Each year at our Luminary Award Soirée, Big Sisters honours an exceptional person (or people) who have moved the needle with regard to children, mentorship, and philanthropy. This year, we celebrate two incredible women who, both individually and together, contribute significantly to our communities.
Christina Anthony and Tracey McVicar are the recipients of this year’s Luminary Award. In addition to being community and business leaders individually, they are the best of friends. Christina and Tracey share many of the same values, with mentorship and philanthropy being at the heart of everything they do. They team up together to make a difference in our community and they also support each other in their individual business and community endeavors.
Inspired by the commitment and drive of female entrepreneurs, Christina founded the BC Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (“FWE”) in 2002 as a non-profit to provide education and mentorship to women entrepreneurs. She has been instrumental in helping to grow the organization into a national charitable organization helping thousands of women across Canada. Now Chair Emeritus, she continues to be an avid supporter of FWE as co-chair of its annual gala and remains committed to mentoring women entrepreneurs.
Christina is a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Odlum Brown Limited, where she leads and mentors a team of seven and provides investment advice and portfolio management to many families and individuals in the community. As the Chair of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation board, Christina is committed to creating a sustainable long-term strategy to support the ever-growing health care needs in our province. Christina and her husband Matt get the most joy being the parents of Victoria, William, John and Michael.
Tracey is the Managing Partner at CAI Capital Partners, where she leads a team of private equity professionals who partner with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. She is a past director of BC Hydro and a current member of the board at Teck Resources. Tracey has built an impressive career in private equity, and while her primary focus has been to generate consistent long-term returns for her investors, perhaps her greatest accomplishment has been in the mentorship she’s provided to so many students and young professionals along her journey.
In addition to her business commitments, Tracey is active in the community as a member of the UBC Sauder Faculty Advisory Board, a director of the Fraser Institute, a member of the Big Sisters Honourary Advisory Board and Science World’s Chair’s Council. She is also the founder of Golf for Good, an annual golf tournament now in its 13th year that has raised over $2,000,000 for non-profit organizations (including our own) that help women, children and communities in BC. Tracey is a past director of the FWE and the UBC & VGH HospitalFoundation. Most importantly, Tracey is mom to Andrew, her proudest accomplishment to date!
Tracey and Christina have been recognized for their accomplishments by organizations including BC Business magazine, the YWCA, Business in Vancouver, the Association of Women in Finance, the Investment Industry Association, WXN Canada’s Top 100 Women, and in 2017, they were both featured in the publication Canada 150 Women by Paulina Cameron.
The friends are proud alumni of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation program at the Sauder School of Business, where they originally met almost 25 years ago. These two inspiring women focus their efforts on the betterment of women and girls by giving them the tools, training and support they need to reach their full potential at every stage in life. They are active sponsors of women pursuing finance careers or their next board position, and they have recently begun investing together in women-owned businesses. They say that while they are friends, they have been mentoring each other over all these years, each helping the other when they need wise counsel or advice. They embody the term Luminary so appropriately, and this is why we are delighted to recognize them as our 2019 Luminary recipients at our 5th Annual Luminary Award Soirée.
We will have the chance to hear Christina Anthony and Tracey McVicar discuss about the power of mentoring at our 2019 Luminary Award Soirée.