THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – RBC Royal Bank is proud to announce that Stephanie Ash, CEO & President has been named a Finalist for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for the Trailblazer Category. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The program is an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing Canadian women.
Out of 4,000 nominees, 18 Finalists from coast to coast have been selected to represent 6 Award Categories. The TELUS Trailblazer Award is dedicated to a female entrepreneur that is a true trend setter and has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company or market. She is a mentor, visionary, a leader, and a successful businesswoman in her field.
Entrepreneurs from three major regions in Canada are being recognized; East, Central and West. Stephanie Ash is the Regional Finalist representing the Central Canada region.
Firedog Communications Inc. is a creative corporate communications agency located in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Stephanie Ash commented, “It is an absolute honour to be nominated for this RBC Award and to receive the recognition as the Central Canada Finalist. I am so grateful to the amazing team at Firedog Communications, our loyal clients and the great network of community support who make our success possible.”
“Firedog is an innovative business experiencing exponential growth thanks to Stephanie’s strong leadership,” said Michael Nitz, RBC Regional Manager Small Business. “She is an inspirational business and community leader who has forged her own path to sucess. I nominated her in the Trailblazer Category because she meets the definition of trailblazer in every sense of the word.”
The winners will be announced and celebrated at the 22nd Annual Awards Gala, hosted by Diane Francis, editor-at-large for the Financial Post, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recognizes female business owners from across Canada who make impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy. Candidates share a strong entrepreneurial vision and a relentless passion in pursuing their dreams. These awards recognize business women from three major regions across Canada: East, Central and West. All nominees were required to submit thorough applications, which are reviewed and judged by a panel of prominent business leaders and subject to a due diligence performed by Deloitte Private Client Services.
“We are proud to celebrate women entrepreneurs in Canada,” said Carolyn Lawrence, president and CEO, Women of Influence Inc. “By recognizing them at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala, we build their success, provide exposure for Canada’s diverse array of talent and provide more female role models for future leaders.”