Vancouver's Shahrzad Rafati named Entrepreneur of the Year at WCT

Dec 19 2017, 8:15 pm

Vancouver’s own Shahrzad Rafati, who founded BroadbandTV, has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women in Communications and Technology.

The awards recognize the success and leadership of women in Canada and are meant to inspire women to achieve great heights.

Recently, BroadbandTV became the world’s largest multi-platform network, beating out other major players like Maker Studios, Fullscreen, and Machinima.


As of December of 2015, the company saw year-over-year growth of 219% as well as 319 million unique viewers worldwide.

“Every year we are overwhelmed by the number of talented and inspiring women in the information, communications and technology sectors in Canada,” said Lynda Partner, National Chair of WCT in a statement.

“Our awards program is growing stronger and more robust every year, with incredible nominations for women with the skills, experience and ambition to reach the top ranks in Canada’s knowledge-based economy, as well men committed to diversity.”

Some of Broadband TV’s partners include BMG, The Huffington Post, The NBA, and A&E. The company recently opened offices in New York, Japan, Brazil, India, and France, but remains based in Vancouver.

In terms of online video audiences, the company ranks fifth globally.

The awards will be presented on April 27 in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.