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 South Pole.
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.