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 the Vancouver Club on September 28 (details below). The contenders are also featured in the April issue of BCBusiness, and we will post their profiles online in the coming days.
Here are the winners and finalists of our first annual Women of the Year Awards.
Winner: Pauline Stevenson, founder and president, Excel Career College
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
Bridgitte Alomes, founder and CEO, Natural Pod
Margaret Brodie, CFO and director, Rubicon Organics
Ashley Ramsay, co-founder and CEO, Yeti Farm Creative
Shannon Byrne Susko, founder and CEO, Metronome United
Winner: Julie Angus, co-founder and CEO, Open Ocean Robotics
Toni Desrosiers, founder and CEO, Abeego
Shevy Levy, co-founder and CEO, Lambda Solutions
Carlyn Loncaric, founder and CEO, VodaSafe
Brianne Miller, co-founder and CEO, Nada Grocery
Tara Black and Marion Scott, co-founders and co-owners, Origin Bakery
Meredith Garritsen, founder and owner, Hervana Coworking Collective
Tessa McLoughlin, founder and director, KWENCH Enterprises
Alyssa Melnyk, vice-president, strategic engagement and communications, Castlemain Group
Winner: Livleen Veslemes, CEO, BioLytical Laboratories
Tiana Sharifi, owner, Sexual Exploitation Education
Maryn Wallace, senior manager and client service leader, Deloitte Canada
Leeza Zurwick, owner, Happy Gut Pro
Winner: Laura Patrick, founder and CEO, Kids Physio Group
Shaina Azad, founder and CEO, Suva Beauty
Kyla Dufresne, founder and CEO, Foxy Box Wax Bar
Lyndsay Scott, owner, Kindred Cultures
Lulu 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
Grab tickets to our first annual Women of the Year Awards here.