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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Through her tireless work ethic and infectious enthusiasm, Wendy McDonald paved the way for numerous BC businesswomen. As Chair of the Women's Leadership Circle, it's my honour to be a part of an organization that is committed to recognizing and celebrating champions of diversity in the workplace.

Bridgitte Anderson

Edelman Vancouver
Chair, Women's Leadership Circle

Thank you to our Wendy McDonald Awards Judging Panel and the Women's Leadership Circle Recognition Committee for selecting this year's recipients.

2018 Wendy McDonald Awards Judging Panel:
Brenda Lea Brown, Paulina Cameron, Lori Charvat, Mary Anne Davidson, Fiona Douglas-Crampton, Jill Earthy, Shane Gibson, Natalie Groenewoud, Jan Grude, Isabel Jackson, Brian Mukeswe, Cybele Negris, Haroon Rashid, Stephanie Redivo, Tracey Renzullo, Kirsten Sutton

WLC Recognition Committee 2018:
Katherine Lazaruk (Chair), Monique Steensma (Vice-chair), Jennifer Ingham, Caren McSherry, Leigh Tynan


How many people can I nominate?

As many as you would like.

Do I have to be a GVBOT member to nominate someone?


Does the person I nominate have to be a GVBOT member?


Can I nominate men?

Certain categories are open to both men and women, and others are exclusively for women. Please check the application to verify whether your nominee is eligible to be considered for the award.

Can I nominate someone for more than one category?

Yes, you can nominate someone for multiple categories. On the application, you will be able to identify which category(s) you would like your nominee to be considered for.

How are the winners selected?

The short list is determined by the Women's Leadership Circle Recognition Committee and the winners are selected by our judging committee.

When will the winners be notified?

The winners will be notified at the end of April by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

If I nominate someone and they do not win, will they be notified?

No, we leave it up to the discretion of the nominator to inform their nominee that they were not selected for this year's awards.

When will the awards ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place at the end of May at a venue located in Vancouver's downtown core.