Raj Minhas is team leader—and a team builder. She believes in leading by example and working shoulder to shoulder with staff to build brand image and sales. “My team is my backbone. The strength and commitment they give is beyond measurable, which I have cherished in these 12-plus years in the retail industry,” says Minhas.
A Calgary-based retail licensee for Petro-Canada, Minhas oversees a convenience store, gas bar, car wash, and on-site A&W restaurant with her team of more than 25. Drawing on her MBA in human resources, she has built a reputation for working hard to support and bring out the best in her employees.
Generous with her time, Minhas strongly believes in giving back. During the pandemic, she worked with her team to donate toys and household items to the Children's Cottage Society and sponsored local soccer events. She also visited community fire and EMS stations, distributing snacks to the frontline workers to applaud their work in these difficult times.
A two-time nominee for Petro-Canada's prestigious Associate of the Year award, Minhas’ “boots on the ground” mentality contributes to the success of her site.
“I strongly believe that success comes to you only when you believe in yourself,” says Minhas. “You have to love what you do, work hard and overcome your obstacles with a smile on your face.”