Top 25 2017


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Introducing the Top 25 Women of Influence 2017

September, 12th, 2017

  Meet Canada’s most accomplished female role models.   It has been two years since we last published our Top 25 Women of Influence list. We’re excited to be bringing it back — not only because of the Canadian women who deserve to be honoured for their achievements and impact over the past year, but […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Katherine Hay graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Katherine Hay

September, 12th, 2017

    Katherine Hay Current: President & CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation Designated: President and CEO of Kids Help Phone For three years, Kathy Hay lead the team responsible for generating the majority of funding for Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in Toronto. Funds that not only enable WCH to deliver excellent care, but also to conduct […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Sara Austin graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Sara Austin

September, 12th, 2017

    Sara Austin Founder of Children First Canada, CEO of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre With over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, Sara Austin has already helped change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children through global advocacy, public policy efforts, and philanthropic campaigns. In November of 2016, […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Jennifer Keesmaat

September, 12th, 2017

    Jennifer Keesmaat Former City of Toronto Chief Planner While Jennifer Keesmaat has chosen to step down from her position as City of Toronto Chief Planner effective September 2017, she spent her time in the role proving herself to be anything but a typical bureaucrat. Lured from a successful entrepreneurial planning venture (her role […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Shahrzad Rafati

September, 12th, 2017

    Shahrzad Rafati Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp Shahrzad Rafati founded BroadbandTV in 2005. The Vancouver-based digital media and technology company now operates the largest multi-platform network in the world — with 30 billion monthly video views from its thousands of network partners. They pioneered both the technology and business model that enabled […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Sarain Fox

September, 12th, 2017

    Sarain Fox Actor & Activist Sarain Fox has worked in film as an actor, had a successful career as a professional dancer, and modelled in her spare time — but it is her activism that makes her unique. Of Anishinabe lineage, she has long been a passionate spokesperson for her community north of […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

September, 12th, 2017

    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy Founder, theBoardlist and Founder & Chairman, Joyus Since moving to Silicon Valley twenty years ago, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy has founded two companies, headed up Google’s Asia Pacific and Latin American operations, taken on the CEO role at multiple organizations, served on several boards, and become an angel investor. She’s been […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Gigi Gorgeous

September, 12th, 2017

    Gigi Gorgeous Transgender Activist, Actress, Model, & Social Media Influencer Between YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, Giselle Loren Lazzarato — known online as Gigi Gorgeous — has a social media following surpassing five million. The Toronto-based icon first came out as transgender in a YouTube video in December 13, after having already achieved a […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Samantha Bee

September, 12th, 2017

    Samantha Bee Host, Full Frontal When Toronto-native Samantha Bee’s news satire show, Full Frontal, premiered in February of 2016, a lot of the buzz surrounding it was focused on the fact that she was the only woman in late night. Now in its second season, the conversation has shifted to the quality of […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Mary Ann Turcke

September, 12th, 2017

    Mary Ann Turcke President, Digital media and NFL Network at the National Football League An engineer by trade, Mary Ann Turcke began her career as a district manager for the Ministry of Transportation in her hometown of Kingston, Ontario. A move to Toronto and a series of management positions in the private sector […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Maayan Ziv

September, 12th, 2017

    Maayan Ziv Photographer and Accessibility Activist Growing up with spinal muscular atrophy, Maayan Ziv knows firsthand the frustration and challenges that a lack of accessibility can cause. So in 2015, she created the AccessNow app to help solve the problem. It uses crowdsourcing to pin the accessibility status of locations on an interactive […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Jen Agg graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Jen Agg

September, 12th, 2017

    Jen Agg Restaurateur Jen Agg officially became a star on the Toronto restaurant scene with the opening of The Black Hoof in 2008. She’s now the owner of three more popular locales in the city, including Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner, and her latest, Grey Gardens, as well as Montréal’s Agrikol restaurant. This level […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Robyn Doolittle

September, 12th, 2017

    Robyn Doolittle Investigative Reporter Robyn Doolittle first rose to journalistic fame at the Toronto Star, when she helped bring the Rob Ford crack-cocaine scandal to light. That big break in her career led to a rushed book deal and the Canadian bestseller, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. Shortly after its release, she […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Marie-Claude Bibeau

September, 12th, 2017

    Marie-Claude Bibeau Minister of International Development and La Francophonie The federal government launched Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in June, outlining a bold and focused vision that would begin to position Canada as a leader on gender equality in its aid programming. Spearheaded by the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, she’s still working hard around […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Arlene Dickinson

September, 8th, 2017

    Arlene Dickinson CEO of Venture Communications and District Ventures Arlene Dickinson earned her fortune through her marketing agency, Venture Communications, but it is her foray into venture capitalism that is her latest success. A Canadian household name thanks to her role on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Arlene took a two-year pause from the show […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Palbinder K Shergill

September, 8th, 2017

    Palbinder K Shergill Justice to the Supreme Court of British Columbia Palbinder Kaur Shergill started the year an accomplished woman. She was a trial lawyer with her own firm in Surrey. An advisory board member of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute. And she had spent over 25 years providing pro bono legal counsel […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Margaret Atwood

September, 8th, 2017

    Margaret Atwood Novelist, Poet, Essayist Already a Canadian icon and an internationally recognized novelist, Margaret Atwood made another big splash on the world stage in 2017 with the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Her bestselling 1985 dystopian novel featuring an American theocratic dictatorship was given a modern reboot — with Atwood herself […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Olivia Nuamah graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Olivia Nuamah

September, 8th, 2017

    Olivia Nuamah Executive Director, Pride Toronto Pride Toronto became caught in a storm of unexpected controversy when Black Lives Matter staged a protest at the 2016 Pride Parade. In the aftermath, they saw the departure of most of their staff, including their Executive Director. In February, Olivia Nuamah was brought on to take […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Huda Idrees

September, 8th, 2017

    Huda Idrees Founder & CEO, Dot Health Huda Idrees was only 12 when she started her first business, building websites using skills she learned at school in Saudi Arabia. Now 27 and a University of Toronto industrial engineering grad, she has become a tech start-up veteran with several high-profile roles to her credit. […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Katherine Hay graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Katherine Hay

September, 8th, 2017

    Katherine Hay President & CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation Kathy Hay leads the team responsible for generating the majority of funding for Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in Toronto. Funds that not only enable WCH to deliver excellent care, but also to conduct groundbreaking research that impacts the health and treatment of women across […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Farah Mohamed graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Farah Mohamed

September, 7th, 2017

    Farah Mohamed CEO, Malala Fund Farah Mohamed has been a longstanding advocate for girls and women around the world. As founder and CEO of G(irls)20, she built an organization focused on cultivating a new generation of female leaders using education, entrepreneurial training, leadership, and global experiences. The experience prepared her for her next […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Catherine Reitman

September, 7th, 2017

    Catherine Reitman Creator, producer, writer, and star of CBC’s Workin’ Moms Already an accomplished actor with myriad roles to her credit, Catherine Reitman is on our list on account of her latest project: bringing a daringly honest story of working mothers to network television. Inspired by her own experience, Catherine is the creator, […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Jessica Ching graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Jessica Ching

September, 7th, 2017

    Jessica Ching CEO & Co-Founder, Eve Medical Only one-third of Canadian women get regular Pap tests, even though they can be critical in the early detection of cervical cancer — a disease that four Canadians are diagnosed with everyday. Why? Screening is uncomfortable and time-consuming, and for some, travel distance or lack of […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Megan Anderson & Laura McGee

September, 7th, 2017

    Megan Anderson & Laura McGee #GoSponsorHer Initiative Founders According to a study by Harvard Business Review, women are 54 per cent less likely than men to have a sponsor — and it’s limiting our ability to advance. It was this gap that inspired Megan Anderson and Laura McGee to start the #GoSponsorsHer initiative […]