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Meet the Star Women in Convenience Leadership Panel

Convenience Store News Canada is thrilled to announce the Leadership Panel for the Star Women in Convenience Virtual Awards Celebration on November 4th.

This year’s panel will feature five 2020 winners sharing their experiences in a changing industry, strategies for building strong teams and the importance of mentorship for career and business growth.

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The panel includes:

Hélène Drolet: Vice-president, operations, Western Canada Division, Circle K

Leslie Gordon: Category portfolio manager convenience retail, Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada

Robbie Mulder: District manager, Little Short Stop Stores

Olga Pigeon: Director of marketing and strategy, BG Fuels

Laurie Smith: Marketing and communications lead, Canada, 7-Eleven Canada Inc.

In addition, the virtual event will includes a keynote from Cara Keating, president, PepsiCo Foods Canada, networking opportunities and, of course, the awards presentation:Join us as the industry comes together to celebrate the 2020 Star Women at 11 am EST on November 4!

Tickets are $25

100% of the revenue from ticket sales will be donated to Food Banks Canada COVID-19 Response Fund.

Register today!

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Introducing the 2020 Star Women in Convenience!

Although the 23 women being honoured this year as Star Women come from diverse backgrounds and work in different roles and sectors across the country, they share a singular commitment: to customers, to colleagues and to community.

Doing a good job requires looking closely at the bottom line and identifying ways to improve efficiency and profitability. For the 2020 Star Women, doing a good job is simply not good enough. It’s about excellence—and that requires focusing on customer needs, innovating and building winning teams. Indeed, for several of the honorees, their ultimate career achievement is not about themselves at all: It’s about mentoring the next generation of Star Women.

Another aspect common to all 2020 honorees is they thrive on helping to address the challenges of a sector that is constantly adapting to change and stepping up to help out. Quite simply, they love what they do.

CSNC launched Star Women in Convenience in 2018 and the award continues to gain momentum and prestige. We received a record-number of nominations from across the country: Thank you to all who submitted nominations! This year, we have 23 winners, up from 17 in 2019 and 11 in 2018.


Jillian Anderson

National key account manager: PepsiCo Canada

Grace Caputo

Vice-president and general manager of Now Prepay: Payment Source

Hélène Drolet

Vice-president, operations, Western Canada Division: Circle K

Jessica Friesen

Owner-operator: Gales Gas Bars Ltd.

Leslie Gordon

Category portfolio manager convenience retail: Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada

Kim Green

Owner and CEO: Kay’s Wholesale Ltd.

Lesley Harany

Industry volunteer: Retired – JTI-Macdonald Corp.

Mary Kelly

President and CEO: Gateway Newstands

Fiona Kreschuk

Site operator: Petro-Canada

Mélissa Lessard

Head of marketing and merchandising, Canada: Alimentation Couche-Tard

Elizabeth Loschiavo

Corporate account manager: Core-Mark International

Jasmine MacDonnell

Manager, government & corporate affairs: National Smokeless Tobacco Company

Melani Melnyk

Shopper marketing manager: Mondelēz Canada

Donna Montminy

Director member relations, administration & events: Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

Robbie Mulder

District manager: Little Short Stop Stores

Olga Pigeon

Director of marketing and strategy: BG Fuels

Robin Poulain

Director of sales – impulse and alternative channels: Kind Healthy Snacks

Paula Schaeffer

Retail sales manager: Pratts Wholesale

Marie-Hélène Senécal

Director, Eastern Canada, retail: InComm

Laurie Smith

Marketing and communications lead, Canada: 7-Eleven Canada Inc.

Hayley-Ann Swartz

Manager, non-fuels products and services: Husky Energy

Audrey Sylvain

National category manager: Parkland Corporation

Tiffany Taylor

Category portfolio manager: Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada

Congratulations to all the winners!

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For photos and full profiles of the 2020 winners

visit the Star Women in Convenience website


Check out the July/August issue of Convenience Store News Canada

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Star Women in Convenience Awards Event to take place Nov. 4

Screen Shot 2020-06-04 at 3.53.26 PMMark your calendars! The 2020 Star Women in Convenience Awards Breakfast is slated for Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

This is the second annual event designed to celebrate Star Women in Convenience winners.

The 2020 Star Women in Convenience winners will be announced online July 20, 2020 and featured in July/August issue of Convenience Store News Canada magazine.

From retailers, distributors, manufacturers, industry associations and consultants, the Star Women in Convenience Award, presented by Convenience Store News Canada, recognizes exceptional women making a difference and demonstrating commitment, innovation and leadership in the convenience store industry.

Save the date for this fantastic industry celebration. More details here. 

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