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Veuve Clicquot BOLD Woman Award Honors Female Entrepreneurs

Women across industry sectors including technology, wellness, social services and law lead the illustrious list of finalists for the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award.

Toasting today’s entrepreneurs

The prestigious Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award is an international program recognizing the innovative and courageous contributions of female entrepreneurs. Above all, it recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in building, taking on or developing a business. The award is the longest-running international award of its kind. Formally called the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, it has, at this point, honored 350 women in 27 countries.

“In a year of immense challenges and restrictions, these women have led their organizations to achieve success with great acumen and grace,” said Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy Canada.  “Each of the finalists has demonstrated the same gusto that is exemplified by Madame Clicquot’s legendary business savoir-faire.”

BOLD Woman and Future awards finalists

The BOLD Woman Award finalists selected by a panel of esteemed judges are as follows:

BOLD Woman Award Finalists

Judith Fetzer is the Co-founder of Cook It. Cook It is a French-Canadian meal kit service chiefly available in Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime provinces of Canada.

Lena Koke is the Co-founder and CEO of Axess Law, an award-winning, leading provider of affordable law services across Ontario.

Dr. Dina Kulik is the Founder of Kidcrew, a forward-thinking clinic focusing on patient experience, family-centered care and wellness for children and families.

BOLD Future Award Finalists
  • Geneviève Comeau/Adelle Tarzibachi are Co-founders of Les Filles Fattoush. It is a social economy enterprise that facilitates the integration of newly arrived Syrian women into life in Canada.
  • Madison Guy is the Founder and COO of GrantMe. GrantMe is a platform that supports students with university and scholarship applications and internship opportunities.
  • Fatima Zaidi is the Founder and CEO of Quill. Quill is the world’s first one-stop marketplace and agency connecting podcasters with vetted freelancers who can help them launch and grow their shows.

Honoring a bold woman from the past

The Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award pays homage to trailblazing 19th-century businesswoman, Madame Clicquot. Madamce Clicquot was one of the first women to establish herself as a leading female figure in the business world. This award launched in 1972 in celebration of the brand’s 200th anniversary. The top finalists must possess the same enterprising spirit, innovative thinking, bold ideas and bending of stereotypes as Madame Clicquot herself. The winners particularly excel across four pillars of success. These pillars include reinventing tradition, entrepreneurial daring, championing better representation of female leaders and adhering to an ethical approach to business.

“We congratulate all the finalists on their achievements and celebrate the exceptional examples of leadership that each of these women demonstrate,” said Carole Bildé, chief marketing & communications officer, Veuve Clicquot. “It’s been an inspiration to learn of their accomplishments and the significant inroads they are all making in their respective fields.”

Panel of judges

The 2021 Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award judging panel includes:
  • Alexis de Calonne, Managing director, Moët Hennessy Canada
  • Andrew Sardone, Editorial director, Globe Style Advisor
  • Carole Bildé, Chief marketing & communications officer, Veuve Clicquot 
  • Catherine Dagenais, President and CEO, SAQ
  • Claudia Sjoberg, 2018 laureate of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
  • Karine Vanasse, Award-winning Canadian actress 
  • Kiely MacLean, 2018 laureate of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award
  • Kirk Pickersgill, Designer and co-owner of Greta Constantine
  • Leah MacNab, Managing director, NBA Canada

A reimagined BOLD Woman Award

Past recipients of BWA include a list of Canadian trailblazers such as hotelier Christiane Germain, beauty visionary Lise Watier, restaurateur Cora Tsouflidou and Claudia Sjoberg, founder and president of Pedalheads Group.

Veuve Clicquot redesigned The Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award for more inclusion and international visibility. Nominations opened April 2020 to females aged 25 years and above. Nominees had to meet defined criteria. Their daring, enterprising and indefatigable approach to business must directly impact their success. The brand received an unprecedented 192 submissions from across Canada covering a wide range of accomplishments.

Three finalists in each of the two categories were selected by the esteemed jury and invited to attend The BOLD Woman Award ceremony. At the ceremony, one laureate in each of the two categories was designated by a grand jury.  Each laureate received a Veuve Clicquot-inspired award and travelled to Reims, France. In Reims, they experienced a three-day immersion in the history, tradition and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.

A celebration of entrepreneurship

The Veuve Clicquot BOLD Woman Award virtual ceremony took place on June 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT, kicking off The Atelier: Reimagined conference, which will be held virtually throughout the month of June.  Vanessa Craft, director of content partnerships at TikTok will host the ceremony.  This event is free and open to the public; however, you must register beforehand. Please visit BOLD by Veuve Clicquot for details about the awards program and registration.

The Atelier: Reimagined is a festival-like conference where attendees have the unique experience of designing their own journey. They have the chance to select their own adventure and customize a schedule that works for them.

The event ticket is akin to a month-long membership that features options for a host of engaging activities.  These include scheduled live keynote addresses, including an intimate conversation with multi-faceted actress, comedian, talk show host and creator Lilly Singh, on-demand sessions, yoga and meditation classes, networking opportunities and more.  

About Veuve Clicquot

More than champagne, Veuve Clicquot is an attitude that sparkles with joie de vivre, embodied by the House’s signature sunburst-yellow color. Madame Clicquot, the audaciously innovative woman known as la grande dame of champagne, took the reins of the House in 1805 at 27 years old, and became one of the first businesswomen of modern times. She cultivated a culture of excellence, and adopted “only one quality, the finest” as her motto. Her passion, vision and innate sense of French art de vivre live on today in the House that bears her name. Veuve Clicquot spreads delight through its remarkable champagne range, including the iconic Yellow Label, and its joyful experiences around the world. 

About The Atelier Collective 

The Atelier Collective was co-founded by Angela Osborne and Taryn Herritt and is an educational platform that creates beautiful experiences for the holistic, ambitious woman in business. What started as an idea for a mastermind has grown into Canada’s leading event series and digital platform for women in business. The Atelier Collective team is comprised of tenacious female entrepreneurs who are experts in designing memorable, educational experiences and engaging content. The team is passionate about creating a community and platform that caters to every aspect of the ambitious woman’s life. Learn more at

Read more about pioneering businesswoman Madame Clicquot!

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