2017 Winners Speak Out

Still sitting on the fence whether you should apply for a WISE 50 over 50 Award? When I launched the inaugural awards in 2017, there was some skepticism. And I got it as they were the fist awards and no one knew who WISE – Seniors in Business or myself, Wendy Mayhew were. But, I was determined to make noise around a group of successful business owners who started a business after the age of 50. And it worked?

But, don’t take my word for it, read what some of the WISE 2017 50 over 50 Award winners have to say.

“Being chosen as one of the 50 Over 50 Award Winners was very affirming, given the rigorous process and the panel of expert judges. Being recognized among a community of one hundred entries, was certainly an honour.
As a result of winning, not only did we gain enhanced credibility within our professional community and with past and future clients, we received two gifts in kind. These have positively impacted our business and supported us in our planning for what promises to be an incredible year ahead. We would highly recommend others to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.”

Marlene Armstrong and Maureen Donoghue
Certified Equus Coaches
Unbridled Coaching – People Whispering
Corporate and Life Coaching


To be nominated and judged as one of the WISE 50 Over 50 Winners in Canada gave us perspective on our achievement. We felt refreshed by the supportive atmosphere of the Awards Presentation. It was an opportunity to stop, reflect on what it took to build our business, and hear other entrepreneurs share similar insights.

Ken Grant
President, Managing Partner
Dunvegan Loyalty Builders Inc.


Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road in the first years of a business. For me personally, the Wise Awards presented a wonderful opportunity to “meet my peeps”, hear and share stories and to be inspired by the courage, determination and wide range of businesses being built by Wise Entrepreneurs.  
Startup Canada Day on the Hill also presented a chance to step out and look at entrepreneurship in Canada from a much broader perspective. It was so interesting to hear from various levels of government, to have a chance to share input and to speak with successful entrepreneurs who are working and in many cases, volunteering to help Canadians of all ages feel empowered and supported to startup and run their own businesses.
For Rillea Technologies, the mentorship obtained as a result of the Wise Awards has been priceless. Rillea’s founders continue to meet regularly with these mentors who have pushed our company thinking to evolve much more rapidly than it would have otherwise.

Lisa Hallsworth
Chief Executive Officer
Rillea Technologies Inc.


“I was not quite sure what to expect about the Hootsuite Training prize, but it was a real treat. Corina first found out about my business plans and needs. Then she tailored a one-hour training session to specifically deal with my situation. It was excellent. She was friendly, helpful, had great questions and advice; and she listened to me.
Not only was the training helpful, but it also convinced me to become one of their customers (with no sales pitch from them). I am very happy with the prize, thankful to Wendy for setting it up, and a big supporter of Wise 50 over 50.”

Paul von Wittgenstein
Baby World Language Ltd.


I am of the mind that being touted for starting a business at 50+ shows kick ass guts, energy & optimism. While a lot of my friends are starting to wind up their work careers & heading down towards retirement I am passing them on the way up.
Being chosen as one of the 50 over 50 awardees has given teeth to my business & has spurred me to continue on with my vision & quest. It has bolstered my commitment to keep on with my goals & has touted the fact that my age is a positive not a negative in this youth enamoured world we inhabit.

Jill Fisher
Lighthouse Lemonade


I wanted to let you know that my time together with Coach Christine is complete. I let her know how much I appreciated her offerings of time and talent as a gift for my being one of the winners of the 50 Over 50 awards last year.
I found her very easy to talk to and she helped me gain insight and come up with strategies to work on the issues we identified in my personal and work life. I would highly recommend her to others and may hire her myself in the future.

Helen McKinnon
Proprietor & Counsellor
A Holding Place


The 2017 50 over 50 award was particularly special for me. Its wonderful to be recognized for the impacts we are continuing to make on the world, regardless of age.

Valerie Fox
Chief Innovation Consultant
The Pivotal Point


Being a WISE 50 over 50 Award winner for 2017, gives me hope that we are not the forgotten sector of Entrepreneurs in Canada. That we are being recognized as a vibrant people with vision, energy and life experience skills regardless of our age, that move us forward in exciting new business endeavours, creating new jobs, breaking new ground in all areas business. It is a very exciting time to be alive. I encourage other to put your name forward to be recognized as Canada’s new leaders in Entrepreneurism.

Perry Gotell
Tranquility Cove Adventures


Applications open April 1, so if you are still sitting on the fence, that’s okay, you still have time. If you would like to be notified when 2018 50 over 50 Awards are open, please sign-up in the box below. Closing date: June 30, 2018.

I look forward to receiving your application an even more successful process in 2018!