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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 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.

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The panel includes:

  • Bonnie Birollo, Vice-President, Operations, Circle K – Western Canada Division
  • Caroline Evans, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, JTI-Macdonald Corp.
  • 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

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.

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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.


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Introducing the 2019 Star Women in Convenience

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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.

Mission accomplished.

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!


Registration now open for Star Women in Convenience Awards Breakfast

Screen Shot 2019-06-28 at 9.33.52 AMConvenience 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.

306132-5cfff72d65b73The 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.