BroadbandTV Founder Shahrzad Rafati has been named CanadianSME Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her success in the media and technology industry.

Vancouver-headquartered BBTV is an enabling platform for content owners that is advancing the world through the creation, distribution, management and monetization of content.

European entertainment conglomerate RTL Group acquired 51% of BBTV in 2013 for $36 million.

“While we feel we are just getting started, this recognition is truly reflective of the amazing work done by the whole BBTV team,” commented Rafati.

“BBTV has become a truly global media powerhouse, generating tens of billions of monthly views across 587 million unique viewers, positioning us as the world’s second largest video property in unique viewership after Google. We are also extremely proud of the fact that we have built a truly quadruple bottom line business with strong financial performance and a 0% gender pay gap.”

Rafati started BBTV in 2005 and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including 2018 Ernst and Young’s Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2017, and Canada’s Top 150 Women in 2017.

Rafati was also Canada’s representative on the Business Women Leaders’ Taskforce at the G20 Summit in 2018.