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Introducing the 2021 Star Women in Convenience!

30 women, 30 stories of inspiration, passion and success

The 30 women who comprise this year’s Star Women in Convenience are a winning team unlike any we have celebrated before. This group had to grapple successfully with the day-to-day challenges of everything from running a dynamic business to overseeing entrepreneurial teams to managing operations, organizations and opportunities. But this group of remarkable and experienced women had to do all that—and more—during what may well be the worst pandemic in human history. And they did it with aplomb.

This year’s interviews with the winning women are sprinkled with new and often-repeated verbs like “pivot” and “adapt.” There is also a new group of nouns: “essential service” and “safety” top the list. What the language of the 2021 Star Women in Convenience underscores is a flexibility and determination to succeed—and to deliver exceptional service. Day in and day out.

For these driven and accomplished women, anything less is unacceptable.


Chrystal AdkinsKey account manager and water category lead, Nestlé Canada

Marie-Andrée BourgeoisSales director, Kind Snacks

Courtney BrodersenOntario regional sales manager, JTI-Macdonald Corp.

Nikoletta CharamisNational key account manager, Sobeys Wholesale

Karen DemetriouSenior business development leader, Conagra Brands

Rose DonatelliNational account manager, Lactalis Canada

Véronique DuboisManagement consultant, convenience and gas, Sobeys Capital Inc.

Rebecca FitzpatrickKey accounts representative, Vomar Industries Inc./Tank Traders

Manon FrancoeurProcurement manager, Proximity Banners, Metro Inc.

Laura GrayMarketing director, PepsiCo Beverages Canada

Leena HalimProgram & marketing manager, SRP Companies Canada

Chantal JaletteOperations manager, Les Entreprises Sylvain Turgeon (Petro-Canada)

Melissa KwokManager, Canadian marketing channel execution, Parkland Corporation

Anna MazzaSpecialist, wholesale distribution, Suncor Energy Inc. (Petro-Canada)

Tiina McCombieNational petroleum director, National Energy Equipment, Inc. (NEE)

Verna MartensOwner-operator, Super Splash (Shell)

Diana Masri: Business area manager, Imperial Tobacco Canada

Raj MinhasOwner-operator, Petro-Canada

Cynthia MoscatoSenior marketing manager, Quebec West Division, Couche-Tard

Cherrie PaloGDP & health and safety compliance manager, Wallace & Carey

Mélanie RacineDirector, human resources, Groupe F. Dufresne

Monica Row: Key account manager, Mondelēz Canada Inc.

Jody RubinoRegional retail & marketing manager, W. O. Stinson & Son Ltd.

Judi SalibaSenior sales executive, TFI Food Equipment Solutions

Jennifer StewartPresident and CEO, Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (CIPMA) 

Cindy TalRegional operations manager, Parkland Corporation

Laurie UreOwner-operator, Ure’s Country Kitchen

Rebecca WinterDirector of sales and customer service, Payment Source

Alissa WooNational campaign manager, marketing—Canada, Alimentation Couche-Tard

Valery ZamunerGeneral counsel, SVP legal affairs and corporate secretary, Alimentation Couche-Tard


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CLICK HERE for the digital edition of Convenience Store News Canada magazine, which includes full profiles and photos of the 2021 winners.

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Print magazines are in the mail. 

Click on individual winner names above to read full profiles.  



The 2021 Star Women in Convenience will be celebrated at a national industry-wide event on September 29, 2021!

Please join us in-person or virtually.

Register today!
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