Harvinder Matharu

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Plant Manager, Canadian Operations
Valvoline Inc.

My passion for manufacturing comes from having been afforded amazing opportunities within Valvoline to challenge and develop myself and to advance my career.  Manufacturing has many untapped areas of opportunity for women, which will pave the way for future generations of leaders.  Through coaching and mentoring we can pay it forward now.

Harvinder has spent her career building expertise and forging strong relationships. During more than 20 years with Valvoline Canada, her work ethic, competence and willingness to take on any challenge have distinguished her as both an invaluable knowledge resource and a strong role model.  Currently, she serves as plant manager, Canadian operations, overseeing the blending and distribution site in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as eight other warehouse and distributor operations.  She plays a leading role in environmental, health and safety and other regulatory compliance.  As a DDI certified facilitator, Harvinder has facilitated leadership training at numerous Valvoline locations globally, and spearheads new initiatives that support Valvoline’s core values and strategic mission.

Harvinder leads by example for other women in the company with her “we, not me” attitude. She has a knack for developing highly skilled women who benefit from her experience and mentoring, and then go on to become hands-on experts in their particular areas.  Her outstanding ability to engage her team, to deliver superior customer satisfaction and to drive safety performance results all demonstrate her dedication to her team and to Valvoline customers.

Harvinder has a strong connection to her community, and supports causes ranging from community health and well-being, to the environment. In memory of her late sister, Harvinder has volunteered with Mississauga’s Trillium Health Partners (THP) for the past 10 years, and currently serves as vice president volunteer development and engagement on the Volunteer Partners Board.  She also serves on the THP Board Quality and Program Effectiveness committee.  Having lived and worked in Mississauga for over two decades, Harvinder organizes sustainability activities on an annual basis in support of the Mississauga Earth Day campaigns, and clothing donations for women’s shelters in India.  In 2019 Harvinder was recognized by the city of Mississauga with the Civic Recognition award from the Mayor’s office for 10 years of volunteerism.