Convenience Store News Canada presented its annual Star Women in Convenience Awards at the International Centre in Toronto, recognizing women making a difference and demonstrating commitment, innovation and leadership in the Canadian convenience and gas channel.
Forty-eight women were honoured in the ceremony on Tuesday September 19, 2023.
Sandra Parente, senior vice-president, grocery and convenience Canada for EnsembleIQ, welcomed attendees and thanked the event supporters.
Marc Goodman, vice-president and general manager with 7-Eleven Canada, spoke and welcomed keynote speaker, Unstoppable Tracy, a dynamic motivational speaker, author and decorated athlete.
Michelle Warren, editor and associate publisher of Convenience Store News Canada, moderated a panel discussion that included Naila Ansari, area leader, Calgary, with 7-Eleven Canada, Nicole Dubé, manager Canada merchandising execution for Parkland Corp., Jennifer Lai, head of category management for marketing with Petro-Canada | Suncor and Joany Nadeau, senior human resources manager with Alimentation Couche-Tard | Circle K.
The audience also heard personal and inspired stories from a number of industry leaders and SWIC supporters, including Melani Melnyk of Mondelēz Canada, Caroline Evans of JTI-Macdonald Corp. and Ron Clark from PepsiCo Beverages. Suzanne Poirier from Alimentation Couche-Tard | Circle K was on hand to help hand out the awards.
Star Women in Convenience winners
Thank you to everyone who attended to celebrate and champion women in convenience, gas and car wash.