Rise Awards

Created to honour and celebrate the achievements of inspirational leaders within Kelowna and the surrounding area, the RISE Awards acknowledge individuals who demonstrate inclusivity and represent KWIB’s mission and values.

We encourage you to help us recognize local individuals who are making a difference in our community by nominating them for a 2024 RISE Award!

KWIB is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and is constantly working to give voice to varied perspectives. We encourage nominations of individuals who work in and across all groups, communities and backgrounds.

*Nominators and nominees do not need to be members of Kelowna Women in Business.
Woman of the Year Award

Woman of the Year Award - proudly presented by BDC

The Woman of the Year is a leader, champion for women in the workforce and role model within her industry. She displays excellence in her field and is actively involved in the local business community. 

Eligibility: Open to any woman who is a business owner or professional living and working in Kelowna or the surrounding area.

Change Maker Award

Change Maker Award - proudly presented by Crowe MacKay LLP

A Change Maker is an individual who creates a positive impact by providing a service, program, group or voice for change. They are a role model, socially conscious, community-oriented and by personal and/or professional example help to make Kelowna a better place to live.

Eligibility: Open to any person 15+ living and working in Kelowna or the surrounding area.

Spirit Award

Spirit Award

The Spirit Award recognizes a woman who demonstrates leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion in their business or the community at large. This award acknowledges initiatives in any aspect of diversity including, age, ability, gender identity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, race or religion.

Eligibility: Open to any woman who is a business owner or professional living and working in Kelowna or the surrounding area.

2023 RISE AWARDS Finalists

Woman of the Year Finalists

  • Pamela Pearson – Winner
  • Tanja Halsall
  • Kelly Davidson
  • Angela Quinn

Change Maker Finalists

  • Meaghan Duckett – Winner
  • Kathleen Lemieux
  • Amanda Shatzko
  • Danielle Walker

Spirit Award Finalists

  • Laurence Rich – Winner
  • Sami Brar
  • Sandra Hartwick
  • Coralee Miller
Created to honour and celebrate the achievements of inspirational members of the Kelowna business community, the Rise Awards culminates with an awards ceremony and banquet – after a rigorous nomination process.

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