Everyone at Lawrences was delighted when the Brampton Board of Trade recently named our co-managing partner, Heather Picken, as its Business Person of the Year for 2016. In announcing the award, Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade, commented: “Heather Picken exemplifies the community-building excellence the Brampton Board of Trade looks for when selecting Business Person of the Year."
Heather has been with Lawrences since being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987. She heads the firm’s Real Estate Group and has been a prominent part of Brampton’s growth and development for many years. Heather has also been extremely active in the community, as Chair of the William Osler Health Centre Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors for Sheridan College, and President of the Brampton Board of Trade, among her many other community roles. She has been a dedicated fundraiser for many community initiatives, including the United Way of Peel and the Princess Margaret Ride to Conquer Cancer. Heather received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her volunteer work in 2013.
In congratulating Heather on the award, her co-managing partner William Sirdevan noted: “Heather has always exemplified the Lawrences core values of giving excellent client service and giving back to the community. We are extremely pleased that her service has been recognized with this prestigious award.”
When told that she had been named Business Person of the Year for 2016, Heather commented: “I’m both humbled and honoured by this wonderful recognition. Giving back to the community has always been part of Lawrences’ mission since the firm was founded in 1924 and I’m very proud to be part of that mission.”
The Brampton Board of Trade has been helping local businesses achieve prosperity and economic growth for Peel Region since 1887. The Business Person of the Year Award was instituted 17 years ago to recognize those who make an outstanding impact on business excellence and leadership in Brampton. Heather will receive her award at The 2016 Business Excellence Awards Gala, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. on April 28 at Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton.