Women of the Year Awards

Dec 23, 2020
Video Q&A: Women of the Year 2020 winner – Rising Star: Laura Patrick
By the Editors

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. Today we chat with Laura Patrick, founder and CEO of Kids Physio Group, a pediatric therapy practice that specializes in treating children from birth to age 18. Patrick’s Vancouver-based business has grown to seven locations across the country since she launched it in 2006...

Dec 18, 2020
Video Q&A: Pauline Stevenson, Women of the Year 2020 Winner – Leader
By the Editors

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The latest Q&A is with Pauline Stevenson, founder and president of Excel Career College, which offers diploma programs for careers ranging from health-care assistant to aquaculture technician, as well as customized training...

Dec 16, 2020
Video Q&A: Pilar Portela, Women of the Year 2020 Winner – Entrepreneurial Leader
By the Editors

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The third instalment features Pilar Portela, president and CEO of Astra Smart Systems, a provider of hardware and software technologies for large data integrations; and AP Tech Solutions, which builds consortia to address major global issues by using technology. To her, being an entrepreneurial leader means showing what she’s capable of and sharing her failures and successes along...

Dec 14, 2020
Video Q&A: Kelly Ann Woods, Women of the Year 2020 winner – Community Builder
By the Editors

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. Today’s subject: Community Builder winner Kelly Ann Woods, founder and CEO of Brujera Elixirs. Through her Squamish-based business...

Dec 10, 2020
Video Q&A: Julie Angus, Women of the Year 2020 winner – Innovator
By the Editors

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The series kicks off with the Innovator winner: Julie Angus, co-founder and CEO of Open Ocean Robotics. We caught up with Angus via Zoom at the offices of her Victoria-based company, which makes solar-powered autonomous boats...

Nov 12, 2020
The 2021 Women of the Year Awards are open for nominations

Are you an outstanding female entrepreneur or executive of an organization who is a leader, innovator, community builder or rising star? Do you know a B.C. woman executive or business owner who deserves to be recognized? If so, we want to hear from you

Apr 1, 2020
Introducing our 2020 Women of the Year
By the Editors

As a strong supporter of B.C. women in business, we figured we had a handle on the key players and up-and-coming talents. Then we put out the call for the first Women of the Year Awards—and learned that this province...

Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Change Maker
Nick Rockel

CEO, BioLytical Laboratories As a teenager in Quesnel, where she was born to Indian immigrants, Livleen Veslemes used to watch The Oprah Winfrey Show with her dad, a shift worker at the plywood plant. “I remember watching her, hearing her story and thinking...

Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Rising Star
Nathan Caddell

Founder and CEO, Kids Physio Group A love of babysitting turned into a career in pediatric physiotherapy for Laura Patrick, who worked for Vancouver Coastal Health after earning a master’s in physical therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton. But as one of...

Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Entrepreneurial Leader
Jessica Natale Woollard

President and CEO, Astra Smart Systems and i4C Innovation Pilar Portela has founded nine companies, three of which have been acquired. Though she didn’t begin her formal post-secondary education until her late 30s, she’s been employed in the tech industry for most of her...

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