Local market operator named industry ‘star’

Ingrid Willemsen, co-owner of Sunripe, one of 15 across Canada so honoured

Ingrid Willemsen, co-owner of Sunripe, has been honoured as one of this year's "Star Women" by Canadian Grocer.

Ingrid Willemsen, owner with her husband Will of Sunripe, a “fresh, really fresh” purveyor of meat, vegetables and fruit in Sarnia and London, has been honoured as one of Canada’s “Star Women” by Canadian Grocer.

The presentation was made at a recent industry event in Toronto attended by about 300 industry executives.

Ingrid was attending the event as a member of a panel.

The Star Women Awards celebrate the achievements of women across Canadian grocery—from those working in the stores to the presidents of consumer packaged goods companies, from operations directors to store managers.

“We’re thrilled to once again recognize the incredible contributions of women across the country,” Rob Gerlsbeck, editor of Canadian Grocer, said in announcing the opening of nominations earlier this year.

To win a Star Women Award, nominees must be demonstrating innovation, leadership and a commitment to the grocery industry in Canada. Last year, 16 women received the award. A jury of Star Women alumni selected the winners. In past years, the editorial staff of Canadian Grocer chose.

“Who better to make the selection than the women who have already won this award,” Gerlsbeck noted.

It’s easy to nominate someone you know (or yourself) for a Star Women Award. Simply click here, fill out the form and submit. Deadline to nominate is March 30.

The winners will also be honoured at an annual Star Women Breakfast in Toronto on October 18.

Sunripe now has three stores, including the Sarnia store at the corner of Murphy and Lakeshore. The other two stores are in London, on Adelaide Street and Hyde Park.

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