Women's Executive Network honours large contingent from B.C.

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      Tonight, 18 British Columbians are among the 100 most powerful women in Canada being celebrated in Toronto.

      It's taking place at the 10th annual gala celebration of the Women's Executive Network.

      Here are the B.C. women on the list:

      Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, chief executive officer, Century Plaza Hotel & Absolute Spa Group, and governor, Vancouver Board of Trade

      Sue Paish, chief executive officer, Lifelabs, and governor, Vancouver Board of Trade

      Fiona Macfarlane, chief inclusiveness officer and Vancouver office managing partner, Ernst & Young LLP

      Karen Flavelle, chief executive officer and chocolate connoisseur, Purdy’s Chocolates

      Yael Cohen, founder and president, Fuck Cancer

      Connie Fair, president and chief executive officer, BC Assessment

      Kim Henderson, deputy minister, Labour Citizens’ Services and Open Government

      Barbara Paterson, dean of nursing, Thompson Rivers University

      Cybele Negris, cofounder and president, Webnames.ca Inc.

      Elizabeth Watson, president and founder, WATSON

      Aimee Chan, president and chief executive officer, Norsat International Inc.

      Shelley Brown, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

      Monique Mercier, senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary, Telus

      Susan Yurkovich, executive vice president, Site C Clean Energy Project, B.C. Hydro

      Gail Edwards, president, JH Investments Inc.

      Debra Hewson, president and chief executive officer, Odlum Brown Ltd.

      Launi Skinner, chief executive officer, First West Credit Union

      Geri Prior, chief financial officer, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

      Vancity CEO Tamara Vrooman and Vancouver city manager Penny Ballem routinely show up on lists of the most powerful people in our city, but they aren't among those being feted in Toronto. Nor are Premier Christy Clark or the health minister, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, who oversees a $16.6-billion budget.

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