A transformational outlook is emerging among executive women in business today.
We strive to recognize women who’ve gone beyond the traditional measures of success, to truly influence change.
We have found women leveraging their roles and success to contribute to an even greater cause within their companies, industries and in communities both at home and around the world.
Candidates are approached and ranked on these measures of influence:
Number of Degrees held
Number of current board directorships held
Number of current and past Awards received
Value of contribution to organization served this year
Number of employees managed now
Number of deals led and/or closed this year
Number of lectures, publications or speeches delivered
Number of social media connections and followers
This process works because it is measurable and fair; designed to stand out among other Awards and lists of the successful and powerful, because it identifies the most influential people within the current year, and not necessarily over a lifetime career.
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Sue is Co-Founder/CEO of her second start-up Amika Mobile focussed on situational awareness, communications and control in critical and emergency situations. Sue is a rare woman technology CEO who has a reputation for excellence and innovation. As a two-time founder/CEO, she has formed boards of directors and advisors. As CEO, she directs business strategy; ensuring product development matches customer pain points. Her leadership is pivotal in securing financing and forming effective management, business and technical teams. Her first company, AmikaNow! was launched as a spin-off from government R&D labs in 1998. It was focussed on AI and content analysis. Its Compliance Business was acquired by Entrust in 2004. As Entrust VP Content Technology, Sue transitioned the compliance business. As a CEO she has created hundreds of high value jobs in AI software, Security, Business and Operations. Sue holds a McGill University B.Eng. and has honors M.Eng. (thesis) and Doctorate degrees from Carleton University in AI. Sue is adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and has mentored countless students. She served as a Director and Vice Chair for Ontario Centres of Excellence for 8 years, and is on the Private Sector Advisory Board for National Centres of Excellence. She was recently invited to the Big Data Institute Advisory Board of Dalhousie University.
During her 30 years in technology, she has established an exemplary record as an Industry leader, employer and a technology pioneer. Sue holds 29 International patents in content analysis related to messaging and has 6 new ones in content, communications and security pending. As many as 35 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents.
Sue’s companies have won dozens of awards including the Top 10 companies to watch by IDC, ASIS Accolades for Critical and Emergency communications and situational awareness and Top 10 Angel Backed Company Nationally and Top 5 in Ontario by the NACO. She has published and presented over 125 papers, she authors the Amika Mobile Blog and writes the @AmikaAlert Twitter feed. Sue is often an invited speaker and has spoken at ASIS, RSA, Inbox, NetSeC, CTIA and Burton Catalyst. She has also contributed to the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs and been asked as a witness to Parliamentary Committees on small business and government procurement strategies. Sue is an avid Ottawa Senators hockey fan. Sue was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011 and was given the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for Service to Canada in June 2012.
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Co-operators Group Limited Guelph, Ontario
Kathy began her career with The Co-operators in 1978. Prior to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operators Group on March 1, 2002, Kathy served as Chief Operating Officer of The Sovereign General and L’Union Canadienne. From 1998-2002, she was in charge of operations for these companies and their subsidiaries under the umbrella of The Co-operators Group Limited.
A graduate of McMaster University’s M.B.A. program, Kathy also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba.
Kathy is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. She is Chairperson of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Equally active in the co-operative sector, Kathy served as Chair of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation. She is currently a member of the ICMIF Executive. She is also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).
Kathy is a board member of Addenda Capital Inc. She has provided leadership to The Conference Board of Canada as a member of the board and executive committee. Kathy served as Vice-Chair of the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors.
Zabeen Hirji is RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. As a member of RBC’s Group Executive, she is one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Ms. Hirji joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles both in British Columbia and in Toronto in Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. Prior to joining Human Resources in 1997, she was Regional Manager Credit Card Operations, Central Canada. She assumed her current role in February 2007.
Ms. Hirji’s community leadership includes serving as Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, member of the Governing Council for the University of Toronto and director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
In 2005 she was named a Fellow of Centennial College in recognition of her international leadership in diversity and Ms. Hirji was named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In 2012, through the Women’s Executive Network, Ms. Hirji was inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.
Ms. Hirji holds a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She is a frequent speaker and is often quoted on Talent Management and diversity related topics.
She and her husband live in Toronto and have two children.
Karen Sheriff was appointed President and CEO of Bell Aliant in November 2008, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since July 2008.
Taking over in an aggressively competitive environment, Ms. Sheriff has initiated a plan of corporate transformation and strategic priority-setting.
Ms. Sheriff has led Bell Aliant in its game-changing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network build, making Bell Aliant the first company in Canada to cover an entire city with FTTH.
Before joining Bell Aliant, Ms. Sheriff was President of Small and Medium Business with Bell Canada. Prior to this she was Chief Marketing Officer for Bell Canada, a role she moved into shortly after joining Bell Canada in May 1999 as Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development.
Before joining Bell, Ms. Sheriff was responsible for corporate marketing and branding at Ameritech Inc. She also held a variety of assignments with Ameritech and United Airlines, where she began her career.
Ms. Sheriff is a Director of Bell Aliant Inc., Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc., and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. and a past director of Aliant Inc. (from 2004) and Teknion Corporation. She is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and an active member of the New Brunswick Business Council.
Ms. Sheriff was named one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence for 2013 by Women of Influence Inc. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on three separate occasions.
Ms. Sheriff holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, economics and mathematics, from Washington University in St. Louis (1979) and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, from the University of Chicago (1984). She maintains a residence in both Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mary Ann is a key member of Bell’s Executive team, responsible for a $1 billion budget and 12,000 employees, a full quarter of Bell’s national workforce.
Mary Ann assumed her current role in 2008 with a clear mandate to improve service while reducing costs. She has led significant transformations, starting with modernization and efficiency improvements: equipping technicians with the right tools, streamlining service and delivery processes and changing the organization to rapidly respond to customer needs in an intensely competitive environment.
In 2012, Mary Ann was appointed to the Board of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), supporting Bell’s strategy to deliver top-tier sports to every screen our customers watch.
Mary Ann graduated from Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in 1988 and began her career in the construction industry, designing and building roads and bridges for the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. She also holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University.
After earning her MBA, Mary Ann worked with A.T. Kearney Management Consultants consulting to clients primarily in the railroad industry. She left A.T. Kearney to become Vice President of Operations & General Manager of Canada for Internet Pictures Corporation (iPIX) a technology firm based in Palo Alto, California. She has also held various executive operations roles in a number of small start-up companies in the outsourcing and software development areas.
In 2013 Mary Ann was inducted into the Hall of Fame representing Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for her accomplishments in her management role, vision and leadership, corporate performance and community service. Mary Ann is also a member of the advisory board of the Queen’s School of Business and of the capital campaign for Queen’s Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science. Most recently, Mary Ann joined the board of Sheena’s Place, a centre which provides a full range of support for people affected by eating disorders.
Ann Buller assumed the presidency of Centennial College in June 2004. During a decade of leadership she has distinguished herself as a truly transformational leader who is steadfast in her belief that institutes of higher education must meet the economic and social inclusion imperatives facing Canada.
Ann Buller embraces and advocates for alternative learning programmes for those who have been marginalized and under-represented in society, including Aboriginals, newcomers to Canada, and those who are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.
Under her direction, Centennial prepares students not onlyfor employment in their field of study, but also for their role as global citizens. President Buller is a champion of student learning that incorporates the diversity, equity and social justice issues that affect our world. Under her leadership, students and staff have participated in Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experiences in Ghana, Kenya, Cuba, Peru and The Dominican Republic. Centennial College is the higher education institution of choice for 16,000 full-time students, including more than 3,000 international students.
President Buller serves on several municipal, provincial and national boards, working tirelessly as an advocate for greater access to quality higher education. She is just completing three years as Chair of the Board of the Association of Canadian Community Collegeswhich is the national voice for Canada’s more than 130 colleges, institutes and polytechnics. President Buller is the elected Chair of the Board of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the national voice of over 200 Canadian universities, colleges and school boards promoting international education and international collaboration.
President Buller is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her excellence in leadership, including: 2014 Chief Executive Leadership Award(Council for Advancement & Support of Education); 2013 Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence(Women of Influence Magazine); 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Canada’s Most Powerful Women-Top 100(Women’s Executive Network, 2010); President’s/Chancellor’s Award (North American Council for Staff Program & Organizational Development, 2010); Margot Franssen Leadership Award (MicroSkills, 2010).
I was born, raised and educated in Ukraine, and received my postdoctoral training in Switzerland. Research into the effects of radiation on living organisms is my greatest passion. The Chernobyl nuclear accident in my home country of Ukraine, inspired my vision and desire to make a difference in this area. In 1995, I began my research career at the Chernobyl Research Centre as a molecular biologist studying the consequences of the accident.
In 2001, I joined the University of Lethbridge and continued to study the accident in collaboration with my colleagues in Ukraine. My research focused on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of radiation responses using plants as model systems. My first Canadian research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) enabled the development of a substantial body of evidence to prove that low dose radiation exposure leads to the deregulation of cellular functions in plant cells. This was a major scientific breakthrough as it was thought that low dose exposure to radiation had a minor effect on living organisms.
In 2002, I took the knowledge gained through my work with plants and shifted my research focus towards human and animal radiation biology. This transition allowed me to bridge my training as a medical doctor with my molecular biology expertise to address the field of radiation biology and oncology from an innovative perspective. From day one I have worked diligently to build my research program by attracting funds for purchasing equipment, running the lab and recruiting highly qualified staff and students. I have literally built my research lab from the ground up, transforming an empty room into a modern laboratory with cutting-edge infrastructure. My perseverance and hard work has paid off: I have proven that the success of a research project depends on the drive and devotion of the researcher, and cutting-edge biomedical research can be conducted in a laboratory at a small university that does not have a medical school.
My research has gained momentum in the last 13 years. Currently, I have one of the strongest radiation biology, epigenetics and experimental cancer research programs in the country funded by several provincial and national agencies. Overall, my research operating budget has increased from $35,079$/year in 2002 to $662,079 /year in 2006 and further to ~787,000/year currently.
Now I am a Full Tenured Professor, a CIHR-IGH Chair in Gender, Work and Health and Board of Governors’ Research Chair at the University of Lethbridge. I am an internationally-renowned leader and an expert in radiation biology, oncology and epigenetics. More than a decade ago, I pioneered to apply a sex and gender lens to radiation biology, oncology and epigenetics research. This was a challenging task because until recently, radiation research used primarily male subjects, and radiation protection guidelines developed soon after the inception of the Manhattan Project were geared towards the assumption that an individual receiving a radiation dose is a young male working on the Manhattan Project. My research challenges this assumption.
I am very proud that in 2003, my laboratory was the first one to show that the radiation (both environmental and medical) affects males and females differently. We analyzed radiation responses in various tissues and organs using a mouse model and proposed some possible mechanisms of sex-specific radiation responses. Our findings published in top-ranking cancer and radiation field journals may have serious repercussions for the development of sex-specific radiation diagnostic and treatment regimes.
Over the years, I have built a rigorous collaborative network with leading national and international centers. My laboratory productively interacts with more than 20 leading national and international research and clinical centers in Canada, Switzerland, USA, UK, Sweden, Ukraine, France and Australia. These include Defence Research and Development Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Health Canada (Canada), the Nuclear Information and Resource (USA), Friedrich Miescher Institut (Switzerland), National Centre for Toxicological Research (USA), National Cancer Institute (USA), Institute of Medical Radiobiology (Switzerland), Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of NAS of Ukraine, the National Research Centre for Radiation Medicine of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine among others. My comprehensive research network unites the expertise of cancer biologists, radiation biologists, epigeneticists, epidemiologists, biological modeling specialists and clinicians. We are all focused on examining the mechanisms of long-term health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation in males and females and developing novel evidence-based sex-specific biomarkers, predictive models and countermeasures.
Despite my demanding research and teaching schedules, I constantly travel and give expert talks at various national and international institutions and international conferences. These interactions and collaborations promote my research and also contribute to the international recognition of Canadian science.
I am the author of 110 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. I publish in the top-ranking international journals such as Nature, Nature Biotechnology, PLoS ONE, PNAS (top in life sciences), Cancer Research, Oncotarget, Oncogene, Molecular Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, Molecular Carcinogenesis (top in cancer research), International Journal of Radiation Biology, Oncology, Physics (2nd top in radiation research).
My results on radiation effects are of interest to the national and international research community. Almost every week I receive numerous reprint requests, requests for our research protocols and collaboration proposals. Several years ago, I had to actively approach other researchers to develop collaborations. Today many researchers approach me to start collaborations and contribute to their programs. My research program was featured by the former Health Minister, the Hon. Tony Clement, as one of three Alberta researchers whose work exemplifies CIHR’s comprehensive, problem-based approach to funding excellence in health research.
I am a strong believer in training and educating the next generation of researchers. I teach my students all that I know trying to set a positive example of devotion to science and society.
My husband of 25 years – Dr. Igor Kovalchuk – is a Professor and Board of Governors’ Research Chair at the University of Lethbridge. He is an expert in Epigenetics and Biotechnology. We have one daughter Anna who is currently working towards her MSc degree in Neuroscience analyzing effects of chemotherapy on the brain.
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.
Anne was named Chair of Polytechnics Canada in February 2013. Polytechnics Canada is the voice of Canada’s leading degree-granting, research-intensive, colleges, institutes of technology and polytechnics that are dedicated to practical technological education and high-quality job creation.
Anne received one of the country’s highest civilian honours in June 2013 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She has also been recognized as one of YWCA’s 2012 Women of Distinction in Education and by The Women’s Executive Network™ as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women of 2010, 2012 and 2013.
She is Chair of the Board of ORION and past chair of Trillium Health Centre. Anne also sits on the boards of organizations such as the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Legacy Private Trust, Mount Pleasant Group and the Toronto Financial Service Alliance. In the past, Anne has also served as Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents and sat on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. These volunteer efforts have given her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA.
She was inducted into the University of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. In 2012 she received The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her role impacting the socioeconomic vitality of the city through her work at George Brown College. She was also named as one of the 2012 Women of Influence Canadian Diversity Champions. In the past, she has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with the YWCA of Greater Toronto, the Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award for contributions to her community, and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.
Anne holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.
Dr. Janis Sarra, B.A., M.A., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D. (Toronto)
UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Professor, Faculty of Law, UBC
Dr. Janis Sarra was appointed UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor effective May 1, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sarra served as Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for over two and a half years. Dr. Sarra is Professor of Law, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and founding Director of the National Centre for Business Law. She served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law until 2007, with oversight of development, strategic planning, alumni relations and communications. Dr. Sarra’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of corporate finance, banking law, corporate governance, securities law, contracts, commercial insolvency law and law and economics. In 2004, she was awarded the title of Distinguished University Scholar for her scholarship in corporate and securities law. She has published ten books and more than one hundred refereed articles in corporate finance, corporate governance and management, securities law and commercial insolvency law.
Dr. Sarra also served as Senator of the University of British Columbia from 2003 to 2008. She was previously Director of the Canadian Insolvency Foundation and Director of the Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals Association. For more than twelve years, Dr. Sarra served as a commercial arbitrator and labour mediator/arbitrator. Dr. Sarra previously served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, as well as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Social Assistance Review Board. She holds five degrees from the University of Toronto in Political Science, Economics and Law. She previously taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Ryerson University School of Business. Former posts include also Board Member, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Senior Research Associate Ontario Legislative Assembly and Executive Assistant, Metropolitan Toronto Municipal Council, and Research Associate, Health Advocacy Unit.
Recent books published include Rescue! (Carswell Thompson, 2014); The 2014 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, (Carswell Thomson, 2014); Securities Law in Canada, Cases and Commentary, with M. Condon and A. Anand (Emond Montgomery, 2010); Director and Officer Liability in Corporate Insolvency, with R.B. Davis (Butterworths, 2010); The Treatment of Employee Wage and Pension Claims in Insolvency, A Comparative Study of 62 Jurisdictions (Thomson Reuters, 2008), Business Organizations: Principles, Policy and Practice (Emond Montgomery, 2008), with R. Yalden et al; Creditor Rights and the Public Interest, Restructuring Corporations (University of Toronto Press, 2003). She was editor and contributing author of An Exploration of Fairness: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in Law, Science and the Humanities (Carswell, 2013) and A Voice for Many (2012). She serves as Editor in Chief of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Canada’s leading refereed annual volume of insolvency law theory, policy and practice; and was editor in chief and contributing author of Corporate Governance in Global Capital Markets (UBC Press, 2003).
Dr. Sarra’s contributions to public policy development include: World Bank Insolvency and Creditors Rights Task Force, Working Group on Insolvency of Non-Bank Financial Institutions, 2009, Washington, DC; Experts Committee, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Corporate Groups and Cross-Border Insolvency Law, 2008-2011, Vienna and New York; Expert Witness, Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce, Review of Insolvency Legislation, February, 2008, Ottawa; Member, Ontario Attorney General’s Interministerial Task Force on Administrative Tribunals
Among numerous reports she has authored are: Proportionate Securities Regulation, The Potential for Scaled Treatment of Junior Issuers (Expert Panel on Securities Regulation in Canada, 2008); Analysis of Factors Leading to Insolvency and Restructuring and their Effects on Pension Plan Wind-ups and Closures, (Ontario Government Expert Commission on Pensions, 2007, with R. B. Davis; Modernizing Disclosure in Canadian Securities Law: An Assessment of Recent Developments in Canada and Selected Jurisdictions, Report to the National Task Force on the Modernization of Securities Law, 2006; Review of Dissent Rights under the Canada Business Corporations Act, A Consideration of the Efficacy of Current Provisions and Possible Policy Options, Report to Corporations Canada, 2005; and Review of the Derivative Action Provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act, Policy Implications and Options, Report to Corporations Canada, 2005. Recent articles include: “Prudential, Pragmatic and Prescient, Reform of Bank Resolution Schemes”, International Insolvency Review (London: IIR, 2012); “Tranched, Squared and Derived: Credit Derivative Regulatory Reform and the Restructuring of Insolvent Businesses”, in Paul Omar, ed., International Law, Reforms and Challenges (2011 London, UK: Kluwers); “Externalities in Financial Decision Making”, book chapter in John Nofsinger, ed., Socially Responsible Finance and Investing, 2012); “Manoeuvring through the Insolvency Maze – Shifting Stakeholder Identities and Implications for CCAA Restructurings”, (2011) 27 Canadian Banking and Finance Law Review 168- 192; “Southward Bound: Preliminary Evidence on Experience with Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2010; “Assuring the Future: Reform of the Insolvency Framework for Insurance Companies and Other Financial Institutions under the Canadian Winding-up and Restructuring Act, co-authored with G. Dunning, in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2010; “Creating Appropriate Incentives, A Place for the Oppression Remedy in Insolvency Proceedings” in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2009; “Dancing the Derivative “Deux Pas” (Two Step), the Financial Crisis and Lessons for Corporate Governance” (2010) University of New South Wales Law Journal; “Economic Rehabilitation: Understanding the Growth in Consumer Proposals under Canadian Insolvency Legislation”, (2009) 24 Banking and Finance Law Review and “Credit Derivatives: Risk Management, Control Rights and the Implications for Insolvency Workout Proceedings” in B. Wessels and P. Omar, The Intersection of Insolvency and Company Law (Paris: Leiden Law, 2009).
Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier and first female Premier. She was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. She was re-elected on June 12, 2014 with a majority government and was sworn in to office on June 24, 2014.
Premier Wynne is committed to building Ontario up, creating new opportunities for people and ensuring a more secure future for every person in the province.
Premier Wynne and her government have a robust economic plan focussed on:
Premier Wynne has served as Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education.
As the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Premier Wynne championed Ontario’s $34-billion agri-food industry and brought in the Local Food Act.
As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Premier Wynne finalized a new funding agreement with the federal government to improve access to affordable housing.
In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Premier Wynne worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development and First Nations land claims, and improving quality of life for aboriginals living off-reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs.
As Minister of Education, Premier Wynne led the government’s efforts to reduce class sizes, implement full-day kindergarten and provide more opportunities for high school students to reach their full potential.
During Premier Wynne’s tenure as the Minister of Transportation, she secured a new transit expansion plan for Toronto including the Eglinton-Scarborough LRT, and oversaw Ontario’s largest highway investments, including the Highway 407 East Extension and the Windsor-Essex Parkway.
Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Premier Wynne served as a Public School Trustee on the Toronto District School Board. She has led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects, and has played a major role as an organizer and facilitator.
Premier Wynne has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh. She and her partner Jane have lived in North Toronto for more than 25 years.
► Currently EY’s Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice and the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer.
► Prior to her current role, Fiona was the Canadian Managing Partner, People and Ernst & Young’s Americas Chief Operating Officer, Tax.
► Fiona has previously held the role of Ernst & Young’s Tax Managing Partner for the Canadian Tax practice, a team of more than 800 tax practitioners. Fiona is the first woman among the Big Four accounting firms to have held such a position.
► Fiona is a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and serves on the organization’s Executive Committee. She was appointed by the British Columbia Minister of Finance to the province’s Expert Panel on Business Taxation. Fiona was previously a member of the Aboriginal Business Investment Council (a provincially established council) and currently sits on the Executive Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia. Additionally, she is Governor of the Board of UBC as well as Shawnigan Lake School. She is also a member of the Presidents Group.
► Before joining Ernst & Young’s South African firm in 1983, Fiona trained as a lawyer in Cape Town, where she was admitted to the bar. She joined the Canadian firm’s Calgary Tax practice in 1987 and relocated to Vancouver two years later to build a commodity tax practice in Western Canada. She was admitted to the partnership in 1991 and became the Tax leader for the western region of Canada in 2001.
► Before relocating back to Vancouver, Fiona was on the cabinet of Pathways to Education, an organization that provides access to education for youth in disadvantaged areas. Fiona was previously a Director on the Canadian Board of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women. She currently co-chairs the IWF Canada Committee on Sponsorship of Women to Leadership roles.
► Fiona’s efforts in the immigrant community have been recognized with two awards, the TRIEC CBC Business Leader Award in 2008 and York University’s makeMORE Ontario Connections Award for Immigrants in 2010. Fiona’s professional achievements and volunteer commitments garnered her a place among “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100,” in 2011 and 2012. She is a regular speaker and writer on the topics of diversity and inclusiveness and leadership.
► In 2011 Fiona was awarded an Honorary CA. Fiona holds a bachelor of arts, commerce and law degree from the University of Cape Town. She also earned a master of law degree from Cambridge University.
► Fiona has been recognized as one of Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions.
► Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in 2011 and 2012.
► Award winner “IWF Woman Who Makes a Difference” – October 2013
Sharon Geraghty is a leading practitioner in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law. She has led domestic and cross-border acquisitions, takeover bids and amalgamations in both public and private markets. Sharon regularly acts for multinational corporations in a wide range of industries. Her clients include two of Canada’s leading financial institutions, Canada’s largest stock exchange and one of Canada’s largest communications and media companies. Sharon also advises companies, directors and shareholders on corporate governance and securities compliance matters.
— Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2008-2014)
— Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Leading lawyer in corporate commercial law, corporate finance and securities, M&A and private equity (2008-2014)
— Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Leading practitioner in corporate commercial law, corporate finance & securities, and in M&A (2014)
— The Legal 500 Canada: Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2014)
— Women of Influence: Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence (2013)
— Best Lawyers in Canada: Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2008-2014)
— Best Lawyers in Canada: Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year (2014)
— Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Leading practitioner in corporate commercial law, corporate finance and securities, and M&A (2010-2013)
LLB, 1986, University of British Columbia
BA (Hons.), 1983, University of Toronto
Bar Admission Ontario, 1988
— Legal Media Group/Euromoney’s IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Leading Canadian lawyer in M&A (2008-2013)
— Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?: Recommended Canadian lawyer in corporate/M&A (2010-2012)
— Who’s Who Legal Canada: Leading lawyer in capital markets and M&A (2010-2012)
— Lexpert’s Special Law Inserts appearing in The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine: Most frequently recommended lawyer in corporate commercial, and corporate finance and securities (2011)
— Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Leading crossborder practitioner in M&A (2009-2010)
— LawDay, 2009: Leading lawyer in M&A, corporate and securities
Sharon has represented:
– Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, as Canadian counsel, in its US$850 million merger with QLT, Inc.
– Endo Health Solutions, as Canadian counsel, in its C$2.7 billion acquisition of Paladin Labs Inc. and its subsequent reorganization of both companies
– TMX Group in its C$3.6 billion sale to Maple Group Acquisition Corporation
– TMX Group in its proposed US$6.9 billion merger with London Stock Exchange Group
– ArcelorMittal in the restructuring of its joint venture and offtake arrangements with Iron Ore Holdings, LP in connection with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River Project in Nunavut
– Rogers Media in its C$167 million acquisition of Score Media Inc.
– Rogers Communications in its joint venture arrangements with BCE in connection with their C$1.3 billion joint acquisition of a significant stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) from Ontario Teachers’
– Rogers Communications in its C$425 million acquisition of Atria Networks, the owner and operator of one of the largest fibre-optic networks in Ontario
– Rogers Communications in its C$130 million acquisition of Oakville Hydro’s telecom subsidiary Blink Communications Inc.
– National Bank Financial in its C$250 million acquisition of TD Waterhouse Institutional Services
– National Bank Financial in its C$206 million acquisition of HSBC Bank Canada’s retail brokerage business
– National Bank Financial in its C$273 million acquisition of Wellington West Holdings Inc.
– Manulife Financial in its C$1 billion offering of innovative tier 1 notes
– Manulife Financial in its C$2.5 billion common equity offering
– Manulife Financial in its US$1.1 billion senior notes offering
– Manulife Financial in its C$3 billion five-year term loan with the six largest Canadian banks
– Minera Andes (special committee) in its US$1.3 billion business combination with US Gold to form McEwen
– Nokia Siemens Networks in its US$650 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.’s wireless assets
– Brookfield Asset Management in its spinoff of 60% of its infrastructure assets to its shareholders to create Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP
– Aleris International, as Canadian counsel, in its €826 million acquisition of Corus Group’s downstream aluminum rolled products and extrusions businesses
– Co-author: “How Fair Is Fair? The Spotlight Will Be on the M&A Sales Process”, Torys’ M&A Top Trends 2014, January 2014
– Co-author: “Shareholder Activism”, M&A: Torys’ Top Trends for 2013, January 2013
– Co-author: “Target Boards Will Consider More Aggressive Defensive Tactics When Facing a Hostile Bid”, M&A: Torys’ Top Trends for 2011, January 2011
– Co-author: “Media and Telecom Assets Will Change Hands”, M&A: Torys’ Top 10 Trends for 2010, January 2010
– Co-author: “Sellers Will Be More Willing to Negotiate on an Exclusive Basis”, M&A: Torys’ Top 10 Trends for 2009, January 2009
– Author: “AiT and Disclosure of Mergers and Acquisitions Negotiations” Corporate Disclosure, vol. II, no. 1, 2008
– Author: “Ten Rules of the Road for Acquiring a Canadian Public Company”, Financier Worldwide, January 2008
June 18, 2014: Sharon Geraghty comments on Canada’s low-tax advantage in Financial Post
May 8, 2014: Sharon Geraghty weighs in on securities regulation debate for Lexpert
April 30, 2014: Sharon Geraghty comments on burgeoning Canadian M&A opportunities in Canadian Business
June 7, 2013: Sharon Geraghty provides comment on shareholder activism in Lexpert
September 27, 2012: Sharon Geraghty comments on the rise in proxy battles in Financial Post
August 9, 2012: Sharon Geraghty and Aaron Emes comment on how the Maple-TMX deal came together in IFLR
August 3, 2012: Sharon Geraghty describes some of the challenges of the TMX-Maple deal in the Lexpert Blog
June 4, 2012: M&A law work means you have to come up with a way for deals to work for both sides, says Sharon Geraghty in Canadian Lawyer
March 23, 2012: In Financial Post, Sharon Geraghty comments on the state of M&A in Canada in 2011 and 2012
January 12, 2012: Regulatory risk a hot topic in Canadian M&A, says Sharon Geraghty in Lexpert
March 10, 2010: BTI Consulting Group names Sharon Geraghty a 2010 Client Service All-Star
Major Gifts Cabinet, United Way of Greater Toronto
Cheryl Reicin’s practice focuses on biotechnology, medical device, health information and other technology-based companies, and representation of private equity/venture capital funds and investment banks that fund such companies. She also represents academic medical centers and universities. Her practice centers on U.S., Canadian and Israeli entities.
Cheryl assists companies in formulating domestic and international growth strategies and in sourcing capital. She advises on venture and later-stage financings, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and joint ventures or alliances with strategic partners. She also coordinates domestic and international structuring, intellectual property planning and regulatory strategy.
Cheryl is also a Certified Licensing Professional of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), United States and Canada.
– LMG Life Sciences, 2013—Finance & Transactional Lawyer of the Year
– Women of Influence, 2013—Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence (No. 1 in Professional Services category)
– Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014—Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year
– Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014—
– Leading U.S. lawyer in transactional law
– Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014—Leading lawyer in life sciences
JD, 1984, Harvard Law School
BA (summa cum laude), 1980, Barnard College, Columbia University
Toronto Bar (Foreign Legal Consultant), 2005 LES Certified Licensing
New York, 1985
Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading IP Transactions 2012, 2013 and 2014 — Leading lawyer globally
Best Lawyers in Canada, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 — Leading lawyer in biotechnology
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013, 2014 — Repeatedly recommended practitioner in biotechnology
Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers 2010 and 2011/12 — Leading lawyer globally
Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? 2012 — Leading lawyer in life sciences: corporate and commercial
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 — Repeatedly recommended practitioner in biotechnology and technology transactions
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011 — Consistently recommended practitioner in biotechnology
Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2010 and 2011 — Highly recommended lawyer in life sciences: corporate and commercial
Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 — Leading lawyer in life sciences
Lexpert/Thomson’s Canadian Legal Directory 2008, 2009 and 2010—Repeatedly recommended practitioner in biotechnology
Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2006—Leading practitioner in serving the corporate midmarket
• Endo Health Solutions in its C$2.7 billion acquisition of Paladin Labs Inc. and its subsequent reorganization of both companies to form Endo International plc
• Nordion in the sale of its Therasphere® business to BTG Plc for $200 million
• RBC Capital Markets as underwriters in its 2013 and 2012 public offerings of securities of Trimel Pharmaceuticals
• Orbimed in $135 million multi-tranche investment in Enobia Pharma (sold to Alexion for $1.1 billion)
• Pfizer in its acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6 billion
• Sentinelle Medical in its sale to Hologic for up to $335 million
Before joining Torys, Cheryl was a partner of a large international law firm, where she chaired an 85-attorney life sciences group.
The Hospital for Sick Children (Trustee)
Genesis, incubator for social entrepreneurship (Chair and Founder)
Health Technology Exchange (HTX) (Advisory Board)
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (Director)
Institute for the Study of Aging (Business Advisory Board)
Hadassit, the technology transfer subsidiary of Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem (Advisory Board)
Artists 4 Israel (Director)
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (Director)
Journal of BioLaw and Business (Editorial Advisory Board)
Entrepreneurship Institute (Director)
Ontario Genomics Institute (Director)
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (Research Advisory Committee)
Jerusalem College of Technology (Director)
BIO International Committee
Commercializing Your IP
Webinar for International Centre for Infectious Diseases
March 20, 2014
Snapshot of Licensing Takeaways from 2013
Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association (CHLA), Toronto
November 27, 2013
Building a Medical Device Company: From Start to Exit
Life Science Ontario, Toronto
November 21, 2013
How Not to Negotiate a License Agreement
IATI-BioMed Israel 2013, Tel Aviv
June 10, 2013
Making IP Work for You
May 29, 2013
International Patent Strategies for Biopharmaceutical SMEs in Canada
Report commissioned by Industry Canada’s Pharmaceutical Sector Directorate
Highlighting Licensing Issues in the Life Science Industry
PLI Advanced Licensing Agreements 2013, New York
March 22, 2013
Foreign Market Access of MedTech – Opportunities and Challenges
The Health Technology Exchange
March 6, 2013
How to Get from Idea to Commercial Market
UHN Surgical Grand Rounds
January 18, 2013
Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve: How to Get Your License Agreement Right From the Get-Go
Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association (CHLA), Toronto
December 6, 2012
Commercializing Your Idea: Which Path is Best for You?
Keynote Address, Sunnybrook – Schulich Heart Research Day
November 19, 2012
Stem Cell Therapy Regulation in Canada: Implications of the Prochymal Approval
Westlaw Journal – Pharmaceutical, vol. 28, issue 8
Raising Funds in North America in 2013: IPOs; JOBs Act and Creative Financing Vehicles
Going Public & Raising Capital Abroad Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel
September 12, 2012
The IPO and Public Company Primer: A Practical Guide to Going Public, Raising Capital and Life as a Public
View from Wall Street – U.S. Investment Bankers
May 30, 2012
Anatomy of the Risk Taker
May 19, 2012
Growing Your Life Science Company and Funding Sources
Eureka Institue for Translational Medicine
Licensing Issues in the Life Science Industry
PLI Advanced Licensing Agreements 2012, New York
March 23, 2012
From Lab to Market: A Guide to Commercializing Life Science Innovation
Law Journal Press Treatises
To be published in 2012/2013
Chap. 30, An Overview of Life Science License Agreements
Advance Licensing Agreements 2012, vol. 2
Practicing Law Institute
The Public Company Primer: A Practical Guide to Going Public, Raising Capital and Life as a Public Company
2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006 Editions
SEC Revises Policy on Confidential Submissions by Foreign Private Issuers
Legal Path To Launch: Regulatory Approval, Device Funding, Pricing & Setting Up Your Business
Canadian Medical Device Market Access & Government Affairs
December 5, 2011
View from Wall Street – U.S. Investment Bankers
June 1, 2011
Doing a Deal with Pharma
From Israel to MaRS
MaRS Discovery District
April 12, 2011
Six Rules for Wooing Investors
Working with the Pharmaceutical Industry
Tech Transfer Summit North America
November 23, 2010
Financing Medical Device Companies
The Health Technology Exchange Conference
October 13, 2010
Pharma/Biotech Royalty Monetization
Licensing Executives Society Annual Conference
September 29, 2010
Biotech Licensing and Alliances
Global Business & Legal Seminars LLC
May 25, 2010
Über Tech Transfer
2010 Bio International, Chicago
May 6, 2010
Luncheon will Dealmakers – View from Wall Street
BioFinance 2010, Toronto
April 7, 2010
Dissecting a Billion Dollar Collaboration: BioMS Medical and Eli Lilly
Bio International, Atlanta
May 21, 2009
Transactions for Life Science Companies in Volatile Times
April 29, 2009
Cross Border Financings
Lab-to-Market: Matching Israeli Innovation to Canadian Know-How
February 3, 2009
Anatomy of a Deal: BioMS Medical and Eli Lilly
May 7, 2008
U.S. Venture Capital Panel
April 24-25, 2007
China’s New Foreign Investment Legislation Encourages Participation in Biotech Industry
The Lawyers Weekly
March 2, 2007
Data Protection PM(NOC)/Orange Book: A Cross-Border Perspective of Impact on Licensing Deals
December 12, 2006
Lessons for Energy Venture Investors Learned From the BioTech Experience
Energy Venture Fair VII, Santa Clara
November 9, 2006
Early Stage Life Science Financing: U.S. Financial Market Perspective
BioFinance Early Phase 2006, Toronto
November 1, 2006
Things that Go Sour in Licensing and Alliances: Issues You Wish You Had Considered
October 5, 2006
Five Strategies for a Life Sciences Company
Law Firm Due Diligence for Life Sciences Companies
June 23, 2006
Non-traditional Partners for Biotechnology Companies
BioMedex 2006, Montreal
May 24, 2006
U.S. Venture Capital Managers
Moderator, BioFinance, Toronto
May 4, 2006
U.S. Financing Sources and Issues: How Small Companies Can Prepare
BioFinance Early Phase 2005, Toronto
November 16, 2005
Financing Perspective on Stem Cell Research
Stem Cells: Unlocking the Potential, Ontario Genomics Institute, Toronto
Are Investment Banks Still in the IPO Game?
From Research to Revenue, Toronto Biotechnology Initiative
September 30, 2005
Canadian Biotech Companies: When and Where to Go Public
Biotechnology Focus, vol. 8, no. 9
September 1, 2005
Israeli Life Science: Entering the U.S. Market
BIO 2005, Philadelphia
June 21, 2005
Maximizing Returns on M&A Transactions for Life Sciences Companies: Structural and Legal Issues
Canadian Venture Capital Association 2005, Quebec City
June 2, 2005
Investment Banking: Extreme Makeover in Biotech
BioFinance 2005, Toronto
Growing a Life Science Company
April 1, 2005
Internal Control over Financial Reporting for Canada and the United States
CFO Roundtable, KPMG and BIOTECanada Biopharma, Toronto
U.S. Financing for Medical Device Companies
Panelist, Biomedex 2005, Montreal
Stem Cell Research in Canada: Business Opportunities for U.S. Companies
The Journal of Biolaw & Business, vol. 8, no. 1
January 1, 2005
The eHealth Industry: General Business and Financing Issues
2004 Supplement, eHealth Business and Transaction Law
Finding U.S. Venture Capital: How Small Companies Can Prepare
BioFinance Early Phase 2004, Toronto
November 10, 2004
An Insider’s Guide to Going Public
Co-author, RR Donnelley
Reality Check: D&O Insurance—Addressing Common Pitfalls
The Daily Deal
November 3, 2003
Going Public Post–Sarbanes-Oxley
Presentation to Canadian corporate attorneys, Toronto
Alternative Funding Sources for Foreign Biotech Companies
New Zealand Delegates Reception, BIO 2003, Washington, D.C.
Licensing for Life Science Companies
Private Equity Training Session, New York
Highlights, Challenges and Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Investor Protection Reforms and Cross-border Securities Regulation, Toronto
Licensing for Life Science Companies
MPM Capital Educational Series, Boston
Early-stage VC Investment: Alternative Structures
Israel–US VC Conference, New York
Biotech Companies: The Future
Reception for Israeli Biotech Companies, BIO 2002, Toronto
Israel Companies as a Paradigm for Other Companies
Moderator, BIO 2002, Toronto
Doing Business Globally: Israeli Success Stories
BIO 2002, Toronto
The Commitment Continues: An Update on Trends in the Biotech Venture Capital Industry
Bio Financing Conference 2002, Boston
The Global Private Equity Market
Estate Administration Conference, New York
The Commitment Continues: An Update on Trends in the Biotech Venture Capital Industry
Bio Financing Conference 2002, Boston
Efficient and Cost-effective Access to Capital: What is the Future for Biotech Early Stage Companies
Bio Financing Conference 2001, San Diego
Making the Match: Biotech Companies and Funding Sources
The Daily Deal
October 29, 2001
Positioning Your Genomic Company for Financing
Health Care Forum: Legal Developments in Genomics, Boston
Minority Shareholder Rights
Korean Chamber of Commerce
Emerging Industries and Their Valuation Trends: What is Driving Growth
Valuing New Economy Companies III Conference, New York
Building Value in Your Business
The Sixth President’s Forum of New York
May 11, 1999
June 13, 2014: IAM Patent 1000 recognizes Torys and practitioners
October 3, 2011: “Trimel Pharmaceuticals Completes Going Public Transaction”, Big Deals section of Lexpert Magazine
July 21, 2011: Torys announces the release of The Public Company Primer, by Cheryl Reicin, Leslie McCallum and others
December 7, 2010: Good science, strategic focus, hard work and creativity are keys to growing a biotech company, says Cheryl Reicin in BioTuesdays.com
July 21, 2010: U.S. capital is important for Canada’s life sciences industry, says Cheryl Reicin in Financial Post
June 21, 2010: Biovail-Valeant merger will create a stronger player in Canada, says Cheryl Reicin in Reuters
June 14, 2010: U.S. venture capital can be a good source of funds for Canadian life sciences companies, says Cheryl Reicin in Law Times
March 19, 2010: Tech transfer offices are taking IP bundles public, says Cheryl Reicin in BioProcess International
February 25, 2010: Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences 2010 features “Roundtable: Investments in the Sector”
February 12, 2010: Biotech sector will see deals increase as financial markets improve, says Cheryl Reicin to Reuters
April 15, 2009: Biotechs are raising money in more creative ways, says Cheryl Reicin in Financial Post
September 1, 2008: “Expat American at top of Life Sciences M&A World,” profiling Cheryl Reicin in Law Times
March 5, 2008: Biotech companies seeking a financing partner need a strategic focus, says Cheryl Reicin in The Globe and Mail
January 9, 2008: “BioMS Deal a Victory for Torys Lawyer,” Financial Post
September 12, 2007: The TSX is a good stopping point on the way to a public listing in the United States, says Cheryl Reicin in The Globe and Mail
May 1, 2007: “Bionic Biotech Lawyers?” cover story featuring Cheryl Reicin in BioBusiness
January 30, 2007: Biotech is like the rest of the market on steroids, says Cheryl Reicin in Financial Post
November 1, 2006: “A Life Science Practice That Leads the Discussion,” interview of Cheryl Reicin in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, vol.14, no.11
June 7, 2006: Public biotech companies should be aware of Ontario’s stricter, U.S.-style disclosure-liability laws, says Cheryl Reicin in The Globe and Mail
May 1, 2006: Start-up life sciences companies must think of themselves as global companies, say Cheryl Reicin and Eileen McMahon in Lexpert
September 27, 2005: Stem cell researchers should seek financial support from various sources, says Cheryl Reicin in Wall Street Reporter
May 10, 2005: Ontario Genomics Institute expands its technology transfer and commercialization expertise with the addition of director Cheryl Reicin, announces Ontario Genomics Institute
April 1, 2005: Most biotech heavy hitters are taking a wait-and-see approach to California’s windfall Proposition 71 stem-cell research fund, says Cheryl Reicin in Prosper
October 1, 2004: In an interview with The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Cheryl Reicin discusses Torys’ value proposition to life sciences clients
September 20, 2004: Long-term planning is crucial to a successful IPO, says Cheryl Reicin in BioScience World
September 1, 2004: U.S. investors are finally understanding the opportunities in Canada, says Cheryl Reicin in BioScience World
July 1, 2002: Quoted in Bio Israel regarding U.S.-Israel cross-border transactions
July 1, 2002: Interviewed by Haaretz on U.S. biotech environment
May 1, 2002: Featured in Tudog, regarding trends in the life sciences industry and in her practice
A licensed professional engineer since 1990, Ms. Bergeron began her career as a Production Engineer at Dofasco Inc. At Queen’s University, she has served as a Lecturer for the School of Business, a Director in the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s, and General Manager of AMS Inc. In 2002, Annette co-founded Bergeron Estate Winery. She was elected as President of Professional Engineers in 2012 and currently serves as their Past President on Council as well as a Lifetime Honourary Member. She has also twice served as President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers in 2005 and 2010 and is an Honourary Member there. This year Annette was elected to serve on the board of Engineers Canada and honoured as a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In June 2006, Ms. Bergeron was appointed to the Board of Directors of Kingston General Hospital where she still serves. In 2013 Annette was recognized as one of the TOP 25 Women of Influence in Canada. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Material and Metallurgical Engineering) from Queen’s and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has two children.
As the founder of Kisserup International Trade Roots Canada Inc., and Kisserup Europe, Ms. Fischer Boulter has over 25 years of international business experience. She provides advisory services, project management, trade training and consulting services to public and private sector organizations worldwide. She is facilitating public/private partnership development, consulting and project management services and has established successful joint ventures across the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, Latin, South and North America. With comprehensive experience conducting global projects Ms. Fischer Boulter has worked on contracts funded by the European Development Fund (EDF), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Caribbean Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program.
Several of her projects have been showcased as Best Practices on SME Development in ACP by European Union funded Donors. She speaks six languages and has worked on projects in over 60 countries, on 6 continents and in 25 sectors. She is frequently retained as a keynote speaker on international trade, investment and entrepreneurship in both private and public sector and she is an internationally recognised Subject Matter Expert on SME development.
Pernille has a Master’s of Business and Economics from the Copenhagen School of Business; she is a Certified International Trade Professional by the Forum for International Trade Training in Ottawa, Canada and holds a Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
From 2002 – 2008, Ms. she served as the appointed the Nova Scotia representative on the Federal SME Advisory Board to the Federal Minister of International Trade in Ottawa, Canada.
Since 2006, Ms. Fischer Boulter has been nominated for the Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur Awards each consecutive year. In 2007, she was awarded the Women of Excellence Award in the category of education and public affairs by the Canadian Progress Club.
Ms. Fischer Boulter currently serves on several international Boards in Europe, Caribbean and North America. She volunteers her services as an international Mentor to Women on their Way (WOW), ISIS and on the Board of Dress for Success. She is on the Advisory Board “Ask the Experts” on PROFIT´s Magazine panel of business experts and writes monthly columns on export for Progress Magazine.
A social entrepreneur, Farah Mohamed created G(irls)20 and now serves as its President & CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer).
G(irls)20 galvanizes the world’s greatest resource – girls and women – and cultivates a new generation of leaders through entrepreneurship and education with opportunity. Designed G20 style, this internationally active organization brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region. The program involves skills building (entrepreneurship, business planning, communications, technology navigation, leadership, etc.), concluding in a global Summit that generates ideas that are presented to G20 Leaders, global mentorships and the creation of delegate led initiatives.
International Volunteer Endeavours: Co-anchor, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women, Advisor, Virgin Unite Canada (Richard Branson’s foundation), Cherie Blair Mentor for Women in Business, International Election Observer, National Democratic Institute (2012 Egyptian elections Jordan 2013)
Domestic Volunteer Endeavours: Current Member of the Board for the Canadian Club of Toronto, The Harbour Front Centre and Hope Live. Past Board Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Science Centre and past Member of the Executive Committee for the Brazilian Ball 2010 and Maharaja Ball 2010.
Speaking Engagements: Maximizing Philanthropy (Australia), The Impact of Empowering Girls & Women in an Emerging Democracy (Sudan), Creating Safe Spaces for Girls (G8/G20 Meeting of Parliamentarians in France), the Empowerment of Girls (Scotland), Financial Inclusion and Education (Russia) and Scalable Ideas – Pitching for Partnerships (New York).
• Inaugural President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF). Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF created and launched the Foundation’s flagship program including One Laptop Per Child for Aboriginal Youth. She also oversaw the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a $1M humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
• For 10 years, Farah worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians. Farah began her political career in 1995 with The Honourable Paddy Torsney. From 1999 to 2004, Farah served as the Director of Communications for The Honourable Anne McLellan in her role as Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
• Post politics, Farah served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Engagement for VON Canada. At VON, she was successful in building government and private sector partnerships, as well as strengthening the brand of Canada’s largest, national, non-profit, charitable home and community-care organization
Education: Farah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Political Science.
The Beginning: Of Indian heritage, Farah was born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Indian Ugandans, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda. Her father, mother and sister sought refuge in Canada. Farah resides in Toronto.
Sara Austin is a lifelong advocate for the rights of children and a world-class champion of good governance practices. In her 15 years in the non-profit sector, Sara has gained senior leadership experience, along with program and policy skills through her work around the world. She speaks three languages and is fluent in the parlance of international diplomacy, where her experience in the global policy arena has taken her into top circles of power at the United Nations and on Parliament Hill.
Sara successfully led a global campaign to strengthen international laws for the protection of children, leading to the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child for a Communications Procedure. This groundbreaking legislation allows children or their advocates to file complaints with the UN and hold governments accountable for violations of children’s rights. She drafted the protocol during her graduate studies at the University of Oxford, and then led an advocacy campaign over eight years; her efforts culminated in April 2014 when Sara delivered a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York as the law went into effect. Sara’s efforts received significant media coverage in major TV, radio and newspaper outlets.
Sara is presently the Director of the President’s Office of World Vision Canada, where her primary responsibilities include acting as the President’s chief advisor, leading strategic initiatives to drive change for the wellbeing and protection of children, overseeing Board Governance, and driving changes in workplace equity. Sara has extended her governance expertise into a voluntary capacity through her volunteer work as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of York Region Children’s Aid Society and as a mentor for Imagine Canada’s Standards program. She has also served as a member of the Global Advisory Council for the UN Study on Violence Against Children and on the Boards of the Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child and the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.
Sara has particular expertise in international human rights law, with a focus on the rights of children. Sara’s efforts have led to changes in policies and practices from the local to global level that have changed the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to her work creating the optional protocol, Sara has testified before Senate and Parliamentary Committees on Canada’s obligation to protect the rights of children and access to generic medicines for HIV/AIDS in developing countries, contributing to the development of The Jean Chretien Pledge to Africa Act 2004 legislation, which authorizes the export of pharmaceutical drugs to developing countries to address public health epidemics. Sara has implemented groundbreaking programs on birth registration for children in Latin America resulting in free and universal access for millions of children, and led cutting edge research in Africa on girls’ vulnerability to AIDS and proposed successful interventions to strengthen the resilience of girls to protect them from infection.
She was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British Council during her studies at the University of Oxford, leading towards an MSt/LLM with Distinction in International Human Rights Law. She also holds a Combined Honours BA in International Development and Women’s Studies from Dalhousie University. Sara has completed the Governance Essentials Program for Non-Profits with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
On a personal level, Sara is married with a three-year-old son, and she is a seven year cancer survivor. Sara is an avid skier and sailor, and has travelled to over 40 countries. Her quiet determination to empower and equip others to achieve their full potential and be a force for good in this world is an inspiration to those around her.
Rosemary McCarney is an award-winning humanitarian and business leader, a recognized public speaker and author and an expert on international economic development. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada), one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada and a member of the global Plan Federation.
Rosemary received her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has taught both international and constitutional law. Rosemary has worked in international economic development with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and CIDA, as well as other governments and UN bodies. Rosemary has also received the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.
Rosemary has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous private sector, not-for-profit and community organizations. She is currently the Vice-Chair of The Humanitarian Coalition, Co-Chair of the Canadian Network on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and serves on the Advisory Board of The Canada-United States Law Institute as well as on the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada.
Rosemary has had an extensive international career in law, business and the not-for-profit sector, having worked in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Plan Canada she was the Executive Director of Street Kids International. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours. Rosemary has written for several publications and is a guest writer for Huffington Post. She is asked to appear regularly on national and international radio and television programmes. This spring she is launching a series of children’s books on
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ROLES
UKRAINIAN CANADIAN CONGRESS (UCC)
National President, October 2004- October 2007
• Oversaw a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of 28 member organizations
• Highlights of this term: Since October 2004 a great deal of effort was put forth in organizing 5 successful Observer Missions for elections in Ukraine, 3 Presidential and 2 Parliamentary.
• A fundraising campaign produced 1.5 million dollars for the development of a civil society in Ukraine, part of which was dedicated to Observer Missions.
• Positive relations developed with the previous Federal Government, including former Prime Minister Martin, who personally called to indicate the government’s support of securing a fair and democratic election process in Ukraine. This relationship continued with the present Government.
• Met with Prime Minister Martin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter MacKay and Minister of Immigration, Monte Solberg and other Parliamentarians as required.
• Further to this effort dealing with Canadian issues has been foremost – the signing of an Agreement in Principle relative to the Internment of Ukrainians.
• Accepted a Commemorative Certificate bestowed upon UCC by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson for outstanding efforts in Ukraine
• Chair UCC’s Immigration Committee
• Collaborated on Issues dealing with Trafficking of Humans with MP Joy Smith (Kildonan-St. Paul)
• Organized an “Anti-Trafficking” Session for the Toronto area, November 2005
• Made a presentation to the Federal Government’s “Status of Women” Committee in Ottawa on the topic of “Trafficking of Humans” • Encouraged active participation in Canadian issues and youth involvement in political and community efforts
• Assisted UCC Youth Committee in initiating Internship Program for summer of 2007 by raising funds for the program
• Represented UCC at the World Congress of Ukrainian’s Annual Meeting in Kharkiv, Ukraine 2005
• Presented a paper on the perspectives of the Ukrainian Canadian community in the context of 15 years of Ukraine’s Independence at a Roundtable in Kyiv at the Invitation of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine.
• Member of both World Congress of Ukrainians and Ukraine’s Holodomor Committee
• Facilitated sessions for community input regarding the establishment of a UCC presence in Ottawa
• In partnership with the Dr. Ihor Ostash, Ambassador of Ukraine in Canada organized a tribute to Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
• Presented Shevchenko Medal to Former PM Brian Mulroney
• Visited UCC Branches and Provincial Councils across Canada
• Attended the Inauguration of President Yuschenko in Ukraine
• Took an active interest in all the established UCC committees
UCC involvement prior to becoming National UCC president:
• Chair, Vision Quest Steering Committee, 2002 – 2004, facilitated Focus Groups across Canada and administered survey to obtain the community’s vision for the future of the Ukrainian Canadian community
• Chair, Congress Committee for XXIst Congress of Ukrainians
• Representative to World Congress of Ukrainians, 2003 – 2007
• Member Board of Directors Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 1993 – 1997, 2000 – 2003
• Communications Chair, Ukrainian Canadian Congress Headquarters, 1995 – 1998 – prepared media releases and disseminated information and organized a national conference
• President Ontario Provincial Council, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 2001 – 2004
• President, Hamilton ON Branch, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 1999 – 2004
• President, Ukrainian Canadian Committee, Women’s Council, Hamilton Branch, 1983-1985 – responsible for organizing special events and maintaining liaisons with community groups, City of Hamilton officials and Multicultural Council.
• Media and Public Relations Officer, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Hamilton Branch 1990 – 2000 – moderated Press Conferences and recognition events on issues such as Ukraine’s Independence, Chornobyl catastrophe, Holodomor – Genocide
• Chair Centennial Celebration of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, 1989 – 1991 – oversaw selection and placement of statue on Hamilton City Hall property as well as the unveiling program
UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S ASSOC IATION OF CANADA – UWAC (in existence since 1960)
• National President, 1993 – 1997 – visited Branches across Canada delivered numerous speeches on various related topics
• Successful in obtaining substantial government grants for workshops and conferences
• Oversaw the planning of conventions and conferences
• Established student scholarships for students in Ukraine and liaised with NGO’s re their distribution
• Past national chair of Multiculturalism and Media, Citizenship, Women’s Issues and various executive positions
• Representative to World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations – 2007 to present
• Guest speaker – represented Canada at an International Conference “Women in Democracy” in Kyiv, Ukraine, 1995
• Eastern Canada Provincial Council President (two terms), oversaw the completion of Ukrainian Historical Costumes, produced their first presentation, prepared and narrated historical and descriptive commentaries
• Local UWAC Branch President
• Advisor to CYMK-Ukrainian Orthodox Youth at local, provincial and national levels for 15 years
• Director UWAC Women’s Choir
WFUWO (WORLD FEDERATION OF UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS) – An international Federation of 28 non-profit organizations from 17 countries spanning four continents. WFUWO advocates the advancement of the status of women, their families and children and upholds the principles of political and religious tolerance, and universal human rights.
President – elected October 2012 for a 5 year term
• Since that time, have worked diligently to assure active communication with all the member organizations by providing updated news briefs, transforming website, teleconferencing, skyping
• Took on the responsibility of editing the quarterly journal “Ukrainian Women in the World”, introducing bilingual editions
• WFUWO has non-governmental status with the United Nations. As such, am registered as the president of the Federation with designated representatives for both the Social and Economic Areas and Public Information. Actively participate in various sessions, specifically on the issue of human rights,
• Have convened two successful annual meetings, which other than the constitutionally required agenda items include discussion on current topics, such as: The status of women in the countries represented by the Members of WFUWO; Working together for our common cause – human rights, gender equality; Empowering women.
• Continued efforts in realizing women’s rights and equality by sending related media releases, letters to organizations such as “Equality now”
• Official representative of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada from 2007 to 2012 (prior to being elected president) Chair (2007 – 2012) “Anti-Trafficking of Humans” Committee. Provide information to member organizations, encouraging their assistance in eradicating this crime against humanity. In this capacity organized and moderated a “Roundtable” on the topic and launched the “Blue Heart Campaign” developed by the United Nations (UNODC NGO) at an International Conference in Ukraine, August 2009. Leased with UNODC re promotional resource material.
UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS
• Member – Anti-Trafficking (of Humans) Committee (2008 – present). Organized and moderated a “Roundtable” at a meeting in Ukraine in August of 2008, resulting in a number of resolutions for continued efforts in this respect
• Representative of Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada
UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF CANADA
• Consistory Board member (national), 1985 – 1995, 2000 – 2005
• Chair Second Millennium of Christianity Committee, 1995 – 2000 – events included Icon exhibits by Canadian iconographers, pilgrimage to Churches and Monasteries in Ukraine, national conference, production and narration of Gala Concert during Sobor 2000 (Winnipeg)
• Co-chair of Sobor proceedings (Winnipeg) – 1995, 2005
• Organizer and MC of Sobor Banquet programs and concerts – 1995, 2000, 2005
• Chair of national survey re “Vision for the future of the Church” in the Canadian context
• Chair of Gender and Family Issues Committee – conferences, publications, established an Association for priests’ spouses
• Developed a “Policy Against Harassment” for UOCC
• Coordinator, World-Wide Millennium Celebration of Christianity held in Hamilton, Ontario 1988
• In this capacity liaised with City, Region, Provincial and Federal governments, Tourism, Convention Bureau, ethnic community, had responsibility for public relations, produced and narrated a Gala Concert at Copps Coliseum, set up committees and supervised volunteers (8,000 attendees)
• Represented UOCC at an International Women’s Faith Conference 1990
• Represented UOCC at the Canadian Council of Churches Justice Committee
• Presently, Parish Council President, St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Hamilton ON
CANADIAN FRIENDS OF RUKH (The Popular Movement for Restructuring in Ukraine), President, Hamilton Branch 1990 – 1993
• Liaise with media, as well as municipal, provincial and overseas officials (Ukraine)
• Arranged meeting with guests from Ukraine with City of Hamilton Mayor, acted as translator, arranged media interviews
• Program planning and fundraising
• Established the twinning of Hamilton RUKH with Uzhorod (Ukraine) RUKH
• Attended International RUKH Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, 1990
• Visited with RUKH members in Uzhorod, while in Ukraine 1990
• While in Ukraine in 1990 made official visits to the mayors of Kyiv, Lviv and Uzhorod on behalf of the Mayor of the City of Hamilton
• Member of the National RUKH executive and National Conference Co-Chair
Editor-in-Chief of the journal PROMIN (1997 – present), published by the Ukrainian Women’s
Association of Canada (Published ten times yearly with a distribution of 1500)
Ukrainian Language teacher/director (part-time, 1961 – 1988), instruction at various levels, including conductor of Student Choir during this entire period.
Director, Ukrainian Language Immersion and Cultural Summer School Program, Toronto, July 1983
Director, Church Summer Camp (1965 & 1966). Responsibilities included – program planning, hiring and supervising leaders and support staff, preparing budget and overseeing expenditures.Producer and Host of television program “Ukraine Today”, Cable 14 in Hamilton, September 1991 – 1995 – featuring presentations and interviews on various topics of interest to the Ukrainian Canadian community as well as the latest events and news from Ukraine. Responsible for content and format planning, script writing and interviewing guests.
Youth group advisor for over 20 years, programming and overseeing activities
Key-note speaker, presenter, at numerous events on issues pertaining to the aforementioned organizations and responsibilities
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA
• Media Chair 1997 – 1997, Sports and Fitness Chair 1999-2001, Economics Chair 2001 – 2004 (initiated and submitted briefs to Federal Government’s Budget Hearings)
• Ontario Provincial Council of Women (PCWO) – Vice-president of Citizenship and World Affairs, 1988– 1991; Vice-president of Media and Public Relations, 1991 – 1993. In this capacity liaised with media and government officials regarding relevant issues.
• Patron of PCWO in recognition ofcontributions and efforts relative to various issues of involvement:
• As national UWAC president oversaw the invitation to a representative from Ukraine to attend the International Council of Women tri-annual meeting in Ottawa 1993. Served as host of the delegation while in Canada
• Organized, moderated and obtained government funding for workshop “Towards Positive Race Relations” workshop, Toronto, November 1991
CITY OF HAMILTON
• Chair Hamilton Status of Women Committee, 2002 – 2004. Committee established to 1) liaise with City Council re issues vital to women and families 2) assist in developing relative policy 2) plan programs to create awareness on related issues
• Chair Hamilton Status of Women Committee Awards Event, 1999 – 2004
• Executive Member Mayor’s Mundialization Committee, City of Hamilton, 1989 – 1992 – purpose is to work towards peace and harmony among all nations by promoting awareness and creating/presenting positive programs. Coordinated dignitary visits to Hamilton from Ukraine and visited Ukraine on behalf of city, 1990
• Member Arts Advisor Sub-Committee, City of Hamilton, 1992 – 1995 – committee established to promote and recognize artistic talents, plan special programs to encourage & promote the arts
• Resource Person, Mayor’s Race Relations Committee 1992 – 1997 – to assure positive relations of all diverse groups within the City, based on mutual respect and the provision of opportunities
• City of Hamilton Interfaith Committee, Sesquicenntial Celebrations, 1994
• Executive Member, City of Hamilton Centennial Committee, 1967
• Co-Chair Mayoralty campaign, 1998
• Assessor of submissions to MD Admissions Committee, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, 1998, 1999
Board of Education for the City of Hamilton
1990 -1997 – Equity Coordinator (successful candidate of 125 applicants)
• Develop and direct the implementation of the Employment Equity Policy, Policy Against Harassment and Anti-racism and Ethnocultural Equity programs in accordance with the Board’s policy
• Direct the integration of Equity goals into operating policies, procedures and practices
• Coordinate the procedures relating to investigation and resolution of Human Rights complaints within the workplace from staff, students, parents and community members and/or groups
• Liaise for the Board on the above issues with media, community organizations, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Citizenship and Cultural, Provincial and Federal agencies
• Compile and disseminate related materials and information to trustees, staff and community members in support of system, area, school and department initiatives
• Counsel staff, parents, community on related issues
• Ensure hiring, training, transfer, promotion, performance appraisals and other working conditions are consistent with equity principles
• Design, develop and present training/in-service for trustees, staff, students, parents and community members in compliance with policies under the mandate of the Equity Coordinator
• Direct the implementation of the “Change Your Future” program in cooperation with the Ministry of Citizenship
• Member of Ministry of Citizenship Diversity Committee
• Acquire corporate and Ministry funding for special projects
• Prepare and maintain Equity Department Budget and the Change Your Future Budget
• Present at numerous workshops and sessions relative to the above responsibilities, both within the system and the community
• Develop programs in partnership with the Hamilton Multicultural Centre
• Organize related conferences and workshops, bringing in high profile speakers, such as Stephen Lewis, Minister of Citizenship, etc.
• Guest speaker at a Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Provincial Council workshop on the topic of “Positive Race Relations in Canada’s Multicultural Society”
• Guest speaker at a Women’s Conference in London (May 1992) on the topic “Spousal Abuse and Harassment)
1985 – 1990 – Race Relations Assistant, Education Centre
• Maintain communications with community representatives and system personnel
• Deal discreetly with various sensitive issues arising from the Race Relations Policy development
• Member of Steering Committee, Policy Development Committee, Community Relations Committee, Public Relations Committee, Outreach Committee
(Please note: The above professional and volunteer activities, local, provincial and national, require addressing the public, moderating discussions, narrating, etc. at conferences, symposiums, special events, television, radio and printed media in both Ukrainian and English on related organizational, cultural and educational topics. Only a few have been mentioned in this brief bio.)
B.A. Candidate, McMaster University – Women’s Studies, Human Rights and Anti-Racism Specialist’s Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Conciliation and Mediation as well as Facilitation (Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution), Ottawa, Ontario
Anti-racism and Diversity training
Human Rights Implementation courses
Training for Trainers course
Various other teaching and music certificates
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee medal (June 2012)
Order of Canada (July 2010)
Order of St. Volodymyr, Ukrainian World Congress (2008)
Order of Kniahynia Olha III by President Yuschenko, Ukraine, (2007)
Volunteer Service Award, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (2001)
Shevchenko Medal, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (1995)
Metropolitan’s Award, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (1991)
Volunteer Service Award, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship (1990)
Convention Ambassador Award, City of Hamilton (1988)
Community Service Award, Hamilton and District Multicultural Council (1986)
Honourary Certificate – Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada
Award of Excellence – Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada
Over the past seven years Ms. Wilding has harnessed the energy of Canada’s largest urban Chamber of Commerce and its 12,000 members to position the Board as an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region’s globally competitive economy.
Under her leadership, the Board has also enhanced the benefits of members through the introduction of key industry speaker series, business-to-business networking events, partnered-learning opportunities and business development tools.
Ms. Wilding currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization as well as an Advisory Board member for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation.
Prior to joining the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Ms. Wilding was President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and President of Plan Canada (formerly Foster Parents Plan). She travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, Central and South America in her work with Plan Canada.
For her leadership in the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Wilding was awarded the Public Affairs Association of Canada’s 2011 Award of Distinction and named to the Top 100TM list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2010. She is a recipient of the Schulich Business School’s Outstanding Public Contribution Alumni Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Public Sector Excellence Award for Technology.
As a Chartered Accountant, she was named a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009, and now holds an FCPA, FCA with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Ms. Wilding holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Dr. Catherine Zahn joined the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as President and Chief Executive Officer in December, 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the largest academic health science centre in the country focused on mental illness. The organization has a bold transformation agenda that includes an ambitious redevelopment project, integration and redesign of patient services, expansion of research and innovation capacity, public education and social advocacy.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Zahn held senior leadership roles at the University Health Network (UHN) for twelve years. She was the inaugural chair holder for the Krembil Family Chair in Neurology. Her reputation in hospital integration and her leadership of the renaissance of the Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) are notable accomplishments in a health care career that spans nearly 30 years.
An honors graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T), she completed her residency training in neurology at U of T. Dr. Zahn is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Professor in the U of T Faculty of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and is internationally recognized for her impact in the area of neurologic education and practice standards in neurology. Dr. Zahn earned a Masters in Health Science Degree in Health Administration at U of T in 1995. Since then, she has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through leadership in technology assessment, chronic disease management and stroke care coordination. Recent honors include a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Western University, London, Ontario; the U of T Faculty of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation prize for Innovation and the International Association of Business Communicators Communicator of the Year Award.
Dr. Zahn continues to practice in her area of clinical and academic interest, epilepsy and women with epilepsy. She is a champion for the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience, working to steer mental illness into the mainstream of medicine and promoting equitable access to healthcare resources for people with mental illness.
Rosemary Moodie makes significant contributions to improving social inequities and health disparities of women in Toronto by advocating for public policy through medical and organizational leadership, mentoring, and community volunteerism.
Rosemary moved to Canada, after completing her medical training in Jamaica, where she completed her postgraduate training in paediatrics and neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, and was appointed as senior neonatologist, clinical teacher and assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the social determinates of breastfeeding practice and her professional work has extended to regional health services and human resource planning. In 2012, HSC recognized her for 25 years of outstanding service. She obtained the Master of Business Administration (Rotman 2007) and Master of Public Administration – With a focus on Health policy (Queens 2011).
In her past roles (as Corporate Chief of Paediatrics and Medical Director of the Regional Maternal Child Program Rouge Valley Health System, as Maternal, Child, Youth, and Gynaecology Lead for the Central East Local Health Integration Network; and on regional and provincial committees such as the Child Health Network and Provincial Council of Children’s Health) Rosemary has supported organizations and stakeholders in policy development and advocacy to improve health equity and to expand quality health care access to the most vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized women and children. As a surveyor with Accreditation Canada, both nationally and internationally, she works to improve the quality of health care delivery. In recognition of this work, Rosemary received the Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award in 2014.
Throughout her career Rosemary had mentored and coached younger women, helping to influence and shape the lives of high school students in Toronto (affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences), young professionals in medicine and young women in volunteer leadership roles.
As a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Rosemary’s work targets organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of vulnerable members of our society, particularly women and children. She recently completed a three year term as President and Board Chair of the Young Women’s Christian Association Toronto (YWCA), an organization that focuses on advocating for the rights of women and girls and dedicated to helping women and children achieve equality, economic independence, and lives free from violence.
She currently serves on numerous boards. She is a Director on the Board of St. Joseph Health Centre Toronto, on the Advisory Board for Food for the Poor Canada and on the Board of the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education Canada. She serves as a director on the Board and Chair of the governance committee of the Scotia Bank Jamaica Foundation. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and was 2012 NGO delegate for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
For her work on women and child advocacy, Rosemary was honoured on International Woman’s Day 2011 by the Jamaican Canadian Association. She was the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Medical Association – Glenn Sawyer Community Service Award and 2014 City of Toronto – Constance E. Hamilton Award for Status of Women.
Dr. Eve Tsai MD, PhD, CIP, FRCSC gained early acceptance into medical school and obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She then completed her Neurosurgery Residency training at the University of Toronto. During her residency, she completed a PhD in spinal cord repair. Dr. Tsai then obtained subspecialty training in spine surgery and completed a Spine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. She has won numerous clinical, research, teaching and humanitarian awards.
In 2010, she won Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 AwardTM, which honours achievement for vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; growth/development strategy; and community involvement and contribution. In both 2012 and 2013, Dr. Tsai was selected by committee as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine (one of only 6 women to have the honour of winning twice). She was also chosen as the winner of the Health Section Category and is the only woman to have won the cover of the magazine for two years in a row. The cover was selected by the most online votes. http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/magazine/.
Dr. Eve Tsai began her practice at the Ottawa Hospital in 2006. Her main surgical interests focus on all types of spine and spinal cord diseases such as: spinal cord injury, spinal cord and spine tumors, syringomyelia, and myelopathy. Her research focuses on spinal cord repair strategies, axonal regeneration, MRI imaging of spinal cord tracts in humans and animals, and clinical outcomes after spine surgery.
Daniela Crivianu-Gaita was appointed Vice President (of Information Management and Technology) and Chief Information Officer at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, in 2009.
In 1998 she joined SickKids as a systems analyst and successfully led one of the first worldwide implementations of an enterprise-wide Picture Archiving and Communication System. She then went on to become a team leader and a project manager, successfully leading deployments of clinical and business information systems. Daniela also led the development of standards and guidelines for change and risk management regarding health I.T. solutions, and was a key contributor to the development of the organizational IT strategic plan and the associated capital plans.
In 2005, Daniela became Director of Information Services, leading the provision, implementation and on-going maintenance of information technology at the hospital. She did a detailed review of the Information Services department, followed up by implementation of new structures and processes to improve efficiency and quality of services.
As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Daniela leads the selection and implementation of innovative technologies (from medical equipment to information systems) in support of SickKids strategic directions. As well, she ensures SickKids successful participation in regional, provincial and national e-health initiatives, and leads the development and implementation of technologies, policies, and procedures to support privacy legislation. She oversees the evolution of medical equipment and information technology, as well as information management services. Daniela has standardized the technology project management processes and implemented project management and portfolio management tools in support of these processes.
Daniela is involved in a number of regional, provincial and national initiatives and committees, and has built successful partnerships with other healthcare organizations, as well as universities and colleges. She is heavily involved in initiatives related to building the next generation of information technology and health informatics professionals, as well as the next generation of leaders.
A native of Romania, Daniela Crivianu-Gaita was Head of the Computer Department at the County Hospital of Timisoara in Romania from June 1990 to December 1998. She was also Associate Professor at the University of Medicine Timisoara (Medical Informatics Department) from 1995 to 1998 and was involved in a number of European health informatics projects in the ‘90s.
Daniela was also a systems engineer at the Metallic Construction Enterprise in Bocsa, Romania, and at the Mechanic Enterprise of Timisoara, Romania.
Daniela holds a Master of Science with Honors degree in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania. She was involved in many health informatics research projects during the years, presented at many national and international conferences and congresses, and published a number of papers and articles.
Connie Clerici is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing. Connie is the passionate founder of Closing the Gap Healthcare Group, an award-winning, learning organization that is continuously growing and innovating. Currently, Closing the Gap’s over 1000 healthcare professionals provide a continuum of professional services that includes Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Social Work, Personal Support and Dietetics, as well as future care cost consulting services.
Connie’s passion is to help those most in need in society, and to accept full accountability for doing so. She requires that ethics and compassion accompany sound business practices to ensure that Closing the Gap Healthcare Group consistently provides healthcare services of an exceptionally high quality. Connie actively embraces change, while making a concerted effort to build and support a high-quality, publicly-funded healthcare system that is sustainable for Canadians.
Connie is a life-long learner, having participated in extensive training in leadership and business at a variety of institutions including Ivey, Rotman, Shulich, McMaster and York Universities. She also regularly participates in value-based training programs. Connie currently sits as a board member or advisor at both the Ivey Business School and Ivey’s Pierre Morrisette Institute for Entrepreneurship, as well as Salus Global Corporation, Women of Influence and Trans Research Labs.
Connie’s contributions to health care, entrepreneurship and the business community have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the 2012 Mississauga Board of Trade Business Award of Excellence, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, RBC 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship, the ICCO Business Excellence award, the Federated Press Women Leader of the Year Award and her induction into the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.
She was also recently profiled in “Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of Peel”, published by the Canadian Federation of University Women.
Connie is passionate about helping people with poor health to restore or increase their enjoyment of life. She celebrates the opportunities that she and her staff at Closing the Gap Healthcare Group are privileged to have to make positive contributions to the lives of so many Canadians.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
by Kate Robertson
In the last 20 years, Ann Cavoukian, PhD, has been an advocate for privacy protection in the private and public sector. And it doesn’t look as if she will be slowing down any time soon.
As Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Cavoukian is the first to be appointed for a third term in the position, and will continue in the role until 2014. She is one of the world’s leading experts in privacy, and is particularly interested in how technology can help, rather than harm, data protection and privacy.
The Commissioner works independently of the governing party to promote a transparent and forthcoming government and to ensure that the private worlds of Ontarians are protected. In addition, Dr. Cavoukian advises businesses and organizations all over the world on how to do the same for their clients, staff, users or data.
In the 1990s, as technology became increasingly entrenched in the world’s personal, day-to-day, and business practices in the 1990s, Dr. Cavoukian recognized that privacy could be at risk. But rather than shying away from the complexity and challenges that technology posed toward privacy, she embraced it.
The result was the award-winning Privacy by Design, a philosophy that advocates for a proactive approach where privacy is embedded into the design of the technology itself. The move to connected online data networks and communication technologies can be viewed as a threat to privacy, or it can be used to protect it, according to Dr. Cavoukian. And rather than relying on legislation or regulation to protect the privacy of clients or users, Dr. Cavoukian’s ground-breaking work advises businesses and the public sector to instead protect clients or data by using privacy-enhancing technologies without sacrificing security or efficiency.
This past June, the International Federation for Information Processing awarded Dr. Cavoukian with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award for Privacy by Design and its contribution to the development of information security on an international level. Shortly after, the University of Alberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her work in the field, and she was also given the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award. In total, Dr. Cavoukian has earned more than 10 notable awards throughout her career, including honours from the Ontario Bar Association, the IEEE and the Ontario Psychological Association. In 2008, she won the Privacy Hero Leadership Award from WiredSafety.
Dr. Cavoukian holds a PhD and an MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has co-authored two trailblazing books in the field of security and privacy. Both publications, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build and Customer Trust” examine the risks businesses and individuals take when they do not protect privacy. She is chair of the University of Toronto’s Identity, Privacy and Security Institute, and has sat on 12 boards, including the International Biometric Advisory Council, the European Biometrics Forum and the IBM Privacy Management Council.
Dr. Cavoukian is also very well known for public speaking. In addition to being part of the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series in 2006, she was recognized as the IABC All-Star Speaker by the International Association of Business Communicators that same year.
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