Redwood Classics Apparel Founder and President, Kathy Cheng, has been named as the 2022 Woman of Distinction by Ascend Canada at their annual Leadership Awards gala, presented on May 19, 2022.

Ascend Canada, an organization that works to enhance the presence, visibility, and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders, presents their annual Leadership Awards to individuals who exemplify personal and professional dedication and who have contributed value to the community. The Woman of Distinction Award celebrates a woman who has helped advance the careers of other Pan-Asian women, through leadership, sponsorship, and by making a significant contribution to the community.

Kathy has been chosen by Ascend Canada as a “visionary entrepreneur and a champion for women in business. Her #WomanOfTheWeek social media campaign spotlights and lifts up a new woman every Wednesday. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and is an Ambassador for Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC).”

“In the face of the global pandemic, this year’s recipients of the Ascend Canada Leadership Awards have demonstrated resilience and empathy as mentors, entrepreneurs, and community champions. Ascend Canada is proud to recognize six individuals at different career levels for their leadership and meaningful impact in their workplace and communities,” said Manjit Singh, President of Ascend Canada.

“I am humbled and honoured by this recognition from Ascend Canada, particularly as this award is presented during Asian Heritage Month,” says Kathy. “Receiving this acknowledgment from my peers deepens my commitment to support and mentor others and use my seat at the table to give them a platform to raise their own voices.”

In addition to the Woman of Distinction Award, Kathy also recently received several other prestigious honours: In 2021, she was named to the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Power 50 List, Bay Street Bull Magazine’s inaugural Women of the Year List, and Inc. Magazine’s 100 Female Founders List for 2020.