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2023 Star Women in Grocery Award Winner Hilary Wingate (Q&A)

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Hilary Wingate
Hilary Wingate

Hilary Wingate

Director - Bakery & Commercial Bread
Walmart Canada

How did you get your start in the grocery/CPG business?

My first job in food retail was right out of university as an HR training co-ordinator. I have been in big box retail ever since and recently returned to food in 2021. It’s a fun, fast and exciting business to be a part of!

What keeps you passionate about your work?

Change! The world of retail is never quiet, and the past few years have never been boring. We are constantly learning and testing ourselves and customer behaviours are shifting faster than ever. The best feeling is seeing customers’ reactions to plans you have created and products you selected.

What is the best career advice you've received?

The best advice I received was to not compare your success to others’ achievements. Every path is different, and although yours doesn’t look like someone else's or isn't as 'fast' as others, it’s the path that’s right for you. 

What would you say is the biggest achievement in your career?

My biggest achievements all come down to people. Making relationships with my team, support partners and suppliers. I am most proud of how I show up every day and how I partner. Some days are easier than others but, honestly, without these strong relationships the work would be that much more difficult.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I am a proud wife and a mom to twin toddlers—life outside work is never boring. We are a family who loves to be outdoors as much as possible—in the snow, sun and rain. My solo time is spent visiting coffee shops to find for the perfect flat white.

What's a fun fact about you?

Growing up, I spent most of my time at the curling rink and curled competitively for years.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?

I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my career now and in the future. I truly appreciate all the mentorship and guidance. Especially my parents—I am so glad they instilled in me the desire to always be curious.

Click here for the full list of 2023 Star Women in Grocery award winners.

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