The new competition honours exceptional leaders at businesses large and small throughout the province
Everyone knows that B.C. is home to some exceptional female business talent. Our new Women of the Year Awards aim to recognize the very best.
The finalists for the inaugural competition, who hail from organizations large and small across the province, were chosen by a panel of four judges listed at the bottom of this page. At the judges’ suggestion, we expanded the original four categories to six: Leader, Entrepreneurial Leader, Innovator, Community Builder, Change Maker and Rising Star.
Please join us in honouring the winners and runners-up at an April 2 ceremony at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver (details coming soon). We will also feature the contenders in the April issue of BCBusiness.
Here are the finalists, listed alphabetically.
Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
Susannah Pierce, director, corporate affairs, LNG Canada Development
Juggy Sihota, vice-president, Telus Consumer Health
Vivian Smith, executive director, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation
Pauline Stevenson, founder and president, Excel Career College
Bridgitte Alomes, founder and CEO, Natural Pod
Margaret Brodie, CFO, Rubicon Organics
Pilar Portela, president and CEO, Astra Smart Systems Corp.
Ashley Ramsay, CEO, Yeti Farm Creative
Shannon Byrne Susko, CEO, Metronome United
Julie Angus, co-founder and CEO, Open Ocean Robotics
Toni Desrosiers, founder and CEO, Abeego Designs
Shevy Levy, CEO, Lambda Solutions
Carlyn Loncaric, founder, VodaSafe
Brianne Miller, founder, Nada Grocery
Tara Black and Marion Scott, co-founders, Origin Bakery
Meredith Garritsen, owner, Hervana Coworking Collective
Tessa McLoughlin, founder and director, Kwench
Alyssa Melnyk, VP, strategic engagement and communications, Castlemain Group
Supneet Chawla, owner and CEO, ACE Trades and Technical Institute
Tiana Sharifi, owner, Sexual Exploitation Education
Livleen Veslemes, CEO, BioLytical Laboratories
Maryn Wallace, senior manager and client service leader, Deloitte
Leeza Zurwick, owner, Happy Gut Probiotics
Shaina Azad, CEO, Suva Beauty
Kyla Dufresne, founder and CEO, Foxy Box Wax Bar
Laura Patrick, founder and CEO, KidsPhysio
Lyndsay Scott, owner, Culture Kefir Co.
Lu Wang and Ashley Wu, co-founders, Sparks STEAM Academy
Katie Baker, director of programs, Minerva Foundation for BC Women
Tina Strehlke, CEO, Minerva Foundation for BC Women