WESK Summit Gala 2023

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | DoubleTree by Hilton, Regina

It’s time to celebrate our Saskatchewan female entrepreneurs! 

The WESK Summit Gala provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding female entrepreneurs with one of six Entrepreneur Awards, while also celebrating the achievements of all entrepreneurs in our province. Join us as we celebrate extraordinary woman entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan over an evening of dinner, networking, and extravagance.

Know a deserving woman entrepreneur? Nominate them for one of our Entrepreneur Awards! If that deserving entrepreneur is you, you can skip the nominations and begin the application! More details on our awards categories can be found below.

Event Information

Agenda
Open

4:30pm: Finalist Reception (For finalists and sponsors – by invitation only)

5:00pm: Cocktails

6:00pm: Program Begins

9:00pm: Program Ends

Ticket Details
Open
Ticket DetailsGala TicketGala & Summit PackageGala Table (10)
Non-Member Early Bird Pricing$115 + GST$215 + GST$1,125 + GST
Non-Member General Pricing:$145 + GST$275 + GST$1250 + GST
Member Early Bird Pricing$92 + GST$172 + GST$900 + GST
Member General Pricing$116 + GST$220 + GST$1,000 + GST

*Earlybird deadline is March 8, 2023 at 4:00pm

WESK Members: be sure to log in to receive 20% off!

About the Entrepreneur Awards

WESK is accepting nominations for five entrepreneur awards – Community Involvement, Indigenous Entrepreneur, Innovation, Growth & Expansion, and Resilience. As well, we will be hand-selecting one outstanding woman as the recipient of the Celebration of Achievement Award.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Business must be majority woman-owned (or in a majority-women led partnership)
  • Be operating in Saskatchewan and continue to do so at the time of the awards presentation
  • The business must demonstrate financial viability and sound potential for growth
  • Not have won in the same category in the past year
  • Not have anyone in your management, on your board, or in your employ serving on the WESK Summit Awards judging committee for this category

Applications open January 23, 2023.

Celebration of Achievement Award

This award pays tribute to an exceptional woman entrepreneur who has built a business in Saskatchewan of significant impact to the economy and the community. She is an inspirational leader and a role model for women in business. The Celebration of Achievement award recipient will be selected by the WESK committee.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open
  • Have been operating for a minimum of 5 years (at time of applying)
  • Has made significant contributions to the Saskatchewan economy
  • Actively participate in community involvement initiatives
  • A strong role model for women in entrepreneurship

Community Involvement Award

The Community Involvement Award, sponsored by Nutrien, is presented to the Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur that has been a leader in creating ways of conducting business that have a positive impact on the community. She has shown evidence of clearly expressed and widely communicated strategy, focusing on actions which demonstrate a responsibility to enhance the social and natural environments in which they operate. She truly looks out for the triple bottom line – people, profits, planet.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open
  • Been in operation for a minimum of 3 years at the time of applying
  • Enhance the quality of life for the community and attract people to the area
  • Promote and add vibrancy to the well-being, health and development of the community
  • Demonstrate attraction and retention of volunteers and/or staff participation
  • Showcase the region through marketing and community events, and or programs
  • Promote cultural activities, tourism and/or sporting events

Indigenous Entrepreneur Award

The Indigenous Entrepreneur award, sponsored by FHQ Developments, is presented to the Indigenous Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur, which through a strong business concept shows plans for future growth and viability over the long term. Additionally, she demonstrates a strong understanding of her market and competitors and has a long-term commitment to the community.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open

Innovation Award

The Innovation award, sponsored by Innovation Saskatchewan, is presented to the Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur who is pushing conventional boundaries. She is disrupting and reshaping her industry through ground-breaking achievements in bringing innovation to market.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open
  • Be in operation for a minimum of 12 months (at the time of applying)
  • Exemplify successful innovation
  • Demonstrate vision in the development of new technologies, products, and/or services
  • Demonstrate the ability to take risks

Growth & Expansion Award

This award is presented to the Saskatchewan women entrepreneur who has successfully developed and implemented a strategy that has resulted in rapid growth and increased profitability. She shows the potential for further growth and success.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open
  • Be operating for a minimum of 5 years (at time of applying)
  • Show proof of historical financial growth through providing consecutive financial records (provide as an attachment in application) These records will be kept in strict confidentiality and destroyed after the awards program
  • Show proof of a future growth plan including projections of future growth (may include financial growth, number of employees, number of locations or size of current location, etc.)

Resilience Award

This award presented to the Saskatchewan woman entrepreneur who has shown strength and determination during the pandemic as well as in the altered economic environment post-pandemic. She has shown an ability to pivot in response to unexpected and difficult challenges, while continuing to maintain strong business operations.

Award-Specific Eligibility Requirements
Open
  • Been in operation for a minimum of 3 years at the time of applying
  • Exemplify resilience during and post pandemic
  • Demonstrate an ability to address issues brought about by the pandemic by adapting her business model or shifting the way she does business
  • Experience some business success as a result of the adaptations made to her business
Important Dates
Early Bird Tickets Launch (WESK Summit & WESK Summit Gala)January 26, 2023
Awards Nominations OpenJanuary 23, 2023
Awards Nominations CloseMarch 10, 2023
Awards Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2023
Early Bird Ticket DeadlineMarch 30, 2023
Award Finalists AnnouncedApril 20, 2023
Ticket DeadlineMay 8, 2023