CALGARY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 - Calgary-based Rockwood Custom Homes is honoured to announce that Allison Grafton, President, has been named the recipient of the Momentum Award at the 2015 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Presented by Women of Influence, the prestigious awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy.
Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO and Head of Events and Programming, Women of Influence Inc., praised the winners for their dedication and drive, and for paving the way for future generations of female entrepreneurs. “We are honoured to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs in Canada, helping to inspire new generations of innovators and leaders,” explained Ms. Skalin.
“The number of women-owned businesses continues to grow, and our nominee numbers reflect that—every year we’re setting a new record. The 2015 winners have turned their personal passions—from home renovation to animal care—into thriving businesses. They have earned the esteem of their peers and their communities, and are truly paving the way for future female entrepreneurs.”
Allison Grafton was one of six recipients celebrated at this year’s awards gala on November 26, following a record-breaking 5,000 nominees from across the country. The Momentum Award is dedicated to a female entrepreneur that has successfully overcome obstacles and capitalized on opportunities to deliver 10% or more growth, year-over-year for more than three years. Through expanded management, empowered employees, and demonstrated excellence, she has created a flexible and responsive business that is able to adapt to changing market environments and leverage opportunities for continued growth.
Allison Grafton was deeply honoured to be selected from such a great group of female leaders, “I’m very humbled to receive this award. Rockwood has enabled me to lead in a way I’ve always dreamed… always imagined. I share this award with my great partner, Grainger Nimmo, and the whole Rockwood team, who continue to inspire me daily to lead them with confidence and vision.”
“RBC is honoured to partner with Canadian women entrepreneurs like Allison Grafton who lead and drive business success in our economy and communities,” says Neil McLaughlin, executive vice president, Business Financial Services, RBC. “The awards allow us to celebrate their work and contributions while inspiring Canadians to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.”
For a complete list of this year’s award winners, visit womenofinfluence.ca/rbc-cwea
About the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
The 2015 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are presented by RBC and sponsors Deloitte, TELUS, The Printing House and PROFIT Magazine and are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. Now in its 23rd year, award recipients are selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, level of innovation, profitability and community impact. For more information, please visit: www.womenofinfluence.ca/rbc-cwea
About Women of Influence
Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women. It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City, Washington, DC, London, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: www.womenofinfluence.ca.