Surrey Women in Business Awards

Surrey Women in Business Awards

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosts the 10th 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.

Registration for the 10th Surrey Women in Business Awards


2019 Nomination Form

Nomination deadline: Thursday, February 7, 2019

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
    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.
  • Indigenous Leader
    Is an owner, significant shareholder, CEO, Executive Director or Manager of any business size of First Nation (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis ancestry.


  • 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


Please submit your nomination to:

Melissa Peel
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549

2018 Surrey Women in Business Awards E-Program

2018 Winners

Entrepreneur Category:

Yvonne Hogenes – Malary’s Fashion Network

Yvonne is the sole proprietor of Malary’s Fashion Network. Eversince she started the business, Canadian designs, customer service and personalized shopping have been an essential part of Malary’s shopping experience. While other brick and mortar retailers are disappearing from the landscape, Malary’s stands strong as the “go to” destination for on trend women’s fashion. Malary’s Fashion Network now includes retail flagship store along with manufacturing and distribution of her renowned TAB Custom-fitted bras and FIRMA Energywear across Canada and USA.

Professional Category:

Shalini Das – Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc.

Shalini is an Occupational Therapist and Behaviour Consultant, and owner and founder of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc. With over 20 years of experience in health care industry, Shalini started Symbiosis Pediatric  Therapy  to deliver full-spectrum private pediatric therapy services through a large, state of the art facility in Surrey. Under Shalini’s guidance, Symbiosis expanded to two more locations in South Surrey and Abbotsford.

Not-for-Profit Leader Category:

Ingrid Kastens  – Pacific Community Resources Society

Ingrid leads a multi-award winning not-for-profit that works with the most marginalized persons in BC. She is the Executive Director at Pacific Resources Society. Prior to her role as Executive Director, PCRS’s leadership team was comprised mainly of older Caucasian males. When she assumed the position, she transformed the team to be reflective of breadth of gender, age and ethnic diversity, thereby, helping the agency thrive by listening to diverse voices – notably women’s voices at the leadership table. Ingrid is currently on the board of Child Welfare League of Canada, the voice for vulnerable children in Canada.

Corporate/Leadership Category:

Rowena Rizzotti – Lark Group

A highly successful healthcare leader, Rowena has extensive experience in executive-level leadership roles across multi-site, complex health and business environments. In her current role as Vice President of Healthcare and Innovations at Lark Group, she created the Health and Technology District, a series of high-tech buildings across from Surrey Memorial Hospital and oversees its expansion and growth. Rowena served as VP of Operations for BC’s largest private seniors care operator and served as a Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority. She earned wide acclaim for her senior leadership of Fraser Health’s Clinical Programs and Operations, including Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and for overseeing the largest investment in BC’s history; a $500 million critical care tower in Surrey, BC.

Social Trailblazer Category

Elly Morgan– Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Elly is an expert in the field of Leadership Development on two levels. At one level, she is an innovative leader as she transformed and led a career program for women called Career Choices and Life Success program (CCLS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for the past 25 years. At a much more challenging level, she works tirelessly to broaden the reach of her teachings outside KPU and provide the skills and environment for women to lead their lives effectively both professionally and personally.

Indigenous Entrepreneur Category

Roxanne Charles – Roxanne Charles

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of the Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, BC where she promotes art, language and culture. She has over 10 years of experience in Indigenous Art and Social Advocacy. Her art includes sculpture, painting, jewelry engraving and weaving. She is recognized as a professional artist with a long exhibition history. Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence. She is also a contemporary storyteller whose goal is to touch, move and inspire others through her work.

2018 Finalists


  • Shelina Mawani – Nana’s Kitchen & Hot Sauce Ltd.
  • Sherry Jacobi – Studiothink
  • Yvonne Hogenes – Malary’s Fashion Network


  • Jas Sangha – Crown Building Supplies Ltd.
  • Shalini Das – Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
  • Susan Payment – MNP LLP

Not – for – Profit Leader

  • Denise Darrell – Sources Community Resources Society
  • Ingrid Kastens – Pacific Community Resources Society
  • Sue McIntosh – Seniors Come Share Society


  • Elly Morgan – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Jas Sangha – Crown Building Supplies Ltd.
  • Rowena Rizzotti – Lark Group

Social Trailblazer

  • Denise Darrell – Sources Community Resources Society
  • Elly Morgan – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Heather Lynch – Options Community Services Society

Indigenous Entrepreneur

  • Cheryl Morgan – Cheryl’s Trading Post
  • Jennine Cook – Pure Beauty Ltd.
  • Roxanne Charles – Roxanne Charles

Previous Winners



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



Entrepreneur Category
Sara Hodson
LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

Professional Category
Amanjit Lidder

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



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



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



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



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

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

Community Achievement Award
Bonnie Burnside



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



Entrepreneur Category
Yvonne Hogenes
Malary’s Fashion Network

Professional Category
Joanne Curry
Simon Fraser University

Corporate Category
Susan Robinson
Irly Distributors Ltd.