SONIA Virk of Virk Viyas & Associate Lawyers on Thursday won the Surrey Board of Trade’s Surrey Women in Business Award 2017 in the professional category.
The 8th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to the community, with a sell-out crowd of over 450 guests in attendance. Master of Ceremonies Sonia Sunger of Global TV led the afternoon’s program and keynote speaker Margaret Trudeau delighted the crowd with humour and wisdom as she recounted her struggles with mental illness and choosing a vibrant future.
“The Surrey Board of Trade event illuminated and inspired the attendees with the amazing female leadership in Surrey,” said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.
Virk’s citation read: “A first generation immigrant in the legal field for 13 years, Sonia is the co-founder of Virk Viyas & Associate Lawyers in Surrey. After moving to Canada in 2000, Sonia was required to have her degrees assessed and re-qualify in order to practice law. She completed her Canadian law degree at the University of New Brunswick before returning to Surrey. Sonia used networking to build her presence in the community, and in turn, build her practice.
“She is often invited by the media to be the legal expert to discuss current legal issues. In 2007, Sonia was elected as the youngest President of the Indo-Canadian Business Association, and the first woman to hold the seat. She has also been appointed to BC’s Small Business Rountable, and serves on the Board of Directors for G&F Financial Group, holding the 2nd Vice-President position since 2015. In March 2016, Sonia was appointed as a public member to the board of the College of Dieticians of British Columbia.”