Top 25 Women of Influence™ 2012

Congratulations to all of the winners of the annual ranking of the most influential women in Canada.

Stay tuned to see which Top 25 Women of Influence winners will grace the cover of the Winter Issue of Women of Influence Magazine based on your votes.


Kirstine Stewart
Executive Vice-President, English Services
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Sylvia Chrominska
Group Head, Global Human Resources and Communications

Cathy Bennett
Chief Executive Officer
Bennett Group of Companies

Pauline d’Amboise
Secretary General and Vice-President Cooperative Support
Desjardins Group

Moya Greene
Chief Executive Officer
Royal Mail Group


Eve Tsai
Neurosurgeon, Associate Scientist, Assistant Professor
The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa

Fiona Costello
Associate Professor, Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery and Clinician Scientist, Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary

Janet Davidson
Canadian Executive of the Global Healthcare Practice

Camille Orridge
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network

Christine Power
President and CEO
Capital District Health Authority


Rosemary McCarney
President and CEO
Plan Canada

Bonnie Schmidt
President and Founder
Let’s Talk Science

Beverley Wybrow
President and CEO
Canadian Women’s Foundation

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
Executive Director
Stephen Lewis Foundation

Andrea Carey
Director of Operations & Community Engagement
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society

Professional Services

Anne Stewart
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Marlys Edwardh
Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP

Jane Allen
Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Renewable Energy Leader

Carol Hansell
Senior Partner
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Shannon Bowen-Smed
President and CEO
BOWEN Workforce Solutions


Carol Stephenson
Richard Ivey School of Business

Cristina Amon
Dean, Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

Kellie Garrett
Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Knowledge & Reputation
Farm Credit Canada

Karen Stintz
Chair, TTC and City Councillor
City of Toronto

Nancy Croitoru
President and CEO
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)

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The Top 25 Women of Influence represent the best of the best. These accomplished women are chosen by Women of Influence based on previous recognition, quantifiable data and on their contributions in either Health, NGO, Public, Professional Services or Business fields. Recommend a woman today!

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Highlights: Women of Influence Evening Series Event

Thank you to everyone who attended the Young Women of Influence Evening Series Event featuring Angela Self and Alison Griffiths! To view photos from the event, visit the Women of Influence Facebook Page.

Here’s a reminder of the advice they gave us in order to increase our financial independence and take control of our savings:

Angela Self:

  • Financial independence is a choice and the ability to live the life you want.
  • Know your numbers. Know what is coming in to your accounts and going out.
  • Personal finance is a personal search for the system that work’s right for you. Know your ‘rather’ factor: I’d like to buy that shirt, but I’d RATHER save for travel.
  • The biggest mistake one can make while working is not asking for a raise.
  • The biggest mistake one can make during the interview process is not fighting for your max salary. Do your research and find out the market price for specific job titles and responsibilities.

Alison Griffiths:

  • I discovered the resources of stories, emotions and experiences around finances. Finances are emotional!
  • Financial independence is a state of mind, not a state of wallet.
  • Know who you are, your relationship to money and where your financial happiness lays in order to conquer your financial journey.
  • “KISS” – Keep it simple smarty.
  • Less risky, ultra conservative portfolios are better than risky ones; just because you are young does not mean you have to be risky!


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Join Angela Self, co-founder of Smart Cookies and journalist for The Globe and Mail; and Alison Griffiths, financial journalist and author on International Women’s Day as they share financial trends for you to leverage today, to be a strong woman every day!

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