Profiling women in leadership positions from across British Columbia’s waterfront, the Women on the Waterfront series shares unique career path experiences and efforts in changing the culture of the waterfront. Through action-based change, we aim to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for the next generation of leaders.

Megan Owen-Evans drives change to make a difference

Megan Owen-Evans is on a mission to make a difference in her industry, community, and country. For her, ‘making a difference’ is more than some new-age slogan: Owen-Evans is driven by a desire to improve lives by giving back in ordinary – and extraordinary – ways.

Heather Wright, the bridge between diversity, strategy, and execution

Heather Wright is a self-described “people enthusiast” who has wanted to work in human resources since she was a child. So, when she was offered a job six years ago to help implement the people-centred strategic vision for the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), she jumped at the opportunity.

Duana Kipling knows there is strength in diversity

Duana Kipling believes there is one central ingredient that is critical to making strong, smart business decisions: diversity. The president of Neptune Terminals, one of Canada’s largest bulk terminals specializing in the export of Canadian steelmaking coal and potash, says diverse teams lead to better outcomes.

Kim Stegeman-Lowe fosters talent that reflects the province’s diversity

With her promotion to president of Squamish Terminals in 2016, Kim Stegeman-Lowe broke through the glass ceiling as the first female president of a terminal in the Pacific Northwest. It was a remarkable achievement, especially in an industry typically dominated by men. The deep-water, break-bulk facility at the north end of Howe Sound was owned by a Norwegian company and had a progressive workforce that was 25% female, including forklift and crane operators, first aid attendants and logistics professionals.

Cheryl Yaremko builds a workforce that mirrors our community

What does a senior executive look like? Ask Cheryl Yaremko’s three sons, and they’ll probably tell you she looks like their mom. “For most of their memories, I’ve been in a senior role,” she says. “So that’s just normal for them. It’s what moms do.”