TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 25, 2015) - Women's Executive Network (WXN) has announced the 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, who will be recognized during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. The Awards serve to recognize talented leaders and to inspire the current and next generations to push the boundaries of what's possible.
"For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners; it's an opportunity to pay it forward," says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. "WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them."
Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Among the incredible women receiving Top 100 Awards this year are Sabrina Geremia, managing director, integrated solutions, Google Canada; Colonel Josée Robidoux, Colonel Commandant, 35 Canadian Brigade Group; and Helene Weir, president and chief executive officer, YMCA Calgary. This year, 12 women will also be inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, including Lisa Lisson, president, Federal Express Canada and Laura Dottori-Attanasio, senior executive vice president and chief risk officer, CIBC.
Past Award Winners include some of Canada's most iconic women trailblazers, including Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The Top 100 Awards Gala caps off the WXN "Collective Impact" Leadership Summit, which delivers collaborative learning from keynote speakers and panelists with the objective of connecting the community of smart women and men and identifying innovative solutions for effective leadership. The Gala also marks the launch of the WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring program, providing opportunities for Top 100 Award Winners to mentor, inspire and develop future leaders.
The full list of WXN's 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.
Top 100 Awards Gala
This year's Top 100 Awards ceremony will be hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-anchor, CBC News Toronto, who is an accomplished communications leader in her own right as the co-founder, former managing director and head of institutional equities of North South Capital.
The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and executive director, War Child, who is also a best-selling author and a 2009 Top 100 Award Winner. One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian space, Dr. Nutt has spent more than 15 years leading positive change, placing herself at the front lines of many of the world's major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Darfur.
Top 100 Awards are given to remarkable women in nine different categories: BMO Arts & Communications, RBC Champions, Accenture Corporate Directors, Scotiabank Corporate Executives, CIBC Entrepreneurs, TELUS Future Leaders, KPMG Professionals, PwC Public Sector Leaders and Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters.
The Top 100 Awards program enjoys a strong commitment from corporate supporters. For a complete list of partners, visit www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-women.
About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.
Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.