Women in Management (WIM) recognizes Canadian Sri Lankan women in first awards show

Group photo of WIM Award winners in Canada. (Pictures by Nilan Gunawaradana for lankareporter.com)


From Srimal Abeyewardene

Women in Management (WIM) launched the coveted initiative WIM AWARDS CANADA 2017 in Toronto. The Awards recognized and rewarded the outstanding women of Sri Lankan origin who have excelled in their business or professions in Canada. The initiative was powered by Cinnamon Life, the flagship development by Sri Lanka’s premier listed Conglomerate, the John Keells Group.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada Ahmed Jawad delivers the keynote address.

WIM is the respected professional organization for Women in Sri Lanka with a membership around 5,000 women in Sri Lanka and overseas. WIM in Sri Lanka is committed to empower Sri Lankan career women and women entrepreneurs by providing them with leadership and guidance in furthering their skills and knowledge in association with the Government of United States (USAID), European Union (EU) Government of Australia (DeFACT), Coca Cola 520 (Global) Government of Malaysia (NAWIM) and SWISS LABOUR.


Rienzie Martinesz WIM Canada representative and organizer addressing the gathering.

Nadeem Shums, Head of Market Development Property Group / Assistant Vice President – John Keells Holdings addressing guests.


Praveeni Perera – Field of Leadership, Shanika Fernando – Field of Entrepreneurship, Surupee Perera – Real Estate & Investment Sector, Nirmalie De Mel – Finance Sector, Dilrukshi Seneviratne – Career Leadership, Laura Lathika Abeysekera – Field of Entrepreneurship, Ericka Kodithuwakku – Field of Entrepreneurship, Druscilla Kodituwakku – Finance Sector, Dr. Carmini Ramya Fernando – Medical Sector, Shavone Lazarus – Field of Human Resources, Indica Jainudeen – State & Government Sector, Shamila De Almieda -Field of Food Services, Genevieve Brown – Hospitality Sector, Upuli Iresha Balasuriya – Field of Finance Sector, Sharon Anne Gabriel, Manelki Anthony – Legal Sector, Eresha Fernando – Finance Sector, Maryam Nizar – Investment Sector, Sumana Wijeratne – Education Sector.

Traditional Dance performance.


Banking & Finance Primali Demel, Advertising & Promotions Roshni Wijayasinha, Information Technology Ranjika Manamperi, Legal Meleni David, Media & Communication Anne Marie Mediwake, Immigration Consultant Sharmila Perera, State & Govt Sector Uppala Chandrasekera, Hospitality and Services Dorothy Constance, Medical Dr. Dushanthi Pinnaduwage, Education Prof. Dileeni Weerasinghe, Young Woman Achiever Shannen Jainudeen, Best Woman Importer from Sri Lanka Chandrani Perera, Upcoming Entrepreneur Divya Lakshmi Jegasundaram, Upcoming Entrepreneur Roshanthie De Saram, Inspirational Woman of the Year Nalayinie Maheswaran, Career Role Model Damindra Dias, Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Devika Anthony, Woman of the Year Dr .Priyanwada Charukeshi Chandrasekera.

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