BOWEN’s President and CEO is Among Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs


Calgary, May 21, 2015 – Shannon Bowen-Smed, President and CEO of BOWEN, has been named one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs as part of the 17th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT and Chatelaine. Shannon is currently ranked 29th in Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepre­neurial achievement by women.

“It’s an honour to be recognized amongst these woman entrepreneurs who are changing the Canadian business landscape,” says Shannon. “For me, being included in this list is both humbling and rewarding. I’m proud to lead a team of exceptional people; this achievement reflects their strength and dedication.”

Since joining BOWEN in 1984 at the age of 19, Shannon has held many different roles before becoming President and CEO in 1996. Shannon successfully diversified the organization’s business lines and, has developed an enviable client list, working with many of Canada’s top companies and candidates. In the past five years alone, BOWEN’s profit has more than doubled, increasing from $30 million to $75 million in revenue.

As a dedicated philanthropist, Shannon’s true passion is giving back and her personal mission is to enrich the lives of children, women and men that reach far beyond the world of business. Whether it’s supporting programs that feed hungry children or offering hope to families who experience the tragedy of infancy and pregnancy loss, Shannon gives freely of her time, energy and support. As the co-founder of the Scott Smed Foundation, she has been instrumental in raising over one million dollars to benefit a variety of charities and organizations dedicated to helping families in need in Calgary and in Africa.

The rankings are based on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of each businesses. “You need a bold vision, an innovative strategy and loads of tenacity to earn a spot on the W100,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “Every person on this list represents the pinnacle of business success in Canada. Their stories are inspiring and instructive for those seeking to excel as an entrepreneur.”

Don’t forget to check the June issue of Canadian Business, and for all W100 rankings.


BOWEN is a contingent workforce management firm. It offers a range of managed services featuring contingent workforce management, recruitment solutions and partner services. Consistently ranked among Canada’s fastest growing companies on the annual Profit500, the company manages over 3,000 contingent workers across Western Canada annually. A privately held company, BOWEN is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

About PROFIT/Chatelaine W100

Now in its 17th year, the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honoured are published in print and online. Applicants to the 2015 W100 were ranked using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage. To see this year’s complete ranking and find links to all of our W100 editorial coverage, visit

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