Crashing the Old Boys' Club
Female entrepreneurs have come a long way in the past two decades, but real estate developer Renee Merrifield Wasylyk thinks there's still work left to do
Twenty years ago, Renee Merrifield Wasylyk, 2015 EOY Pacific Region winner in the Real Estate and Construction category, burst onto the construction scene. She launched her business armed with little more than a master's in theology, a six-week internship in property
BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. chief executive Wendy Mcdonald becomes the first—and, so far, only—female Pacific Region overall winner. By the time she retires in 2000, Mcdonald has expanded the company her husband founded in 1936 to more than 60 locations worldwide, with annual sales exceeding $200 million. Mcdonald dies in 2013 at age 90, four years after U.s.-based Motion Industries Inc. buys BC Bearing.
his first Inc. store in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. In 2007, Wilson raises almost US$330 million by taking the athleisure-wear retailer public. Winner of a Pacific EOY Innovation and Marketing award in 2004, he later courts controversy with ill-advised remarks. Wilson leaves Lululemon completely in 2015, a year after helping his wife and son launch clothier Kit and Ace.