YMCA Women of Excellence

Presented by BMO

The YMCA Women of Excellence Awards is a unique event hosted every two years by the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. All proceeds from this event support the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, ensuring everyone has access to YMCA programs and services regardless of their ability to pay. It is one of the many ways the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario fulfills its goal of developing spirit, mind and body in people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities in our community.

NOMINATIONS OPEN December 3, 2020

If you know a woman in Southwestern Ontario who has made a unique and exemplary contribution to her field, we hope you will take this opportunity to nominate her for the 2021 YMCA Women of Excellence Awards. 

Review the Nomination Package

Submit a Nomination Online

Award Categories:

Arts, Culture, Education & Training
Sponsored by TD

Recognizes impactful contributions to the creative arts, culture, or heritage in the community; or leadership in education through teaching, research, training and development or alternative learning programs.

Business & Professions
Sponsored by PwC

Recognizes achievement in a business or profession in the public, private or non-profit sector.

NEW! Breaking Barriers
Sponsored by RBC

Recognizes a self-identified woman of colour, LGBTQ2+ member, or woman with a disability who through their personal or professional experience, has broken down barriers for themselves or made significant improvements that benefit others in their profession, industry or community.

NEW! Social Justice
Sponsored by Scotiabank

Recognizes impact and advocacy in Social Justice through work or by taking action against social, ethnic, or gender inequalities.

Sponsored by Ivey Business School at Western University and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Recognizes achievement in organizing and operating a business or businesses, taking on considerable financial risks and other initiatives to do so. 

Health, Science & Technology
Sponsored by 3M

Recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the health, wellness, science, or technology industries.

Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Sponsored by EY

Recognizes significant impact and contribution to fitness and athletics, through recreation community programs, education and amateur or professional sports.

Young Woman of Excellence

Recognizes a young leader (18 to 30 years of age) who demonstrates inspiring commitment, achievement, and leadership in their community, school, or workplace.



All nominations must be submitted by 3:00 pm EST on January 21, 2021, to be considered. 


Virtual 2021 YMCA Women of Excellence Awards

Join us for our Virtual 2021 YMCA Women of Excellence Awards on Wednesday, May 19, 2021! Tickets will go on sale after our media announcement of the honourees on February 25, 2021. 

5:00 PM BMO Blue Lounge Reception with complimentary music
6:00 PM Virtual Program 

See past recipients from other years.  

Past Recipients