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.
Jean Hough Davey
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.
Natalie Zemon Davis
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.
Lisa de Wilde
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.
Susan R. Eaton
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.
Chan Hon Goh
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.
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.
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.