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2005 PEAK Awards Honourees


  1. Lisa Pankratz (Recipient)
    Lisa Pankratz is the President, Director, and Corporate Compliance Officer for Cundill Investment Research Ltd., a global investment counsel firm. Lisa was previously independent Corporate Advisor, Consultant; Chief Financial Officer/Turnaround Specialist of Evans Forest Products Ltd. (a BC-based forest products company); an investment banker specializing in public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic analyses and risk management advisory services for clients such as Bankers Trust (BT Bank of Canada), Swiss Bank Corporation and Ernst & Young. Since 2001, Ms. Pankratz has been a Director of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) where she has served on the Audit, Investment and Governance Committees. Lisa was past member of the Accounting Policy and Advisory Committee advising the Ministry of Finance for the Province of British Columbia, past member of the advisory committee for Greenstone Venture Partners and HSBC Capital Canada. Recently, Lisa was appointed Director of CanWest Global Communications Corp.

  2. Lisa Ethans (Finalist)
    Lisa Ethans is a partner in the Financial Advisory Services Group at Deloitte and Touche in Vancouver and the Founder and Chair of the Firm’s Aboriginal Client Services Group. Lisa is a recognized expert in Aboriginal financial matters and in fiscal treaty negotiations. Lisa has authored and lectured on matters ranging from “Business Valuation”, “Preparing Business Plans and Feasibility Analyses” to “Quantifying and Valuing Losses”. Lisa is the Co-founder of the First Nations Mentoring Program for Big Sisters of BC. She was a past member of the finance committee of the Minerva Foundation and board member of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Lisa is currently the President of the Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship Fund.

  3. Dr.Roslyn Kunin (Finalist)
    Roslyn has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria. In her career, Dr. Kunin has worked in the private sector, written a weekly newspaper column, taught at several Canadian universities including Simon Fraser and UBC and served twenty years as Regional Economist for the federal government in B.C. and Yukon. She has been Executive Director of the Laurier Institution and is now in private practice as a consulting economist.

    Roslyn has served the community in many positions including Chair of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Governor of the University of British Columbia and the North/South Institute, Chair of the Vancouver Crisis Centre and Vice-President of the YWCA. She is a director of the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia, a governor of the Canadian Unity Council, a member of the National Statistics Council and has published numerous articles and books.

    Rosyln has been awarded the Crystal Ball Award by the Association of Professional Economists, the Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA and a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Canada for her significant contributions to Canada. Roslyn is also a member of the Order of Canada.


  1. Jane L. Peverett (Recipient)
    Jane Peverett is the President and CEO of the BC Transmission Corporation, a crown corporation responsible for managing the electricity transmission in B.C. Before joining BCTC, Jane assumed leadership of Union Gas in 2001, and became the first woman president of a natural gas utility in Canada. Jane has served on the boards of the Canadian Gas Association, the Ontario Energy Association and Voluntary Challenge & Registry Inc., the Society of Management Accountants and Junior Achievement of B.C. Jane serves on the board of the Canadian Gas Association, the Board of Directors of Encana Corporation, the largest independent oil and gas company in North America, the board of directors of the University of Victoria, and member of the Senate of the Stratford Festival of Canada. Jane was recently made a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants and has been named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy on a global basis. She was also awarded the Leadership Award for Women in Energy in the Americas.

  2. Dr. Melanie Clarance (Finalist)
    Melanie is an accomplished High Net Worth asset gatherer, associate portfolio manager and relationship manager for KCS Fund Strategies Inc. Melanie holds a Certified Investment Manager designation and is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, sits on the Board of Governors for Royal Roads University, is a lifetime honorary director of the Vancouver Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals and has been re-elected to the Board of Directors for the International Finance Centre of BC for the past 10 years. Melanie was previously nominated by the Business in Vancouver “Women in Influence Award” in each of 2003 and 2005.

  3. Fiona J. Macfarlane (Finalist)
    Fiona Macfarlane is a partner at Ernst & Young in its Commodity Taxation Group. She was appointed Ernst & Young’s Tax leader for the central Canada region in 2004. In July 2005, she will assume the role of managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Canadian Tax practice, a team of over 700 tax practitioners. Fiona is the first woman among the Big Four firms to hold such a position. Before joining Ernst & Young’s South African firm in 1983, Fiona trained as a lawyer in Cape Town where she was admitted to the bar. Fiona is the author and associate editor of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (CICA) Complete Guide to B.C’s Social Service Tax, and a contributing editor to CICA’s Complete Guide to GST. Fiona previously sat as a board member on the Canada, South Africa Chamber of Commerce and has been named Financial Post’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Fiona currently sits on the Ernst & Young Americas Tax Advisory Board


Shelley has been a senior partner in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a National Canadian Law Firm, and a leading corporate lawyer for 23 years. Shelley practiced primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She retired from the day-to-day practice of law at BLG in 2004 in order to devote more time to her Board and advisory activities.

Shelley’s many accomplishments as a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais include being counsel to some of Canada’s largest retailers, some of BC’s largest land developers, and numerous financial institutions and public institutions.

As the first woman to be elected to her firm’s Executive Committee, and with her work over the years mentoring and training the firm’s young female lawyers, and advising the firm on its maternity and alternate work arrangement policies, Shelley has inspired women in finance for over twenty years.

Shelley’s contributions to the community over the years include Vice-Chairship of the Cosh Commission of Inquiry into Social Housing in 1986, and appointments to the B.C. Housing Management Commission as Vice-Chair and to the B.C. Business Counsel and the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Her work on many community health Boards, including the BC Cancer Agency, Children and Women’s Health Centre of BC, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Mental Health Society demonstrate her tireless devotion to the community.

Shelley was recognized for her work in the community and her leadership in the legal profession, with her Award of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.

Please join me in congratulating Shelley Tratch on her Lifetime Achievement Award