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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 22, 2022 Opening Remarks
Anne-Marie Mediwake
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.


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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. A mother of triplets, she is a passionate advocate for women and children’s issues, which saw her named Toronto Woman of the Year 2011.



Award Categories

Rotman Family Entrepreneur of the Year: For the entrepreneur that best exhibits success and growth in their personal and professional lives. They have made smart and sound decisions when it comes to their business planning. Their story is one to be applauded and celebrated and can stand as an example to follow.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel Resilience Award: For the entrepreneur that has overcome significant pitfalls and challenges (either personal or business). They have grit and perseverance and don’t take “no” for an answer. While every Rise client has their own personal challenges, the Resilience Award winner goes further than others in achieving their goals.
Bell Let’s Talk Start-up Award: For the first-time entrepreneur dipping their toes into small business ownership. They have done their homework and research, and diligently planned their launch. They’ve already had some initial success, and have a clear sightline into where their future lies. Their business must be less than a year old to qualify for this award.
Scotiabank Volunteer of the Year Award: For the Rise volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support Rise clients and the organization. Their tireless dedication to our mission and their contributions to individual clients’ success is a clear example of exemplary service.
  Dave Richardson Champion Award: For a Rise community member who embodies the spirit of openness, community and philanthropy personified by Dave Richardson. They are a dedicated Rise supporter whose actions demonstrate a commitment to advancing Rise’s mission through mental health advocacy, client support, contributions of time, talent, resources, and more. 


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