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Introducing our 2021 Star Women in Grocery winners

While the jobs they do may vary—running the gamut from company president to department director to store manager—this year’s crop of Star Women in Grocery winners all have one important thing in common: excellence. Each of the 2021 winners has demonstrated strong leadership, innovative ideas, hard work, and resilience in a year where the pandemic has continued to present challenges for the grocery industry. These women have consistently risen to those challenges, shaping and improving their companies and the industry as whole—and for that, they deserve to be celebrated!

In its 10th year, Canadian Grocer’s annual Star Women in Grocery Awards honours the achievements, influence, innovation and leadership of women in grocery. Nominated by their industry peers, winners were chosen by Canadian Grocer’s editors in one of three categories: senior-level stars, rising stars, and store-level stars. 

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

Senior level stars

  • Paula Bonner, Walmart Canada
  • Tatiana Bossy, Maison Le Grand
  • Deb Craven, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets
  • Mina Fior, Kruger Products
  • Nicole Fischer, Kraft Heinz Canada
  • Marie-France Gibson, Metro
  • Wendy Hui, Loblaw Cos. Ltd.
  • Geraldine Huse, Procter & Gamble
  • Sarah Joyce, Sobeys
  • Cristine Laforest, Bel Cheese Canada
  • Katelin Mailer, Lactalis Canada
  • Penney McTaggart Cowan, Calgary Co-op
  • Nelm Khangura, Loblaw Cos. Ltd.
  • Gabby Nobrega, Breakthrough Communications
  • Wendy Outram, Bimbo Canada
  • Nina Patel, Kraft Heinz Canada
  • Jayne Payette, Nestlé Canada
  • Annie Rochefort, Agropur Cooperative
  • Myriam Tremblay, Sobeys
  • Sandra Veledar, Farm Boy


Rising stars

  • Jennifer Allchin, A. Lassonde
  • Lori Bodden, Loblaw Cos. Ltd
  • Amanda d'Halluin, Lactalis Canada
  • Julie Dickson Olmstead, Save-On-Foods
  • Sheri Evans, Sobeys
  • Julie Fluelling, McCormick Canada
  • Rose Galli, Ferrero Canada
  • Christine Honeybrown, Maple Leaf Foods
  • Danika Johansen, Unilever Canada
  • Kristina Koprivica, Kruger Products
  • Suzy Maharaj, The Clorox Company of Canada
  • Stéphanie Marando, Metro
  • Theresa Opurum, PepsiCo Foods Canada
  • Ellen Osbourne, Summerhill Market
  • Heather Pereira, Longo Brothers Fruit Market
  • Melanie Rioux, Coca-Cola Limited Canada
  • Lindsey Williams, Conagra Brands


Store level stars

  • Jenna Benn, Farm Boy
  • Michelle Blair, Metro
  • Courtney Burokas, Safeway (Sobeys)
  • Dawn Haig, Save-On-Foods
  • Vicki Kinsella, Sobeys
  • Kirsten McLeod, Pemberton Valley Supermarket
  • Mara Merlin, Save-On-Foods
  • Jennifer Newton, Food Basics (Metro)
  • Sarah Romano, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets

Over the next couple days 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. 20 to celebrate this year's outstanding winners.

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