Throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, a diverse network of women entrepreneurs is driven to rebuild the local economy. Using innovation and expanding into new markets, these women are the best and brightest in their respective fields and industries. Please join us on October 27, 2022, as we celebrate these community champions and share their inspirational stories.
2021 Award Recipients
Contratulations to the 2021 award recipients!
Since 1998, NLOWE’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards has recognized women entrepreneurs whose successful businesses contribute to the provincial economy and to their communities. These women are using innovative technologies and expanding into new markets. They are leaders in their fields and respected in their industries. In short, they are the best and brightest businesswomen in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Through our awards program, NLOWE aims to advance the professional and personal networks of the winners, provide visibility for them and their businesses, and increase the number of role models and mentors for women in business across the province. Award recipients living outside the metro region are reimbursed for travel and accommodations.
Trish Molloy, the owner of the Head Room and Headroom Salon and Spa (locations in St. John’s and Paradise), received the pinnacle Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, sponsored by RBC. This award recognizes a long-time entrepreneur who has significantly impacted the economy and whose success is an inspiration for other women in business.
Joy Barker, president of JSR Holdings Inc. and Copper Stop Ltd. (locations in Springdale and Baie Verte), received the Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Hebron Project. This award recognizes female entrepreneurs whose businesses have significantly impacted the local economy and improved the community’s economic position.
Gertrude Bradbury, president and general manager of Locke’s Electrical Limited, received the Leadership Award sponsored by Fonemed. The Leadership Award recognizes female entrepreneurs who’ve shown that they are champions for the advancement of women in general and women in the entrepreneurial space.
Cindy Roma, Co-CEO and partner of Telelink received the Mentor Award, sponsored by HR Project Partners. Roma, originally from Nova Scotia, moved to Newfoundland and Labrador more than 20 years ago and joined Telelink. With a focus on expanding into innovation and technology markets, Roma says she’s often the only woman in the room.
Gill Whelan, CEO and founder of Whelan Wellness (St. John’s), received the Momentum Award, sponsored by McInnes Cooper. The Momentum Award recognizes female entrepreneurs who have demonstrated significant growth or growth potential within one- to three years. Whelan has built an adaptable business and leverages every opportunity she can to realize her dreams.
It has paid off.
Patsy Tremblett, president and CEO of Prima Information Solutions Inc. (St. John’s), received the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by Cox & Palmer. The Trailblazer Award recognizes female entrepreneurs leading businesses in non-traditional sectors.
Megan Jackman, owner of Ragmaw (St. John’s), received the Trendsetter Award, sponsored by Bluedrop Performance Learning. This award honours female entrepreneurs who own and operate successful businesses that employ innovation and original thinking in operational and promotional activities.
Jaime Evans, owner of Evexia Osteopathy, received the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by the College of the North Atlantic (CNA). This award recognizes a female entrepreneur 35 years of age or younger who has owned and operated a profitable business for at least two years.