TORONTO — SkipTheDishes is committed to supporting and increasing the representation of women in leadership roles within the Canadian food industry. According to the State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada, there’s been a notable decline in women-owned businesses since 2018, with women-owned restaurants and enterprises accounting for only seven per cent of the industry in 2020.
In response, the company has partnered with WXN to introduce a new category within their esteemed Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Through this initiative, Skip aims to spotlight female chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in the sector, acknowledging women in leadership roles and inspiring others to pursue similar career paths.
In its inaugural year, the SkipTheDishes Food Industry Award will be judged on the following criteria:
- Career Accomplishments: How has the nominee demonstrated excellence within their field? What professional achievements is the nominee most proud of?
- Vision and Leadership: How has the nominee demonstrated strategic vision and leadership in her role and throughout her career?
- Influence and Impact: How has the nominee demonstrated her commitment to having a positive impact in her community and within the industry?
- Change-maker: How is the nominee acting as a role model for women in leadership roles in the food industry and beyond?
From now until May 14, 2024, individuals and organizations on their behalf can submit an online nomination package which collectively demonstrates noteworthy achievements and impact via the Awards portal.
“At Skip, we’re fortunate to connect and partner with exceptionally talented, hard-working women in the food industry who own and operate some of Canada’s most loved restaurants and franchises or lead entire kitchens as head chef. We’ve seen firsthand the passion, skill and impact these women have and we’re excited to celebrate their achievements alongside all Canadians,” says Melanie Fatouros-Richardson, VP, Communications and Government Relations at SkipTheDishes. “I’m proud of the difference we’re making through this award to show young women what’s possible, while also helping to pave a future where there’s greater opportunities for women in leadership in the food industry.”
“WXN is delighted to partner with a proud Canadian organization like Skip as we boldly drive positive change, ensuring there are equal opportunities for women in the food industry and [creating] more opportunities for women in leadership,” says Sherri Stevens, owner and CEO of WXN. “We’re thrilled to open up Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards to an entirely new category of women in leadership and see incredible women of the food industry receive the recognition they truly deserve through the SkipTheDishes Food Industry Award.”