Business Awards—have you been nominated or considered nominating yourself but weren't sure how to leverage the opportunity? Have you been overwhelmed with the requirements of a nomination package and didn't know if it was the right time for your company or career?

Embrace the nomination opportunity by joining like-minded entrepreneurs and business professionals who are growing their businesses!

The WEB Alliance of Women's Business Networks, in collaboration with the Professional Women's Network, is thrilled to bring you this networking and educational opportunity.

You will...

  • Discover how you can use an award nomination to benefit your business

  • Identify ways you can write a winning nomination by choosing the right award category and engaging others to help you

  • Learn from panelists who have been nominees, winners and judges


November 7, 2019, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm 


Registration opens | 4:30
Networking | 4:30 to 5:30
Panel discussions | 5:30 to 6:30
Wrap-up | 6:30 to 7:00


The Offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
550 Burrard St, Suite 2900



Awards Judges Panel


    A winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, Neil specializes in closing deals.

    Neil’s is currently a co-founder of, a Tinder-like platform that uses due diligence to connect investors to companies. Neil is also the CEO of The $2,000 Coffee and the Mayor of Belcarra.

    Neil’s leadership experience includes being CEO of a publicly-listed multinational biotech Sirona Biochem. He was a Co-founder of The GrowthPoint Group and RevGen and has led companies and transactions in multiple industries all over the world.

    Neil is a father of four who married way up, a keynote speaker and try-hard woodworker.


    A graduate of the UBC Sales and Marketing Management Executives Program, Bridget Field has over 20 years in retail management, sales and marketing, product development and business planning. She uses this experience to help clients in all aspects of business start-up, including business planning, and leads a team of seven business advisors and analysts.

    In her personal time, Bridget is also an instructor at Langara College, teaching Sales and Marketing Management and Business Planning as part of the Continuing Studies Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Certificate program, for the last eight years.


    Lois Nahirney is passionate about empowering people to make smarter diet, fitness and health decisions based on their unique genetic makeup.  She is the President and CEO of dnaPower Inc. and is committed to helping create a healthier world.  

    Lois has a doctorate in business and has held a number of senior executive roles. She is highly active in the community and serves as the Co-Chair of WE for SHE and the Women’s Executive Network, and has advised government on gender equality as Chair of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council. She has been honoured with awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women:Top 100, BIV Influential Women in Business, YWCA Women of Distinction, CCDI Community Contributor of the Year and the BC Medal of Good Citizenship.  

    Lois has served for many years on the judging and nominating committees for Canada’s Most Powerful Women:Top 100 and for BIV’s Influential Women in Business awards.

Awards Nominees and Winners Panel


    CEO and company founder Debra Lykkemark oversees a high energy team who share her passion for fine food and exceptional service. In Debra’s words, “Our goal with Culinary Capers has always been to provide restaurant quality cuisine and seamless, professional service to each of our clients. We have never wavered from that commitment.”

    Debra served on the International Caterers Association Executive Board for nine years, including a two year term as President. She is a highly regarded and frequent featured speaker at the top international special event conferences. Debra is also active in the local community with speaking engagements that include business and women’s groups and guest appearances before students in hospitality and culinary programs.

    She has been featured by Profit magazine for several years as one of Canada’s top 100 women business owners. Other career highlights include successfully launching Culinary Capers Catering on to the international stage by taking part in three Olympic Games: Torino, Italy in 2006, Beijing, China in 2008, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

    Debra was honoured with the Caterer of the Year award at the 2016 Canadian Event Industry Awards. This award represents the pinnacle of professional achievement and is the highest Canadian honour for professional caterers. In 2016 Debra was recognized by the W100 as one of the top 100 Female Canadian Entrepreneurs.


    Trish is an elected official (Councillor) for City Coquitlam, a Speaker, Facilitator, Serial Entrepreneur and Author of her upcoming Book “Elephant soup for the hungry entrepreneur.” She is the principal of Ubuntu StratEdge, a company whose purpose is advancement of women on boards as well as culture and diversity in the workplace. She also Co-founded Women’s Collaborative Hub Society, a mentorship and personal development non-profit.

    Trish has won numerous awards including 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant. She has been featured on TV and highlighted in several media outlets. She was a recipient of Canada 150 Sesquicentennial pin for leadership and community service.

    Trish graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Pre-Med Biology Degree and from University of Central Oklahoma with a Clinical Laboratory Science degree. She further trained in Medical Microbiology and Embryology and worked in the field for 10 years. Trish considers herself a savvy serial entrepreneur as she has successfully built 4 businesses as well as a nonprofit.

    Some of her accomplishments includes being Panelist and advisor for Telus Small Businesses and best practices for engaging Today’s savvy customers, being featured on Chek TV Reality TV show “The Hardway Show” and in Huffington Post. Some of her recent speaking engagements were with GROW in Edmonton, Canadian Immigrant Magazine Edmonton and Vancouver Immigrant fairs, SFU, Douglas College, YELL, SAGE Foundation and many others.

    Trish believes in giving back to the community. She is involved in many community initiatives and she sits on several boards.