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Sur­rey Board of Trade An­nounces 2019 Sur­rey Women in Busi­ness Award Finalists

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On Wed­nes­day, March 13th, the Sur­rey Board of Trade will host the 10th An­nual Sur­rey Women in Busi­ness Awards Lun­cheon, with Pre­sent­ing Spon­sor BDC with sup­port from BLG and EDC. The win­ners will be an­nounced at this event at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel. This event rec­og­nizes the hard work of Sur­rey’s busi­ness women and their con­tri­bu­tions to Sur­rey.

The Sur­rey Board of Trade is pleased to an­nounce the 2019 Sur­rey Women in Busi­ness Award Finalists:


San­toshi De­sai, Orange Or­anges Tech­nolo­gies Kelita Haver­land, Heart & Soul Mu­sic

Cathrine Ann Jon­cas, Ser­vice Eval­u­a­tions Mys­tery Shop­ping Inc.


So­nia Andhi Bilkhu, Shakti So­ci­ety

Rupin­der Khunkhun, Grand­view Law Group LLP Karen Sawatsky, PWC

Not-for-profit Leader

Ninu Kang, MO­SAIC

Heather Lynch, Op­tions Com­mu­nity Ser­vices So­ci­ety

Hanne Mad­sen, Big Sis­ters of BC Lower Main­land

Cor­po­rate Lead­er­ship

Lau­rie Ca­van, City of Sur­rey

Ali­son Fuller, Ven­turis Cap­i­tal Cor­po­ra­tion

Linda Mc­crossin, Sher­a­ton Van­cou­ver Guild­ford Ho­tel

So­cial Trail­blazer

So­nia Andhi Bilkhu, Shakti So­ci­ety

Jen­nifer Ben­jamin, Ben­jamin Res­i­den­tial and Vo­ca­tional Op­tions Inc. (BRAVO Inc.)

Shilpa Narayan, How a Strug­gle Be­came a Jour­ney

The Sur­rey Board of Trade will wel­come, as key­note speaker, the for­mer Se­nior Ad­viser to USA Pres­i­dents Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama: Betsy My­ers.

Betsy My­ers served as Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer and Se­nior Ad­viser to Barack Obama’s 2007–2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and chaired the Women for Obama or­ga­ni­za­tion. As Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, My­ers used her cus­tomer ser­vice ex­per­tise and busi­ness savvy to es­tab­lish Obama’s na­tional cam­paign op­er­a­tions in Jan­uary 2007. Though Obama was ini­tially considered a long-shot can­di­date, My­ers built up a $100,000,000 or­ga­ni­za­tion that stayed fo­cused and turned Obama into a se­ri­ous competitor after a his­toric win in the 2008 Iowa Cau­cus. Ul­ti­mately, her team helped se­cure him the White House in a gen­eral elec­tion in which he re­ceived 69.5 mil­lion votes, the high­est num­ber of votes ever won by a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Coleen Christie will join as Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies!

Pre­sent­ing Spon­sor: BDC with sup­port from BLG and EDC

Video Spon­sor: Vul­can Metal Works

Award Spon­sors: CPHR BC & Yukon, KPU, Lark Group, Man­ning El­liot, and Value Prop­erty Group

Com­mu­nity Spon­sor: Lan­gara School of Man­age­ment and Port of Van­cou­ver

En­ter­tain­ment Spon­sor: New York In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy

Me­dia Spon­sors: 107.7 Pulse FM Ra­dio, Bcbusi­ness, Sur­rey Now-leader

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