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Meet our 2020 Star Women in Grocery winners!

In its ninth year, Canadian Grocer’s annual Star Women in Grocery awards celebrate the influence, innovation and leadership of women in the grocery industry

From a CEO to VPs to department directors and store managers, this year’s batch of Star Women in Grocery winners—representing CPG companies and grocery retailers—are excellence personified.

In one of the most challenging years ever for this industry, each one of these women stepped up, continuing to shape and improve their companies and the industry as a whole with their innovative ideas, strong leadership, hard work and never--give-up attitudes.

In its ninth year, Canadian Grocer’s annual Star Women in Grocery awards celebrate the influence, innovation and leadership of women in the grocery industry. This year’s winners, chosen by Canadian Grocer editors, represent all parts of the industry and were nominated by industry colleagues in one of three categories: store level stars, rising stars and senior level stars.

We are proud to introduce this year’s impressive group of Star Women in Grocery winners:

Rising stars

Shilpa Bains, country manager, HR Manager (Canada), The Clorox Company
Teresa Blakney, senior brand manager, Conagra Brands
Stephanie Egan, director, marketing, Piller's Fine Foods
Beverley Foley, director of store development, Farm Boy
Brittany Ford, account executive, Carlton Cards
Brenna Gillespie, manager of e-commerce operations, Save-On-Foods
Carol Henry, director of human resources, Longo's
Lisa Jones, director of sales - Ontario/Atlantic, Sleeman Breweries
Angie Kim, senior director, finance, Loblaw
Philippa Macleod, director, merchandising planning & analytics customer intelligence, Metro
Julia Mallett, manager retail operations, customer experience & learning & development, Sobeys
Rhonda Mitchell, customer director of strategy, Unilever Canada
Shirley Mukerjea, senior marketing director - Frito Lay Core Brands, PepsiCo Foods Canada
Leona Neill, director of marketing and packaging, Red Sun Farms
Danielle Nguyen, plant manager, Kraft Heinz Canada
Sadie Park, property manager, Colemans
Arlee Rosenberg, director, e-commerce, Nestlé Canada
Arndrea Scott, director of retail marketing and creative strategy, & Blush Lane
Lisa Sparrow-Moellenbeck, food safety manager, Federated Co-operatives Limited
Erin Towns, sales director, Kellogg Canada
Wendy Woods, director of customer marketing, Kellogg Canada
Joyce Young, leader, category management, Georgia Main Food Group

Senior level stars

Marie-Claude Bacon, VP, public affairs and communications, Metro
Christina Bédard, VP, e-commerce & digital strategy, Metro
Nathalie Cusson, VP, Dairy Fluid, Lactalis
Kelly Fleming, head of grocery/VP marketing, Kraft Heinz Canada
Catherine O'Brien, senior VP of corporate affairs, Nestlé Canada
Marie-Eve Royer, senior VP, transformation, Bimbo Canada
Kerry Tompson, VP, talent and inclusion, Sobeys
Vittoria Varalli, VP, sustainability and chief of staff, Sobeys
Andrea Watson, president and CEO, Nature Knows

Store level stars

Stephanie Ames, store manager, Kimberley, B.C. Save-On-Foods
Suzanne Horner, store manager, Sobeys West River, Pictou, N.S. Sobeys
Katherine McDonald, store manager, Food Basics, Midland, Ont., Metro / Food Basics
Danica Parilac, store manager, Longo's Walkers Line, Burlington, Ont., Longo's
Leslie Robb, store manager, Safeway, Sobeys / Safeway
Carla Turnbull, store manager, Save-On-Foods Summerwood, Sherwood Park, Alta., Save-On-Foods
Alice Warner, store manager, New Westminster, B.C. Safeway, Sobeys / Safeway

Over the next couple weeks we will be sharing Q&As with each of our winners. Keep checking for all the latest Star Women in Grocery news.

And, join us Oct. 29 to celebrate this year's 38 outstanding winners.

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