Wanting to achieve a balance between the demands of work and family, Ruthie Burd got the idea for the Lunch Lady, a convenient, and very popular hot lunch service for school children. The Lunch Lady has now grown into a network of 32 local, owner-operated kitchens, servicing over 1,300 schools in all of Canada, and continues to grow. Ruthie was one of only 3 women recognized at the annual BMO Celebrating Women event for her significant contributions to the community and for her extraordinary Expansion and Growth in Small Business. She is regularly recognized for her hard work in promoting entrepreneurship for women in Canada.
"Through their leadership and dedication, these women have made a difference in business and the community. We're pleased to honour them through this program," said Sheri Griffiths, Regional Vice President, Business Banking, GTA North and East Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Their work inspires the entrepreneurial fabric of the community and helps with the advancement of women, which is a priority here at BMO."
Ruthie was also recently invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Achieve & Lead Women’s Conference in Burnaby, BC. The Achieve & Lead Women’s Conference is designed for women entrepreneurs, and those motivated to become entrepreneurs.
Ruthie continues to be an inspiration to women across Canada. Together, with her dedicated head office team, she helps each member of the Lunch Lady Group to provide the absolute best to their communities, and motivates women entrepreneurs across Canada to achieve great things each and every day.