Michelle Pockey Leadership Award


About Michelle

This award recognizes Michelle Pockey, an exceptional leader in our community. As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world – from energy, mining, environmental, and Indigenous legal issues, to increasing the economic success and impact of women. With her vision, she co-founded the Professional Women’s Network in 1997, and the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network in 2016. She worked tirelessly for 20 years advocating to advance women in business, law, Indigenous and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration for others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in June 2016.

About the Award

To help support Michelle’s legacy, Business in Vancouver, Vancity and Minerva BC have partnered to recognize this exceptional leader with an annual leadership award. 

The Michelle Pockey Leadership Award gives first priority to an Indigenous woman, a single mother, or a woman facing economic hardship. Second priority is given to a woman pursuing law, justice, Indigenous, or environmental studies. The award and donation cheque is presented at the Influential Women in Business Awards held in March.

Applications are open for the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award. Click here to apply!


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