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2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards Gala (Toronto)

© 2016 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) honoured Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners at a gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24, 2016.
Since 2003, the WXN has celebrated the accomplishments of Canada’s leading women who have succeeded in their careers and paved a path for the next generation as well as the organizations and networks that supported them.
“Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals; we’re doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we’re excelling at the top levels of every sector,” says WXN Owner & CEO, Sherri Stevens. “The purpose
of the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is about celebration and inspiration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back, appreciate the hard work it took to get here and show the next generation of leaders what’s possible.”

The Top 100 Awards cover the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and are given to remarkable women in nine different categories: BMO Arts & Communications, RBC Champions, Accenture Corporate Directors, Scotiabank Corporate Executives, CIBC Entrepreneurs, TELUS Future Leaders, KPMG Professionals, PwC Public Sector Leaders, Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters, and the inaugural Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Deloitte. Among the great women receiving Top 100 Awards this year are Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News; Jennifer Tory, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC; and Julie Delahanty,  Executive Director, Oxfam Canada. This year, 11 women will also be inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, including Karen Flavelle, CEO, Purdys Chocolatier; and Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire.

Past Award Winners include some of Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Best Selling Author Margaret Atwood; astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar and Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications.

Stacey Allaster, Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee, USTA Chief Executive for Professional Tennis and Former WTA Chairman & CEO gave the keynote speech – she discussed the female tennis players battle for equal pay and that alarming rate that women abandoned sports and its effect on their future success.  It was inspiring.  Anne-Marie Mediwake, Co-Host of Your Morning, was stunning as emcee for the evening.

WXN’s 206 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners by category are:

BMO ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS:
Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News, Bell Media – ON
Tasha Kheiriddin, Host, Host, AM640, Corus Entertainment – ON
Lainey Lui, Co-host, The Social; Reporter, Etalk, Bell Media – ON
Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer, 9 Story Media Group – ON
Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV – BC
RBC CHAMPIONS :
Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President & CEO, Digital Nova Scotia – NS
Karina Briño, President & CEO, Mining Association of British Columbia – BC
Dr. Beatrix Dart, Professor of Strategic Management & Executive Director, Initiative for Women in
Business, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management – ON
Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada – ON
Patricia Karen Gagic, Artist, Author & CFO, Hamilton Vein Clinic– ON
Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University – BC
Shannon MacDonald, Vice Chair & Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte LLP – ON
Kerri-Ann Santaguida, VP & General Manager of Merchant Services, American Express Canada – ON
ACCENTURE CORPORATE DIRECTORS:
Judith Athaide, President & CEO, The Cogent Group Inc. – AB
Penny Lipsett, Vice-Chair, Liquor Control Board of Ontario – ON
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board, Transcontinental Inc. – QC
Sian Matthews, Chair, Canada Post; Corporate Director, Tricon Capital Group; Cidel Bank Canada; The
Calgary Foundation – AB
Kathleen O’Neill, Corporate Director, ARC Resources Ltd.; Cadillac Fairview Ltd.; Finning International
Inc.; Invesco Canada Funds; Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – ON
Sherry Peister, Board Chair, Green Shield Canada – ON
Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board, RBC – ON
SCOTIABANK CORPORATE EXECUTIVES :
Desiree Bombenon, President & CEO, SureCall Contact Centers Ltd. – AB
Manon Brouillette, President & CEO, Vidéotron – QC
Susan Brown, SVP, Alberta/NWT Division and Women’s Market, BMO Bank of Montreal – AB
Gail Edwards, CFO, The Minto Group – ON
Andrea Fiederer, EVP & CMO, goeasy Ltd. – AB
Laura Gainey, SVP, Service & Operations, Insurance, RBC – ON
Joy Grahek, General Counsel, GFL Environmental Inc. – ON
Lori Grant, President, Klick Inc. – ON
Cynthia Hansen, President, Gas Distribution & Power, Enbridge – ON
Karen Hardie, VP, Global Sales, Rocky Mountaineer – BC
Marian Lawson, EVP, Global Financial Institutions & Transaction Banking, Scotiabank – ON
Viki Lazaris, COO, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group – ON
Shelley Martin, President & CEO, Nestlé Canada – ON
Kathy McGarrigle, COO, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union – BC
S a n d y McIntosh, EVP, People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, TELUS Communications Inc.
Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, TransLink – BC
Ellen Moore, President & CEO, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada – ON
Gillian Riley, EVP, Canadian Commercial Banking, Scotiabank – ON
Charlene Ripley, EVP, General Counsel, Goldcorp Inc. – BC
Laurie Schultz, President & CEO, ACL – BC
Sandy Sharman, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, CIBC – ON
Louise St-Pierre, President & CEO, Cogeco Connexion – QC
Evelyn Sutherland, CFO, Enercare Inc. – ON
Jennifer Tory, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC – ON
Leagh Turner, Global COO, Strategic Customer Program, SAP AG – ON
Catherine Wood, SVP, Head of Online Brokerage, Insurance Products & Marketing,
Qtrade Financial Group – BC
CIBC ENTREPRENEURS:
Christiane Germain, Co-Founder & Co-President, Group Germain Hotels – QC
Mandy Rennehan, Founder & CEO, Freshco – ON
Shannon Rogers, President & General Counsel, Global Relay Communications – BC
Geeta Sankappanavar, Co-Founder, President & COO, Grafton Asset Management – AB
Elen Steinberg, President & CEO, SPP Marketing Services Inc. & Real Style Network Inc. – ON
Joyce Usher-Mesiano, President & Partner, National Brokers Insurance Services Inc. – ON
Anne Whelan, President & CEO, Seafair Capital Inc. – NL
TELUS FUTURE LEADERS:
Shereen Anis, CEO, Kid Koder’z City Inc. – ON
Amélie T. Gouin, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – QC
Sarah Jacobs Barrs, Director, Events, Klick Inc. – ON
Véronique Jacques, Combat Engineer Officer, Canadian Armed Forces – QC
Amanda Khan, Medical Student, The University of Toronto, MD/PhD Program – ON
Bailey Parnell, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp – ON
KPMG PROFESSIONALS :
Sara L. Austin, Founder & President/CEO, Children First Canada – AB
Georgina Black, Partner & National Industry Leader, Health & Life Sciences, KPMG LLP – ON
Samantha Horn, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP – ON
Melissa Kennedy, EVP & Chief Legal Officer and Public Affairs, Sun Life Financial – ON
Petra Kuret, Office Managing Director, Accenture – BC
Valerie Mann, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP – BC
Carol Pennycook, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, – ON
Sarah Qadeer, General Counsel, Home Depot of Canada Inc. – ON
Cheryl Reicin, Partner, Torys LLP – ON
Tracey Riley, Managing Partner, Assurance, Canada, Asia-Pacific & Americas, PwC Canada – ON
Sylvie Rodrigue, Partner & Head of Torys’ Montreal Office, Torys LLP – ON
Claudia Thompson, Managing Director, Accenture – ON
Karen Werger, Partner, Toronto Marketplace Leader, Financial Advisory & National Leader, Professional
& Business Services Sector, Deloitte LLP – ON

P W C P U B L I C S E C T O R L E A D E R S :
Y a p r a k Baltacio?lu, Secretary of the Treasury Board, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat – ON
Marilynn Booth, Dean, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies – ON
Ann Buller, President & CEO, Centennial College – ON
Lise Croteau, EVP & CFO, Hydro-Québec – QC
Barbara Grantham, President & CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation – BC
Dr. Erin Kelly, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate & Strategic Planning, Department of Environment
and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories – NT
Kathy Kinloch, President, British Columbia Institute of Technology – BC
Tracy Kitch, President & CEO, IWK Health Centre – NS
Dr. Dru Marshall, Provost and VP (Academic), University of Calgary – AB
Wendy Montgomery, VP, Lottery Marketing & Sales, OLG – ON
Mary Traversy, COO, Canada Post Corporation – ON
Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada – ON
Penny Wyger, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Liquor Control Board of Ontario – ON
SUN LIFE FINANCIAL TRAILBLAZERS & TRENDSETTERS:
Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima, Co-Founder & CEO, Amika Mobile Corporation – ON
Dianne Carmichael, Managing Director, Health Innovation & Ventures, MaRS Discovery District; CEO,
Carmichael Worldwide Inc. – ON
Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University – ON
Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation – ON
Natalie Dakers, President & CEO, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator – BC
Dr. Ann Dale, Professor, Trudeau Fellow Alumna, Canada Research Chair (2004-2014), Royal Roads
University – BC
Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative, Bell – ON
Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Professor, Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food
Sciences; Prairie NSERC Chair, Women in Science and Engineering, The University of Manitoba – MB
Inez Jabalpurwala, President & CEO, Brain Canada Foundation – QC
Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, Professor, Medicine & Community Health Sciences; Director Multiple Sclerosis
Clinic, The University of Manitoba – MB
Dr. Linda Maxwell, Founder and Managing Director, Biomedical Zone, Ryerson University – ON
Sandra Oldfield, President & CEO, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards – BC
Nathalie Tessier, Canadian Managing Partner, Audit, Deloitte LLP – QC
Natasha Walji, Head of Industry, Branded Apparel, Google – ON
Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, Lieutenant-General, Canadian Forces – ON
WXN HALL OF FAME:
Lisa Borsook, Executive Partner, WeirFoulds LLP – ON
Shauneen Bruder, EVP, Operations, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC – ON
Debby Carreau, CEO & Founder, Inspired HR Ltd. – AB
Karen Flavelle, CEO, Purdys Chocolatier – BC
Allison Grafton, President & Partner, Rockwood Custom Homes – AB
Dana Hayden, President, Hayden Consulting Services – BC
Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire – ON
Catherine Karakatsanis, COO, Morrison Hershfield Group Inc. – ON
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, CEO, Absolute Spa Group / Crew Management Ltd. – BC
Janice McDonald, President, The Beacon Agency – ON
B e n i t a W a r m b o l d , Senior Managing Director & CFO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board – ON

About The Women’s Executive Network (WXN):

“At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women. Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is led by Owner & CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.”

Next Year’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners Gala:
This year’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners Gala was a great event for a very worthy cause.  Check back here for next year’s event.  For more information, visit http://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

© 2016 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Business Events
Start Date: 2016-11-24
End Date: 2016-11-24
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front Street West

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