Profiles

PARM HARI – RESILIENCE & PERSEVERANCE: NEVER LOSE WHO YOU ARE

Whether working in a small town, spearheading international corporate expansion, or being involved in the largest-ever vaccination campaign in B.C., Parm Hari has always focused on making a difference. That focus has built a 20-plus year career in human resources, change management and international business optimization that has led her to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority serving as vice-president of people, process, and performance.

BHARATHI SANDHU – WHEN YOU FALL, ALWAYS TRY AGAIN

Bharathi was very much pushed into leadership roles in her early 20s when others saw her potential, but she could only see her flaws and inexperience. What she considered to be inexperience at that time allowed her to problem solve out of the box and develop strategies to move organizations forward where she held leadership positions. 

SONIA VIRK – DREAM BIG, WORK HARD, AND FACE ALL THE CHALLENGES

Sonia was born and raised in India. She finished her B.A. (laws) and LL.B from Guru Nanak Dev University before immigrating to Canada. Upon obtaining a Canadian Law Degree from the University of New Brunswick, she moved back to BC and started her legal career. She articled with the law firm of Yearwood & Company and was called to the Bar in BC in 2005, and in 2008, she co-founded the law firm of Joomratty & Virk. In September 2012, she co-founded Virk Sabharwal, Lawyers, now called Virk Viyas & Associate Lawyers. Sonia specializes in Corporate/Commercial Law, Residential and Commercial real estate, Wills & Estates, and General Litigation matters.

JESSIE KAUR LEHAIL – DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS

Jessie Kaur Lehail, founder of Kaur Collective, and a member of the Board of Directors for Fraser Health, was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. Her parents set the tone to work hard, remain humble, and do good. They encouraged their children to speak up against injustice, value education, and do their best with every opportunity that comes their way.