Janet Austin


CEO, Vancouver YWCA
Code name: Super Ryū

As CEO of the Vancouver YWCA, Janet Austin has overall responsibility for one of BC’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations, offering services for 60,000 people annually in more than 30 locations throughout Metro Vancouver. The YWCA is an entrepreneurial non-profit, with more than 63% of annual revenues self-generated through related business activities – including a 155 room YWCA Hotel and a state-of-the-art, downtown-based Health and Wellness Centre – and fundraising.

The Vancouver YWCA provides a network of services for women and their families including early learning and care for children, permanent and transition housing, and support services for single moms. The organization also offers employment services for women and men, mentorship, leadership development, and school-based programming for youth.

Super Ryū is associated with water which is a symbol of strength and power. These unique super heroes each have 3 superpowers:

  • Community: the Education and Skills Task Force; UBC Committee on Community Service Learning; the BC Government/Non-profit Initiative (GNPI)
  • Business: Director Vancouver Board of Trade; BCIT Non-profit Management & Fund Development Program Adv. Committee (Chair); Provincial Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Interests: Women’s Leadership Circle (Chair); Board of the Women’s Health Research Institute; Honorary Adv. Board of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland; Committee for the National Retreat for Women.