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Janice Abbott

Atira Women's Resource Society
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992. She lead the Society through its growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven, to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. In 2002, Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc., a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary of Atira Women's Resource Society. All profits earned by the property management company are donated to the Society to support its social profit activities. Atira Property Management Inc. has grown quickly to become an important player in the property management industry in the Lower Mainland.

Janice was the recipient of the Ernst & Young 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs. She was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes magazine in 2011.