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  • In April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

  • Is your company in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon London Liss (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Lisa Borsook (lborsook@weirfoulds.comor Shirley Dawe (shirley@shirleydawe.com)

    The Dine-Around Committee is searching for 20 more locations. If your home is located within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen (cohen.judi@gmail.com), Brenda Brown (bbrown0205@gmail.comor Martha Russel (martha.russel@gmail.com).  For non-residents, there are creative ways in which you might still be able to host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags, please contact  Pat Tremaine  (pat@tmiprojects.comand Donna Harris (donnajharris10@gmail.com).

    Conference Cookbook - The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur with photos? We are almost at our deadline, so please connect quickly if you have something to share! Please contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Karen Seward (karen.beverley.adams@gmail.com) or Lisa Lyons (Lisa.lyons@corusent.com)

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members, we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • Martha “Martie” Russel (pictured above left) brings her signature blend of warmth, compassion, and drive to everything she does. An award-winning volunteer, healthcare entrepreneur, and fundraiser, Martie puts caring for others at the core of her leadership. In 2005, she joined IWF Toronto and has been attending Cornerstone and International Conferences from the beginning. For her, those events are sacrosanct time in her annual schedule. Not surprisingly, she’s humble about being the originator of the IWF scarf, now a hit with delegates from Melbourne to Barcelona. For members who treasure the one-of-a-kind, silk-charmeuse memory of world travels and IWF sisterhood, you have Martie to thank... READ MORE

  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (Atlantic) has been named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women's Executive Network (WXN). Eleanor Chiu (Calgary) won the Organizational Diversity Award at the 22nd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards. Agnes Di Leonardi (Toronto) received the Order of Canada, our country's highest civilian honour for service to the nation.  Honourary degrees were conferred on Kim Sturgess, Marie Delorme and Aritha van Herk (Calgary), who was also named to the Order of Canada.

    Mary D'Alton (Waterloo) was appointed Executive Director of the Cowan Foundation. Karen Furneaux (Atlantic), a three-time Olympian, was honoured by the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Chris Hornberger (Atlantic) has received her Certified Executive Coach designation from Royal Roads University. Brenda Kenny (Calgary) is the new Board Chair of Alberta Innovates. Jane Klugman (Waterloo) is the first woman appointed as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. Kendra MacDonald (Atlantic) is the first CEO for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

    Sheila O’Brien (Calgary) was appointed Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator.  Karen Redman (Waterloo) was elected chair of Waterloo Regional Council in October 2018. Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Calgary) was awarded the 2018 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award. Janice Rubin (Toronto) won the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Award at the Chambers Canada Awards.

    Michelle Savoy (Toronto) received the Dean’s Philos Award from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Kathy Sendall (Calgary) was named Lieutenant Colonel
    for the Alberta Military. Cathy Simpson (Atlantic) is the new board chair of New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

    Barb Stegemann (Atlantic) was recently featured in WestJet Magazine about her social enterprise fragrance venture, 7 Virtues. Candace Thomas (Atlantic) has been included in the second edition of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian WomenJosephine Victoria Yam (Toronto) won the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award and is one of RBC’s
    Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

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    For more than two decades Monette Malewski (above middle) has been a part of IWF.  And IWF has been a part of her.  A history of involvement with Montreal (Canada’s oldest chapter) made her influential in IWF’s early growth across the country. She’s also served three back-to back 2-year mandates on the international board. IWF Canada created a Circle of Luminaries to honour members like Monette, who are deeply engaged nationally and internationally.  At the Miami conference in October, she was IWFC’s 2018 inductee in recognition of her tireless dedication and leadership in fundraising, governance, and mentorship
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  • Is your organization in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Lisa (lborsook@weirfoulds.com) or Bambina Marcello (bambina.marcello@aircanada.ca).

    The Dine-Around Committee is looking for 20 more locations. If your home is within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen (cohen.judi@gmail.com) or Martha Russell (martha.russell@gmail.com). For non-residents, there are creative ways you can host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags please get in touch with Pat Tremaine  (pat@tmiprojects.com) or Donna Harris (donnajharris10@gmail.com)

    Conference Cookbook The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur (with photos)? To help, contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Karen Seward (karen.beverley.adams@gmail.com) or Lisa (Lisa.lyons@corusent.com)

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • 08 Mar 2018 by Renee Levine

    Karen's book launch took place today at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  Her book, Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within, is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle at the following link:
     
     

    Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within is an Olympic athlete’s journey to harness the POWER of self-belief and appreciate the beauty in us all.

    Karen's vision for this book is to reach many under-served communities to inspire young women to find their unique power, strength and voice.

  • 25 Sep 2017

    At this past summer's IWFC AGM (held in Montréal), Christine Bergevin (IWFC Montréal member) was introduced to Jackie King (IWFC Ottawa and IWFC National Board member) by
    Karen Kinsley (IWFC Ottawa). At Christine's urging, Jackie agreed to piut her name in for the appointment process for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Jackie, a stellar candidate with terrific credentials from Hill & Knowlton, has now been appointed as COO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  

    On Sunday, September 24th at the Montréal chapter AGM, Martine Irman (IWFC Toronto) became Third Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Christine Bergevin became Chair.  Anne Marie Hubert (IWFC Montréal) who currently leads the Board of the Public Policy Forum and is a Director of the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, kindly agreed to co-lead the Board Task Force on Diversity.

    It's fair to say that IWF shakers and movers are at work! Congratulations to everyone.

  • Meet some of our chapters’ newest members. Watch this space for more new-member listings throughout 2019.

    (Calgary) Sara Austin is the Founder and Chair of Children First Canada, a new national non-profit dedicated to the protection and empowerment of Canada’s children. Claudia Cattaneo is an award winning journalist; news, finance and public policy junkie; and former Western Business Columnist at the National Post. Geeta Sankappanavar is Co-Founder & President of Grafton Asset Management and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership. Susan Veres is a partner with Honeycomb Communications.

    (Edmonton) Myrna  Bittner, a CEO tech founder, is passionate about representative diversity and ethical AI. Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Executive Director, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, is a proud Aninshinaabe kwe (woman) and member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Nation on Beautiful Manitoulin Island.

    (Atlantic) Jennifer Angel is President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia. Alice Aiken is VP Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. Mary Bluechardt is President & Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University. Carrie Cussons is President & CEO, Events East Group. Christine Hanson is CEO, NS Human Rights Commission, and  Christine Pound is Partner, Stewart McKelvey.

    (Montreal) Pascale Fournier, is President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College and holds the Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the University of Ottawa. Eve Laurier, General Manager, Edelman Montréal, is an award-winning strategic communicator. Francine Leger is VP Creative at Vasco design international Inc. Michéle Thibodeau-De Guire, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of École Polytechnique de Montréal, is a distinguished recipient of numerous honours for citizenship and excellence.

    (Toronto) Mary Federau, EVP at Mattamy Asset Management. Bambina Marcello is head of Business Development for Air Canada.

    (Waterloo) Elizabeth Heald was named President & CEO of Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) in August 2017.

    (Ottawa) Marjolaine Hudon is Regional President of Ontario North & East at RBC, and has held a wide variety of regional and national positions. Cheryl Jensen is President and CEO at Algonquin College. Jessica McDonald was appointed to the Canada Post Board of Directors and is acting as interim President and CEO. Amy Shapero is the CFO at Shopify.

  • 18 Aug 2017

     

    This past June at the 2017 AGM and WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE conference in Montréal an exciting new IWF Canada initiative was introduced.  Dubbed the Circle of Luminaries the enterprise was undertaken as a way of recognizing those IWF members who have made a large impact on the organization.  IWF Canada is proud to have a strong membership of over 550 members across the country, many whom have gone above and beyond.  The idea was initially conceived by Leslie Quinton (Montréal chapter) and a committee was formed.  Karen Oldfield, outgoing IWFC President, commented that selecting the inaugural award recipients was a rigorous process, the results of which were shared with the membership at the gala dinner.   Karen went on to say this was a small but great way to recognize the contributions IWFC has made to this country and concluded by saying how very proud she was to be able to do this for our membership. 

    The 2017 inaugural Circle of Luminaries award recipients are wonderful examples of trailblazing innovators who have made vital contributions to championing women’s leadership.

    Micheline Bouchard (Montréal Chapter) is a professional engineer, recognized business leader and experienced corporate director.  Ms. Bouchard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique, Montréal.   Ms. Bouchard is the former President & CEO of ART Advanced Research Technologies, a biomedical company. She previously served as Global Corporate Vice-President, Enterprise Services of Motorola Inc. in Chicago after serving as President & CEO of Motorola Canada in Toronto.   She has received numerous awards and honors in addition to five honorary doctorates from major Canadian universities.  In addition to her impressive professional and educational accomplishments Micheline has also served on several community, professional engineering, business and women’s groups.  She is a former President of IWF Canada, a member of the Order of Canada and of the National Order of Quebec.

    Before marrying a Canadian, Ann Medina (Toronto Chapter) was a Producer for NBC News, and then a Network Correspondent and Documentary Producer for ABC News. In Canada, she became a Senior Foreign Correspondent for CBC's The Journal and, in 1983-84, was the Beirut Bureau Chief. Her topical documentaries aired regularly on BBC and PBS. She also moderated three Federal Election Debates. Throughout her career, she has been a popular public speaker.  Ann is Past Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and has served on numerous boards including Humber College, TVO, Calmeadow Foundation and the IWF International Board. She also Chaired its Presidents' Council in addition to Co-chairing the 2003 IWF Leadership Conference in 2003. She has received the YWCA 'Woman of Distinction' award and, in 2010, was included in the 'Top 100 Most Powerful Women'. She has received five honorary degrees including one from the University of Toronto.

    Alison Youngman (Toronto chapter) passed away in 2009 at 61 years following a courageous battle with cancer.  A senior partner with Stikeman Elliott, Alison embodied entrepreneurial spirit, launching the firm's first marketing group and promoting the adoption of new technologies before it was fashionable to do so.  A true champion of IWF Canada, Alison served as President of IWFC as well as on the global board of directors of the IWF Leadership Foundation.  In 2008, she was co-recipient of IWF's Sustainable Leadership Award.  She chaired the national board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and spearheaded Stikeman Elliott's participation and contributions to the annual CBCF-CIBC Run for the Cure.  Of her volunteering and community involvement, she once said, "Volunteering is the gift that keeps growing." Alison's friends will remember her unflagging delight in camaraderie and laughter.  Stricken with lung cancer, she asked for just two things: stories and jokes. She also got a bonus: a stream of outrageous, baldness-concealing hats from IWF colleagues in Calgary - one of which she modelled in the halls of Princess Margaret (with matching boa) to the delight of nurses and patients.  Alison was a leader to the end who defined her life as a lawyer, volunteer and champion of women’s leadership

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Linda Tuck Chapman Congratulations to all of these wonderful women, particularly those that have been recognized for their outstanding contributions.
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    Pamela has moved into a new role as a Partner at KPMG to build a new Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Group with a focus on Executive Tables and Boardrooms.  The purpose of the Group is to support clients by helping them embed inclusive leadership and diversity in their talent pipeline and at the leadership level.  Pamela’s vision is an approach rooted in global best practices, benchmarking and employee engagement.  Her appointment was announced in late July.  

    In 2016, 41 percent of KPMG senior managers promoted to partnership were women.  Pamela stated that she is looking forward to continued collaboration with KPMG CEO, Elio Luongo, a long-time supporter of WXN.  She commented: “I always loved the fact he would bring his daughter to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.”