CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver
Janet Austin is the CEO of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, one of the province’s largest non-profits, and the former Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Janet has reached the highest level of achievement in both the social and business sectors. She has guided the YWCA Metro Vancouver, which has a $28.3-million annual operating budget, through a number of transitions that has put the organization at the heart of the lives of tens of thousands of British Columbians using its services and programs and supporting their physical and mental well-being at more than 40 locations.
Over the past decade, Janet has spearheaded community-focused initiatives at the YWCA, expanding its geographic and social reach in order to increase access to affordable housing for low-income single mothers and women leaving abusive relationships, supporting youth in foster care to transition to independence, and broadening services for marginalized women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
A champion of social change, Janet has served on various committees and boards including TransLink, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Council for Early Child Development, the Big Sisters Honorary Advisory Board, MOSAIC, the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation and others.
Janet has received the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and was appointed to the Order of BC in 2016. She was named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2008) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2013. She is also a recipient of the BIV Influential Woman in Business Award and the BIV CEO of the Year Award (2016).