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

BC Business Magazine - - Special Feature -

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.

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