WXN Women Making Headlines
Inspiration & Wisdom
By Pamela JefferyFebruary 22, 2012
Our WXN members and Award Winners are women who always strive to accomplish more, advance in their fields and raise the bar in all that they do.
From time to time, I like to recognize the women in our community who are leaders and an inspiration for us all. Here are just a few WXN women who have been making the news lately:
-After weeks of rumours, in late January, 2007 WXN Hall of Fame Inductee Barbara Stymiest was named chairperson of RIM: Former Exchange Chief Stymiest Takes Helm at RIM in Shakeup;
-Launi Skinner, Top 100 Winner 2010 & 2011, and CEO of First West Credit Union in Vancouver, was named one of Business in Vancouver`s Most Influential Women in Business;
-2011 WXN Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Jo Haddad can be very proud that under her leadership as CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children was recently named one of Canada`s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2011 in the Broader Public Sector category;
-Sue Lee, 2007 WXN Hall of Fame Inductee, and SVP of Human Resources & Communications at Suncor Energy Inc., was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of AltaLink, Alberta's largest transmission provider:
-2011 Top 100 Winner Ashley Hilkewich was profiled in her hometown paper, the Estevan Mercury: Former ECS grad named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women;
-In January, Top 100 Winner 2009-2011 and WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentor 2010 Arlene Ponting, CEO of Science Alberta, was profiled in the Calgary Herald: Foundation's CEO takes science to heart.Â Arlene will be a panellist at our upcoming Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Summit in Calgary, Mar. 8, 2012.
My sincere congratulations go out to all of these smart women. We at WXN are proud to be associated with such talented leaders and will continue to follow their careers with interest.
Title: Founder, Women's Executive Network
Organization: Founder, Canadian Board Diversity Council
Pamela Jeffery began her career as a government relations and communications strategist.
Prior to launching a successful public affairs consulting firm in Toronto in 1994, Pamela enjoyed a career as one of Canada's too few female lobbyists after serving as a Political Advisor in the Ontario government. Recognized by the National Post as a communications wizard, she also served as a Communications Advisor to Prime Minister Martin.
During a consulting assignment, Pamela was inspired to create a network for female leaders because one did not exist after determining she was not the only woman in Canada who wanted to be part of a network of like-minded women. Drawing on her experience in business, government and politics, she designed WXN for women in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This reflected her concern that all too often, leaders in the private sector were unknown to leaders in other sectors, therefore denying them the opportunity to collaborate and learn from one another as women who were often the first to assume leadership roles in their organizations.
Since its founding in 1997, WXN has grown to 16,000 select women across Canada. In 2003, she founded Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, now Canada's most prestigious Awards for female leaders. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland- the first step towards creating an international community of female leaders. In 2012, Pamela was named as a charter member of Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women in the leadership category, which recognizes 60 women from around the world for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls.
In 2009, she founded the Canadian Board Diversity Council with a mandate from the federal government and private sector diversity leaders to increase the board representation of women, members of visible minority groups, Aboriginal peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT community over the next five years.
Pamela's commitment to community service is extensive. She is well-versed in corporate governance in the broader public and not-for-profit sectors having served on 12 boards and three governance committees. She currently serves as a Director of The Canadian Opera Company, the Ivey School of Business Entrepreneurship Council, and is a Governor of Trent University.
Pamela holds an MBA and an HBA from the Ivey School of Business. She taught government relations strategy in the MBA and Executive MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management from 1992-2001.
She lives in Toronto with her husband Norman Inkster and is the mother of two sons Stephen and Samuel.