Influential Women in Business


Business in Vancouver has announced five recipients for this year's Influential Women in Business awards.

The five honourees for 2023 will be recognized leaders in their respective fields and contribute their time and expertise to the broader British Columbian business community through board work, as advisors and mentors, and through donations of time and resources. They will be celebrated at an in-person event March 8.

The 2022 recipients, in alphabetical order:

Christine Bergeron, CEO Vancity

Jennifer Twiner McCarron, CEO Thunderbird Entertainment 

Elizabeth Model, CEO Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association

Shahrzad Rafati, CEO Broadband TV Corp.

Aisha Yang. Co-Founder and Sales and Marketing Director of Herbaland


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2020 Michelle Pockey Leadership Award Recipient

As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world. A winner of the Influential Women in Business Award in 2016, Michelle worked tirelessly for 20 years advancing women in business, law, First Nations and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration to others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in June 2016.

To help support Michelle’s legacy and advance other women along their leadership journeys, Business in Vancouver and Minerva BC, proudly supported by Vancity, have partnered to recognize this exceptional female leader through the creation of the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award. This award gives first priority to an Indigenous woman and single parents, and second priority to women pursuing law, justice, Indigenous or environmental studies.