Biggest B.C. businesses owned by women in 2016

Ranked by total number of employees in B.C. in 2016

Published August 2, 2016. Sources: Interviews with companies below and BIV research. Other companies may have ranked but did not respond to information requests by deadline.

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Rank '16FootnotesCompanyOwner(s)Top executive(s)Products or services providedYear foundedNo. of B.C. staff '15No. of B.C. staff '16
1 SimpeQ Care Inc
1221 Lonsdale Ave Suite 200
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2H5
Phone: 604-988-3103
Gerry Clayford-Beckie Gerry Clayford-Beckie (owner, director of operations) Staffing, management and education at seniors facilities and at long-term care and assisted-living sites 2003 752 750
2 CEFA Early Learning Schools
3081 Grandview Hwy
Vancouver, BC V5M 2E4
Phone: 604-708-2332
Natacha Beim Natacha Beim (founder and CEO) Progressive early learning and junior kindergarten learning curriculum and environment for children aged one to five 1998 473 537
595 Howe St Suite 1205
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5
Phone: 604-685-3530
Leslie Meingast (65%) Leslie Meingast (CEO) HR managed services (payroll, benefits management, outplacement, etc.), HR consulting, HR technology, temporary staffing, permanent recruiting, executive search 1980 605 505
4 Purdys Chocolatier
8330 Chester St
Vancouver, BC V5X 3Y7
Phone: 604-454-2777
Karen Flavelle Karen Flavelle (CEO); Peter Higgins (president and chocolate scientist) Chocolates, nuts, ice cream and seasonal gifts 1907 539 480
5 Capilano Group
3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
Phone: 604-985-7474
Nancy Stibbard Nancy Stibbard (owner and CEO) Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Moraine Lake Lodge, Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Stanley Park Pavilion and Prospect Point 1983 350 390

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