Connie Down-Cicoria Named a 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalist

CALGARY, AB, September 15th, 2021 – AERIUM Analytics is proud to announce that our Executive Chair and Founding Shareholder Connie Down-Cicoria has been named a Finalist for the 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for the Innovation Award. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. Now in its 29th year, the program is an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing Canadian women.

From a pool of thousands of nominees, 23 Finalists from coast to coast have been selected to represent 7 Award Categories. The Innovation Award is dedicated to a forward-thinking female entrepreneur who has recognized a new market, product, service, technological advancement, or opportunity and led the way. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company and her market and she has set standards for originality, quality, and successful management.

AERIUM is a multi-disciplined RPAS solutions company based in Calgary, Alberta with operations across Canada and the United States. AERIUM’s technologies include their flagship product, RoBird®, a flapping wing drone that is revolutionizing wildlife control in industrial settings. AERIUM is a founding partner of Project SkySensus which focuses on research, development, and commercialization of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technology in unmanned systems. AERIUM prides itself on the close relationships created with industry partners while providing solutions in wildlife control, geospatial intelligence, data analytics/visualization, and software development.

“To be respected enough by my peers and now be named a finalist for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur and Women of Influence Innovation Award is very humbling. When I started my business over 40 years ago, there were many times over the years that I was the only woman sitting in the boardroom, but I never let others tell me what I could and couldn’t do. By surrounding myself with innovators, thinkers and leaders allowed AERIUM to achieve what we always dreamed was possible, and we are very excited for our future. I want to thank my family, my staff, and my key advisors for helping me achieve the honour of being considered for this award .” says Connie Down-Cicoria.

The winners will be announced and celebrated at the 29th Annual Awards Gala, on Wednesday, November 17, where all attendees will be once again digitally transported into our Virtual Awards Gala. The evening’s festivities and award ceremony which will be live streamed around the world will shine a spotlight on all these amazing Canadian women entrepreneurs.

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recognizes female business owners from across Canada who make impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy. Candidates share a strong entrepreneurial vision and a relentless passion for pursuing their dreams. These awards recognize business women from three major regions across Canada: East, Central, and West. All nominees were required to submit thorough applications, which are reviewed and judged by a panel of prominent business leaders and subject to due diligence performed by KPMG.

”This year we received a record-breaking number of applications and are honoured to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2021 award finalists,” says Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO, Women of Influence. “These entrepreneurs have demonstrated remarkable innovation in the face of adversity, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase their stories across the country.”

The 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are presented by RBC. Award sponsors include The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, RBC, and our official Due Diligence partner KPMG.

About the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing women globally.

About Women of Influence Worldwide Inc.

Women of Influence, now in its 27th year, is one of North America’s leading organizations offering solutions for workplace gender equality and women’s advancement. Through our global events, digital media, signature awards, and consulting, Women of Influence reaches a diverse community of professional women and men across Canada and internationally. Providing insights and inspiration, perspectives on key issues, and creating opportunities to connect — we are making change happen for women, today. Our signature programs include the Top 25 Women of Influence Awards and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. For more information, please visit

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Lina Kunina, Media & Marketing Coordinator, 778 709 0089, [email protected]
Amanda Kruzich, Women of Influence, 416 456 8633, [email protected]

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