Since founding Spa at the Century 12 years ago, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and husband Sergio Cocchia have grown the company from a single location into the award winning Absolute Spa Group, Canada’s largest and most luxurious spa chain, with 10 locations to date. Having received over 57 awards for spa excellence, including Business of the Year, Lisogar-Cocchia’s successful corporation has attracted many celebrity clients including Elle MacPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Buble and Zac Effron.
As chair of The Vancouver Board of Trade in 2011, Lisogar-Cocchia is excited to be the youngest female chair in the organization’s 124-year history. Lisogar-Cocchia is also proud to have been appointed the first female trustee in 38 years on the Vancouver Police Foundation.
As a graduate of the University of British Columbia (1986), Lisogar-Cocchia was honoured to be invited to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay on behalf of her alma matter, in acknowledgement for her philanthropic work.
In 1987, Lisogar-Cocchia founded the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa Women’s Media Golf Classic, an annual event that has raised more than $2.6 million for various children’s charities, with over $1 million donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity. Projects funded by this philanthropic endeavor include the Vancouver Oral Centre for Hearing Impaired Children, the Children’s Foundation, the Down Syndrome Resource Centre, Mediated Learning Academy and most recently, the Pacific Autism Family Centre which is a parent-led initiative to establish a “knowledge centre” for the Province of British Columbia.
Lisogar-Cocchia has a long list of local and national accomplishments in addition to the three international awards she has received, including the Variety Club – International Corporate Fundraiser of the Year & Angel Award and Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year. Lisogar-Cocchia also recently received the Leading Spas of Canada’s most prestigious honour, the Lifetime Achievement Industry Award and has been named to Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40. Most recently, Lisogar-Cocchia has been honoured with a doctorate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.