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Women Shaping Business Nomination: Janet Lowe

Posted by James Rubec on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Anna LeoneTammy Burke Nominates - Janet Lowe


I met Janet when she began working at Coffey Geotechnics in 2010 as the Manager of the Environmental business unit.  Within a short time, she turned the group of 30 into a well oiled machine that was the envy of the Canadian organization.  An opportunity arose where Janet was asked to take on the leadership of the entire Canadian group - over 160 staff, and $20M in revenue.  Quickly she was able to make hard decisions and turn the losing business units into a more profitable group.  As a leader she was very collaborative in style - getting input from others before making her final decision.  She never shirked the responsibilities of the role - despite the difficult nature of the decisions she faced.  Janet went out of her way to meet and get to know all staff - even staying late at night to speak with Field Technicians who only came in after 6:00 p.m.  As the first women Vice President of the Canadian organization, she exemplified the behaviours that should be present in all great leaders - understanding of business issues; compassion for people and fearless decision making ability.

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