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Surrey Women in Business Awards

Surrey Women in Business Awards

The Surrey Board of Trade has made the difficult decision to postpone this event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic declaration. We will announce a new date once it is scheduled.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 11th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon. The event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. 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.

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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.

The Surrey Board of Trade will welcome to Surrey, Erin Brockovich as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Lunch.

It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history.

After being seriously injured in a traffic accident, Erin hired Masry & Vititoe to represent her. They won a small settlement, but she still needed work, so she got a job at the law firm as a file clerk. It was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct-action lawsuit in US history.

Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley’s Water for over 30 years. It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG&E had now been exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct-action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.

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Nominations

Nominations are closed for 2020.

Award Categories

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

  • Entrepreneur (small business)
    Is an owner or significant shareholder of any business with up to 20 employees
  • Entrepreneur (large business)
    Is an owner or significant shareholder of any business with 20 or more employees
  • Corporate Leader
    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.
  • Emerging Leader
    This award identifies future leaders known for their innovative, meaningful contributions to the improvement of their profession and the efficiency of their workplace. Nominees in this category may hold entry to mid-level management positions.
  • 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

  • Work in Surrey
  • Leadership Skills
  • Proven business acumen
  • Community involvement
  • ONE reference letter must be included
  • Must be either a Surrey based business or a member of the Surrey Board of Trade

Submission

Please submit your nomination to:

Rhona Doria
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
rhona@businessinsurrey.com
T: 604.634.0344
F: 604.588.7549


2020 Finalists

Entrepreneur (Small Business)

Katrina Amurao, Katrina Amurao Personal Real Estate Corporation – RE/MAX 2000 – Surrey
Pavani Gunadasa, Clayton Glass
Jean Su, GenerationsE Software Solutions Inc.

Entrepreneur (Large Business)

Sandra Christian, Creative Kids Learning Centers
Christina Marcano, Silver Icing Inc.
Joy Mauro, Turnabout Luxury Resale

Professional

Sara Forte, Forte Law Corporation
Emily Kearns, Ankenman Associates Architects Inc.
Dr. Monica Michel, SOMA MD

Not-for-Profit Leader

Azra Hussain, Surrey Hospital Foundation
Beth Kish, Peace Arch Hospice Society
Sue McIntosh, Seniors Come Share Society

Corporate Leadership

Gena Cole, Coast Capital Savings
Stephanie Howes, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Diane Roy, FortisBC

Emerging Leader

Donya Divsalar, Decode by SFU Aerospace
Cherie Storms, Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd.
Julie Wang, Tiny Planet Digital

Social Trailblazer

Theresa Campbell, Safer Schools Together
Laura Mannix, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
Kiran Toor, KidsPlay Youth Foundation



Previous Winners

2019

Entrepreneur Category
Santoshi Desai
Orange Oranges Technologies Ltd.

Professional Category
Rupinder Khunkhun
Grandview Law Group LLP

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Ninu Kang
MOSAIC

Corporate/Leadership Category
Alison Fuller
Venturis Capital Corporation

Social Trailblazer Category
Sonia Andhi Bilkhu
Shakti Society

2018

Entrepreneur Category
Yvonne Hogenes
Malary’s Fashion Network

Professional Category
Shalini Das
Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc.

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Ingrid Kastens
Pacific Community Resources Society

Corporate/Leadership Category
Rowena Rizzotti
Lark Group

Social Trailblazer Category
Elly Morgan
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Indigenous Entrepreneur Category
Roxanne Charles

2017

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Entrepreneur Category
Noel Asmar
Noel Asmar Group Inc.

Professional Category
Sonia Virk
Virk Viyas & Associate Lawyers

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Louise Tremblay
The Semiahmoo Foundation/Semiahmoo House Society

Corporate/Leadership Category
Dona Hurry
Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies

Social Trailblazer Category
Paola Ardiles
SFU/Bridge For Health

2016

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Entrepreneur Category
Sara Hodson
LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

Professional Category
Amanjit Lidder
MNP LLP

Not-for-Profit Leader Category
Melanie Houlden
Surrey Libraries

Corporate/Leadership Category
Janice Comeau
LMS Reinforcing Steel Group

Social Trailblazer Category
MaryAnne Connor
NightShift Street Ministries Society

2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Entrepreneur Category
Yvonne Hogenes
Malary’s Fashion Network

Professional Category
Joanne Curry
Simon Fraser University

Corporate Category
Susan Robinson
Irly Distributors Ltd.