Industry leaders and supports came together to celebrate the 2019 Star Women in Convenience at the inaugural Awards Breakfast hosted by Convenience Store News Canada.
Group brand director Kathryn Swan welcomed attendees from across the country
“We are encouraged by the response and how the industry has embraced these awards for women,” group brand director, Kathryn Swan said in her opening remarks. “This year’s 17 winners come from all facets of the c-store spectrum—operations, sales, management, distribution and product development. They are incredible examples of women who demonstrate commitment, innovation and leadership in convenience.”
Now in its second year, Convenience Store News’ Star Women Awards recognizes exceptional women making a difference in the convenience industry. The inaugural event was held Oct. 8, 2019 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Keynote speaker and Ipsos VP Kathy Perrotta
In addition to the awards, attendees were treated to an insightful keynote by Ipsos Canada VP Kathy Perrotta, who delved into trends and habits shaping consumers’ food choices, while highlighting the opportunities for c-stores to up their convenience factor by becoming healthy food and meal destinations for busy Canadians (check out the November/December issue of the magazine for a synopsis of Kathy Perrotta’s keynote).
Star Women Leadership Panel
Tony Chapman of Chapman Reactions moderated the Star Women Leadership Panel, featuring Bonnie Birollo of Circle K, Caroline Evans of JTI-Macdonald, Marie-Helene Jauron of PepsiCo, Wendy Kadlovski of Nicholby’s and Azra Khan of RanaCorp/Shell Canada. It was a dynamic and authentic conversation about the importance of mentorship, taking risks, leading by example and the role the convenience industry plays in community and families.
In addition to honouring the 17 2019 Star Women, the event paid homage to the 2018 winners. The 2018 and 2019 winners travelled from across the country to attend the event, many bringing with them colleagues, friends, family and community leaders.
2019 Star Women winners
Or, keep an eye out for the upcoming November/December issue of Convenience Store News magazine.
The inaugural Star Women in Convenience Awards Breakfast Event is coming up – October 8th – and Convenience Store News Canada is thrilled to confirm a stellar line-up of event and sample sponsors.
Modelez, Hershey and Conagra Brands are on board as Gold sponsors, while PepsiCo Foods and Kracks Potato Chips join as Silver sponsors.
In addition, Great Canadian Meat Company, Nestle and Lotus Biscoff are sample sponsors for the event.
Click here for sponsorship details and opportunities.
The Star Women in Convenience Award recognizes exceptional women making a difference and demonstrating commitment, innovation and leadership in the convenience store industry. Read about the 2019 winners here.
The winners will be celebrated at our industry event at the International Centre on October 8th in Toronto. Tickets are selling fast – get yours today.
Convenience Store News Canada is thrilled to announce the Leadership Panel for the Star Women in Convenience Awards Event on October 8th.
Five of the 17 2019 Star Women will take the stage to discuss their careers, advice, industry trends and opportunities.
The panel includes:
The discussion will be moderated by Tony Chapman. For more information about the panelists, the winners and the event, visit the Star Women website. Also, read about Keynote speaker Kathy Perrotta.
The event will take place at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. from 7:30 am to 10:30 am – and tickets are now on sale.
The inaugural awards breakfast event is a fantastic opportunity for organizations and individuals to honour women in the industry. We will also take this opportunity to recognize the 2018 Star Women in Convenience.
Click here for more details and to register. Space is limited.
Nine of the 17 Star Women in Convenience Winners. Photo: Mike Ford
This year’s Star Women in Convenience come from all facets of the c-store spectrum: sales, management, distribution and product development. While their backgrounds, career paths and experience all vary, one thing is constant across all the 2019 winners: these are women who get things done.
Accomplishments are second nature for the 17 honourees this year. They have broken through glass ceilings to sit on boards once the exclusive domain of their male colleagues. They have tackled controversial issues hand-in-hand with frontline c-store retailers and impacted the course of those issues across Canada. They have exceeded national sales targets—consistently.
The Star Women in Convenience Award was launched in 2018 to recognize exceptional women making a difference in the convenience industry. Women demonstrating commitment, innovation and leadership.
Here are the 17 women we are celebrating this year:
Jackie Bellerose, Executive Vice-President – People Services, Carey Management Inc.
Bonnie Birollo, Vice-President, Operations, Circle K – Western Canada Division
Caroline Evans, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, JTI-Macdonald Corp.
Maryse Gagnon, Co-owner, Dépanneur Métabetchouan
Marie-Helene Jauron, Director of Sales, Convenience & Gas, PepsiCo Inc.
Wendy Kadlovski, Director of Operations, Nicholby’s Limited
Azra Khan, Owner, RanaCorp Inc. O/A Shell Canada
Anne P. Kothawala, President & CEO, Convenience Industry Council of Canada
Sabiha Malik, Area Retail License Petro-Canada, Calgary and Area
Jan McCallum, Business Development Manager, Ricola Canada
Kaitlin Minsky, Brand Manager – Protein Snacks, Conagra Brands Canada
Charlène Néwashish, Majority Owner, Dépanneur Eneri
Kerry Ann Nicholson, Director, National Accounts, Core-Mark International, Inc.
Annè Nielsen, Director, Business Development, ITWAL Ltd.
Sophie Provencher, Vice-President, Operations, Quebec West, Couche-Tard Inc.
Élaine Roy, Owner, Petro-Canada
Vanessa Theoret, Director, Channel Delivery, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Click here to read the full profiles of the 2019 winners.
And, Convenience Store News Canada is celebrating the Star Women in Convenience Award recipients at an inaugural awards event breakfast on Oct. 8. Tickets on sale now!
Convenience Store News Canada invites you to join us to celebrate the 2019 Star Women in Convenience Award recipients at an inaugural awards ceremony on October 8th and tickets are now on sale.
The event will take place at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.
From retailers, distributors, manufacturers, industry associations and consultants, the Star Women in Convenience Award recognizes exceptional women making a difference and demonstrating commitment, innovation and leadership in the convenience store industry.
The 2019 winners will be announced in the July/August issue of the magazine and online July 17. This year, we are shining a light on 17 exceptional women from across the country.
They come from all facets of the c-store spectrum: operators, sales, management, distribution and product development.
The inaugural awards breakfast is a fantastic opportunity for organizations and individuals to honour women in the industry. The event will include an engaging keynote, a vibrant panel discussion, networking opportunities and the awards ceremony.
Star Women in Convenience is shaping up to be a fantastic event and we hope you will join us to honour the women making a difference in their companies and in the world of convenience.
Early bird tickets ($85) are on sale until July 31 and tables of eight are $595. Click here for more details and to register. Space is limited.