RPA Canada Announce Award Winners

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RPA Canada Announce Award Winners

Five outstanding female entrepreneurs to be recognized on October 15

TORONTO, October 3, 2022 – The 4th annual RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards, presented by the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada, announced today five winners of the 2022 awards. The winners will be honored with RPA Woman Entrepreneur Awards as part of the Small Business Week Celebrations planned by the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada to be held on Saturday October 15, 2022, at 12:30 pm at Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel.

2022 RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards

The winners in each of the award categories are leaders who have not only risen to meet the challenge of keeping their businesses afloat during the years under pandemic lock-down but also help keep the Canadian economy going at a time when it needed the most. This year’s recipients span sectors that include Agriculture (Organic Fertilizer), Dog Training School, Innovate and E-Learning Company, Wellness Industry (Good Night Sleep), Medical & Health Services.

In recognition of the incredible growth of the overall program, a Female Youth Entrepreneur category has been added this year. This award has now included two categories: girls’ empowerment: Women’s economic independence and role in decision making.

“RPA Canada is honoured to celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs who have been instrumental in driving small to medium sized businesses in Canada,” said Zubair Choudhry, President and CEO, RPA Canada. “Our ongoing commitment to the RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards is one of the many ways in which we proudly continue to support them by recognizing and promoting their inspiring stories. We are proud to put a spotlight on this year’s winners who are exceptional leaders, innovators, and risk takers in SME. Their leadership, passion and enterprising spirit serve as an inspiration for the next generation of entrepreneurs to pursue their aspirations and be part of Canada’s thriving business community.”

Now in its fourth year, the RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards program recognizes the country’s leading female local entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local small businesses. The five-members Selection Committee of the awards program was constituted of notable Canadian businesswomen: Marjorie (Kitty) Atkinson, Executive Director of Tenet Computer Group Inc.; Shelley Jarrett, President of SJP Consulting; Annie Puran, Director of Atum Financial Services Inc.; Sheares (Banki) Benjamin, Founder of Business Takeout; Elena Sanchez, RPA.

The official announcement of the 2022 award winners were made on Monday, October 3rd via live broadcast of the RPA Canada YouTube channel. These RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards will be presented at a VIP reception. The VIP Reception, hosted by The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada, RPA YouTube Channel, will livestream the event.

This year, a record-breaking number of nominations were received from across the country. The 2022 award winners are:

  1. Alanna McGinn, Burlington, ON, www.Goodnightsleepsite.com Knowledge of Health and Wellness
  2.  Le Luong, Toronto, ON, www.nurturegrowthbio.com Agriculture and Bio Fertilizer
  3. Dr. Mehwish Warsi, Calgary, AB, www.familymedicalclinics.ca Redstone Family Medical Services
  4. Genee Simmonds, Whitby, ON www.teachpit.com Online Life Learning
  5. Kathy Legault, Fort Erie, ON www.peppk9.com Dog Training and Grooming

For more information on this year’s award winners, visit www.rpacanada.org

About the RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards

The RPA Women Entrepreneur Awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs in Small to Medium Sized businesses. The awards are an initiative of The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada as part of their community involvement and working towards Women Empowerment through Women Entrepreneurship, recognition of their achievements and contribution to the society.


About the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada

The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada is a professional organization for the ongoing education and setting of qualifying standards to ensure professional competence of its members in the practice of accountancy. After successfully completion of the mandatory professional examinations, Society authorizes its members to use the designation RPA (Registered Professional Accountants). The Society’s objects can generally be stated as being the promotion of the accounting profession through increasing knowledge, skill and proficiency of the Society’s members and student members.


For further information and interview requests, please contact: Alejandro Velez, RPA Canada, 416 350 8145, info@rpacanada.org