• YWCA Women Of Distinction Award 2017

YWCA Welcomes Sue Paish as 2018 Women of Distinction Awards Event Chair

YWCA Metro Vancouver is thrilled to announce that Sue Paish, President and CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, will be joining the 35th annual Women of Distinction Awards as Event Chair. 

Sue succeeds Dana Montalbano, who was Event Chair in 2017. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Dana for her invaluable contribution to the Awards. Under her incredible leadership, several energizing additions were added to the event and record-breaking revenues were raised for YWCA programs and services for low-income families.

Sue is the proud mother of three amazing young women and the eternally grateful wife of Brad. Throughout her career Sue has focused on creating better communities for our children’s generation by building strong, successful Canadian businesses and being dedicated to our communities.

For over 35 years Sue has led transformation and innovation across professional services, healthcare and technology. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers, Sue became Managing Partner of her firm Fasken Martineau, leading it through one of the most significant Canadian law firm mergers, building the firm to nine offices on three continents.  

After leaving the practice of law and becoming a ‘recovering lawyer’, Sue became the CEO of Pharmasave, Canada’s largest chain of independent retail pharmacies. She encouraged the transformation of public policies and practices for the pharmaceutical sector, while leading the introduction of industry leading technologies for dispensing, patient education and medication management.   

Most recently Sue has been the CEO of Canada’s largest diagnostic lab, doubling the company’s size through successful acquisitions and integrations, organic growth, and entry into transformative markets including genetics, while introducing industry leading technologies that benefit patients, healthcare providers and Canada’s healthcare system. Through everything she does, Sue seeks to encourage and inspire women to define and choose their futures and she actively supports inclusivity as a cornerstone of any successful organization.  

Sue has been recognized for her service and accomplishments with awards including: YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Business & The Professions; Queen’s Counsel; Honorary Doctorate in Technology; Hall of Fame for Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; and UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni. Sue actively contributes to the community through organizations such as the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Business Council, Corix Group of Companies and UBC Sauder School of Business. 

The YWCA is looking forward to the leadership and experience that Sue will bring to the Awards. We are honoured that she has accepted this position and excited for an outstanding 35th Anniversary event.