Thursday, June 1, 2023


Ryan Beedie, President, BEEDIE

Canadian Business Leader of the Year

Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, Ryan Beedie is president of BEEDIE, one of Western Canada’s largest industrial and residential development companies.  

More than the business’ success, though, is Ryan’s personal commitment to give back to the community, contributing personally nearly $125+ million to 350 organizations as varied as Simon Fraser University, Ronald McDonald House, the BC Children’s Hospital, YWCA in Vancouver and The One Campaign, fighting poverty around the world and where he sits on its Global Leadership Council. 

In 2018, Ryan launched Beedie Luminaries with a personal commitment of $50 million, to provide post-secondary scholarships for promising but disadvantaged students mainly in British Columbia. Most recently, Beedie Luminaries launched its Spark Program (Single Parent Awards for Resilience and Knowledge), providing single parents facing financial adversity with support for full-time or part-time studies.  

Ryan Beedie’s work has earned numerous awards and acknowledgments, one of the most recent being the Order of British Columbia, recognizing Ryan’s dedication to community support and philanthropy.  

Ryan and his wife Cindy Beedie reside in British Columbia. 

Karen Flavelle, CEO, Purdys Chocolatier

Canadian Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Honouree

Many different experiences have provided the tool box for Karen to successfully Lead Purdys, the Largest Chocolatier in Canada, a B.Com from Queen’s, Living in Japan and Asia for 2 years, speaking fluent French, being trained in classic packaged goods marketing at General Mills, developing innovative new products at Product Development Partnership in the UK, and growing a popular chain of 140 restaurants: Swiss Chalet.

Sport, particularly endurance sports Like running, biking (road, mtn, gravel, commuter), roller blading and skiing (resort, back country, cat and heli), give Karen the high energy she is known for.

Karen’s personal mission is to help people connect, to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones.

At almost 115 years old, Purdys Chocolatier is a delicate balance between tradition and innovation, giving customers their favourites while exciting them with new ideas and new chocolates. There are now over 80 shops in BC, Alberta and Ontario, plus other channels such as Ecomm, Fundraising, Business Gifts, Group together & Save, all with the aim of spreading Purdys’ passion: Creating Connection and Joy through the Power of Chocolate.

Event Information

Thursday, June 1, 2023 | Reception and Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fairmont Pacific Rim | Vancouver, BC

Contact Details

For more information or to attend the dinner, please contact Kimberly Gale, Vice President, Member Relations at or 403.614.4681.

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