EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women

Think big and be bold

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The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program helps a select group of women founders rapidly accelerate their growth. Through an annual competition and ongoing program, the entrepreneurs are introduced to new ways of managing business growth via a powerful combination of executive education, networking, mentorship and connections.

If you are a woman CEO who has founded a company within the last 10 years in Canada or the US, and has achieved at least $2 million in revenue in each of the last two years, we invite you to compete to become one of the 2018 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women.

You’ll join an elite business network of the country’s best high-growth company leaders and participate in a customized leadership program designed to help you accelerate and sustain the growth of your business.

Nominations for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ 2019 program are now open.

All applications must be submitted by 21 June 2019.

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women 2019 application

Nomination form

Those selected for the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program are exposed to entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who can help them and are coached on the five crucial actions needed to scale their companies:

  • Think big and be bold
  • Build a public profile
  • Work on the business, rather than in it
  • Establish key advisory networks
  • Evaluate financing for expansion

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program encompasses ongoing educational programs, events, networks and media exposure — on both national and regional levels — designed to provide actionable guidance, contacts, tools and resources for leadership development and business growth. The program is evergeen. Entrepreneurs selected to participate are welcome to remain engaged in Entrepreneurial Winning Women for as long as it benefits them.

Download the program brochure to learn more.

Canadian entrepreneurs inducted into 2018 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™

EY - Joelle Faulkner

Joelle Faulkner | Toronto, ON
Area One Farms | Watch video profile

Area One Farms Ltd. (AOF) is a Canadian agricultural private equity firm that bridges the gap between agriculture and equity — helping quality Canadian farmers expand their operations in a stable, committed partnership with investors. AOF helps farm partners adopt farm management principles and practices that help raise the effectiveness and efficiency of farming operations.

EY - Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith | Victoria, BC
Flytographer | Watch video profile

Flytographer is an online marketplace that connects travelers with local photographers in 250 cities worldwide for fun, candid photoshoots. With Flytographer, travelers not only return with a beautiful souvenir, but also learn cool insider tips on what to eat, see and do as they stroll the streets chatting with their local photographer.

EY - Heather Payne

Heather Payne | Toronto, ON
HackerYou College of Technology | Watch video profile

HackerYou College of Technology is a registered private career college based in Toronto, Canada. Serving more than 1,000 students a year from a 12,000-square-foot campus in the tech hub of the city, HackerYou offers both vocational and non-vocational programs for people who want to learn to build websites, become developers or become better developers.

EY - Alyssa Furtado & Lauren Haw

Alyssa Furtado & Lauren Haw | Toronto, ON
Ratehub & Zoocasa | Watch video profile

Ratehub connects Canadians to the best financial products on the market. More than five million Canadians visit the Ratehub.ca website every year to get personalized financial recommendations. Alyssa and Lauren have also created a real estate brokerage firm call Zoocasa. It is the first real estate company in Canada to focus on pairing online technology with a full-service offline team.


 “Being a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015 has been an outstanding experience. Through the program I have found confidence in myself as a businesswoman, and gained experiences and knowledge that will stay with me throughout my ongoing entrepreneurial career. I'm extremely thankful and honored to be part of the program.”

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women - Leah Garrad-Cole Leah Garrad-Cole
Love Child Organics
Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015