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Tonight a Nation Wide Launch Party “Champions” the Top 25 Women of Influence

Topics to include: The vital role of mentors and champions in women’s career advancement

TORONTO, November 20, 2013 – The Top 25 Women of Influence are being celebrated tonight at the 3rd annual Women of Influence Magazine Launch Party. This ranking of the most influential women in Canada covers 5 categories; business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector, for their measurable influence in their field. The 50 invitation-only guests in Toronto will be joined virtually by their peers in Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver via Cisco’s video-conference platform, Telepresence.

WHO: Women of Influence Inc.
WHAT: Top 25 Women of Influence – Magazine Launch Party
WHERE: Cisco Canada Toronto Office, 35th Floor, 181 Bay Street, Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, November 20th 2013 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHY: Moderated discussion from 5:30–6:30pm, incl. Q&A, on how to find a mentor


Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO, Plan Canada
Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. President, Professional Engineers Ontario
Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough—Guildwood
Claudia Hepburn, Executive Director, The Next 36
Janice O’Born, Chairman, The Printing House Charitable Office

Karen Sheriff, President and CEO, Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc.
Kimberley Mason, Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank
Tracy Redies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Sue Paish, President and CEO, LifeLabs Medical Laboratories Inc.
Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Norsat International Inc.

Wendy Cukier, Vice President Research and Innovation and Founder and Director, Diversity
Institute, Ryerson University
Ann Buller, President and CEO, Centennial College
Janice MacKinnon, Professor/Doctor, University of Saskatchewan
Beatrix Dart, Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs, Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Deb Matthews, Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care, Deputy Premier of Ontario, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Cheryl Reicin, Partner, Torys LLP
Sharon Geraghty, Partner, Torys LLP
Beth Wilson, Managing Partner, GTA and Canadian Managing Partner, Community
Leadership KPMG LLP
Jane Allen, Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Renewable Energy Leader, Deloitte
Evelyn Jacks, President, Knowledge Bureau

Janet Rossant, Chief of Research & Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Christine Power, President and CEO, Capital District Health Authority
Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, VP IMT & CIO, The Hospital for Sick Children
Marla Shapiro, Associate Professor, Medical Consultant CTV News, Medical Contributor
Canada AM, Marla Shapiro Inc.
Connie Clerici, President & Chief Executive Officer, Closing the Gap Healthcare Group

Moderated Discussion by Women of Influence president, Carolyn Lawrence to cover:

  • How do you find a mentor?
  • How greatly do champions influence success?
  • Based on our findings that 51% of the women respondents in a recent LinkedIn poll reported never having a mentor. And that “women with mentors are SIX times more likely to be promoted to a bigger job”, according to a study quoted on money.cnn.com.

Select Top 25 panelists and their champions and mentees include:

  • Kim Mason Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank and her champion, Deputy Chairman of RBC Royal Bank,
  • Claudia Hepburn Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Next 36 and her mentee, Jane Wu, founder of DonorIQ.

The Top 25 Special Issue Magazine will be released on November 21st. One-on-one interviews with the Top 25 and their mentors and mentees can be arranged at or following the event on the topic of mentorship and women’s advancement.


To attend this event, please contact Carolyn Lawrence at 416-567-1201 or by email at clawrence@womenofinfluenceinc.ca