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  • 2020 Generation Next winners announced!

    Meet the strong, young grocery and CPG leaders who are making an impact
  • Watch on-demand: Star Women in Grocery Leadership Panel

    Canadian Grocer recently hosted a panel discussion with three of our industry's leaders who also happen to be past Star Women in Grocery winners<br /><br />We are now making that webinar available to our entire audience!<br /><br />"This was one of our most popular panels," says Vanessa Peters, publish
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery Virtual Gala nearly sold out!

    Buy tickets today for this must-attend virtual event taking place Oct.
  • Here's what's happening at the 2020 Star Women virtual celebration!

    Though Canadian Grocer's Star Women in Grocery event will look a little different this year, attendees of the new virtual celebration, held Oct.
  • Where are they now? Generation Next winner Alexis Williams

    We catch up with past winners to find out what they've been up to since winning the award
  • Get to know our 2020 Star Women in Grocery senior level stars

    It’s time to get to know our senior level stars. Each of our winners took the time to answer a series of questions about their career in grocery.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Marie-Eve Royer (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Marie-Eve Royer<br />Sr. Vice President, Transformation<br />Bimbo Canada<br /><br />Best advice received?<br />During my career, I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding mentors. The best advice I received was that you’re only as good as your team.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Catherine O’Brien (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Catherine O’Brien<br />Sr Vice President of Corporate Affairs<br />Nestlé Canada<br /><br />Best advice received?<br />I think as we all develop in our careers we can periodically suffer from “imposter syndrome” and someone very wise once reminded me that regardless of who you
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Kelly Fleming (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Kelly Fleming<br />Head of Grocery/VP Marketing<br />Kraft Heinz Canada<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery/CPG business?<br />My first taste of the CPG world was during internships at Molson Coors and Kraft Foods.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Nathalie Cusson (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /> <br /> Nathalie Cusson<br /> VP, Dairy Fluid<br /> Lactalis, Canada<br /> <br /> How did you get into the CPG business?
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Andrea Watson (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Andrea Watson<br />President and CEO<br />Nature Knows<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery/CPG business?<br />My first job at 15 was in foodservice, working at a local movie theatre serving at their café and managing the concession stand.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Christina Bédard (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Christina Bédard<br />Vice-president, E-commerce &amp; Digital Strategy<br />Metro<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery/CPG business?<br />The grocery business has always been a natural fit for me because I can combine two of my passions: retail and food.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Vittoria Varalli (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Vittoria Varalli<br />Vice-President, Sustainability and Chief of Staff<br />Sobeys Inc.<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />Food has always been a passion of mine. I grew up in the food business.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Marie-Claude Bacon (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Marie-Claude Bacon<br />Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications<br />Metro Inc.<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />Completely by chance. I was looking for a job, saw an ad for a senior communications advisor position at Metro and applied.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Kerry Tompson (Q&A)

    Senior level star<br /><br />Kerry Tompson<br />VP, Talent and Inclusion<br />Sobeys<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />I didn’t grow up in the grocery business.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Philippa Macleod (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Philippa MacLeod<br />Director, Merchandising Planning &amp; Analytics<br />Customer Intelligence<br />Metro Inc.<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />I entered grocery through the world of analytics, working for data consultancy Dunnhumby in the U.K.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Sadie Park (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Sadie Park<br />Property Manager<br />Colemans<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />After stepping away from my career for five years to raise my two children, I was both hesitant and excited for the challenge of re-entering the workforce.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Stephanie Egan (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Stephanie Egan<br />Director, Marketing<br />Piller’s Fine Foods<br /><br />How did you get into the food/CPG business?<br />I joined the Piller’s team in 2012 after graduating from the honours Bachelor of Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I specia
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Angie Kim (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Angie Kim<br />Senior Director, Finance<br />Loblaw Companies Ltd.<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />I worked as a consultant for the Canadian Convenience Stores Association for a number of years, which opened my eyes to the greater retail industry.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Danielle Nguyen (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Danielle Nguyen<br />Plant Manager<br />Kraft Heinz Canada<br /><br />How did you get into the CPG/grocery business?<br />My background is grounded in science, having received my Bachelor of Engineering degree (industrial engineering) from Concordia University in 2004.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Teresa Blakney (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Teresa Blakney<br />Sr. Brand Manager<br />Conagra Brands<br /><br />Best advice received?<br />The advice that has stuck with me most is “No doesn’t mean never; it just means not yet”. It means never give up.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Lisa Jones (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Lisa Jones<br />Director of Sales – Ontario/Atlantic<br />Sleeman<br /><br />How did you get into the beer business?<br />Funny enough, I would have never imagined myself in the beer business. When I started with Sleeman, I didn’t even drink beer.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Leona Neill (Q&A)

    Rising star<br /><br />Leona Neill<br />Director of Marketing and Packaging<br />Red Sun Farms<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery/CPG business?<br />I was introduced to the food industry through an internship with Hershey Canada.
  • 2020 Star Women in Grocery winner Shilpa Bains (Q&A)

    Rising Star<br /><br />Shilpa Bains<br />Country Manager, Human Resources Manager (Canada)<br />The Clorox Company<br /><br />How did you get into the grocery business?<br />I have been in HR for my entire career, but entered the CPG space only 10 years ago.