Businesswoman among country’s best

Lourdes Gant

Ryan Parton

Special to the Record

Comox Valley businesswoman Lourdes Gant has been ranked among the top five female entrepreneurs in Canada.

Gant, vice-president of Manatee Holdings, made the 16th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, released in September. Produced by PROFIT, Canadian Business and Chatelaine, the W100 ranks Canada’s top female entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses. The W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners.

“Being recognized for doing what I love makes it so much more rewarding,” says Gant, who balances a busy career with an active family life. “Someone once told me that I’m a passionate mentor. Whenever I feel challenged, that’s the image that grounds me and moves me to a place of action, whether I’m mentoring my son or helping a client bring their vision to life.”

Gant joined Manatee Holdings, a local company that sustainably harvests geoduck clams and sea cucumbers from wild fisheries, in 2008. With a background in financial and procedural auditing, she oversees marketing, finances and broad-level management. She’s now being groomed to become CEO, thanks in part to her impressive track record with the company.

This is Gant’s second appearance in the W100 ranking – she ranked 84th in 2012 after helping her company realize a 77 per cent growth in revenue. This time she feels her ranking is in recognition of acquiring $2.5 million of back-financing as Manatee Holdings works to grow aquaculture and expand as a “profitable ecological caretaker.”

“We’re trailblazing a shift from fishing to sustainable aquaculture in the local area,” Gant said. “We’re looking to seed 20 hectares of aquaculture this year; and that, of course, takes money.”

Even with her past experience and impressive accomplishments, Gant said she had to do some soul searching before deciding to submit her application for this year’s W100 competition.

“It took me two months to make my mind up to apply,” she said. “But I decided it’s not just about me; this recognition represents the hard work of everyone at the company.

“My mentor told me, ‘No reward you apply for can give you the internal value that’s available to each and every person’. “So in the end, I decided to push the submit button but also take the opportunity to practice not being attached to the outcome.”

Her reaction to finding out she did make the list once again?

“I think I’m actually more excited this time because it was more of an emotional decision to apply. I learned more about myself and I truly wasn’t expecting it.”

Gant will receive the recognition in Toronto at the W100 reception in November. Rankings will be published in the October issue of Canadian Business, the November issue of Chatelaine and at PROFITguide.com.

 

Just Posted

Merville resident looking for help to name original settler families

Janice Isenor is hoping to figure out which families settled where in Merville 100 years ago

Union Bay Improvement District board apologizes to trustee; deadline remains for other demands

UBID board complies with one of the demands of a letter threatening legal action

Best of World Community Film Fest screens Tuesday

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and… Continue reading

Valley’s Women’s Memorial March honours those missing and murdered

On Thursday morning shortly before noon, around 60 people gathered to honour… Continue reading

Comox Valley Airport evacuated after toaster fire

The fire was quickly extinguished and no flights were affected

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Most Read