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Insights from the Star Women Leadership Panel

The Star Women Leadership Panel set the tone at the 2020 Star Women in Convenience Awards on November 4, 2020. They spoke candidly with CSNC editor, Michelle Warren, sharing their experiences in a changing industry, strategies for building strong teams and the importance of mentorship for career and business growth.

Plus, the women talk about the projects their most proud of and share insights into what helps keep them motivated during the pandemic.



The panel features:

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.

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Star Women ticket sales to support Food Banks Canada

Screen Shot 2020-09-16 at 12.55.57 PMConvenience Store News Canada is pleased to partner with Food Banks Canada for the Star Women in Convenience Virtual Celebration.

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. 

Food banks across the country have experienced a surge in demand during the pandemic: 100% of revenue from ticket sales will go to Food Banks Canada COVID-19 Response Fund supporting local food banks across Canada.

Tickets are $25 and on sale now.

Screen Shot 2020-07-09 at 11.09.00 AM“In taking the Star Women in Convenience celebration online to keep attendees safe during the pandemic, we were looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution to honour our winners,” says CSNC editor Michelle Warren. “The convenience industry is an important partner for Food Banks Canada, which supports communities across the country. Now, more than ever, it’s a time for those who are able to give back.”

The nationwide industry celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday November 4, 2020. It promises to be an engaging and exciting show that will include a keynote from PepsiCo Foods Canada president Cara Keating, a panel discussion, networking opportunities and, of course, the awards presentation. For full profiles and photos of the winners, visit

Please join us as the industry comes together to celebrate and honour the 2020 Star Women in Convenience.

Registration is now open!