Meet the 2020 Star Women in Convenience

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07/29/2020

Although the 23 women being honoured this year as Star Women come from diverse backgrounds and work in different roles and different sectors across the country, they share a singular commitment: to customers, to colleagues and to community. 

Doing a good job requires looking closely at the bottom line and identifying ways to improve efficiency and profitability. For the 2020 Star Women, doing a good job is simply not good enough. It’s about doing a great job, and that requires focusing on customer needs, innovating and building winning teams. Indeed, for several of the honourees, their ultimate career achievement is not about themselves at all: It’s about mentoring the next generation of Star Women. 

Another aspect common to all 2020 honourees is they thrive on helping to address the challenges of a sector that is constantly adapting to change and they step up to make a difference. Quite simply, they love what they do.

And it shows.

 The 2020 Star Women in Convenience are:

Jillian Anderson: National key account manager, PepsiCo Canada

 Grace Caputo: Vice-president and general manager of Now Prepay, Payment Source

Hélène Drolet: Vice-president, operations, Western Canada Division, Circle K

Jessica Friesen: Owner-operator, Gales Gas Bars Ltd. 

Leslie Gordon: Category portfolio manager convenience retail, Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada

Kim Green: Owner and CEO, Kay’s Wholesale Ltd.

Lesley Harany: Industry volunteer, Retired - JTI-Macdonald Corp.

Mary Kelly: President and CEO, Gateway Newstands

Fiona Kreschuk: Owner-operator, Petro-Canada

Mélissa Lessard: Head of marketing and merchandising, Canada, Alimentation Couche-Tard

Elizabeth Loschiavo: Corporate account manager, Core-Mark International

Jasmine MacDonnell: Manager, government & corporate affairs, National Smokeless Tobacco Company

Melani Melnyk: Shopper marketing manager: Mondelēz Canada

Donna Montminy: Director member relations, administration & events, Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) 

Robbie Mulder: District manager, Little Short Stop Stores

Olga Pigeon: Director of marketing and strategy, BG Fuels

Robin Poulain: Director of sales – impulse and alternative channels, KIND Healthy Snacks

Paula Schaeffer: Retail sales manager, Pratts Wholesale

Marie-Hélène Senécal: Director, Eastern Canada, retail, InComm

Laurie Smith: Marketing and communications lead, Canada, 7-Eleven Canada Inc.

Hayley-Ann Swartz: Manager, non-fuels products and services, Husky Energy 

Audrey Sylvain: National category manager, Parkland Corporation

Tiffany Taylor: Category portfolio manager, Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada


FOR FULL PROFILES AND PHOTOS, CHECK OUT THE JULY/AUGUST 2020 ISSUE OF CONVENIENCE STORE NEWS CANADA.