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2022 Export Awards

OWIT-Toronto is proud to recognize the achievements of women who, through their careers and personal commitments, foster international trade and the advancement of women.

Our last Export Awards Ceremony was held virtually on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020.

Stay tuned for our call for nominations in 2022!  We are excited to be hosting an in-person event in mid-November 2022.  Watch this space for date and venue details.

Thanks to OWIT-Toronto 2020 Export Awards Sponsors

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Our Award Nomination Process is Simple!

Step 1 Nominate an Outstanding Women by completing the online nomination form.

Step 2 The nomination form will be sent to our independent judges.

Step 3  Our independent judges will assess and score the nominees.

Winners will be announced at our Annual Gala

Nominations are welcomed in the following three categories:

JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade

This award recognizes an outstanding woman in Ontario who, through her business and personal networks, acts as a trade advocate and mentor for women, fostering opportunities that actively support women entrepreneurs or professionals to achieve success in international business. 

Nominees for this award may participate on for-profit and non-profit boards, government committees and/or industry associations. Nominees are women in business, government or organizations who act as a role model and mentor for women entrepreneurs, and provide support to women in international business.


Woman Exporter of the Year Award

The Woman Exporter of the Year Award honours an outstanding woman entrepreneur who, through her exporting endeavours, is advancing women and the image of Canadian business women in the international community. 


The nominee must own (at least 50% ownership) a profitable business registered and operating in Ontario for more than three (3) years. She must earn her primary income from the business and must be responsible for its daily operations. A significant portion of her company's business must come from exporting products or services.


Student of International Trade Award

This award recognizes a female student of international trade who, through her studies and business/community experience, has demonstrated passion and commitment for a career in the field of international trade. 

This award is open to female students or recent graduates. Nominees are either:

(a) registered full time with an accredited Canadian college or university, in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies or studying at the graduate level, or

(b) have graduated within the past 12 months, from a full time accredited Canadian college or university.

Winners will be announced at our Annual Gala.

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