Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do nominations open and close?

This year’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards nominations open February 1, 2022 and close May 31, 2022.

2. Are men allowed to submit a nomination?

Of course! We are looking for the very best candidates for the BYA awards. Our Nominations Committees are made up of men and women in the community.

3. Do nominees have to be a WBN member?

No. We accept nominations for within AND from outside the WBN network. We want to celebrate Ottawa’s community of inspiring and successful businesswomen. All women are welcome.

4. Do I have to KNOW the person to nominate them?

You do not need to know your nominee personally. However, you need to know the following details about them in order to submit the nomination: First Name, Last name, Contact Phone and Email, Organization, and Position.

5. Can you explain the steps that happen once I nominate the person? How will they hear about it?
  • Your nominee will receive an email from WBN. She will be asked to accept the nomination.
  • Upon acceptance of the nomination, your nominee will immediately be sent a questionnaire requesting a summary of their achievements in the following categories: proven business acumen, outstanding leadership skills, notable achievements in her area of expertise, and community engagement.
  • Your nominee will fill out the questionnaire and return via email.
6. I’m not exactly sure which category I should nominate the person for. What do I do?

Go ahead and select the category you think best suits the nominee. Your nominee will have the opportunity to change the category selection when she completes the next phase of the process.

7. Can I nominate more than one woman?

Yes! The more nominees the better.

8. Can I nominate myself?

Yes! The more nominees the better.

9. Can I nominate past finalists and nominees?

Yes! The more nominees the better.

10. Can a past recipient of the BYAs be nominated again?

No, the BYAs are awarded once to a deserving leader in the NCR. 

11. Who do I contact if I have further questions on the nominations process?

Please contact for any further questions or concerns.


Contact Tracy Noble, WBN Administrative Coordinator, for more information at



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