Women of the Year Awards
Credit: Taylor Roades (right)

Sandra Phillips and Emma Gilchrist share their thoughts on turning change into reality and rewriting the rules

To honour the contenders in our second Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with finalists in eight categories. 

For this instalment, we talked to Change Maker winner Sandra Phillips and runner-up Emma Gilchrist.

Phillips is founder and CEO of Movmi Shared Transportation Services, a Vancouver-based mobility consultant that works with public sector clients and other organizations to help them build out their transportation infrastructure.

“Making change reality is the driving force behind what I and, quite frankly, my team does every day,” she says of Movmi, whose clients include TransLink, municipalities and Evo Car Share. “I don’t think it’s good enough to just understand what needs to change. It’s really about using the knowledge and the resources, and I really think our large network is part of our resources.”

As editor-in-chief and executive director of The Narwhal, Gilchrist leads a nonprofit, ad-free online publication that aims to uncover stories about Western and Northern Canada’s natural environment and the people who make their livelihoods from it.

“We took our experience in the nonprofit sector and in the traditional journalism world, and we combined then and kind of made a whole new rulebook,” she says of The Narwhal, which is funded by paying members. “Trying to think outside of the rules that are set for you and coming up with new ways of doing things—and cross-pollinating across sectors—is where a lot of change can happen.”

For profiles of all the 2021 Women of the Year winners and finalists, click here. Congratulations to everyone.

Thank you to the judges—Laurel Douglas, Paris Gaudet, Trish Mandewo and Tina Strehlke—for their time and effort. We’re also grateful for the support of our generous sponsor, the Women’s Enterprise Centre.