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Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards

“I want to be known as a businessperson who has a mental illness because I think the more we are open about it, the less stigma we’re going to have.”
~ Michelle Tasa, Dr. Paul Garfinkel Resilience Award Recipient

On behalf of Rise, it is with great pride that thank you for your attendance at the Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards.

On November 15, 2023, we gathered the Rise community to celebrate the outstanding achievements and resilience of Rise clients and volunteers to remarkably inspiring ends.

We would like to thank Anne-Marie Mediwake for hosting the event and leading such a personal and thought-provoking panel discussion. And to the award recipients: thank you for sharing your stories and experiences so candidly.  

This was the third consecutive year that we have hosted the awards via Zoom, and we are grateful to you, our guests, for continuing to embrace the virtual format. Your ongoing support, whether as a partner, donor, volunteer, or client, is the reason Rise has been able to weather the challenges of the pandemic. And it’s because of you that we are emerging from it stronger than before 

Finally, thank you to our sponsors, Power Corporation of Canada, Scotiabank, Bell Let’s Talk, and Citi for making this year’s event possible. 


Andria Barrett — Rotman Family Entrepreneur of the Year

Michelle Tasa — Dr. Paul Garfinkel Resilience Award

Reham Teama — Bell Let’s Talk Start-Up Award

Shaun Pingitore  Scotiabank Volunteer of the Year Award

Martin Traub-Werner — Dave Richardson Champion Award

To learn more about our awardees and Honourable Mentions, check out our Impact Stories.

Missed the event? Watch it here:


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