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Surrey Women in Business Awards

Surrey Women in Business Awards

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 7th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon, with Presenting Sponsor Vancity Savings Credit Union. The event recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey, with over 300 guests in attendance.

Master of Ceremonies Steve Darling of Global BC led the afternoon’s program Keynote Speaker Christine Day, CEO of Luvo, spoke about her journey as a young CEO at Starbucks for 20 years, taking time to be with her family, becoming CEO of Lululemon and now CEO of the frozen food health company Luvo Inc. Her career choices were always about being involved in connecting with the consumer.

Excitement was contagious throughout the room as winners were announced in five categories, including the new Social Trailblazer Award.

The event’s philosophy has been rooted in the purpose of educating our audience. Some of the best and brightest women of Surrey’s business community are celebrated and receive well-deserved recognition. The purpose of the event is to inspire, motivate and educate the audience.

It’s a story that has been heard many times: a goal oriented businesswoman works long hours, does a great job and puts her heart and soul in to her job but doesn’t quite know how to climb the career ladder to the boardroom or find the resources to be a business owner. The numbers speak for themselves. More than half the companies in Canada have no female directors. And only 2% of chairs and chief executives are women in Canada.

Some facts:

  1. In 2013 it was reported that Canada is falling behind other countries when it comes to putting women on corporate boards, according to a report by TD Economics. While participation in the labour force has increased significantly for women, that change has yet to be reflected at the top of Canada’s largest companies, according to the report.
  2. According to a University of Ottawa report, putting the Surrey Board of Trade’s government advocacy hat on, Canada lacks a coordinated national women’s economic development strategy. Their report suggests, “(A) national strategy would support increased funding to existing women-focused small business training programs and program expansion. The report also indicates that to clear the path for more Women-owned businesses would be to increase access to commercial capital and dedicated financial resources.
    Further a strategic Small and medium sized business procurement policy is an under-utilized mechanism to enhance supplier diversity for different levels of government and hence, Canadian competitiveness.”
  3. In Canada, 4 out of 5 businesses are started by women. Representing 47% of small and medium-sized enterprises, women-owned businesses are growing at a faster rate than those run by men

Women business owners generate almost 40% of their sales in foreign markets and provide jobs for 1.7 million Canadians.

Today’s Canadian woman in business and in leadership positions:

  1. Is more likely to be highly educated
  2. She’s probably married, as self-employed women are more likely to be married than Canadian women in general (77 percent as opposed to 58 percent of the general population).

Through the years at this event the Surrey Board of Trade sees Surrey’s business landscape, full of entrepreneurial women who have developed a strategy, have created a vision and communicated this vision to bring them to be recognized at this prestigious awards program.

SAVE THE DATE!
The 2017 Surrey Women in Business Awards will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017!

Event Information and Registration


Nominations

Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline is February 8, 2017 by 5:00pm

Award Categories

The Surrey Board of Trade reserves the right to move a nomination into another category. Past winners of the award may not be nominated again for a period of 3 years after a win.

  • Entrepreneur
    Is an owner or significant shareholder of any business size.
  • Corporate/Leadership
    Holds a senior/executive level position in a public or private-owned business.
  • Professional
    Nominee has a professional designation, i.e. accountant, notary, lawyer, engineer.
  • Not-for-Profit Leader
    Nominee holds a paid position as CEO, Executive Director or senior manager.
  • Social Trailblazer
    A founder or leader of an organization, initiative, or project that makes a significant social, economic, or environmental impact by building progressive and sustainable solutions to a complex issue facing our local community.

Criteria

  • Proven business acumen
  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • Notable achievements in her area of expertise
  • Exemplary community involvement
  • Demonstration of a balanced lifestyle

Submission

Please submit your nomination to:

Brianne Colbert
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
brianne@businessinsurrey.com
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549



2016 Winners

Entrepreneur Category

Sara Hodson – LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

Sara Hodson is Founder & President of LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic in South Surrey, delivering clinically supervised exercise and education to prevent and treat chronic disease. Sara lives to maximize clients’ health, in spite of their health issues, and has fun while doing it! LIVE WELL’s 3 pioneering clinics (two in Surrey) specialize in helping sedentary people with health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease overhaul their lifestyle by offering medically-designed, customized fitness programs, nutritional counseling, goal-setting, and habit formation in a safe, supportive and supervised environment. She and her staff work in the emerging field of Exercise is Medicine, to help people live healthier, more active lives while reducing the burden of chronic disease on the health care system.

Professional Category

Amanjit Lidder – MNP LLP

Amanjit is a partner in the MNP’s Surrey office and the Regional Tax Leader for the Lower Mainland Region. Amanjit provides specialized tax services to small and medium-sized organizations in a variety of industries, helping her clients pursue attractive tax opportunities. Working one-on-one with clients, she provides advice and strategies for corporate & personal tax planning, estate & succession planning and corporate reorganizations, as well as mergers & acquisition planning. She is currently on the British Columbia Tax Conference Program Committee and is a former member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Income Tax Education Committee. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designation, qualifying in 2001.

Not-for-Profit Leader Category

Melanie Houlden – Surrey Libraries

Melanie is the Chief Librarian for Surrey Libraries, and is responsible for planning, leading and delivering a range of library services to meet the evolving needs of Surrey residents. She recommends and implements strategies, policies, and plans to achieve the vision, mission, goals, and values of Surrey Libraries. She helps create an organizational culture that is energetic, achievement-oriented and client service-focused, achieving the highest professional standards in the management and delivery of library services. She works with senior staff at the City of Surrey to deliver aligned and seamless services in accordance with Surrey Council priorities. With over 32 years of progressive public library experience, Melanie has served as a role model for hundreds of women in the profession and in Surrey.

Corporate/Leadership Category

Janice Comeau – LMS Reinforcing Steel Group

Janice has been the Chief Financial Officer of LMS Reinforcing Steel Group since January 2013, and has 33 years of experience as a chartered accountant. Janice demonstrates her ability to drive financial results at LMS through strategic financial planning and execution; building a motivated, skilled professional team; and implementing business controls across all financial functions. At any given time, LMS has 200+ projects underway and 650 employees on payroll. At the time Janice was hired, there were significant issues related to working capital management.  Under Janice’s leadership, LMS has achieved greater project profitability, enhanced communication with clients, earlier detection of issues and has greater insight into team performance.

Social Trailblazer Category

MaryAnne Connor – NightShift Street Ministries Society

MaryAnne Connor is Founder and President of NightShift Street Ministries Society, based in downtown Surrey. Her vision for NightShift continues to grow. Originally a nightly service to feed the hungry, the ministry is now an all-encompassing centre of caring, a place for all people to find purpose. MaryAnne continually ensures that services are relevant to people in need and easily accessible to everyone. In addition to supporting the mission of the ministry, MaryAnne created a clothing donation program that operates through Sisters Thrift Boutique. Not only does this ensure a supply of clothes and blankets free of charge to those who are in need, but work experience for those who seek employment in the mainstream. One of the first apps for an online thrift store was created for Sisters to help drive revenue to support the operations of NightShift.


Previous Winners

2015

Entrepreneur Category
Angela Herd
The Family Hope Clinic

Professional Category
Dr. Jane Fee
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Coreen Windbiel
Surrey Association for Community Living

Corporate/Leadership Category
Hanne Madsen
GroYourBiz

2014

Entrepreneur Category
Tracy Bell
La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique Ltd.

Professional Category
Mary Jane Wilson
Wilson Rasmussen LLP

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Neelam Sahota
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Corporate/Leadership Category
Kathy McGarrigle
Coast Capital Savings

2013

Entrepreneur Category
Jill Martyniuk
Romancing the Home

Professional Category
Christine Trischuk
Christine Trischuk Consultants

Corporate/Leadership Category
Peggy White
Guildford Town Centre

Innovator Category
Wendy Bollard
Peninsula Productions Society

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Christiana Flessner
Canadian Wheelchair Foundation

2012

Entrepreneur Category
Kim Russell
Canadian Tourism College

Professional Category
Vivienne Wilke, CGA, MBA
City of Surrey

Leadership Category
Ellie King
Royal Canadian Theatre Company

Corporate Category
Amy Hennessy
FortisBC

Not-for-Profit Executive Category
Kathleen Kennedy Strath
Kinsmen Lodge

Community Achievement Award
Bonnie Burnside

2011 Winners

Entrepreneur Category
Lorraine Duclos
PDQ Post Group Inc.

Professional Category
Karen L. Baillie
Laurel Place

Corporate Category
Heather Bell
Nav Canada

Leadership Category
Jonquil Hallgate
Surrey Urban Mission

Not-for-Profit Category
Beth Barlow
Surrey Libraries

Community Achievement Award 2011
Karla Pearson

2010

Entrepreneur Category
Yvonne Hogenes
Malary’s Fashion Network

Professional Category
Joanne Curry
Simon Fraser University

Corporate Category
Susan Robinson
Irly Distributors Ltd.