May 16 - 22 is Women's Entrepreneurship Week in Saskatchewan! The week recognizes the success of women entrepreneurs across the province and celebrates their contributions to our communities and the economy. Each year Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan honour the occasion by presenting the Women Entrepreneurship Awards in a variety of categories to brave, bold, audacious women in our province.
This year Regina put up five of the final nominees! Get to know them before the winners are announced on May 19.
For the past 22 years Val has been moving, growing, and scaling Saskatchewan’s largest locally based management consulting firm - Praxis Consulting. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Val was named the RBC Executive in residence at the University of Regina and sits on the board of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Val is nominated for the Community Involvement Award, which recognizes a leader who has created ways of doing business that positively impact her community.
Destinee comes from a family tradition of audacious entrepreneurship! Since taking over as Owner of Tangles Hair and Beauty Salon, Destinee has cultivated a stellar team of experienced stylists and technicians offering a variety of services. Last year Destinee was awarded the 2020 International Indigenous Hairstylist of the Year at Indigenous Fashion Week. She is nominated for the Indigenous Entrepreneur Award, which is presented to an Indigenous Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur who, through a strong business concept, shows plans for future growth and viability over the long term.
Also nominated for the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Award, Jennifer Dubois is from George Gordon First Nation and founded Miyosiwin (meaning “beauty” in Cree) Salon Spa in 2017. Jennifer has been forced to persevere more than many entrepreneurs in recent years following a devastating fire in 2018 that forced Miyosiwin to close for an entire year soon after opening. Not one to give up, Jennifer used the opportunity to build relationships and bring her business back stronger than ever.
Jennifer Denouden is the President and CEO of Avana, named one of Canada’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing company on the 2020 Growth List. Jennifer has her sights set on breaking down barriers for women in real estate and challenging what has previously been an “old boys club”. Avana has seen an incredible 9888% growth over five years and now holds 40% of new development permits in Regina. Jennifer is nominated for both the Community Involvement Award and The Innovation Award, which is presented to the Saskatchewan entrepreneur that is pushing conventional boundaries and is disrupting and reshaping her industry through ground-breaking achievements.
Heather purchased Helping Hands Personal Care from her parents in 2001 after learning the business from the ground up. She worked as a caregiver, home-maker, and night shift staff while completing her LPN. Faced with a global pandemic with particularly deadly repercussions for care homes, Heather has been forced to adapt her business to the changing times. She is nominated for Resilience Award, which is presented to the Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur who has shown strength, determination, and the ability to pivot through COVID-19.