We celebrate the achievements of women making waves in the Canadian payments industry and beyond. 

In a male-dominated industry, it’s even more important that we recognize fellow women succeeding in the payments industry. These are the rising stars, innovators, and thought leaders paving the way for the next generation of women leaders and making strides toward gender parity. 

Winners are selected by a committee of senior women leaders from across the payments industry and presented at our annual symposium. 

Nominate a deserving woman in payments for one of our women leadership awards. Learn about all the categories below.
 

The 2021 award nominations will close on Thursday May 27, 2021

AWARD CATEGORIES

RISING STAR AWARD

The Women in Payments Rising Star Award will be awarded to a woman in payments under 40 years old (as of January 1, 2020) who best meets the following criteria:  

Innovation 

  • Demonstrates professional excellence 
  • Motivates others to make a positive impact in the payments industry via innovation or creative process re-engineering 
  • Actively promotes the payments community within her organization and/ or the payments industry at large  
  • Demonstrates leadership, vision, maturity and perseverance in her career   

Mentorship 

  • Is widely recognized for her abilities and actively works to motivate and empower others  
  • Leads by example and freely shares knowledge with peers, clients, and/or stakeholders  
  • Actively promotes her organization and/or the payments industry as a career opportunity  

Integrity and Diversity 

  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work  
  • Contributes to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging the diversity of people and opinions 
     

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INNOVATION

The Women in Payments Award for Innovation will be awarded to a woman in payments who best meets the following criteria:  

Innovation 

  • Promotes payments innovation through creativity, vision, and perseverance in her organization or the payments industry 
  • Is instrumental in promoting innovations that: 
    • Are original 
    • Have significant impact 
    • Can be easily and effectively adopted 
    • Have measurable results 
    • Can be applied elsewhere  
  • Supports and inspires others to innovate

Mentorship 

  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others  
  • Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry  
  • Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry

Integrity and Diversity 

  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work  
  • Contributes to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging the diversity of people and opinions 
     

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PAYMENTS THOUGHT LEADER

The Women in Payments Award for Thought Leadership will be awarded to a woman in payments who best meets the following criteria:  

Innovation 

  • Demonstrates thought leadership in payments by participating in domestic or global discussion that advances the industry 
  • Actively speaks or publishes online/printed content about the evolution of the payments industry 
  • Participates in the public arena through committees or other bodies to provide input that helps shape the future of the payments industry 
  • Actively encourages debate about the evolution of payments - inside and/or outside the Canadian payments forum - to help shape the future of the payments industry 
  • Freely shares industry knowledge and insights with colleagues, industry professionals and/or those outside the industry 

Mentorship 

  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others  
  • Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry  
  • Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry  

Integrity and Diversity 

  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work  
  • Contributes to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging the diversity of people and opinions 
     

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ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN

The Women in Payments Award for Female Advocacy will be awarded to a man or woman in payments who best meets the following criteria:   

Promotion of Senior Female Leadership 

  • Actively contributes to the advancement and development of women in payments 
  • Publicly celebrates the work and accomplishments of women leaders 
  • Leads by example, promoting the need to continuously support and advocate for female leadership 
  • Actively uses her/his own position of influence to encourage the promotion and hiring of strong female talent 
  • Actively encourages debate about the importance of gender diversity in the boardroom at the C-level 
  • Is a strong role model for female empowerment, ensuring that she/he hires with diversity in mind 

Encourages and Supports the Career Development of All Women in the Workplace

  • Helps create or support leadership development programs that encourage women to increase their levels of participation and engagement 
  • Actively mentors, advises and nurtures emerging female talent 
  • Advocates for gender equality, including equal pay and equal career growth opportunities 
  • Provides a positive forum and platform for women to network and find mentors within their industry 
  • Works with educators to promote the importance of STEM education for girls and creates excitement about career opportunities available to girls in payments and fintech 
     

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INSPIRATION AWARD

The Women in Payments Inspiration Award will be awarded to a woman in payments who inspires people to reach great heights and best meets the following criteria: 

Drives Vision

  • Is able to create a vision towards a goal 
  • Remains focused and navigates their team towards the goal.  
  • Is able to adjust priorities as needed to achieve the desired goal 

Exudes Positivity 

  • Is a beacon of positivity in the face of challenges and failures 
  • Able to uplift the team through a positive outlook  
  • Inspire greatness and growth from others 

Communicate Effectively

  • Is an impeccable communicator    
  • Creates and environment where everyone feels valued and heard 
  • Establishes a connection with people and builds relationship 
     

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DISTINGUISHED PAYMENTS PROFESSIONAL

The Women in Payments Distinguished Payments Professional Award is a lifetime achievement honour that recognizes a female leader who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the payments industry. 

She also:  

  • Influences industry trends  
  • Is a role model to those around her 
  • Contributes to the positive perception of the industry  
  • Demonstrates integrity, high ethical standards, professionalism, and leadership  
  • Actively contributes to the collective success of the payments industry as a whole 
     

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SOCIAL IMPACT

The Women in Payments Social Impact Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who best meets the following criteria:  

Courageous Leadership 

Has shown courage in the face of adversity to drive change and support others in her organization or industry. Demonstrates leadership, vision, and resilience to bring about positive change in the community within her organization and/or industry  

Positive Impact 

Consistently seizes opportunities to steer co-workers and/or the wider industry to a place of positivity, empathy and mutual support. Leads with spirit to drive toward a positive outcome for all. Is able to pivot as circumstances change to maintain a positive direction. 

Resilience 

Has shown steadfastness in navigating projects, leading teams and/or accomplishing goals despite difficulty or changing circumstances. Actively works to build resilience of the team, organization, or industry to support each other in times of uncertainty and great change. 

Teamwork and Mentorship 

Is widely recognized for her expertise and skill in leading teams. Actively works to empower others to be positive team players and further change agents. Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry. Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry. 

Integrity and Diversity 

Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work. Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions to support the greater community. 
 

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