Day 2 - WOI Awards Gala and After Party * Black Tie
Day 3 - Media Brunch | SupportHER Roundtable | Keynote

We are changing perception, creating role models, and moving the needle to embrace diversity and by elevating the male champions who empower women.

Event #WOI2019DreamBig Gala and Awards Details

Women of Inspiration

Women of Inspiration to me is someone who is not afraid to be who they are, and to be able to go out and show that to people, and also just stand up for what they believe in and what’s important to them.

Nicole Sgarbossa, Communications Coordinator of Homefront Calgary

This is a testimonial given for Canadian Business Chicks.

Women of Inspiration for me is someone who really has a story and is not afraid to share it. I’m inspired by their stories and I think that when we are able to find a voice and put that story out there, it really is something that can resonate with a lot of other people and really inspire them.

Joanne Penn, Chef

This is a testimonial given for Canadian Business Chicks.

The WOI event was a real class act - from the nominees, to the organizers and the venue itself! It was great to be a part of such a truly inspiring evening. I was especially impressed by the diversity of the winners and equally pleased to see numerous men in attendance to support their peers. The fact that my colleague, Tara Wilson, won the SupportHer award was the icing on the cake for me.

Mike Giannoumis - Senior Vice President Technology Operations, Paysafe Group

This is a testimonial given for Canadian Business Chicks.