Finance industry leader Debra Doucette is one of 16 British Columbians to be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, it was announced today (Aug. 2).
“Their extraordinary leadership has been a source of strength for communities across the province. In difficult times, they have connected us through art, culture, public service and more,” stated Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, chancellor of the order, in a news release.
In 2007, Doucette, the president and CEO of investment firm Odlum Brown, became the firm’s first female leader in its 84-year history.
Noted for her work to promote gender equity in finance, her mentorship has been invaluable “not only to colleagues at Odlum Brown, but to individuals throughout B.C., through endeavours such as Minerva’s CEO for a Day program and her work with the UBC Sauder School of Business faculty advisory board,” according to the release.
Noting her tireless support of United Way of the Lower Mainland over the years, Doucette also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2012, for her philanthropic work.
This year, 257 British Columbians were nominated for the Order of B.C. Since its inception, 475 British Columbians have been appointed to the order.
An investiture ceremony for 2020 and 2021 recipients is tentatively scheduled to be held at Government House in Victoria in December, according to the release.