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Pet Valu Recognized in Benchmark for Best-in-Class Executive Gender Diversity

The Globe and Mail releases annual Women Lead Here recipients

Pet Valu Holdings Ltd. (“Pet Valu”) (TSX: PET), the leading Canadian specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies, is pleased to announce it has been recognized in The Globe and Mail’s 2022 Report on Business Women Lead Here list of honourees. The annual editorial benchmark identifies best-in-class executive gender diversity in corporate Canada.

“We’re delighted Pet Valu’s commitment to increasing the representation of women in leadership roles at all levels has been recognized by this important benchmark,” says Christine Martin-Bevilacqua, Chief Administrative Officer of Pet Valu. “By identifying high-potential women within our organization and helping them to develop skills, acquire experience, and have exposure to the opportunities necessary to become effective leaders, we have experienced tremendous success in elevating the contributions of women at all levels.”

For the 2022 ranking, Report on Business conducted a journalistic analysis of nearly 500 large publicly traded Canadian companies, evaluating the ratio of women-identifying to men-identifying executives in the top three tiers of executive leadership. The resultant data was applied to a weighted formula that also factored in company performance, diversity and year-to-year change.

In total, 74 companies earned the 2022 Women Lead Here seal, with a combined average of 46 per cent of executive roles held by individuals identifying as women. The full list of 2022 Women Lead Here honourees can be found here

Individuals and organizations that seek to increase gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace will have an opportunity to hear firsthand the strategies Pet Valu has implemented to support women leaders. From 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. EST on March 29, Gaylyn Craig, Vice President, Corporate Store Operations will join the panel discussion “Develop and Promote – Rethinking the Status Quo.” Craig will be sharing what Pet Valu has done, and continues to do, to develop and promote women into leadership roles. She will also share details of her personal career journey. Event details and registration information are available here.

“Pet Valu encouraged me to try new things and learn from my mistakes,” says Craig. “I wouldn’t be here without the opportunities presented to me and the value that was placed on my experience. I am excited to share my story, and hopefully inspire women leaders of today and tomorrow across Canada.” 

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About The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 7.1 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.2 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.

About Pet Valu

Pet Valu is Canada’s leading retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies with over 700 corporate-owned or franchised locations across the country. For more than 40 years, Pet Valu has earned the trust and loyalty of pet parents by offering knowledgeable customer service, a premium product offering and engaging in-store services. Pet Valu’s neighbourhood stores offer more than 7,000 competitively-priced products, including a broad assortment of premium, super premium, holistic and award-winning proprietary brands. To learn more, please visit:

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