Overview and Benefits

The British Columbia chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier International is a non-profit organization of women leaders in BC’s hospitality, food and beverage industries committed to inspiring, advancing and supporting the women in our communities today and the next generation of female leaders.

We are a vibrant and growing chapter with 76 members recognized as influential leaders with extensive experience, exceptional talents and a genuine commitment for supporting our fellow women.

We reside throughout all regions of BC, find ourselves at various points of our careers and work within a variety of fields. We are chefs, sommeliers, pastry artists, restaurant owners, farmers, teachers, dieticians, food producers, sales representatives, marketers, publicists, food writers, and philanthropists.

We are progressive and inclusive coming from diverse backgrounds and welcome all females and those who identify as female and/or non-binary.

Membership Benefits

  • Become a recognized active advocate for all women in BC’s hospitality, food and beverage industries
  • Collaborate and partner with fellow members
  • Generate new business
  • Network and establish new connections
  • Become a mentor
  • Contribute to the advancement of our future female leaders



The British Columbia chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier International was formed in 1992 by eleven founding members. We honour and thank them for their incredible vision and initiative, and their legacy of leading the way to inspire, advance and support the women of British Columbia’s hospitality, food and beverage industries.

  • Karen Barnaby 
  • Diana Becker (Emerita)
  • Cinnamon Combs 
  • Diane Clement (Emerita)
  • Christine Coletta
  • Eileen Dwillies (Emerita)
  • Moira Fitzpatrick (Emerita)
  • Janet McGuire 
  • Caren McSherry (Current Member)
  • Cindy Opsal 
  • Barbara Watts (Emerita)
  • Pam Williams (Current Member)

Become a Member

The Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia Chapter membership application is open until July 15, 2024 and candidates will be notified by August 1, 2024.

Thank you for taking the time to consider joining Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter!

Important Details:

  1. Once the membership application period is closed, our Membership Committee will review all complete applications and successful candidates will be notified by August 1, 2024
  2. Please read the application thoroughly as we are an organization that requires an unwavering commitment from all members to actively contribute towards fulfilling our mission and fundraising goals.
  3. Late or incomplete packets will not be considered.

For further information info@lesdames.ca.