Their stories inspire us, their work changes us, and their journey started just around the corner. Meet the empowered, successful women in your own backyard and join us in celebrating women near you, wherever you are.
Meet Andrée St-Germain, Trailblazers & Innovators honouree.
As Chief Financial Officer of Integra Resources Corporation and Director of Bakerville Gold Mines and Ascot Resources, Ms. St-Germain is an experienced mining finance executive with an extensive background in banking and financial management. Starting her career in investment banking for Dundee Capital Markets Inc., Ms. St-Germain worked exclusively with mining companies on mergers and acquisitions advisory and financing. In 2013, she joined Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. as the Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental in securing the project’s finance and overseeing Golden Queen in its transition from development and construction to commercial production. She later joined Integra Gold in 2017, overseeing the $590 million sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation that year. A trailblazing leader in her industry, Ms. St-Germain was awarded the 2018 Eira Thomas Young Mining Professional Award by the Canadian Mining Journal for her exceptional leadership and innovative thinking.
Meet Shelina Mawani, Community & Charitable Giving honouree.
Immigrating to Canada in 1983, Ms. Mawani’s journey inspired the co-founding of Nana’s Kitchen and Hot Sauce Ltd., producing ready-to-eat items for food service and grocery retail customers across North America since 2000. The company currently employs 60 diverse staff and personnel. Several of the original restaurant staff progressed into management roles in the company’s production facility. Ms. Mawani’s company offers new immigrants – specifically women – with opportunities to gain financial independence and learn ways to contribute to their new country. Passionate about giving back to local and global communities, Ms. Mawani is a proud supporter of the B.C. Children’s Hospital and has participated in the World Partnership Walk to raise funds towards ending world poverty. Since 1970, Ms. Mawani and her co-founder have contributed to the SOS Children’s Village in northern Africa.
Meet Véronique Lecault, Expansion & Growth in Business honouree.
An entrepreneur, scientist and engineer, Ms. Lecault enjoys working at the interface of business, technology and biology to deliver improved therapies to patients. She co-founded AbCellera, a Canadian biotechnology company focused on the discovery of therapeutic antibodies from natural immune repertoires. Engaged in partnerships to develop next-generation antibodies, AbCellera recently announced its collaboration with global healthcare company Novartis. Earlier this year, AbCellera signed an agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight infectious disease and accelerate global health research. In 2017, AbCellera won the LifeSciences BC Growth Stage Company of the Year Award.
Meet Barbara Mowat, Trailblazers & Innovators honouree.
Dedicated to the advancement of women in business, Ms. Mowat is an international leader in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), using her extensive network to promote entrepreneurship, business development and growth on several continents, including North America, Europe, South America, and Africa. Ms. Mowat serves as president of GroYourBiz and Impact Communications Ltd., a multi-faceted consulting company providing management training and consulting services alongside international product, business and market development for the global marketplace. GroYourBiz also provides monthly advisory boards to women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level. She also created Uniquely Programs, which has helped over 12,000 Canadian entrepreneurs access increased markets. Ms. Mowat has also created and owned a national magazine, retail store and an e-commerce website supporting small, home-based businesses.