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
Carolyn Cooper, Shellee Fitzgerald, Rebecca Harris and Carol Neshevich
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:
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, SPUD.ca & 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 CanadianGrocer.com for all the latest Star Women in Grocery news.