Women in Business shortlist announced

Second annual awards luncheon takes place next month

Launi Skinner

The top picks for this year’s Women in Business have been announced, and the finalists will be chosen next month.

The Surrey Board of Trade’s Second Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. 

Our keynote speaker is Launi Skinner, President and CEO of First West Credit Union and former President of Starbucks and 1-800-GOT-JUNK.  Steve Darling of Global TV, will guide us through the event as Master of Ceremonies.

Nominations were submitted in five categories and judged on the nominee’s work in Surrey, business acumen, leadership, balanced lifestyle and community involvement and service.

The finalists are (alphabetical by company name):


Entrepreneur Category:

Kickstart Communications, Cathrine Levan

Panorama Optometry, Dr. Sandy Johal

PDQ Post Group Inc., Lorraine Duclos

Professional Category:

Custom Cooling Solutions, Christine Trischuk

Laurel Place, Karen L. Baillie

PRIME Learning Group, Inc., Alanna Dean Burk


Corporate Category:

Nav Canada, Heather Bell

Terasen Gas, Amy Hennessy

Westminster Savings Credit Union, Marian Maletta


Leadership Category:

Surrey Employment Resource Centre, Susan Brown

Surrey Philippine Independence Day Society, Narima Dela Cruz

Surrey Urban Mission, Jonquil Hallgate


Not-for-Profit Executive Category:

Newton Advocacy Group Society, Susan Keeping

Surrey Libraries, Beth Barlow

Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, Jane Adams

We encourage you to come out and support these women in Surrey’s business community! 

Presenting Sponsor:  Christine LaLiberte of Dundee Securities Corporation

Award Sponsor:          A.S. Bubber & Associates

Media Sponsor:          The Leader Newspaper

Print Sponsor:             Whalley Printers Ltd.

Date:  Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Location:  Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104 Ave. Surrey)

Time:  Lunch and Registration 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Program 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Admission: $50 +HST each or $300 +HST for a table of 6

To purchase tickets, please call 604-581-7130 or go online to www.businessinsurrey.com.