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.
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.
The first Director of Entrepeneurship at SFU. In 2014, Dr. Lubik was named one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40. In 2016, she was awarded the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award. YWCA Women of Distinction finalist.
The Chief Growth Officer for FrontFundr, Jill Earthy has been named a Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 and recognized by The International Alliance of Women for her support of women entrepreneurs.
Trinidadian-Canadian politician and physician Hedy Fry is the longest-serving female Member of Parliament, winning eight consecutive elections, and the oldest Canadian MP.
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.
Mary Jo Haddad
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.
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.
Kate Ross LeBlanc
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.
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 out standing contribution to the province and the country with twenty-seven years of service to youth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nancy McKinstry championed women at Odlum Brown, co-founded the Minerva Foundation, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Anne-Marie Mediwake is the co-host of CTV’s Your Morning and has been a long time journalist. She was named the GTA's Woman of the Year at the Consumer’s Choice Awards.
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.
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.
Saadia Muzaffar 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
Dr. Lois Nahirney is the president and CEO of dnaPower Inc. and SkinDNA Inc. She has won a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award and a Women of Distinction Award.
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.
Meg Beckel shares Canada’s conservation practices and vision with the world as President & CEO at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The co-founder of Acre Architects, Monica Adair is a strong advocate for the arts and shaping the future, and the recipient of a Royal 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.
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 BCTreaty 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.
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.