Celebration of Achievement
Since 2012, the annual AWE Celebration of Achievement award has paid tribute to an exceptional woman entrepreneur who has built a business in Alberta with a significant impact on the economy and the community. This entrepreneur is an inspirational leader and a role model for women in business.
In 2016, AWE expanded our awards program in order to be able to recognize more of the amazing things women entrepreneurs are doing in our province. The additional categories are the: AWE Upsurge Award, and AWE Emerging Entrepreneur Award.
This is the only event of its kind in Alberta that brings together female entrepreneurs with representatives from government, industry, media, and educational institutions to celebrate the outstanding contributions of inspiring female entrepreneurs.
Congratulations to our 2019 Recipient,
Karina Birch is CEO of Rocky Mountain Soap Co. The company began as a small shop in Canmore to now 13 retail stores and a 20,000 square foot workshop. Believing ‘what goes on the body, goes in the body,’ Rocky Mountain Soap creates small-batch beauty products using simple, natural and fresh ingredients.
Karina spends her time directing Rocky’s strategy, product development and brand. Since their earliest days, they have focused on fostering a strong company culture that empowers people to ‘Give it a Go,’ reminds them to ‘Be Kind,’ and encourages ‘Positivitude.’