Meet The Women
The co-founder of Acre Architects, Monica Adair is a strong advocate for the arts and shaping the future, and the recipient of a Roya Architectural Institute of Canada’s Young Architect Award.
Shelley Ambrose is the publisher of The Walrus and executive director of The Walrus Foundation.
The founder of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Christina Anthony is the recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Community Building category) and an Association of Women in Finance Community Legacy Award. She was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2007.
A former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Louise Arbour is a leader in human rights and the UN’s point person on international migration. She was made a Companion to the Order of Canada and has been awarded honorary doctorates by twenty-seven universities.
Jean Augustine has had a distinguished career as an educator, politician, and advocate for social justice. The first African-Canadian woman elected to the federal cabinet and the House of Commons, she is the recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award and a Member of the Order of Canada.
As CEO of the YWCA Metro Vancouver and former Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Janet Austin has received the Order of British Columbia, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, a Business in Vancouver BC CEO Award, and BC Business Most Influential Women Award.
Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a marketing powerhouse with a passion for diversity, equality, inclusion, and innovation. A champion for STEAM education, she has received a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award twice
Founding chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board and TELUS Fund, Nini Baird is a Member of the Order of Canada and has won a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
Kim Baird is former chief of the self-governing Tsawwassen First Nation. Serving as elected chief for six terms, she negotiated and implemented the first modern treaty in the BC Treaty Negotiation Process. Kim has been recognized with the Order of British Columbia and an Indspire Award, and she is a Member of the Order of Canada.
An accomplished public sector leader who is currently the secretary of the Treasury Board, Yaprak Baltacioğlu has received a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
A passionate supporter of entrepreneurs and businesses who launched Kijiji Canada, Janet Bannister leads investments with Real Ventures to accelerate growth and create impact.
Meg Beckel shares Canada’s conservation practices and vision with the world as President & CEO at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Jeanne Beker is a multimedia fashion entrepreneur, journalist, speaker, and author, who hosted Fashion Television for twenty-seven years.
A Canadian-born Gitxsan activist for child welfare and the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She is also a professor for the School of Social Work at McGill University.
The first Indigenous woman appointed as a Superior Court judge in Canada, Rose Boyko is a member of the McLeod Lake Indian Band and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The force behind Science World, Barbara Brink is a Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Jubilee Medal and a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
The co-founder of Blo Blow Dry Bar and three other businesses, Judy Brooks is a business strategist and entrepreneur who was named an Influential Woman in Business by Business in Vancouver.
Manon Brouillette is the President and CEO of Quebec’s biggest telecommunications and entertainment experience, Videotron. She has received a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award twice, and the Stratège prize from the Association des professionnels de la communication et du marketing.
The first female Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Beverley Busson was the head of British Columbia’s Organized Crime Agency. She has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and the Order of BC.
Brenda Butterworth-Carr is the first Indigenous woman to head the RCMP’s E Division, the largest RCMP division in Canada.
Canada’s first and only female prime minister, Kim Campbell is a Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Cassie Campbell-Pascall led Canada’s women’s hockey team to gold as captain during the 2002 Winter Olympics. She has been inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
The first female president of the University of Calgary, Elizabeth Cannon was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and has received a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
Maryse Carmichael was the first woman to join the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team and later became the team’s commander, as well as the recipient of an Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award.
As the Chief Impact Officer at KPMG, Tania Carnegie is the creator of two ground-breaking national strategic initiatives and a community leader driving social change. She is on the national advisory board for the G8 Social Impact Investing Taskforce.
The youngest inductee into the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame, Debby Carreau is a human capital thought leader, entrepreneur and author. Debby is a board member for YPO and the Chair for 1000 Women Rising.
One of the world’s leading privacy experts, Ann Cavoukian is the recipient of a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award. She has also made Maclean’s Top 50 Power List and Canadian Business magazine’s Power 50.
A First Nations writer and social entrepreneur, Lisa Charleyboy is the editor-in-chief of Urban Native Magazine, co-editor of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, and the Director of Communications for the Aboriginal Professionals of Canada (APAC).
Award-winning journalist Piya Chattopadhyay hosts Out in the Open on CBC Radio and is Head Judge for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Dr. Jan Christilaw is a renowned champion for women and newborn health. She is leading an initiative called Power to Push, attempting to reduce the prevalence of the caesarian sections.
Wendy Arlene Clay is the first woman to earn military pilot’s wings in the Canadian Forces and the first female physician to achieve the rank of Major General and hold the position of Surgeon General.
President and publisher of Penguin Random House, Kristin Cochrane is easily the most powerful person in the publishing industry and was named one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life.
Caroline Codsi is the force behind Women in Governance, also known as La Gouvernance au Feminin. She is the recipient of a Gender Equality Award by the United Nations Women National Committee, as well as awards from the Quebec Business Women Network, the Arab Women Trophy, and Premières en Affaires.
Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University, Dr. Imogen Coe is internationally recognized for her research on the cell biology and biochemistry of drug transport proteins. She has presented her research worldwide at conferences and seminars and in over seventy scholarly papers, book chapters, and abstracts.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai is a cardiologist who spent over thirty years at the University of Alberta as a professor of pediatrics and associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. She was the first female president of the Alberta Medical Association, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Inter-American Society of Cardiology.
The first Canadian woman to obtain a CRT C licence, Shushma Datt is a recipient of the Order of BC, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
One of the first women in North America to be licensed as a stockbroker, Jean Hough Davey is the author of The Only Woman in the Room and former Vice President and Director of ScotiaMcLeod.
A hero to many historians and academics, Natalie Zemon Davis was the second female president of the American Historical Association, and was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
A well-known Canadian media executive and a Member of the Order of Canada, Lisa de Wilde is CEO of TVO and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
An appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists, Sara Diamond is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Digital Pioneer Award from the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence.
Laurel Douglas is a founding member of the National Taskforce on Women’s Business Growth and Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. She was one of 100 people worldwide recognized by The International Alliance of Women in 2011 for advancing the economic empowerment of women.
Pat Duncan was the first female premier in the Yukon and only the second woman in Canadian history to win the premiership of a province or territory through a general election.
Geoscientist and conservationist Susan R. Eaton is the leader of the all-female 2014-17 Sedna Epic Expedition, which will snorkel the Northwest Passage. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Modern-Day Explorers by Canadian Geographic.
The co-founder, president, and CEO of Actua, Jennifer Flanagan has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and received a Y Women Distinction Award, as well as Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40.
Philanthropist, activist, and founder of the Body Shop Canada, Margot Franssen is a leading voice on issues of funding women’s rights and social justice for women and girls. She is an Office of the Order of Canada.
A leader, coach, and speaker on issue of gender and social innovation, Tatiana Fraser is the co-author of Girl Positive and an Ashoka fellow. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.
Award-winning journalist Dawna Friesen has covered stories ranging from the US Presidential elections to war-torn areas of Afghanistan and Iraq. Friesen won an Emmy for her part in NBC’s coverage of Barack Obama’s election as US President.
Trinidadian-Canadian politician and physician Hedy Fry is the longest-serving female Member of Parliament, winning eight consecutive elections, and the oldest Canadian MP.
Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the forestry sector, higher education, and literary community, Anne Giardini is the Chancellor of Simon Fraser University and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The president and CEO of the IWK Foundation, Jennifer Gillivan is passionate about ensuring that maritime families have the very best health care. She has received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.
Formerly a principal dancer with the National Ballet, Chan Hon Goh is a Canadian dance artist, entrepreneur, and author.
The founder of Paradigm Quest, Kathy Gregory was one of the financial industry’s first female CEOs. Gregory has ranked as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in PROFIT magazine.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Mary Jo Haddad is a champion of kids’ health, a leadership strategy executive, and a corporate director. Formerly, Haddad was the president and CEO of SickKids.
Ballerina Evelyn Hart is the former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Companion of the Order of Canada, she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Linda Hasenfratz is CEO of Linamar Corporation, Canada’s second-largest automobile parts manufacturer. She is the first woman to be named Canada’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and she is the chair of the Business Council of Canada.
Considered the best female underwater explorer in the world, Jill Heinerth is a cave diver, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration.
A financial industry leader in Vancouver, Debra Hewson is the president and CEO of Odlum Brown Limited, and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a BC Community Achievement Award. She is a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Alia Hogben is a champion of the rights of women, particularly Muslims, and works tirelessly to promote dialogue between faiths.
The founder of Women’s Executive Network, Pamela Jeffery is an international thought leader on the subjects of inclusion and diversity, and a member of numerous boards, including The Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation.
Named as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful People by Maclean’s, Christina Jennings has received Playback’s Producer of the Decade award, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Academy Achievement Award, the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and the Innovative Producer Award at the Banff World Television Festival.
The first woman to lead Canada’s largest capital markets regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission, Maureen Jensen implemented Ontario’s “comply or explain” disclosure regime.
A creator, innovator, and leader, Judy John is the CEO Canada and Chief Creative Officer North America at Leo Burnett. She has been ranked the #1 CCO in the world, and has been named to several Top Creative lists by Advertising Age and Business Insider.
Roxanne Joyal is CEO of ME to WE and founder of ME to WE Artisans, which leads social and economic empowerment initiatives for women in Kenya, India, and Ecuador. A Rhodes Scholar who clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Nipissing.
Victoria Kaspi is an astrophysicist and professor at McGill University, where she investigates neutron stars and pulsars. A Companion of the Order of Canada, Kaspi was the first woman to receive the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.
Award-winning entrepreneur Petra Kassun-Mutch is revolutionizing the way entrepreneurs do business, bringing social consciousness and a feminist mindset to a space that is all too often profit-centric and male-dominated.
The first female president of BCIT, Kathy Kinloch created the first sexual-assault policy for a BC post-secondary institution. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA and one of the fifty most influential women in British Columbia by BC Business.
Josée Kurtz was the first woman to command a major Canadian warship. The highlight of her command was when the ship was deployed as part of the Canadian Forces humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Lisa LaFlamme is a Canadian television journalist and the chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News. She has won two Canadian Screen Awards and is a recipient of the Order of Ontario.
Michele Landsberg is a bestselling author, journalist, feminist, and social activist. An officer of the Order of Canada, Landsberg is one of the first journalists in Canada to address sexual harassment in the workplace, racial discrimination in education and employment opportunities, and lack of gender equality in diverse and custodial legal proceedings.
Silken Laumann is an Olympic bronze and silver medalist, motivational speaker, author, and child advocate. She has received BC’s Top 100 Women of Influence award, a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
UNICEF ambassador Karina LeBlanc is a two-time Olympian who participated in five World Cups and is vocal advocate for girls’ rights.
A recipient of the Order of British Columbia, Patti Leigh is the driving force behind the Science Fair Program in BC, and has made an outstanding contribution to the province and the country with twenty-seven years of service to youth.
Monique Leroux was the first woman to be the head of Desjardins, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. She is now the head of Investissement Quebec and serves on the Canada–U S Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Julia Levy developed the first medical treatment of age-related macular degeneration. An Officer of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is a biotechnology industry leader and mentor.
One of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Joanne Liu has been on the frontline of major world crises. She was the first person to serve two consecutive terms at the helm of the Nobel Prize-winning agency.
A bestselling author, policy worker, and board member, Alison Loat is the founder of Samara, whose mission is to reconnect citizen to politics. She has received the Queen’s Gold Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
The first Director of Entrepreneurship at SFU, Dr. Sarah Lubik has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 and awarded a TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award.
Fiona Macfarlane is EY’s managing partner and Chief Inclusiveness Officer. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
The co-founder and president of Sleep Country Canada, Christine Magee has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.
Nineteen-year-old inventor Ann Makosinski won the Google Science Fair in 2013 and is a recipient of Forbes’ and TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 awards.
Elizabeth May is the Green Party of Canada’s first elected Member of Parliament. An Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Earth Charter International Commission, she has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recognized as Maclean’s Hardest Working Parliamentarian of the Year in 2013.
President of the Beacon Agency and co-founder of This Space Works, Janice McDonald is the recipient of four Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards.
Meagan McGrath is a mountaineer, polar explorer, guide, and speaker. She is the only Canadian woman to climb two versions of the Seven Summits and is the first Canadian to ski solo to the
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Marianne McKenna has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Canada by Maclean’s for her work as founder of one of Canada’s leading architectural firms.
Nancy McKinstry championed women at Odlum Brown, co-founded the Minerva Foundation, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
The managing partner at CAI Capital Management Co., Tracey McVicar has won Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, the Association of Women in Finance’s PEAK Award for Knowledge and Leadership, and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
Anne-Marie Mediwake is the co-host of CTV’s Your Morning and has been a longtime journalist. She was named the GTA ’s Woman of the Year at the Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Film director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta is the recipient of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Her films Earth (1998) and Water (2005) were nominated for Academy Awards.
Monique Mercier is the Executive Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at TELUS . The first woman to take maternity leave at the law firm Stikeman Elliott in the 1980s, she won Woman of the Year in 2016.
Farah Mohamed is an award-winning social profit entrepreneur who founded and led G(irls)20 and is now the CEO of the Malala Fund. She is the recipient of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada, a RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Emily Molnar was named The Globe and Mail’s 2013 Dance Artist of the Year. She has received a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, BC Community Achievement Award, and YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
As Lieutenant-Commander of the HM CS Kingston, Marta Mulkins paved the way for women in the Royal Canadian Navy. She was the first woman to command a warship in the RCN, and later commanded Naval Reserve Division HM CS Carleton.
is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in STEM. Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups.
The co-founder and principal of Renewal Partners, Carol Newell was one of the first female venture capitalists, significantly changing the landscape for social impact investing.
An innovator, creator, and entrepreneur, Susan Niczowski is a powerhouse of the healthy food industry who founded Summer Fresh Salads.
Dr. Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author, and Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA . A Member of the Order of Canada, she is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Ratna Omidvar is co-chair of the Global Future Council on Migration hosted by the World Economic Forum. A Member of the Order of Canada, she is also a director at the Environics Institute and Samara Canada.
Dr. Barbara Orser is Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. She is the primary investigator on over 100 leading academic and trade publications, co-author of two small-business finance books, board member of Canadian Women in Technology, and a Women’s Executive Network winner.
President and CEO of LifeLabs, Sue Paish is a recognized community and business leader. She has been named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in Business and one of Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame inductees.
Canada’s Financial Post describes Natalie Panek as “a vocal advocate for women in technology.” She joins an elite group of women as one of Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 award winners, and as one of Forbes’ and Flare Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2015.
The Governor General of Canada, engineer Julie Payette is a former Canadian astronaut who flew in two spaceflights and logged more than twenty-five days in space.
The founder of Canada’s original programming bootcamp, HackerYou, Heather Payne is a champion of women in tech. She also founded Ladies Learning to Code, which is now in twenty-nine cities across Canada.
Mia Pearson is an innovator, creative strategist, and pioneer of the digital integration and public relations. She has been recognized as one of the top marketers in Canada by Marketing Magazine, RBC’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and an inductee of Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame.
The first Canadian senator of Asian ancestry, Vivienne Poy served for fourteen years as president of Vivienne Poy Mode, a fashion design company she founded in 1981. She was Chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2006.
Sarah Prevette is the founder of Future Design School. She was named one of the top entrepreneurs in North America by Inc. magazine and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. Her advice can be found in her monthly column “Founders Notes” and a new reality series about entrepreneurs, Quit Your Day Job.
A pioneer in the technology and business models of entertainment, Shahrzad Rafati is the founder and CEO of Broadband TV Corp. She has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
A leader in wildlife conservation, Justina Ray has participated in numerous government-led advisory panels and contributed to over thirty publications.
Alison Redford was Alberta’s first female premier and the eighth woman to serve as premier in the history of Canada.
A construction magnate who empowers women to join the trades, Mandy Rennehan has won Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Award and Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, and was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of The Year.
Jennifer Reynolds is the president and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), and former CEO of Women in Capital Markets.
The president and general counsel of Global Relay, Shannon Rogers has been ranked #1 on PROFIT W100 Top Female Entrepreneurs three times.
The youngest dragon on Dragon’s Den, Michele Romanow co-founded Buytopia.ca and is on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
Kate Ross LeBlanc has received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Retail and Hospitality, and the Women of Influence RBC Entrepreneur of the Year.
A senior scientist and Companion to the Order of Canada, Dr. Janet Rossant chaired the working group of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on Stem Cell Research.
The founder of the all-female music showcase Honey Jam, Ebonnie Rowe has received a YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award, an Ontario Volunteerism Award, and a Special Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada.
The former head of mechanical engineering at UBC and an Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Martha Salcudean is a leading researcher in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Now the chair of Weyerhauser Industrial Research in computational fluid dynamics, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Serial entrepreneur and award-winning mentor Vicki Saunders is the founder of SheEO Inc, a global initiative to support and celebrate women entrepreneurs.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is the co-founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada and penned the viral New York Times op-ed, “Canada’s Hidden History, My Mother and Me.”
The first female president of the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO ), Dorothy Shaw was instrumental in the development of many reproductive health policies and guidelines in use throughout Canada. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
A decorated architect, Brigitte Shim co-founded Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and has worked on Toronto Laneway House, Integral House, and Weathering Steel House. She has won the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture thirteen times and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
An award-winning biomedical engineer, Molly Shoichet is only person to be a Fellow of Canada’s three national academies: Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
A leader in the venture capital world, Gerri Sinclair founded NCompass Labs, acquired by Microsoft. She was General Manager of MSN Canada and has received numerous tech awards.
The founder of Kids & Company and a mother of eight, Victoria Sopik has received an RBC Women Entrepreneur of The Year Award, an EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award, and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
The founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Janice Stein is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
The driving force behind North America’s largest organic breakfast food manufacturer, Ratana Stephens is the co-founder and co-CEO of Nature’s Path. She has received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
Angela Sterritt is an award-winning Gitxsan journalist and artist, receiving the Investigative Award of the Year for coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Belinda Stronach is the chairman and president of The Stronach Group and the chairman of Acasta Capital. She is an innovative businesswoman, philanthropist, and former politician. The World Economic Forum named her a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
One of the first female leaders in the FinTech industry and a co-founder of two companies, Shannon Susko has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and won a Sarah Kirke Award.
An award-winning journalist, Tamara Taggart is the weekday anchor with CTV News at Six and a strong community advocate, especially with BC Women’s Hospital and Down Syndrome Foundation. She is a recipient of the Order of BC.
Served as advisor to BC’s Premier Christy Clark. She’s the former Chancellor of Simon Fraser University and formerly BC’s Minister of Finance. She has four honorary degrees and has been a role model for young women.
As the chair of RBC, Katie Taylor is the first woman to run a major Canadian bank. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has won Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
Researcher, author, and lecturer Vianne Timmons is a leader in the area of educational inclusion. She has won the Red Cross Humanitarian Award, CTV’s Citizen of the Year, and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.
Erin Treloar is the Founding Partner of Raw Beauty Talks and Free to Be, movements and programs to support young people in their confidence in their bodies.
Rhodes Scholar Dr. Ilse Treurnicht is the former CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a global innovation hub with ventures in health, energy, environment, finance and commerce, and work and learning sectors.
Tanya van Biesen is the Executive Director of Catalyst Canada and a #gosponsorher advocate, accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion.
The woman behind Michael’s, Home Depot Canada, and Canada’s first energy storage facility, Annette Verschuren is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
As president and CEO of Vancity, Tamara Vrooman gained international recognition for values-based banking. She has won the BC CEO of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Canadian cosmetics icon Lise Watier won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Fragrance Awards and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an activist for a range of social and environmental issues affecting the Inuit, including global warming and persistent organic pollutants.
Sandra Wear co-founded DocSpace and sold it for $568M. She is passionate about innovation, excellence, and gender equity.
A decorated Olympian, Hayley Wickenheiser led Canada’s women’s hockey team to four gold medals and one silver medal. Now pursuing a career in medicine, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.
The President and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital, Faye Wightman has received the Influential Women in Business Award, the City of Vancouver’s Civic Medal, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Fundraisers, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
One of Canada’s hardest-working advocates, Lorelei Williams helped design the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
General Counsel of Haida Nation, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is internationally recognized in aboriginal law and a multiple-award-winning singer for her work with Haida Gwaii Singers Society and Raven Calling Productions.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Minister of Justice and the former Crown Prosecutor of BC. She has championed the environment and social justice, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and the rebuilding of strong and appropriate Indigenous governments within Canada.
Kathleen Wynne is the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. She is the first female premier of Ontario and the first openly gay head of a provincial or federal government in Canada.