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