Meet our 2019 Top 100 Winners.

2019 Top 100 Award Winners


Women honoured


Hall of Fame Inductees


Years celebrating women

Arts, Sports & Entertainment.

Recognizing women who have shaped Canadian thinking, communications and culture.


Fabienne Colas
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Fondation Fabienne Colas, Zaza Production & 7 Festivals worldwide

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant, Fabienne Colas is the “Queen of Festivals” who created and manages seven successful festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City and Port-au-Prince. She is on a mission to foster diversity on and off screen, to inspire people to take action that leads to change and to give a voice to creators who otherwise would not be heard.


Anne Fitzgerald
Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President, Real Estate
Cineplex Inc.

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Anne Fitzgerald oversees all of Cineplex’s legal, corporate affairs and real estate matters. She has practised law in both Canada and the U.S., primarily in litigation including having prosecuted multiple domestic homicide and sex offence cases. She serves on several film industry boards, including the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Global Cinema Federation. Anne volunteers on the boards of Duke University’s Divinity School and Outward Bound Canada and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.


Melissa Grelo
Co-host, The Social
Bell Media

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Teacher-turned-journalist and television host, Melissa Grelo led flagship shows on CTV and CP24 in Toronto. She has reported on Toronto’s biggest breaking news stories and made her national debut co-hosting CTV’s Olympic Morning from Whistler, B.C. She is the co-host of daytime talk show The Social and a contributor on Your Morning. When not on camera, she enjoys travelling, finding the next great workout and spending time with her large multiethnic family.


Shannon Hosford
Chief Marketing Officer
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Ltd.

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Shannon Hosford oversees one of the largest and most diverse sports marketing portfolios in North America, leading all brand functions for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, MLSE LIVE and MLSE Foundation. For her efforts leading rebranding for the Maple Leafs and Raptors in recent years, and the successful bid for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, Shannon was named to Adweek’s “33 Media, Marketing and Tech Stars who have helped Make Toronto a Vibrant Creative Hub.”


Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Chief Executive Officer
Thunderbird Entertainment Group and Atomic Cartoons

Arts, Sports & Entertainment

Jennifer Twiner McCarron joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird Entertainment’s Kids and Family Division, in 2011 and helped grow the company from 25 artists to more than 700 today. In 2016, she was promoted to President and CEO of Atomic. Under her leadership, Atomic shifted from being a service hub to an independent content creator, producing content such as “Beat Bugs”
and “The Last Kids on Earth” for Netflix. In 2018, Jennifer became CEO of Thunderbird, a role that oversees the Company’s Kids and Family, Factual and Scripted Divisions.

BMO Entrepreneurs.

Recognizing women who own and operate thriving businesses.


Barbara Fox
Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Canada

BMO Entrepreneurs

Barbara Fox spearheaded Enterprise Canada’s rise to one of the country’s leading strategic communications and public affairs firms. Widely respected for her strategic thinking and relationship skills, she was recognized with the Public Affairs Association of Canada’s Award of Distinction in 2017. From organizing Royal visits to successfully guiding Enterprise through the rapidly changing business landscape, Barbara’s career has been defined by the loyalty and respect of employees, clients, associates and competitors.


Reetu Gupta
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Easton's Group of Hotels / The Gupta Group

BMO Entrepreneurs

Under Reetu Gupta’s leadership The Easton’s Group of Hotels has become one of Canada’s largest private hotel development firms. The Gupta Group is an award-winning residential builder with five million square feet of mixed-used projects currently under development. Reetu is also the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd., a private venture capital firm. She was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 winner in 2017.


Karina Hayat
Co-founder and President
Prizm Media Inc.

BMO Entrepreneurs

Karina Hayat is a purpose-driven entrepreneur who has made it her life’s work to create a positive impact in her community. By establishing Prizm Media and RxtoMe, the company has helped more than 20 million people with chronic conditions connect with health-care products/services at their point of need. She dedicates countless hours to homelessness initiatives, female mentorship and interfaith dialogue.


Jenn Lofgren
Founder, Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant
Incito Executive & Leadership Development

BMO Entrepreneurs

Jenn Lofgren helps executives across Canada and worldwide unlock their leadership potential and grow into inspired, authentic leaders. She is one of only 60 recipients of the esteemed Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation in Canada and five per cent of coaches worldwide. Jenn is a champion of local enterprise, an ally to women in business, an actively involved citizen and a passionate member of the global business community.


Renée Merrifield Wasylyk
Partner, Chief Executive Officer
Troika Management Corp.

BMO Entrepreneurs

Three-time Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 winner Renée Merrifield Wasylyk leads a company committed to building sustainable communities. Troika has projects in four provinces including commercial and residential developments, and master-planned communities. Renée is an award-winning leader on issues of entrepreneurship, urban planning, sustainability, health, and water conservation, as well as an advocate for community in Canada.


Irini Mikhael
Chief Operating Officer
Lullaboo Nursery and Childcare Center Inc.

BMO Entrepreneurs

After having her first daughter and being unsatisfied with the service and quality offered in childcare, Irini Mikhael, a professional engineer, decided to open her own childcare centre in 2008. Irini went back to school to obtain her Early Childhood Education degree to improve the program’s educational content. Today, Lullaboo has nine locations across Ontario, cares for more than 1,300 children and employs 350 educators.


Sanchari Sen Rai
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Education Consultants Canada (ECC Inc.)

BMO Entrepreneurs

Sanchari Sen Rai and her all-women team have helped thousands of international students work through the onerous process of applying to study in Canada, getting accepted and flourishing both academically and in their lives. Sanchari believes it is a vitally important social obligation for businesses to give back to the community when they are in a position to do so.


Jess Tetu
Chief Executive Officer
Just for You Day Spas / Lia Reese Beauty - Canada

BMO Entrepreneurs

Jess Tetu is a national award-winning serial entrepreneur making waves across Canada in the beauty industry through her dedication to philanthropy. She faced and overcame adversity at a young age, relocated to Saskatoon from her small home town with a backpack and a bus ticket and through dedication and determination has become one of Canada’s most inspiring entrepreneurs.


Susan Yorke
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Love Good Fats

BMO Entrepreneurs

Susan Yorke is a 30-year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry and has worked at high-profile companies such as Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and more. After spending years adhering to a low-fat diet and hitting a wall in her forties, Suzie shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet and felt better right away. Seeing a gap in the marketplace and the opportunity to help others through food, she developed Love Good Fats to make high-fat and low-sugar bars and shakes.

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters.

Recognizing women who are first in their field and have made a great contribution to Canadian society.


Dr. Cristina Amon
Alumni Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
University of Toronto

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Cristina Amon is a Professional Engineer and the first female dean at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Under her leadership, the faculty became a global hub for multidisciplinary research and innovation. A champion of diversity and inclusion, the number of women faculty members tripled during her tenure and the faculty achieved 42 per cent of women in first-year engineering. Among her many accolades, she received the Engineering Institute of Canada’s most prestigious award, the Sir John Kennedy Medal. An ICD.D, she has served as director and adviser on boards in Canada and abroad.


Erin Barton
Chief Development Officer

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Social entrepreneur, humanitarian, partnership architect and mother of five, Erin Barton has positively impacted millions of young people. As Chief Development Officer for WE, she shapes the corporate social responsibility initiatives of leading companies to tackle critical global issues. During 20 years at WE, Erin helped build its volunteer trips program, developed cutting-edge service learning programming, initiated the organization’s sponsorship and fundraising strategy and led development efforts in Haiti. Erin is loving mom to three biological children and two Haitian adopted children.


Laurie M. Clark
Co-founder, Principal and Director
Canchek Corporation;
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Smarten Up Institute Inc.

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Two-time Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner, Laurie Clark is a serial entrepreneur and founder of two fintech companies. Canchek is Canada’s complete anti-money-laundering solution and the Smarten Up Institute (SUI) began as a financial education company and has transformed into a compliance technology solution company. Laurie sits on public and
charitable boards as a qualified board director (CDI).


Mary Deacon
Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative
Bell Canada

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Mary Deacon is chair of the largest-ever corporate mental health initiative in Canada. A passionate advocate and leader in the mental health community, Mary has had a long and successful career in the philanthropic sector, and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is a trailblazer with a track record of bringing people and ideas together for positive and ground-breaking change.


Teara Fraser
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Iskwew Air / Raven Institute

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Teara Fraser is a change-maker, bridge-builder and co-creator who values love, liberty, courage and community. Becoming a pilot gave this young Métis woman wings. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to become the first Indigenous woman to launch an airline in Canada. The name Iskwew (Cree for woman) was chosen as an act of reclamation of womanhood, matriarchal leadership and language. Teara is the visionary behind the Raven Institute, RavenSPEAK, Give them Wings, and Indigenous LIFT Collective.


Sharon Kim
Managing Director and Global Head Foreign Exchange Sales
TD Securities

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Sharon Kim is passionate about breaking gender and diversity boundaries and hiring and training young talent. She is a member of several boards, including serving as executive board member and treasurer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toronto; TD Securities’ Underwriting Hope Campaign & Auction; and Women in Leadership Executive Committee. She has also contributed to TD’s Women in Capital Markets and Women in Technology communities.


Brenda Lucki
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Brenda Lucki is the first permanent female commissioner of the RCMP. Since joining in 1986 from Edmonton, Brenda has served the RCMP nationally and abroad as part of international peacekeeping missions. Her talent and determination have guided her through the ranks, to postings as a district commander in the north and commanding officer of the RCMP Training Academy. Brenda is an authentic, dedicated and visionary leader, whose commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, promotion of gender equality, resiliency and respect in the workplace will guide the RCMP into the future.


Mina Mawani
President and Chief Executive Officer
Crohn's & Colitis Canada

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Mina Mawani applies her passion and enthusiasm to the Crohn’s and colitis community and is deeply engaged with the issues that matter most to her constituents: finding cures and improving lives for the millions of Canadians affected by these chronic diseases. With more than 15 years of experience in non-profit, private sector, hospital and government roles, Mina is an experienced leader and change navigator, guiding organizations from vision to strategy to results.


Dr. Gigi Osler
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba;
2017 -2018 President
Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Dr. Gigi Osler is the 151st President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the first female surgeon and the first woman of colour to take on the role. Through her leadership, the CMA began tackling equity, diversity and inclusion in medicine. Dr. Osler collaborated on projects such as The Lancet’s work on advancing women in science, medicine and global health, and she led the first-ever CMA delegation to the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.


Gillian Riley
President  and Chief Executive Officer
Tangerine Bank

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Gillian Riley has been a force in the Canadian banking industry for over two decades. She is currently at the leading edge of digital banking in Canada as the President and CEO of Tangerine, where she drives the bank’s strategic direction to provide Canadians with simple and innovative banking. Gillian has held several senior leadership positions across Scotiabank and pioneered the Scotiabank Women Initiative (SWI), which helps advance women-led businesses through access to capital.


Christine Robertson
Indigena Holdings

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Christine Robertson leads a finance and advisory platform exclusively dedicated to providing investment capital, technical expertise and business advisory services to Indigenous communities throughout North America. Following two decades excelling in positions of increasing responsibility in upstream energy, she astutely transitioned to a niche market under served by traditional capital sources. Indigena currently holds established investments and operations in agri-business, renewable energy, energy services and non-renewable resources.


Susan Ursel
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters

Since 1984, Susan Ursel has fought for justice and equality, working with trade unions, employees, individuals and progressive organizations. Her work in the human rights field stretches back more than three decades. She is a frequent speaker, teacher and writer on human rights and Charter issues with respect to discrimination, mental health and employment rights, and working with diversity and diverse communities on important legal issues. Susan has received many awards including the Law Society Medal in 2018 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Pro Bono Ontario in 2016.

CP Industry Sector & Trades.

Recognizing women who have made significant contributions in the industrial sector and skilled trades.


Pam Arpin
AVP Customer & Corporate Services
Canadian Pacific (CP)

CP Industry Sector & Trades

A seasoned railway professional, Pam Arpin oversees CP’s Network Service Centre, a leading-edge operation unique in the railway industry due to its integrative approach to managing a wide variety of services under one roof. Through her outstanding team and ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, she has led some of CP’s most successful technological programs, earning her a CP CEO Award for Excellence and two Presidents’ Awards throughout her career.


Melanie Debassige
Executive Director
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

CP Industry Sector & Trades

Melanie Debassige is the first woman appointed to Executive Director in the 25-year history of her organization. She has been appointed to a number of boards and is a certified corporate director, which complements her Master’s in Business Administration. Melanie has been recognized by the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) in the Diversity 50 and recently became Strategic Advisor, Indigenous, to the Energy Board of Canada.


Michelle George
Vice President, Engineering, Gas Distribution & Storage
Enbridge Gas Inc.

CP Industry Sector & Trades

Since Michelle George joined Enbridge 24 years ago, she has blazed the trail for women in operations, engineering and construction roles. Today, Michelle is accountable for the engineering, asset management, compliance and integrity functions that enable the safe and reliable operations of the utility’s system. Michelle is executive sponsor of two employee groups that empower women in the workplace, is active on several energy industry committees and sits on Enbridge Inc.’s executive leadership team.


Jean Lucas
President and Chief Executive Officer
Eco Waste Solutions

CP Industry Sector & Trades

With an industry-wide reputation as a thoughtleader, Jean Lucas leads the development of disruptive technologies for Eco Waste Solutions. She blazed trails by winning business in male-dominated sectors such as waste management, mining and global defense. As CEO, Jean streamlined operations, formed key partnerships and drove significant growth, transforming the company from clean-tech startup to global leader. Past President and co-founder of Women in Mining Canada, and mentor to women in STEM, Jean is a champion for diversity and inclusion.


Jocelyn Perry
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Fortis Inc.

CP Industry Sector & Trades

Jocelyn Perry is a keen businesswoman with more than 25 years’ experience in financial and utility leadership. As a key member of the executive leadership team of one of North America’s largest energy companies, she oversees the financial management of more than $52 billion in assets throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. A pioneer in both her professional and community endeavours, she serves on the boards of Central Hudson and FortisBC, while tirelessly volunteering for organizations such as the Healthcare Foundation and C-CORE.


Catherine Press
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chinook Helicopters (1982) Ltd

CP Industry Sector & Trades

As the first female flight instructor in Canada, Catherine Press has trained some of the best helicopter pilots in Canada and the world. She started flying at the age of 11 and completed her first solo flight at 16. With a history of persevering to overcome challenges and achieve goals, Cathy now leads a school specializing in helicopter and airplane pilot training and is currently the only person in Canada holding a Transport Canada Pilot Examiner status in both airplanes and helicopters, giving her the ability to license new instructors and pilots.


Lisa Tuningley
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

CP Industry Sector & Trades

Driven by purpose to take the rail industry mainstream and drive economy with heart, Lisa Tuningley is an inspired leader, rail advocate and entrepreneur. As rail hauls 70% of goods, producing only 3.4% transportation greenhouse gas emissions, rail has impact and creating sustainable rail solutions has become her team’s passion. A proud Canadian with 25 years’ experience in the industry, Lisa reminds us “Rail Connects Us”. It promotes our growth as a nation and our individual rights and freedoms.


Susan Uthayakumar
Country President Canada
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.

CP Industry Sector & Trades

Susan Uthayakumar has worked across different geographies in diverse and progressive roles in finance, acquisition, sales, business unit leadership and now leads the Canadian operations of Schneider Electric Canada. She has been a key player in transforming the company from a product manufacturer to a specialist in energy management and efficient technologies. She is active in the community and a speaker at many industry events and women leadership forums. Susan holds multiple board positions and is a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion and women in STEM.

HSBC Corporate Executives.

Recognizing women who hold senior positions in Canadian companies, pension funds and co-operatives.


Carrie Baker
Chief Communications Officer
Canada Goose

HSBC Corporate Executives

A dynamic communications strategist with a passion for creative storytelling and solving key business issues, Carrie Baker serves as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO, leading strategic cross-functional projects, and Chief Communications Officer, where she directs global internal and external communications and government relations, and oversees corporate citizenship and global security. She was instrumental in managing the communications strategy for Canada Goose throughout its IPO process in 2017, bringing the brand’s story to life for investors and consumers alike.


Elizabeth (Liz) Buller
President and Chief Executive Officer
Scarborough Health Network

HSBC Corporate Executives

Elizabeth Buller brings more than 30 years of health-care senior leadership, both in Ontario and British Columbia, to her role. Prior to joining Scarborough Health Network in July 2017, Liz was President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, where she was instrumental in the voluntary merger of three hospitals to create Unity Health Toronto. Liz holds a Nursing Degree, a Masters in Health Administration and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Rola Dagher
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cisco Canada

HSBC Corporate Executives

“Leadership is an action not a position” is a philosophy that guides Rola Dagher on her leadership journey. Rola’s focus on empowering people, inspiring customers and impacting Canada defines the person she is: a servant leader. Since joining Cisco, she has built a business that is recognized as a top performing country worldwide for the company, as recognized by Cisco International. She is quick to credit the success to a people-first culture that has brought Cisco multiple awards including one of the Best Places to Work in Canada.


Monika Federau
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Intact Financial Corporation

HSBC Corporate Executives

Monika Federau leads the development of the corporate strategy and oversees the execution of the annual strategic plan for Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer. She is also responsible for communications, government and media relations, corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance. Monika serves on the boards of UNICEF Canada, the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada, and is Vice-Chair of the board of Toronto Finance International.


Judi Hess
Chief Executive Officer

HSBC Corporate Executives

Judi Hess leads a Vancouver-based software company that provides decision analytics to companies managing critical infrastructure. Under her leadership, Copperleaf was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte, and one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. A two-time WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 winner, Judi was recently named one of B.C.’s Most Influential Women, the BC Tech ‘Person of the Year’ and winner of Business in Vancouver’s BC CEO Award.


Karen Hutt
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Power Inc.

HSBC Corporate Executives

Karen Hutt has been with the Emera companies since 2001. Through progressively senior roles, she has led a range of customer, strategy, business growth and regulatory initiatives in markets throughout North America. Karen is passionately focused on bringing the customer into the centre of every conversation and helping prepare Nova Scotians for the changing energy landscape. She currently serves on the Acadia University Board of Governors and is a member of the International Women’s Forum Atlantic chapter.


Arielle Meloul-Wechsler
Senior Vice-President, People, Culture & Communications
Air Canada

HSBC Corporate Executives

Under Arielle Meloul-Wechsler’s leadership, Air Canada has been regularly recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and among the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada. Arielle holds a Civil Law degree from the Université de Montréal. She was elected President of the Airline People Director’s Council in March 2017, the first woman to lead this international HR organization.


Catherine Milum
Head of Wealth Sales, Wealth & Asset Management, Canada, Manulife Investment Management

HSBC Corporate Executives

Catherine Milum is a customer-obsessed sales leader. As a member of the wealth and asset management leadership team in Canada, Catherine is responsible for the wealth sales strategy, which includes hiring, training and motivating the sales teams that distribute Manulife’s wealth products. As one of the few female leaders in the wealth and asset management industry, Catherine is a champion for attracting, promoting and retaining female talent to create a better balance.


Jagoda Pike
President and Chief Executive Officer
Homewood Health Inc. and Homewood Health Centre

HSBC Corporate Executives

A member of the Ontario Bar, Jagoda Pike was previously Publisher of the Toronto Star, President of Star Media Group and President of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Bid. A former chair of the McMaster University Board of Governors, Canadian Newspaper Association and Trillium Health Partners, Jagoda is a two-time Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 winner and was named one of Canada’s most influential women in sport.


Pina Starnino
Vice President
FedEx Express Canada

HSBC Corporate Executives

Pina Starnino leads a team of more than 5,000 FedEx Express Canada employees at more than 60 locations across the country. She was appointed to her current role in 2006 and is the first woman to hold this post in the company’s history. Under her leadership, FedEx Express Canada has implemented a transformational operations excellence strategy to drive superior service and customer satisfaction. Pina serves as a board director for two charities: Make-A-Wish Québec and Operation Warm.


Melanie Teed-Murch
Chief Executive Officer
Nominated as
Toys R Us Canada and Babies R Us Canada

HSBC Corporate Executives

Melanie Teed-Murch has more than 23 years’ experience in Canadian mass specialty retail. She was recently best known for her journey leading Toys R Us Canada to steady ground as a new Canadian owned company. As ONroute’s new CEO, Melanie has been tasked with building a team focused on infrastructure, customer needs and commercial initiatives to accelerate growth. She sits on the board of the Retail Council of Canada and the Jays Care Foundation and believes in the power of giving back.


Leagh Turner

HSBC Corporate Executives

Leagh Turner is an established global technology executive with a proven ability to drive growth by building high-performing teams focused on delivering meaningful value to customers. As President of Ceridian, Leagh is responsible for increasing revenue worldwide while overseeing the company’s go-to-market strategy and field efforts. Previously, Leagh was Global COO at SAP. She is a motivating public speaker and mentor to emerging leaders and a board member of Plan International Canada. She is passionate about volunteering both at home and abroad.

Intact Professionals.

Recognizing women who are professionals in practice and play a leadership role within their organizations.


Beata Caranci
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
TD Bank Group

Intact Professionals

Beata Caranci provides strategic vision as well as economic insights to TD leaders and clients within the U.S. and Canada. She leads a team of economists who produce a wide range of analysis and forecasts for the bank’s planning process and regulatory requirements. For more than a decade, Beata has demonstrated her passion for diversity through research that drives awareness and policy prescriptions on labour market challenges affecting women.


Olga Farman
Managing Partner, Québec Office
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Intact Professionals

Olga Farman successfully manages one of the largest law offices in Quebec City. As managing partner with a global firm, she is heavily involved with the firm’s national management and strategy while maintaining her own specialized business law practice focused on governance, life sciences, health and technology law. She is a pillar of the community in her home town of Quebec City and is dedicated to advancing young associates in their careers.


Malini Giridhar
Vice President, Business Development & Regulatory, Gas Distribution & Storage
Enbridge Gas Inc.

Intact Professionals

Malini Giridhar leads a team of employees passionate about delivering affordable, environmentally responsible energy solutions that are affordable and lower environmental footprint. She is also responsible for external communications, stakeholder relationships and regulatory outcomes. Malini cares deeply about practising inclusive leadership and mentorship. When she is not at work, Malini enjoys travel, spending time with her family and friends and listening to Indian classical music.


Leann Hackman-Carty
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Developers Alberta

Intact Professionals

Leann Hackman-Carty has worked on Canada’s most expensive disasters, including the Southern Alberta floods and Fort McMurray wildfires. She produced the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency and brought economic resiliency training to Canada. As Canadian President for the Institute for Sustainable Development, she works with global experts on community recovery and resiliency efforts. She authored the Master Your Disaster books and hosts MYD Global’s YouTube channel where she talks “all things disaster” weekly.


Dr. Jan Hux
President and Chief Executive Officer
Diabetes Canada

Intact Professionals

Dr. Jan Hux is an accomplished strategic leader who brings exceptional insight into the Canadian diabetes epidemic. Trained as a general internist and health services researcher, she is recognized as a leader in diabetes epidemiology. In her role at Diabetes Canada, she provides strong executive leadership as the organization sharpens its focus on delivering population impact through investments in prevention, diabetes management and research.


Karin Kirkpatrick
Chief Executive Officer
Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV)

Intact Professionals

Karin Kirkpatrick is an established leader and was previously the CEO of a B.C. crown corporation, CEO of the Real Estate Foundation and Assistant Dean at the Sauder School of Business. She is a Director of Family Services of Canada and the Civic Affairs Committee at the Vancouver Board of Trade. Karin was an appointee to the Judicial Council of BC. In 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Sheila MacPherson
Senior Partner, Yellowknife office
Lawson Lundell LLP

Intact Professionals

Sheila MacPherson practises law in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She routinely advises and represents both the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Nunavut. She is the former President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, past Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and Law Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Sheila is the happy wife to Bryan and proud mother of 18-year-old Shiri, nursing student and cancer survivor.


Diane McCurdy
President and Chief Executive Officer
McCurdy Financial Planning Inc.

Intact Professionals

Diane McCurdy CFP is a financial adviser, visionary, educator, author, speaker and community volunteer. Author of How Much is Enough?, Diane leads one of the largest independent financial planning firms in Canada and has held leadership roles in numerous financial planning associations. She is frequently interviewed as a financial expert on television and in print media throughout North America. Diane is an Honorary Colonel with the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Patricia McLeod
Board Chair and Corporate Director
Calgary Co-operative Association (Calgary Co-op)

Intact Professionals

Patricia McLeod, QC, is a lawyer and corporate director with extensive governance and strategic planning experience. She has been General Counsel, Compliance and Ethics Officer, Privacy Officer and Vice-President of Corporate Responsibility and practised corporate/commercial, compliance and privacy and securities law with regulated and unregulated utilities, insurance and property development companies. Patricia was a Top 100 winner in 2018 and she is currently the Board Chair of Calgary Co-op, and a Board Director of Canadian North, Air Inuit, the Beverage Container Management Board and Alberta Innovates.


Sylvie Rodrigue
Partner and Head of Torys' Montréal Office
Torys LLP

Intact Professionals

Widely recognized across the country as a leading litigator, Sylvie Rodrigue is the Managing Partner of Torys’ Montréal office. Called to the Quebec and Ontario Bar, she has been defending high-profile class actions across the country for more than two decades. An active member in the legal community, she played a leadership role in the development of various policies, is committed to advocacy, mentorship, diversity and the advancement of women. Designated Advocatus Emeritus, she is a two-time Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 winner.


Manjit Sharma
Chief Financial Officer
General Electric Canada

Intact Professionals

Manjit Sharma leads a broad portfolio as GE Canada’s CFO. In addition, she’s part of the National Executive, Director of GE Canada Company and Chairwoman of the $2 billion GE Pension Investment Trust. Manjit’s career spans diverse industries where she has built global teams, transacted M&A activity, built-out a $250 million GE Brilliant Factory, delivered BD initiatives and new product introductions. A believer in community, she mentors young professionals and serves on the YMCA GTA, JA and Ontario Chamber of Commerce boards.


Patrice Walch-Watson
Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Intact Professionals

An established executive and corporate lawyer, Patrice Walch-Watson leads CPPIB’s global legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions. Prior to CPPIB, she was a partner at Torys LLP advising leading public, private and government businesses in strategic business, finance and governance matters. A member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of Queen’s University Law School, Patrice is also a member of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion. At CPPIB, she is a champion of cultivating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

KPMG Future Leaders.

Recognizing women under the age of 30 who have distinguished themselves early in their careers.


Kiana Alexander
Chief Operating Officer
Raven Institute

KPMG Future Leaders

Kiana Alexander is a proud Métis Iskwew, storyteller, creative thinker, scholar, researcher, soon-to-be wife and lover of a cup of Earl Grey tea. She embraces radical curiosity and is fierce in her pursuit of ensuring all young people across the nation know unwaveringly that they are leaders and they belong. Kiana serves as COO for the Raven Institute, Director of People and Culture of Iskwew Air, Canada’s first Indigenous woman-owned and operated airline, and Researcher at Royal Roads University.


Tara Bosch
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

KPMG Future Leaders

Tara Bosch is on a mission to kick sugar and keep candy. When her love affair with candy devolved into an unhealthy relationship with food, Tara was inspired to innovate delicious candy – without the sugar. Months of recipe-testing with a gummy bear mold from Amazon led to the launch of SmartSweets. Now in more than 20,000 stores across North America, SmartSweets is on track to help people kick over one billion grams of sugar and exceed $50 million in revenue.


Emily Griffiths
Analyst, Technical Evaluations
Kinross Gold Corporation

KPMG Future Leaders

Emily Griffiths is an analyst with a geology background at Kinross Gold, where she evaluates potential acquisitions and communicates key valuation and strategic considerations to the executive management team. She collaborates with technical professionals to review multimillion- to multibilliondollar projects and applies her multidisciplinary experience to understand, assess and resolve many issues faced in the mining industry. Emily is passionate about mentorship and outreach to new graduates and uses her industry experience to help them evaluate potential career paths.


Angie Hall
Assistant Vice President
HSBC Bank Canada

KPMG Future Leaders

Angie Hall manages a diversified portfolio of public and private companies in HSBC’s large corporate division, where she is responsible for negotiating, structuring, underwriting and implementing local and international banking solutions. She is also the Sustainable Finance Champion for the BC Region, supporting HSBC’s global commitment to provide US$100 billion in sustainable financing by 2025. In the community, Angie serves on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University and is the Chair of its Audit, Risk, and Compliance committee.


Melissa Kargiannakis
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

KPMG Future Leaders

Melissa Kargiannakis has won awards from the Queen of England and leads one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada. She has raised venture capital funding from Silicon Valley for her AI startup that takes complex jargon and replaces it with clear, everyday language. Melissa exemplifies tenacity, grit and impressive intellectual horsepower with just the right combination of zest and charm. Her life mission is to rebalance power in society. Her impactful purpose is inspired by her mom, Carolyn, who single-handedly raised Melissa and her siblings.


Jessica Lui
Global Professionals Practicum (GPP)

KPMG Future Leaders

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jessica Lui is the founder of a youth-led social enterprise dedicated to investing in young adults pursuing STEM careers in underserved communities. In 2016, she was tapped to participate in President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Jessica is a member of numerous intergovernmental and philanthropic boards as a champion for entrepreneurship and youth education. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ 30 Under 30.


Taylor Morriseau
Vanier Scholar
University of Manitoba

KPMG Future Leaders

As an Indigenous scientist, mentor and advocate, Taylor Morriseau is driven by her desire to uplift the next generation. A third-year PhD candidate, she investigates gene-environment interactions underlying type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth. Backed by a prestigious CIHR Vanier Canada Scholarship, her research examines the power of traditional foods to attenuate diabetes development. Taylor is proud to represent Peguis First Nation in her commitment to a future where Indigenous people have an equal right to the highest standards of health.


Ellis Odynn
Executive Director and Chief AI Officer
Digital Finance Institute

KPMG Future Leaders

Ellis Odynn is the Executive Director of the Digital Finance Institute, a think tank. She is a well-known thought leader who has spoken at numerous international conferences including at the Financial Action Task Force, where she presented on Bitcoin’s cybersecurity risks, at APEC at the request of Chile on AI, and in Beijing on the future of finance. Ellis produces the Mandarin podcast “Let’s Tech”, launched Canada FinTech Week in Toronto and produces the national FinTech and AI Awards.


Caroline Tutakiewicz
Director and Head of Financial Investigations, Financial Crimes
Royal Bank of Canada

KPMG Future Leaders

Caroline Tutakiewicz is a three-time black belt who now leads the fight against financial crime as RBC’s Director and Head of Money Laundering Investigations. A passionate community advocate, Caroline has more than nine years’ experience diverting youth from formal judicial proceedings and serves on the Board of Directors of MADD Toronto and Start Proud. Caroline is an authentic leader, who has been awarded a Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence and was RBC’s Exclusive Employee Women’s Day Speaker in 2019.

Manulife Science & Technology.

Recognizing women in STEM roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment.


Melody Adhami
Chief Executive Officer
Plastic Havas

Manulife Science and Technology

In 2007, Melody Adhami co-founded Plastic Mobile, Canada’s leading mobile marketing agency, which has built more than 250 mobile apps that have garnered more than $1 billion in revenue for its clients. In 2015, Melody led Plastic Mobile through its acquisition by Havas, one of the world’s largest communications groups. In 2019, Melody was appointed CEO of Havas’ Canadian operations, where she has led the agency to become one of Canada’s leading digital experience consultancies. This is Melody’s second Top 100 win, previously receiving the honour in 2018.


Dr. Foteini Agrafioti
Chief Science Officer
Borealis AI

Manulife Science and Technology

Dr. Foteini Agrafioti is responsible for RBC’s intellectual property portfolio in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. She also invented HeartID, the first biometric technology to authenticate users based on their unique cardiac rhythms. She is a TED speaker and serves on the editorial review boards of several scientific journals and was named “Inventor of the Year” in 2012 and one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2017.


Dr. Christine Chambers
Killam Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience;
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Children’s Pain;
Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)
Dalhousie University

Manulife Science and Technology

Dr. Christine Chambers is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families through health research. She has published more than 150 articles in scientific journals and is one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada. Her award-winning #ItDoesntHaveToHurt initiative for parents generated 150 million views worldwide, trended on social media and was featured in national and international media. She is a leader and innovator in patient engagement and mobilization of health research.


Leah Lawrence
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Manulife Science and Technology

Leah Lawrence leads Canada’s largest funder of cleantech startups. Since 2015, she has transformed the organization, making it a champion for young companies, educating them on the importance of intellectual property, data and scale-up strategies, and helping them to navigate a globally competitive sector. In 2019, Leah was recognized by The Globe and Mail as one of a new generation of leaders who are changing the face of business in Canada.


Dr. Caroline Quach
Professor, Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal;
Head, Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine
CHU Ste-Justine

Manulife Science and Technology

Dr. Caroline Quach is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal, Medical Advisor for Infection Prevention & Control, with expertise in understanding and preventing health-care-associated and vaccine preventable infections in vulnerable populations. Her multidisciplinary research brings together scientists, engineers, anthropologists, clinicians and epidemiologists, leading to 125 peer-reviewed publications, more than 100 presentations and more than 225 media requests. She is the current chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, past-president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease and has been recognized for the training promising young scientists.


Dr. Allison Sekuler
Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Vice President Research
Baycrest Health Sciences, McMaster University;
University of Toronto

Manulife Science and Technology

As Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Baycrest’s Vice-President Research, Dr. Allison Sekuler leads the Rotman Research Institute, one of world’s leading aging and neuroscience research institutes, and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, a $124 million solution accelerator helping entrepreneurs succeed and older adults live longer and live better. Known for her seminal research in vision, cognition and aging, she is a passionate advocate for women and other under-represented groups in science, technology and innovation.


Yasemin Sezer
Head, Technology & Operations
LTI Canada

Manulife Science and Technology

Yasemin Sezer immigrated to Canada 30 years ago when she restarted her career as a system analyst. She progressed step by step to CTO level focusing on the banking, insurance and wealth management industries. She is a Board Director at CIO Association of Canada and an influential member on various technology advisory committees. She pioneered Women4Women in her company and organized many events supporting career progression for women in technology.


Sarah Sun
Chief Data Strategist
Goldspot Discoveries Corp.

Manulife Science and Technology

Sarah Sun’s experience covers data science, data governance, monetization, innovation and strategy. Beginning with the financial industry, Sarah drives innovation in data by breaking down barriers across organizations. Now at GoldSpot, she is focused on driving value through AI for the mining industry. Passionate about STEM, Sarah also coaches students in mathematics and has served as deputy leader for Math Team Canada at the International Mathematics Olympiad, as well as the All Girls Math Team Canada.

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders.

Recognizing women between the ages of 30 to 40 years, who have been targeted for successive leadership positions within their organizations and have proven a passion for learning and innovation.


Frances Donald
Managing Director, Chief Economist & Head of Macro Strategy

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Frances Donald has become a key player in taking Manulife to the next level as an investment leader, using a unique blend of insight and irreverence to help position the company as a fresh thinker and thought leader in the Canadian and global investment space. Her candour, humour and incisive yet accessible analysis has made Frances a trusted voice and sought-after expert, both within Manulife and externally with the Canadian and global media.


Justine Janssen
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Justine Janssen leads Ceridian’s most critical growth and strategic programs. She helped scale Ceridian’s flagship software, Dayforce, from a tech startup, through a merger with Ceridian, into a leading global human capital management platform. Her efforts have included product and program launches, and leading culture change and business simplification to turn Ceridian into a high-growth tech company. Justine recently managed Ceridian’s 2018 IPO, which marked the largest technology IPO ever in Canada. She was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019.


Tevi Legge
Vice President Everyday Financial Services
ATB Financial
Nominated as
Managing Director Everyday Financial Services
ATB Financial

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

As one of Lethbridge’s Top 40 under 40 and one of Alberta’s 60 She-Innovators, Tevi Legge is a pillar in the province of Alberta. Through her vulnerable and transparent leadership style, Tevi is a courageous leader at ATB Financial and an ATB President’s league winner, which represents the top one per cent of achievers in the company. Tevi is an advocate for gender equality, a mom of three boys and wife, with a double degree from the University of Lethbridge.


Gwen Madiba
Equal Chance

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Gwen Madiba is an award-winning international speaker, host, artist and women and children’s rights advocate who has dedicated her life to empowering women, children and youth in Canada and abroad. She is the co-founder of the Equal Chance Foundation, the Canadian Black History Month Gala and founder of the Safara fashion show in Ottawa, celebrating African cultures and providing a great opportunity for young designers. From 2014 until 2016 she was the official representative of the Honourable Nelson Mandela’s family in North America and occupied the position of Mandela Legacy Ambassador in North America.


Carolyn McPherson
Associate Vice President, Backyard Living and Seasonal
Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd.

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

As a results-driven, customer-focused lifelong retailer, Carolyn McPherson has spent her career developing programs and executing business strategies to reinvent the customer experience while delivering financial growth. Since joining Canadian Tire in 2006, Carolyn has held progressive roles within merchandising and store support that have been anchored in building market disrupting strategies, collaborating across the dynamically changing organization and executing a meaningful and radical in-store experience for customers across the country.


Xiaoyu Mavis Shang
Vice President, Pricing & Analytics
RBC Insurance

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Xiaoyu Mavis Shang grew up in China and came to Canada in 2000 as an international student. She embraced both Eastern and Western cultures as she completed her education and progressed her career in Canada. Mavis leads the teams that set the pricing for the majority of RBC Insurance’s products. She’s a professional Actuary (FSA) and holds a Masters of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She serves on a number of industry committees offering her professional opinions and technical expertise.


Hélène Timpano
Senior Vice-President, Operations
Kinross Gold Corporation

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Hélène Timpano is a high-energy mining executive with a track record of advancing complex projects. Hélène oversees the following global functions: maintenance, supply chain, HR operations, continuous improvement & innovation and strategic planning. Known for her ability to win over anyone and everyone, she has played a central role in many company-wide transformations. Hélène holds three degrees including an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.


Annesley Wallace
Senior Vice-President, Pension Services and Communications

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Annesley Wallace has developed a highly successful track record as a leader across various industries and roles in engineering, finance and pension fund operations. Annesley leads a team that delivers exceptional services to 500,000 pension plan members across Ontario. In addition, she is responsible for OMERS organization-wide communications and global brand strategy. Prior to Pensions and Communications, Annesley was a Managing Director at OMERS Infrastructure, responsible for a multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments across energy, transportation and social infrastructure sectors delivering long-term value for the pension fund. She is a director on the boards of Bruce Power, Alectra Utilities and Infrastructure Ontario.


Tara Wilson
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Income Access (Paysafe Group)

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Tara Wilson has almost two decades’ experience in the tech sphere and 16-years-plus expertise in operational leadership within the payments and marketing sectors. She is both a mentor to others, helping them reach their maximum potential, and an advocate for diversity and inclusion, promoting the needs of women in the workplace and other frequently disempowered groups. Tara was recognized with the 2018 Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in Canada.


Zoya Zayler
Canada Inclusion & Diversity Lead

Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders

Zoya Zayler drives Accenture Canada’s inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy and provides the organization with strategic direction to achieve its I&D goals. A thought leader in this space, she has empowered Accenture to turn inclusion and diversity commitments into actionable practices that have advanced inclusivity and resulted in sustainable change. Zoya was recognized as the 2019 Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion D&I Practitioner of the Year and one of Human Resource Director’s 2018 Top 22 Most Promising Young HR Professionals in Canada.

Public Sector Leaders.

Recognizing women who hold senior positions in Canada's public sector organizations, not currently in public office.


Major-General Frances Allen
Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Department of National Defence
Canadian Armed Forces

Public Sector Leaders

Major-General Frances Allen’s 35-year career has focused on communications, network and cyber operations, commanding and leading the development of CAF cyber capabilities at all levels. A true believer that participation in sport contributes to both military leadership and esprit de corps, she is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM), an international military sport organization.


Dr. Wendy Cukier
Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ted Rogers School of Management;
Found of the Diversity Institute
Ryerson University

Public Sector Leaders

A transformational leader, social innovator and change-maker, Dr. Wendy Cukier founded Ryerson’s Diversity Institute to advance opportunities for women and under-represented groups in the workplace. She has helped shape Bill C-25 to advance diversity on boards; created the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge, which sponsored 400 refugees; developed the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub; and helped create the Future Skills Centre to equip Canadians with the skills needed to prosper. She has mentored countless entrepreneurs, social activists, students and young professionals.


Julia Hanigsberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Public Sector Leaders

Julia Hanigsberg joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as its president and CEO in 2015. She has spent her career in government, post-secondary education and health care as a champion for cultural transformation, innovation, excellence and equity. At Holland Bloorview she led the development of the No Boundaries strategy, expanded clinical services, launched the social justice campaign Dear Everybody, and championed an ambitious growth plan for the Bloorview Research Institute. She is a founding member of the Kids Health Alliance, Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and a previous Top 100 Award winner.


Deputy Minister Jody Thomas
National Defence
Government of Canada

Public Sector Leaders

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas joined the naval reserves at age 17 and was among the first women to serve on a Canadian military vessel. She began her federal public service career in 1988. Following a series of increasingly demanding security and operational roles, Jody became the first female commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard in 2015. In 2017, she moved to National Defence as Senior Associate Deputy Minister, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister.


Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health
Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness;
Chair of the Board
Engage Nova Scotia

Public Sector Leaders

Prior to her current role, Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed was Medical Officer of Health for Halifax for more than 12 years. She is also the Assistant Dean of Serving and Engaging Society for Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine, and Chair of the Board of Engage Nova Scotia, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving Nova Scotia’s quality of life and offerings to the world.

RBC Champions.

Recognizing women who have made a describable difference to the advancement of women in the workplace.


Clare Beckton
Executive in Residence, Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work
Carleton University

RBC Champions

Clare Beckton is a champion for the advancement of women’s leadership, sought-after speaker, mentor, coach, facilitator and author of Own It: Your Success, Your Future, Your Life. She is a former professor of law, senior executive in the Canadian government including head of Status of Women Canada and founder of the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. Clare is co-author of A Force to Reckon With, Women Entrepreneurs and Risk and Everywhere, Everyday Innovating: Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation.


Genesa Greening
President and Chief Executive Officer
BC Women's Health Foundation

RBC Champions

Genesa Greening is committed to gender equity in healthcare. She is now a repeat Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner. She serves as Chair of the women’s gynaecological cancer collaborative in B.C. and recently secured an unprecedented $10 million federal investment in cervical cancer research. This fall she was selected by the Governing Council of the CIHR to join its advisory board with the Institute of Gender and Health making her the first non-scientist/professor ever appointed.


Danièle Henkel
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Daniele Henkel Enterprises

RBC Champions

A true inspiration to entrepreneurs, Danièle Henkel has made her mark in Quebec and across the globe. Her best-selling autobiography has empowered several generations of strong, confident women. At the forefront of women’s entrepreneurship, she never hesitates to finance, support and mentor businesses she believes in, which she demonstrated during her appearances on the TV show “Dans l’oeil du Dragon” (“Dragons’ Den”). Today, Daniele Henkel Enterprises is one of the largest franchisors in the medical-esthetic business in Canada.


Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro
Speaker and Lead Consultant;
My African Corner

RBC Champions

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro is an award-winning speaker and strategy consultant focused on delivering business growth and personal brand-building strategies to students, professionals, women entrepreneurs, large enterprises and professional associations across the world. She is also the Founder of My African Corner, a platform dedicated to advancing its community of 3,000-plus black professionals and entrepreneurs across Canada, the United States and Europe through providing access to education, resources and networks in partnership with global brands. She currently serves on the CPA Emerging Leaders Advisory Board.


Jodi Kovitz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

RBC Champions

Jodi Kovitz leads a global movement and organization founded to advance the participation and leadership of all women in tech. Featured in ForbesWomen, Jodi was recognized as an Adweek Brand Star in Toronto in 2018, a 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner and one of Canada’s 25 Women of Influence in 2018. Jodi sits on several tech company advisory boards, the board of directors of Toronto Global and the SickKids’ Hospital Capital Campaign Cabinet raising $1.3 billion to transform paediatric health.


Victoria LaBillois
Wejuseg Construction Inc.

RBC Champions

Entrepreneur, speaker, mentor, go-to emcee, connector, coach, corporate director, leader, traveller. After many years in the Indigenous public service at the national, regional and local levels, Victoria LaBillois launched her own businesses advancing Indigenous workforce inclusion in civil construction projects across Mi’gmaq territory. She serves on numerous Indigenous boards and helps to shape federal policy by serving on the National Indigenous Economic Development Board. In 2017, Victoria was selected to be a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.


Deborah Shannon Trudeau
International Women's Forum (IWF)

RBC Champions

Deborah Shannon Trudeau’s life-long commitment to mentorship and women’s leadership is exemplified by her role, since 2018, as global president of the International Women’s Forum. IWF brings together 7,000 stellar women leaders worldwide to advance women’s leadership and champion equality. An innovator and entrepreneur, Deborah’s experience comes from her role as a senior corporate strategy, product, brand-development and licensing executive at privately held Trudeau Corporation. She played a pivotal role in the strategic transformation of the kitchenware company into a vertically integrated industry leader, expanding its international market share and profile.


Sandra Sutter
Manager, Indigenous Partnerships
Tarpon Energy, a PTW Company

RBC Champions

Sandra Sutter, a Cree Métis woman from the Prairies, is the Aboriginal Partnerships Manager for PTW Energy Services and CGT Industrial and the Executive Director for the Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society. She concurrently enjoys a career as an award-winning recording artist. Sandra serves on numerous boards and committees across Canada. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous peoples, helping to build bridges of understanding through her circles of influence in business and arts communities, supporting and promoting resiliency.


Samra Zafar
Speaker, Author, Human Rights Advocate
Samra Zafar Inc;
Director, Business Finance
BMO Bank of Montreal

RBC Champions

Award-winning speaker, and human rights advocate, Samra Zafar’s book A Good Wife, based on her personal story of escaping gender-based oppression to pursue her education, became an instant national bestseller and is to be adapted to a TV series. She serves as a governor for University of Toronto and a celebrated ambassador for Plan International. Her work has been featured extensively in global media. In 2019 she received a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.

WXN Hall of Fame.

Recognizing women who have won the Top 100 Award for the fourth time.


Carol Banducci
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
IAMGOLD Corporation

WXN Hall of Fame

Carol Banducci joined IAMGOLD in 2007 and has been instrumental in driving the strategy of the business. She oversees all aspects of finance, information technology and investor relations. She is a Director, HudBay Minerals Inc. Carol founded the Miner’s Lamp Award and raised $2.8 million in research funds toward mental illness in youth. Among her distinguished recognitions are: 2019 Arbor Award, University of Toronto; 2018 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining; 2015 UC Alumni of Influence.


Christiane Germain
Co-Founder and Co-President
Germain Hôtels

WXN Hall of Fame

Christiane Germain is Co-Founder and Co-President of Germain Hôtels, a family-owned business that owns and operates 18 properties in seven Canadian provinces. She and her brother Jean-Yves pioneered the boutique hotel industry in Canada and now, 30 years later, Germain Hôtels owns three hotel banners: Le Germain, Alt and the Alt+, from Calgary to St-Johns Newfoundland. Christiane supports numerous charities and takes a leading role in the community. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) and l’Ordre national du Québec (C.Q.).


Cynthia Hansen
Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution & Storage
Enbridge Gas Inc.

WXN Hall of Fame

Cynthia Hansen is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Inc. and has more than 20 years’ experience working in operational, financial and safety leadership roles within Enbridge. Cynthia serves on the board of the Ontario Energy Association, Energy Council of Canada, Energir and the University of Alberta School of Business Advisory Council. In the past, she has served on the boards of the Canadian Gas Association, the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA), the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and NorQuest College, among others.


Lisette (Lee) McDonald
President and Chief Executive Officer
Southmedic Inc.

WXN Hall of Fame

In 1983, Lee McDonald established Southmedic Incorporated, a company that now employs more than 500 employees across its Canadian distribution, custom manufacturing, and proprietary sales divisions. With sales in 80-plus countries, Southmedic prides itself on its ability to make a difference through innovation and attention to detail. Lee believes a supportive, transparent culture drives results and stability in organizations through open communication channels where employees can support and innovate.


Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum
Chairperson, CPPIB Board of Directors
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

WXN Hall of Fame

Award-winning Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum served from 2003 to 2013 as Principal and Vice Chancellor, McGill, the first woman to serve in this role. Currently, she is Chairperson of the CPPIB, Director, Royal Bank of Canada and Chairperson, Gairdner Foundation. She has been awarded a Top 100 Award three times previous to this win. Heather has had a distinguished career of clinical, scientific and policy contributions, with more than 25 years of senior leadership in higher education, public policy and research and development, including extensive corporate and not-for-profit board experience.


Cheryl Reicin
Partner and Head of the Life Science and Cannabis Practice Groups
Torys LLP

WXN Hall of Fame

Cheryl Reicin is the practice leader of Torys’ Life Science Group, a Canadian-U.S. cross border group. She represents life science startups through established companies, VCs, investment banks and academic medical centres in joint ventures and licensing transactions, private and public financings and M&A throughout the world. Repeatedly honoured as the top life science transactional lawyer in Canada, Cheryl is the founder and chair of Genesis UJA, a trustee of Hospital for Children, a director of SickKids Foundation and serves on the business advisory board of Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.


Laurie Schultz
President and Chief Executive Officer
ACL Service Ltd. dba Galvanize

WXN Hall of Fame

Laurie Schultz has led several multimillion-dollar software businesses where she has both doubled revenues and doubled profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.” Since being appointed CEO of Galvanize in 2011, Laurie has successfully repositioned the company to one of Canada’s top 100 and Best Managed employers, enjoying “top quad” analyst recognition on a build/buy/re-brand formula obsessed with disrupting its category while profitably delivering high double-digit revenue growth.


Sandy Sharman
Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

WXN Hall of Fame

Sandy Sharman leads human resources, communications, marketing, sponsorships and strategic client relationships at CIBC. Through her leadership, the team is focused on creating an inclusive, diverse and engaged culture that is enabling CIBC to become a relationship-focused bank for a modern world by helping our clients achieve their ambitions. Sandy began her career in financial services as a Branch Manager. For more than 30 years, she has held progressively senior roles, both at CIBC and at other major financial institutions.


Susan Aglukark
Inuk Singer/Songwriter;
Founder and Executive Director
Arctic Rose Foundation

WXN Hall of Fame - Honorary

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and most honored artists. An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Susan has been walking in a tension between two worlds, a defining note in her remarkable career. She was a rare and exotic presence in the mainstream music world—an Inuk woman, a modern woman, a strong woman with something important to say, Susan embodies pure, graceful honesty and strength both in her personal and professional life. In addition to her 3 Junos and an Order of Canada Susan’s most recent recognition was the Governor Generals lifetime artistic achievements award.


Sarah Richardson
Designer, TV Host, Author, Entrepreneur
Sarah Richardson Design

WXN Hall of Fame - Honorary

A sought-after designer of residential and commercial spaces, textiles, wallpaper, rugs and furniture, Sarah Richardson is the award-winning founder of Sarah Richardson Design. She has hosted, co-produced and co-created eight hit HGTV series seen in more than 100 countries and can also be found on her rapidly growing YouTube channel. Her first two books, Sarah Style and At Home Sarah Style achieved bestseller status and she is currently working on two more.

Inclusion Vanguard
Sponsored by Accenture.

Recognizing a leader, male or female, who has made a profound, thoughtful and measurable impact on diversity within their organization and Canadian society.


Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine
Queens Privy Council
Companion of the Order of Canada
Former MP and Minister of State Multiculturalism and Status of Women Canada

Inclusion Vanguard - sponsored by Accenture

The Inclusion Vanguard Award, sponsored by Accenture, recognizes a leader, male or female, who has made a profound, thoughtful and measurable impact on diversity within their organization. They are a champion for others, committed to bettering the experience of their colleagues and counterparts and a broader community of clients and contacts. Ultimately, it’s an award that symbolizes what we are all striving to achieve: a stronger, more inclusive Canada.

"At Accenture, inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and are embedded in our core values. As a champion of equity, we’re committed to creating an open and inclusive environment for our people where they can bring their authentic selves to work every day. Accenture is proud to sponsor this important award."

This year, we honour the outstanding achievements of the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine for her impact on diversity and inclusion as a teacher, advocate, community leader and the first black Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

Jean Augustine immigrated to Canada in 1960 and worked as a nanny, teacher, principal, and later chair of the Metro Toronto Housing Authority while raising two girls. In 1993, she became the first Black Woman elected to Parliament, then Cabinet Minister and Deputy Speaker – successfully championing the Black History Month and Famous Five Motions. Today, she serves via her Centre for Young Women's Empowerment; York University’s Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora; and two schools in her name.

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National Platinum Partners.

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Shangri-La Hotel

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