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  • On September 24th, we will host our seventh annual signature event, The Garfinkel Awards, in Toronto.

We hope you can join us for this inspiring evening. It’s a celebration of the outstanding personal and business achievements and fulfilling success stories of people who have received support through Rise. Funds raised will help us continue to provide valuable training, resources, mentorship and low-interest microloans that will support individual entrepreneurs across the country.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019


11:00 amWelcome Reception – visit the client marketplace to shop for unique products made by Rise clients
11:30 amLunch & Awards
12:15 pmPanel Discussion – moderated discussion with award recipients, about the transformative impact Rise has had on their financial and personal empowerment
1:00 pmEvent Ends

Location: Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto, Desautels Hall
105 St. George Street, 2nd Floor, South Building

The Garfinkel Awards is named for Dr. Paul E. Garfinkel, and acknowledges his leadership and inspiring contributions, through his role as founding President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Garfinkel is also recognized for his leading role in the advocacy for psychiatric science and reducing the stigma associated with mental health challenges and addictions.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Erin Burgess at

Download the full profiles of last year's winners to learn more about their stories and accomplishments.

  • Lisa Allain
  • David Antebi
  • Cerys Goodall
  • Kristen Greenlees
  • Émile Hébert
  • Priya Kumar
  • Stephen Mikus
  • Stefanie Stolzel
  • Julie Vachon