BC tech entrepreneur Shannon Rogers-Roy dies at 54 – BC Information

BC misplaced one in all its maximum a success feminine marketers on March 6, when Shannon Rogers Roy, President and Basic Suggest of World Relay, gave up the ghost on the age of 54.

Rogers Roy has misplaced her 18-month fight with pancreatic most cancers after her previous victory towards breast most cancers.

Rogers Roy is referred to as the motive force at World Relay, having helped construct the corporate along with her husband, Warren Roy. She was once additionally an ardent suggest for girls in industry and created a bunch inside of World Relay referred to as Girls In Tech.

She met Roy whilst walking the Grouse Grind in past due 2003, and was once quickly impressed to surrender her occupation as a legal professional to enroll in him, development what was once then a startup with 3 staff.

“You place the whole lot you had into beginning this industry,” Roy informed BIV. “It would not exist with out it.”

Rogers helped Roy construction the corporate whilst making plans and executing its world technique. Roy mentioned she additionally heads the gross sales and advertising and marketing groups.

She additionally put her existence financial savings right into a World Relay, at the side of the inheritance from her grandfather. He added that they added borrowed cash to stay the corporate afloat.

Her efforts have helped develop the worldwide cloud computing corporate to greater than 1,300 staff, with annual revenues of $200 million.

She has won numerous honors all through her occupation.

BIV named Rogers Roy as one in all its 40 Beneath 40 winners in 2007 and some of the Influential Girls in Trade commemorated in 2013. She has since been ranked at the BIV500 record of influential British Columbians.

She has been named #1 at the W100 incomes record of Canada’s Best Girls Marketers 3 times. She was once additionally nominated to the Girls’s Govt Community’s 100 Maximum Robust Girls in Canada 3 times – in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ahead of being named to the Corridor of Repute in 2017.

Received the Pacific Ernst & Younger Entrepreneur of the 12 months Award within the Trade class in 2013.

Amongst many different accolades, she was once named RBC Girls Entrepreneur Trailblazer in 2013, Sara Kirke Award Winner for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2014, and BC Tech Mag Best 10 Influential Girls at BC Tech in 2013.

Born in Calgary, Rogers Roy was once raised in West Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor of Arts level from the College of Victoria and has attended the College of Toronto.

Sooner than learning regulation at McGill College, she traveled to India for a yr, and spent 5 months volunteering at Mom Teresa’s house for the destitute and death in Calcutta, she informed BIV in 2013.

Her prison occupation has integrated operating for McCarthy Tetrault LLP and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

She quickly discovered, as she informed BIV, that she was once “at the flawed aspect of the portray desk,” and that her actual calling was once paintings.

She ensured that World Relay was once a part of the BC industry group via efforts corresponding to making the corporate the identify sponsor of the World Relay Gastown Grand Prix, beginning in 2012—an initiative that prices a number of hundred thousand bucks each and every yr, and helped revitalize Gastown.

“Her pastime was once truly simply exploring and being out within the ocean — putting out with humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, and marine existence,” mentioned Roy. “She truly cherished animals. That was once the explanation she cherished being at the water.”

A number of years in the past, she and Roy purchased a 21-foot fishing boat they referred to as the West Coast Woman, and the 2 explored the coast of British Columbia.

Just lately, she and Roy were crusing for roughly 3 months each and every yr for the previous 5 years.
They traveled from Finland around the Mediterranean to the Black Sea to Türkiye.

Roy not too long ago remembered Rogers Roy, and she or he recollects pronouncing, “We have achieved some good things.”

He answered, “Sure, we did.”

Rogers Roy, born July 22, 1968, is survived through oldsters William (Invoice) Rogers and Joanne Rogers.

She may be survived through siblings Russell Rogers (married to Melanie Rogers, with two youngsters, Cole and McKenna), and Glenn Rogers (married to Katherine Rogers, with two youngsters, Callum and Victoria).

A birthday celebration of Rogers Roy’s existence is scheduled to happen at Capilano Golfing and Nation Membership at 2pm on April 4th.