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Our second annual list of the women who are shaking things up in B.C. business and beyond

Last year when we did a feature on women having an outsized influence in the province, we took a rather expansive view of the topic: 50 women, in six categories, who by virtue of their deeds or office are having a big impact on their industry or our world. This year, we sharpened the focus: Who are the women who are having a disruptive impact on those spheres? Who are the women who are not only leaders among men but shaking up the status quo—women using their positions to effect change?
 
To help us come up with this year’s nominees, we once again enlisted a panel of experts from various sectors—meeting at the Vancouver Club in early December to hash through the possibilities. As with last year’s feature, this is far from a definitive list; there are many more names that were considered or could be considered. Rather, it is a snapshot of 35 women who are making a difference in 2016—in very specific and meaningful ways. As one panelist framed it: “A disrupter is someone who is in a position to wield influence over popular opinion, a person who is doing things differently than their predecessor or contrary to convention, or a person who is working on the ground to make meaningful societal and institutional change to solve problems.”

Natalie Dakers | CEO, Accel-rx Health Sciences Accelerator

Natalie Dakers | CEO, Accel-rx Health Sciences Accelerator

Fiona Macfarlane | Managing partner for B.C., EY

Fiona Macfarlane | Managing partner for B.C., EY

Kristine Steuart and Katherine Berry | CEO/co-founder and chief product officer/co-founder, Allocadia

Kristine Steuart and Katherine Berry | CEO/co-founder and chief product officer/co-founder, Allocadia

Crystal Kwon | Life editor, Vancity Buzz

Crystal Kwon | Life editor, Vancity Buzz

Diane McSherry | Site C project director

Diane McSherry | Site C project director

Gwen Johansson | Mayor of Hudson’s Hope

Gwen Johansson | Mayor of Hudson’s Hope

Janet and Katherine McCartney | Directors, Procreation Design Works Inc.

Janet and Katherine McCartney | Directors, Procreation Design Works Inc.

Christy Clark | Premier, British Columbia

Christy Clark | Premier, British Columbia

Martha Piper | Interim president, UBC

Martha Piper | Interim president, UBC

Jody Wilson Raybould | Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Jody Wilson Raybould | Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick | Founder and president, Beehive Holdings

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick | Founder and president, Beehive Holdings

Kathleen Bartels | Director, Vancouver Art Gallery

Kathleen Bartels | Director, Vancouver Art Gallery

Irene Lanzinger | President of the BC Federation of Labour

Irene Lanzinger | President of the BC Federation of Labour

Jessica McDonald | CEO, BC Hydro

Jessica McDonald | CEO, BC Hydro

Shannon Wilson | Co-founder, Kit + Ace

Shannon Wilson | Co-founder, Kit + Ace

Janet Landucci | Chair of the board of the Vancouver Aquarium

Janet Landucci | Chair of the board of the Vancouver Aquarium

Michele Cadario | Deputy chief of staff, Premier’s Vancouver Office

Michele Cadario | Deputy chief of staff, Premier’s Vancouver Office

Bev Briscoe | President, Briscoe Management Ltd.

Bev Briscoe | President, Briscoe Management Ltd.

Indira Samarasekara | Professor, UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues

Indira Samarasekara | Professor, UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues

Janice Abbott | CEO, Atira Women’s Resource Society

Janice Abbott | CEO, Atira Women’s Resource Society

Marlie Oden | Managing partner, Bridge Communications

Marlie Oden | Managing partner, Bridge Communications

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Tzeporah Berman | Environmental activist

Shahrzad Rafati | Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV Corp

Shahrzad Rafati | Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV Corp

Karen Ogen | Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Karen Ogen | Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Lori Ackerman | Mayor, Fort St. John

Lori Ackerman | Mayor, Fort St. John

Carolyn Cross | CEO, Ondine Biomedical Inc.

Carolyn Cross | CEO, Ondine Biomedical Inc.

Queenie Choo | CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Queenie Choo | CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Jill Krop | Station manager and news director, Global BC

Jill Krop | Station manager and news director, Global BC

Karen Burgess | Executive producer for news, CBC Vancouver

Karen Burgess | Executive producer for news, CBC Vancouver

Meredith Powell | Creator, The Collective, and founder, The Next Big Thing

Meredith Powell | Creator, The Collective, and founder, The Next Big Thing

Jill Earthy | Chief growth officer, FrontFundr

Jill Earthy | Chief growth officer, FrontFundr

Lara Dauphinee | Managing director, Fiore Group of Companies

Lara Dauphinee | Managing director, Fiore Group of Companies

Susan Yurkovich | President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries

Susan Yurkovich | President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries

The full list

Christy Clark
Premier, British Columbia
Read her profile here>>>
 
Martha Piper
Interim president, UBC
 
Jody Wilson Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
 
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick
Founder and president, Beehive Holdings
Read her profile here>>>
 
Kathleen Bartels
Director, Vancouver Art Gallery
 
Irene Lanzinger
President of the BC Federation of Labour
 
Jessica McDonald
CEO, BC Hydro
 
Shannon Wilson
Co-founder, Kit + Ace
 
Janet Landucci 
Chair of the board of the Vancouver Aquarium

Michele Cadario
Deputy chief of staff, Premier’s Vancouver Office
 
Bev Briscoe
President, Briscoe Management Ltd.
 
Indira Samarasekara
Professor, UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues
 
Janice Abbott
CEO, Atira Women’s Resource Society
 
Marlie Oden
Managing partner, Bridge Communications
 
Tzeporah Berman
Environmental activist
 
Shahrzad Rafati
Founder and CEO, Broadband TV Corp
 
Karen Ogen
Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation
 
Lori Ackerman
Mayor, Fort St. John
 
Carolyn Cross
CEO, Ondine Biomedical Inc.
 
Queenie Choo
CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Jill Krop
Station manager and news director, Global BC
Karen Burgess
Executive producer for news, CBC Vancouver
 
Meredith Powell
Creator, The Collective, and founder, The Next Big Thing
 
Jill Earthy
Chief growth officer, FrontFundr
 
Lara Dauphinee
Managing director, Fiore Group of Companies
 
Susan Yurkovich
President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries
 
Natalie Dakers
CEO, Accel-rx Health Sciences Accelerator
 
Fiona Macfarlane
Managing partner for B.C., EY
 
Kristine Steuart and Katherine Berry
CEO/co-founder and chief product officer/co-founder, Allocadia
 
Crystal Kwon
Managing editor, Vancity Buzz
 
Diane McSherry
Site C project director
 
Gwen Johansson
Mayor of Hudson’s Hope
 
Janet and Katherine McCartney 
Directors, Procreation Design Works Inc.
 
 

The panel of experts

Fiona Douglas-Crampton, president and CEO, Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education; chair, Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle
Carol Lee, co-founder and CEO, Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc.
Tracey McVicar, managing partner, CAI Capital Management Co.
Matt O'Grady, editor-in-chief, BCBusiness
Susannah Pierce, general manager, LNG Canada Ltd.
Rebecca Scott, director of public affairs, Global Public Affairs
Kelly Thomas, director of membership sales, The Vancouver Club
Sharon White, partner, Richards Buell Sutton LLP