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What Glass Ceiling? Here Are Canada’s 2013 Most Powerful Women

Women's Executive NetworkThe Women’s Executive Network (WXN) released the recipients of the 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women which includes women from a variety of sectors including communications, media, military, mining and the technology industry who have excelled within their career to be recognized as “powerful” women.

The 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners are:


  • Nini Baird, Chair, TELUS Vancouver Community Board, TELUS, Vancouver, BC
  • Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV Corp., Vancouver, BC
  • Dr. Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, CEO and Founder, Atlantic Ballet Company of Canada, Moncton, NB
  • Kathy Cheng, President, WS & Co., Ltd. and Founder, Redwood Classics Apparel, Scarborough, ON
  • Marilyn Denis, Host, The Marilyn Denis Show, CTV & Co-Host, Roger, Darren & Marilyn, CHUM FM, Bell Media, Toronto, ON
  • Ana Lopes, Chair of the Board, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, Toronto, ON
  • Sandie Rinaldo, Anchor, CTV National News with Sandie Rinaldo, CTV News, Toronto, ON


  • Debby Carreau, CEO and Founder, Inspired HR Ltd, Calgary, AB
  • Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, President, Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting, Calgary, AB
  • Janice McDonald, President, iStyleOriginals, Ottawa, ON
  • Jane Allen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte LLP, Toronto, ON
  • Susan Allen, Assurance Partner, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Group, PwC, Toronto, ON
  • Sharon MacLeod, Vice President, Marketing, Unilever Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Lynn McGrade, Partner and Toronto Regional Investment Management Group Leader Chair, Business Development Committee, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, ON


  • Patricia Callon, Director, Vice-Chair, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto, ON
  • Beth Horowitz, Corporate Director, HSBC Bank Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Louise Roy, Director, Intact Financial Corporation and Chancellor, Université de Montréal, Toronto, ON
  • Christiane Bergevin, Executive Vice President, Partnerships and Desjardins Business Development, Office of the President, Desjardins Group, Montréal, QC
  • Isabelle Hudon, President, Sun Life Financial, Québec, Montréal, QC
  • Nancy Hopkins, Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP and Director, The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Saskatoon, SK


  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, President & Canada Country Chair, Executive Vice President Heavy Oil, Shell Canada Ltd, Calgary, AB
  • Janice Odegaard, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, AB
  • Tina Osen, President and CEO, HUB International Insurance Brokers, Burnaby, BC
  • Janet Holder, Executive Vice President, Western Access, Enbridge Inc., Prince George, BC
  • Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO, Norsat International Inc., Richmond, BC
  • Christine Day, CEO, lululemon, Vancouver, BC
  • Kay Priestly, CEO, Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC
  • Kim Thompson, SVP, Advisory Services, Credential Financial Inc., Vancouver, BC
  • Sue Reibel, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Group Benefits & Retirement Solutions, Manulife Financial, Kitchener, ON
  • Jane Riddell, Chief Operations Officer, GoodLife Fitness Clubs Inc., London, ON
  • Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada, Mississauga, ON
  • Caroline Charter, Vice President – Worldwide Alliance & Channel Strategic Partner Sales Engagement, Oracle Corporation, Mississauga, ON
  • Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Express Canada, Mississauga, ON
  • Jacqui Allard, Senior Vice President, Head of Operations & Chief Information Officer, Investment Division, Manulife Financial, Toronto, ON
  • Shauneen Bruder, EVP and Head of Operations, RBC, Toronto, ON
  • Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial, Toronto, ON
  • Betty DeVita, President, MasterCard Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Judy Goldring, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, AGF Management Limited, Toronto, ON
  • Christina Kramer, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution & Channel Strategy, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto, ON
  • Sharon Ludlow, President and CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Toronto, ON
  • Linda Mantia, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer, RBC, Toronto, ON
  • Anne Marie O’Donovan, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank, Toronto, ON
  • Marie-Josée Lamothe, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Corporate Communications Officer, L’ORÉAL Canada, Montréal, QC


  • Arlene Flock, President, Flagworks Inc., Calgary, AB
  • Allison Grafton, President, Rockwood Custom Homes, Calgary, AB
  • Shannon Rogers, President & General Counsel, Global Relay, Vancouver, BC
  • Kelsey Ramsden, President, Belvedere Place Development Ltd., Spark Play Ltd., London, ON
  • Ann Kaplan, President and CEO, iFinance Canada/Medicard, Toronto, ON
  • Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books and Music Inc., Toronto, ON
  • Nancy Venneman, President, Altitude Aerospace Inc., Montréal, QC


  • Lindsay Nahmiache, Partner, Jive Communications, Vancouver, BC
  • Jennifer Christie, Territory Manager, John Deere Canada ULC, Kitchener, ON
  • Kelly Lovell, Motivational Public Figure & CEO, The Kelly Effect, Lovell Corporation, Kitchener, ON
  • Carrie McMullen, Strategic Account Executive, Aerotek, Mississauga, ON
  • Anouk Dey, Founder and President, Reclaim Childhood, Toronto, ON
  • Michelle Dubé, Anchor, CTV Toronto, Bell Media Inc., CTV News, Toronto, ON
  • Rhiannon Traill, President & CEO, The Economic Club of Canada & The Jr. Economic Club of Canada, Toronto, ON


  • Kathleen Ryan, Partner, Davis LLP, Edmonton, AB
  • Shelley Brown, Partner, Deloitte, Vancouver, BC
  • Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO, The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), Vancouver, BC
  • Monique Mercier, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, TELUS, Vancouver, BC
  • Lisa Vogt, Partner and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver, BC
  • Rebecca Ng, Financial Controller, Xstrata Nickel, Markham, ON
  • Lisa Borsook, Executive Partner, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, ON
  • Susan Glass, Partner, National Leader, Valuations, KPMG in Canada, KPMG LLP, Toronto, ON
  • Catherine Karakatsanis, Chief Operating Officer, Morrison Hershfield Limited, Toronto, ON
  • Diane Kazarian, National Financial Services Leader, Partner – Audit and Assurance Group, PwC, Toronto, ON
  • Lisa Kimmel, General Manager, Edelman Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Rosemary McCarney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Plan International Canada Inc., Toronto, ON


  • Lieutenant-Colonel Krista Brodie, Commanding Officer, 1 Service Battalion, Edmonton, AB
  • Mary Ackenhusen, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC
  • Michele McKenzie, President and CEO, Canadian Tourism Commission, Vancouver, BC
  • Lori Wanamaker, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Justice and Deputy Solicitor General, Province of British Columbia, Victoria, BC
  • Dr. Joanne Keselman, Vice-President Academic & Provost, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Krista Connell, CEO, The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Halifax, NS
  • Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON
  • JoAnne Butler, Vice-President, Electricity Resources, Ontario Power Authority, Toronto, ON
  • Marilyn Emery, President and CEO, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, ON
  • Anne Sado, President, George Brown College, Toronto, ON
  • Joan Sproul, Executive Vice President Corporate and Chief Financial Officer, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
  • Captain(N) Jill Marrack, Deputy Commander Naval Reserve, Naval Reserve Headquarters, Québec City, QC
  • Dr. Karen Chad, Vice President, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK


  • Dr. Marie Delorme, CEO, The Imagination Group, Calgary, AB
  • Lucy Miller, President and CEO, United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, AB
  • Ratana Stephens, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Nature’s Path Foods, Richmond, BC
  • Hali Strandlund, SVP Residential Mortgage Investments & Broker Relations, Fisgard Asset Management Corporation, Victoria, BC
  • Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO, The Women’s Tennis Association, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Dr. Samia Barakat, Associate Dean, Professionalism & Diversity, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Dr. Joan Durrant, Professor, Department of Family Social Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Susan Patten, Chair, A. Harvey Group of Companies, St. John’s, NL
  • Debbie Baxter, Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Workplace Services, LoyaltyOne, Toronto, ON
  • Tanya Chernova, Founder, Courageous Living & PNRT (Progressive Neural Resolution Therapy), Toronto, ON
  • Sally Daub, President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc., Toronto, ON
  • Leanne Hall, VP Human Resources, Noront Resources Ltd., Toronto, ON
  • Nandini Jolly, Founder, President & CEO, CryptoMill Technolgies Ltd., Toronto, ON
  • Alison Loat, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Samara, Toronto, ON
  • Heather Payne, Founder, Ladies Learning Code & HackerYou, Toronto, ON
  • Rauni Salminen, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Philip Aziz Centre Emily House, Toronto, ON
  • Major Eleanor Taylor, Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto, ON
  • Pascale Pageau, Chief Executive Officer, Delegatus Services Juridique Inc., Montréal, QC


  • Leslie O’Donoghue, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy and Chief Risk Officer, Agrium, Calgary, AB
  • Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON
  • Mary Ann Turcke, Executive Vice President, Field Operations, Bell Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Lynn Jeanniot, Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, National Bank of Canada, Montréal, QC