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Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards

The Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards is our signature annual event that brings together the entire Rise community to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Rise clients and volunteers.

Join us for an intimate and interactive conversation with our host, Anne-Marie Mediwake, and the award recipients, who will share inspiring stories of their personal mental health and entrepreneurship journeys and the transformative impact that Rise has had in their lives.

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Opening Remarks
Anne-Marie Mediwake, Host, CTV’s Your Morning
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST Awards Ceremony
Celebrating excellence by Rise entrepreneurs and volunteers.
Location: Online via Zoom Award Recipient Panel Discussion
An intimate and interactive discussion moderated by Anne-Marie Mediwake

Host of CTV’s Your Morning, Anne-Marie Mediwake is an accomplished journalist with two decades of news and current affairs experience. Mediwake has provided award winning coverage of some of the world’s largest news stories including the 2014 Ottawa Terror Attacks and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.



Award Categories

Rotman Family Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to the entrepreneur that best exhibits success and growth in their personal and professional lives. When it comes to business planning, they have made smart and sound decisions. Their story is one to be celebrated and can stand as an example for others to follow.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel Resilience Award: Awarded to the entrepreneur that has overcome significant challenges (either personal or business). They have grit, perseverance and don’t take “no” for an answer. While every Rise client experiences their own personal challenges, the resilience award winner demonstrates exceptional determination in achieving their goals.
Bell Let’s Talk Start-up Award: Awarded to the first-time entrepreneur dipping their toes into small business ownership. They have done their homework and diligently planned their launch. They’ve experienced some initial success and have a clear vision for the future.
Scotiabank Volunteer of the Year Award: Awarded to the Rise volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support Rise clients and the organization. Their tireless dedication to Rise’s mission and their contributions to individual clients’ success is a clear example of exemplary service.


Presenting Sponsor

Award Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor