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Influential Women in Business



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

The six honourees for 2024 have been 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. 

The IWIB gala will take place on March 8th from 11am to 2pm.

2024 Influential Women in Business Award recipients:

  • Patti Glass, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications at Grosvenor
  • Shelley Gray, CEO at SkilledTradesBC
  • Carol Lee, Chair of Vancouver Chinatown Foundation
  • Linda Lupini, Global Vice President, Employee Experience at Copperleaf Technologies
  • Cathy Mackay, COO, EDI Environmental Dynamics
  • Cathy Thorpe, President and CEO at Nurse Next Door


Venue: The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Dress Code: Business formal


10:30 am – 11:15 am: VIP reception (exclusive to winners + 1 guest, sponsors and judges)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm: General reception (all guests)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Luncheon and Awards ceremony


Nominations 2025: February 12th, 2024 to September 30th, 2024



Hayley Woodin

Editor-in-Chief Business in Vancouver

Hayley Woodin is the editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver and an experienced business reporter who has covered a wide range of industries and sectorsShe is an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar, a Pulitzer Center Fellow, a Pulitzer Traveling Fellow and a former Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellow. Hayley holds a master's of science degree in journalism, honours, from Columbia University.

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2023 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.


Tara-lynn Wilson

Tara-Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently enrolled at the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University. She will graduate from the program in April 2024. This bursary is intended to assist with her schooling and living expenses in her final year of the program.

Tara-lynn has demonstrated her leadership through her work at the Interior Academy as an Indigenous Student Advocate and is currently the president of the Indigenous Law Students Association of Thompson River University Law. Along with her spouse, she founded the university’s Pow Wow Club where students can have a place to dance and stay connected with their culture.

After graduating, Tara-lynn plans to focus on the area of Indigenous law to help improve the quality-of-life of Indigenous people in BC and aspires to one day become a judge.