These annual awards are presented 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. The awards serve to increase the profile of outstanding women and champions of women in our community.


Video Timeline


Diversity Champion:
Synthia Kloot

Award announcement - 2:37
Award delivery - 8:16


Community Catalyst:
Nikki Hill

Award announcement - 1:52
Award delivery - 8:56


Entrepreneurial Innovation:
Marcia Nozick

Award announcement - 3:22
Award delivery - 10:30


Outstanding Mentor/Sponsor:
Praveen Varshney

Award announcement - 4:13
Award delivery - 12:02


Women to Watch:
Leslie Collin

Award announcement - 5:22
Award delivery - 9:37



Stay tuned for a reinvention

In early May 2020 we announced the evolution of the Women's Leadership Council to the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC). For more information on the DLC.

In order to reflect the evolution from the Women’s Leadership Council to the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council, the DLC Advisory Committee will take the next year to reinvent and restructure these awards with the updated version to be launched for the  2020-21 program year.

About Wendy

Wendy McDonald served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearing Engineers Limited, and later as BCB Corporate Services Ltd. for Norcan Fluid Power Ltd & BC Bearing Chile SA. Under her leadership, BC Bearing was recognized with a number of awards, including Power Transmission Distributor of the Year, and twice as one of the Top 50 Best-Managed Private Companies in Canada.