As one of Canada’s most recognized businesswomen, Heather Reisman has already created her personal legacy as master strategist of reinvention.
During the first 16 years of her career, Heather led the world’s first strategic change consultancy, pioneering organizational change strategies that are still in use today. By 1996, she was leveraging this knowledge to bring about significant change in Canadian bookselling.
With the founding of Indigo Books & Music, Heather brought a unique high-touch and joyful experience to Canadian booklovers. When, in 2001, Indigo acquired their incumbent competitor, Chapters, her philosophy for “adding joy” to customers’ lives impacted the majority of the country’s book selling business. Over a decade later, Heather seized yet another opportunity for change — a move into the digital reading space. In founding Kobo, a global eReading company based in Toronto, she not only helped propel eReading as a viable option for millions of readers around the world, she also netted Indigo a $165-million gain with Kobo’s eventual sale. At the same time, she responded to evolving in-store buying habits with another retail renaissance: creating a ‘cultural department store’ offering gifts, housewares, and other non-book items.
A true industry titan, Heather has been recognized for her impact with countless awards and accolades, including her appointment as a Member of The Order of Canada and Honorary Doctorates from Ryerson University (2006), Wilfred Laurier University (2009), Mount Allison University (2010), and St. Francis Xavier University (2013). She has also wielded her influence on multiple boards including J. Crew, Magna International, Williams-Sonoma and Rogers Communications. In May 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Join us on December 3rd for the season finale of the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon series and hear the first-hand account of how Heather Reisman built an international empire on a vision for change.
Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Currently holding the position of Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and with 35 years of public service, Elizabeth Witmer has been an influential figure in Ontario politics. During this time Elizabeth has been responsible for making decisions that have positively impacted the citizens of Ontario.
Formerly the Deputy Premier and longest serving female MPP in Ontario’s history, Elizabeth has also made her mark as a respected Minister of Labour, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education. Her exceptional leadership and progressive action have been recognized with countless awards and accolades along the way. Join us on December 9th to get one-on-one with this influential leader and find out how she has been able to overcome the barriers to success and stay the course in a demanding public career while also leave a defining impact.
This elegant, by invitation-only, dinner is designed to recognize and elevate women at the CEO, Board and Senior Executive level and provide the opportunity to share invaluable insights, best practices, and survival tools amongst their peers.
The goal of the evening is to tap into the solutions for women’s professional advancement in order to impact the global community at large.
How to Stay Influential in the Changing Landscape of Fashion and Design
Marie Saint Pierre: Founder and President, Maison Marie Saint Pierre
Marie Saint Pierre is an award-winning pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry and a woman of many firsts. Marie was the first Québec designer to participate at the Fashion Coterie of New York, and the first Canadian designer to present her collection in Paris, France. Marie’s awards range from Designer of the Year from Elle Québec to a recent honour of the National Order of Canada.
Not only is Marie a trailblazer in the fashion world, she also gives back to the community, founding the Sous Zéro Fund and lending a hand to women and children in need in Montréal.
At Marie's engaging event, you will have the opportunity to hear first hand how Marie has built her namesake brand from a passion into a key player in the global fashion industry.
How to Break the Rules & Win: Lessons from the Advertising Industry’s Most Infamous Trailblazers
Best-Selling Authors and Co-Founders of Swim
Topic: Career Management
Janet Kestin & Nancy Vonk [the two masterminds behind the DOVE Campaign for Real Beauty and former co-chief creative officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto] will join us to unveil the behind-the-scenes story of how they unwittingly shattered the glass ceiling by challenging convention in the cut-throat advertising industry, and as a result became two of the most prolific forces in the field.
Backed by a collective wealth of experience that includes major industry accolades [Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends; 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising, etc.] and best-selling books ["Pick Me", a staple in ad schools from Texas to Turkey; "Darling You Can’t Do Both", a recent 2014 release], Janet and Nancy will inspire you to learn from their instinct to challenge the status quo and apply the same tactics to fuel your own career.
Their honesty, humour and no holds-barred insights into overcoming common challenges women face while navigating the workforce will have you laughing, crying, and most importantly, ready to take on a new professional year with a fresh perspective.