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Introducing the Top 25 Women of Influence 2017

Meet Canada’s most accomplished female role models.


It has been two years since we last published our Top 25 Women of Influence list. We’re excited to be bringing it back — not only because of the Canadian women who deserve to be honoured for their achievements and impact over the past year, but also because of the importance of sharing their inspiring stories, which serve as proof to all women of what is possible.

The role models we have selected represent a variety of sectors, career stages, and contributions to women’s advancement. There are entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, media and entertainment personalities, and trailblazers from the non-profit and public sector. Their unique accomplishments are impossible to compare against each other, which is why the Top 25 is now designed as a celebration rather than a ranking — there are notably no numbers next to the names on the pages that follow.

What do they have in common? They are all women of influence, who have left their mark over the past year. Some have reached impressive heights in their career, breaking through barriers to become visible examples of what women are capable of. Others are focused on supporting women and girls through their initiatives, both at a community level, and on the world stage. Many are giving a voice to the challenges women face in their life and careers, helping to initiate important conversations that can lead to lasting change.

It was a challenge narrowing down the list to just 25, and there are certainly many deserving women that we were not able to include. To our Top 25 Women of Influence, and the unofficial women of influence having an impact across country, we thank you.