Congratulations to the 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners

2013 Top 100 Winners

Sun Life Financial Arts & Communications Award

These women are visionaries. They have had an immeasurable impact on the arts and communications community. Be it in journalism, literature, broadcasting, cinema or the performing arts, their leadership and passion are an inspiration. Their contributions to Canadian culture are profound. They shine.

Nini Baird Chair, TELUS Vancouver Community Board TELUS Dr. Susan Chalmers-Gauvin CEO and Founder Atlantic Ballet Company of Canada
Kathy Cheng President, WS & Co., Ltd. and Founder, Redwood Classics Apparel Marilyn Denis Host, The Marilyn Denis Show, CTV & Co-Host, Roger, Darren & Marilyn, CHUM FM Bell Media
Ana Lopes Chair of the Board Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation Shahrzad Rafati Founder and CEO BroadbandTV Corp.
Sandie Rinaldo Anchor, CTV National News with Sandie Rinaldo CTV News


RBC Champions Award

These women are agents of change. They are role models and mentors for their peers. They have played pivotal roles in the advancement of women in the workplace not only locally, but internationally. The contributions they have made to their communities are exceptional. They are true champions.

Jane Allen Partner and Chief Diversity Officer Deloitte LLP Susan Allen Assurance Partner, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Group PwC
Debby Carreau CEO and Founder Inspired HR Ltd Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla President Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting
Sharon MacLeod VP, Marketing Unilever Canada Janice McDonald President iStyleOriginals
Lynn McGrade Partner and Toronto Regional Investment Management Group Leader Chair, Business Development Committee Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Accenture Corporate Directors Award

These women are influential. They are essential members of a corporate board. Not only are they a driving force behind the success and strength of their boards, but they also demonstrate a commitment to diversity and a dedication to their communities. They are powerful leaders.

Christiane Bergevin EVP, Partnerships and Desjardins Business Development, Office of the President Desjardins Group Patricia Callon Director and Vice-Chair Toronto Hydro Corporation
Nancy Hopkins Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP and Director, The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Beth Horowitz Corporate Director HSBC Bank Canada
Isabelle Hudon President Sun Life Financial, Québec Louise Roy Director, Intact Financial Corporation and Chancellor, Université de Montréal

Scotiabank Corporate Executives Award

These women are accomplished. Not only are they key leaders, but their innovative and strategic minds have allowed them to enhance the corporate performance of their organization. They demonstrate commitment to their employees and their communities. They are top executives.

Elyse Allan President and CEO GE Canada Jacqui Allard SVP, Head of Operations & CIO, Investment Division Manulife Financial
Shauneen Bruder EVP and Head of Operations RBC Dr. Amiee Chan President and CEO Norsat International Inc.
Caroline Charter VP, Worldwide Alliance & Channel Strategic Partner Sales Engagement Oracle Corporation Christine Day CEO lululemon
Mary De Paoli EVP, Public & Corporate Affairs and CMO Sun Life Financial Betty DeVita President MasterCard Canada
Judy Goldring EVP and COO AGF Management Limited Janet Holder EVP, Western Access Enbridge Inc.
Christina Kramer EVP, Retail Distribution & Channel Strategy Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Marie-Josée Lamothe CMO, and Chief Corporate Communications Officer L’ORÉAL Canada
Lisa Lisson President FedEx Express Canada Sharon Ludlow President and CEO Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
Linda Mantia SVP, Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer RBC Lorraine Mitchelmore President & Canada Country Chair, EVP Heavy Oil Shell Canada Ltd.
Janice Odegaard SVP and General Counsel Suncor Energy Inc. Anne Marie O’Donovan EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, Global Banking and Markets Scotiabank
Tina Osen President and CEO HUB International Insurance Brokers Kay Priestly CEO Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.
Sue Reibel SVP, Business Development, Group Benefits & Retirement Solutions Manulife Financial Jane Riddell COO GoodLife Fitness Clubs Inc.
Kim Thompson SVP, Advisory Services Credential Financial Inc.

CIBC Entrepreneurs Award

These women are fearless. Their businesses thrive because of their dedication and motivation to succeed. Their clients admire and respect them. They have set their businesses apart from their competitors and established themselves as top entrepreneurs. They are savvy.

Arlene Flock President Flagworks Inc. Allison Grafton President Rockwood Custom Homes
Ann Kaplan President and CEO iFinance Canada/Medicard Kelsey Ramsden President Belvedere Place Development Ltd., and Spark Play Ltd.
Heather Reisman Founder and CEO Indigo Books and Music Inc. Shannon Rogers President & General Counsel Global Relay
Nancy Venneman President Altitude Aerospace Inc.

TELUS Future Leaders Award

These women are tenacious. They have distinguished themselves among their peers as passionate, socially-conscious, and courageous women before the age of 30. They are sources of inspiration to those around them. They have already achieved greatness, and have yet to reach their full potential. They are unstoppable.

Jennifer Christie Territory Manager John Deere Canada ULC Anouk Dey Founder and President Reclaim Childhood
Michelle Dubé Co-Anchor, CTV News Toronto Kelly Lovell Motivational Public Figure & CEO The Kelly Effect, Lovell Corporation
Carrie McMullen Strategic Account Executive Aerotek Lindsay Nahmiache Partner Jive Communications
Rhiannon Traill President & CEO The Economic Club of Canada & The Jr. Economic Club of Canada

KPMG Professional Award

These women are driven. They are at the top of their field. Their dedication and sensitivity are valued by their colleagues, patients, or clients. Their intelligence, knowledge and skills are revered by their communities. Their accomplishments, both academic and professional, are truly outstanding.

Lisa Borsook Executive Partner WeirFoulds LLP Shelley Brown Partner Deloitte
Karimah Es Sabar President and CEO The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) Susan Glass Partner, National Leader, Valuations, KPMG in Canada KPMG LLP
Catherine Karakatsanis COO Morrison Hershfield Limited Diane Kazarian National Financial Services Leader, Partner – Audit and Assurance Group PwC
Lisa Kimmel General Manager Edelman Toronto Rosemary McCarney President and CEO Plan International Canada Inc.
Monique Mercier SVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary TELUS Rebecca Ng Financial Controller Xstrata Nickel
Kathleen Ryan Partner Davis LLP Lisa Vogt Partner and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Public Sector Leaders Award

These women are ambassadors. They are prominent figures in the public sector. During their time in public office, they epitomized Canadian leadership. They are committed to their country. They are respected and admired members of society. They are dignified.

Mary Ackenhusen COO, Vancouver Vancouver Coastal Health Lieutenant-Colonel Krista Brodie Commanding Officer 1 Service Battalion
JoAnne Butler VP, Electricity Resources Ontario Power Authority Dr. Karen Chad VP University of Saskatchewan
Krista Connell CEO The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Marilyn Emery President and CEO Women’s College Hospital
Dr. Joanne Keselman VP Academic & Provost University of Manitoba Captain(N) Jill Marrack Deputy Commander Naval Reserve Naval Reserve Headquarters
Michele McKenzie President and CEO Canadian Tourism Commission Anne Sado President George Brown College
Joan Sproul EVP Corporate and CFO Mount Sinai Hospital Leslee Thompson President and CEO Kingston General Hospital
Lori Wanamaker Deputy Minister, Ministry of Justice and Deputy Solicitor General Province of British Columbia

Glencore Trailblazers & Trendsetters Award

These women are groundbreaking. They fearlessly navigate through new territory and lead by example. Their determination, innovation, and ambitious spirits define them. In any situation, their leadership and intuition are unparalleled. They are true pioneers.

Stacey Allaster Chairman and CEO The Women’s Tennis Association Dr. Samia Barakat Associate Dean, Professionalism & Diversity, Faculty of Medicine University of Manitoba
Debbie Baxter Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Workplace Services LoyaltyOne Tanya Chernova Founder Courageous Living & PNRT (Progressive Neural Resolution Therapy)
Sally Daub President and CEO ViXS Systems Inc. Dr. Marie Delorme CEO The Imagination Group
Dr. Joan Durrant Professor, Department of Family Social Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology University of Manitoba Leanne Hall VP Human Resources Noront Resources Ltd.
Nandini Jolly Founder, President & CEO CryptoMill Technolgies Ltd. Alison Loat Co-Founder and Executive Director Samara
Lucy Miller President and CEO United Way of Calgary and Area Pascale Pageau CEO Delegatus Services Juridique Inc.
Susan Patten Chair A. Harvey Group of Companies Heather Payne Founder Ladies Learning Code & HackerYou
Rauni Salminen Executive Director/Co-Founder Philip Aziz Centre Emily House Ratana Stephens Founder and COO Nature’s Path Foods
Hali Strandlund SVP Residential Mortgage Investments & Broker Relations Fisgard Asset Management Corporation Major Eleanor Taylor Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

WXN Hall of Fame

These women are proof positive that our dreams should be limitless. They have been among Canada’s most influential female leaders for four years. For all of their hard work and exemplary leadership, they are being inducted into our Hall of Fame.

Lynn Jeanniot EVP, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs National Bank of Canada Christine Magee President Sleep Country Canada
Leslie O’Donoghue EVP, Corporate Development & Strategy and Chief Risk Officer Agrium Dr. Ilse Treurnicht CEO MaRS Discovery District
Mary Ann Turcke EVP Field Operations Bell Canada  


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