Vancouver is home to so many individuals who are making huge strides in the world of business.
Whether you’re working in the tech, design, or hospitality industry, chances are you know people that go above and beyond in their roles to mentor staff, lead innovation, or promote diversity and equality. Maybe you know an entrepreneur who’s taking Vancouver by storm with their startup.
Well, now you have the opportunity to help these individuals get the recognition that they deserve by nominating them for the Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards. These awards take place annually in honour of the late Wendy McDonald, a Canadian business icon who served as the first female chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Under her leadership, her family-owned distribution company, BC Bearing Engineers Limited, was recognized with a number of awards and twice listed as one of the top 50 best-managed private companies in Canada.
The Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards are organized by the Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC), one of the Board of Trade’s signature programs. The aim of the awards is to increase the profile of outstanding women and champions of our community. Nominations for five different categories are open now, closing on March 1 so you’ll want to make sure to get yours in ASAP.
You can nominate as many people as you like in each category, some of which are open to all genders and others women only.
Here are the five award categories that you can vote in:
Women to Watch
This category recognizes a woman under the age of 35 who has made a difference in her organization, field or industry, exhibiting undeniable promise.
Outstanding Mentor or Sponsor
This award acknowledges someone who has established a clear and direct mentoring or sponsoring relationship with one or more individuals and through these relationships, guided their mentees to significant career growth over their time together. Nominees of all gender are accepted for this award.
If you know a woman or several women who have become successful job creators and significant contributors to the economy of Greater Vancouver through their entrepreneurial initiatives, nominate them for this award.
This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated a positive and tangible impact or effected change in the Greater Vancouver community through her dedication and leadership.
If you work with or know an individual who is a sponsor of diversity and equality at an organizational level, nominate them for this award. This individual promotes systematic change within their organization, field, or industry, and leverages gender diversity to help advance their business strategy. Nominees of all gender are accepted for this award.
The Women’s Leadership Circle Recognition Committee will be determining the shortlist and winners will be notified by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade at the end of April. Then the winners will go on to the awards ceremony located in Vancouver’s downtown core at the end of May.
If you have any questions please reach out to the signature program manager at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Argi Ahmadi: [email protected].
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