Top 25 2018


Introducing the Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 graphic

Introducing the Top 25 Women of Influence 2018

September, 6th, 2018

  Meet Canada’s most accomplished female role models.   Women across our country are accomplishing incredible feats each and every year. From launching meaningful initiatives that are making a difference in women’s lives, to winning gold on the world stage, their achievements are worth our recognition, and our celebration. They are academics and executives, athletes […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chanele McFarlane graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chanele McFarlane

September, 6th, 2018

    Chanele McFarlane Founder, Do Well Dress Well As the founder of Do Well Dress Well, Chanele McFarlane believes in bridging the gap between competence and confidence for millennial women. Through content, community and opportunities focused on personal branding, networking, style and professional development, her goal is for every woman to live confidently and […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello

September, 6th, 2018

    Kristin Agnello Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network This year, Kristin Agnello was appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network, a subsidiary committee of the The Commonwealth Association of Planners, which seeks to focus and develop the skills of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth to meet the […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jennifer Bernard graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jennifer Bernard

September, 6th, 2018

    Jennifer Bernard President & CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation This summer, Women’s College Hospital Foundation announced its new President & CEO, Jennifer Bernard. With over 20 years of experience as a fundraising executive, as well as the role of Vice President of Development for McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation and stints at Ontario Science […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann

September, 6th, 2018

    Carly Fleischmann YouTube Personality In January 2018, Carly Fleischmann swapped spots with Stephen Colbert, becoming the first nonverbal person with autism to guest-host The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Fleischmann, who has used a computer to communicate since she was ten years old, isn’t new to the interviewer seat: she hosts her own […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas

September, 6th, 2018

    Jana Girdauskas Entrepreneur A teacher by day, Jana Girdauskas started The Period Purse with one idea: one purse filled with menstrual supplies and other hygiene items to give to someone experiencing homelessness. In the spring of 2018, Girdauskas and a teenage volunteer created Menstruation Nation, a high school program to help highlight menstrual […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kehkashan Basu graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kehkashan Basu

September, 6th, 2018

    Kehkashan Basu Environmental & Children’s Rights Activist Empowering young people like herself is Kehkashan Basu’s passion. In 2012, at just 12 years old, she started Green Hope Foundation, a youth organisation working on Education for Sustainable Development, children’s rights and environmental protection, with the goal of empowering young people to utilize their power […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Mandy Rennehan graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Mandy Rennehan

September, 6th, 2018

    Mandy Rennehan Founder & CEO, Freshco Hailing from the tiny fishing town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mandy Rennehan’s career journey took off when, at 18, she packed her hockey bag and moved to Halifax. Since then, she has self-built her boutique retail construction firm, Freshco, from the ground up, earning millions of dollars […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov

September, 6th, 2018

    Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov Co-authors of The Expecting Playbook When they realized that the majority of tech start-ups were not only vague and noncommittal about their parental leave policies, but actually didn’t have policies in place at all, Anna Mackenzie and Ella Gorevalov decided to help usher in a change. So, they […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chrystia Freeland graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chrystia Freeland

September, 6th, 2018

    Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs Included on this list for the second year in a row, for the last year Chrystia Freeland has been one of the hardest working Ministers in the Canadian government. With a once harmonious relationship with the United States facing a more tenuous future, her role as the […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Dr. Alaa Murabit graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Dr. Alaa Murabit

September, 6th, 2018

    Dr. Alaa Murabit Physician & International Peace Advocate Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Dr. Alaa Murabit has eclipsed her wildest dreams and achieved worldwide recognition for her roles as a physician and leading international advocate for inclusive peace processes. At 28 years old, she is a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Eileen Jurczak graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Eileen Jurczak

September, 6th, 2018

    Eileen Jurczak Founder & Chair, Bay Street Deconstructed Eileen Jurczak is the Founder and Chair of Bay Street Deconstructed, a non-profit organization that is defining the future by opening the exclusive doors to financial services for girls from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program structure, boasting a curriculum informed by a team […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Brenda Lucki graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Brenda Lucki

September, 6th, 2018

    Brenda Lucki Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police When Brenda Lucki’s career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began over three decades ago, there were no women in leadership positions. Today, as the first female permanent leader of the RCMP, Lucki is finally at the top. Selected by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for her […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Yamoah & Sarah Juma graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Yamoah & Sarah Juma

September, 6th, 2018

    Jessica Yamoah & Sarah Juma Co-founders, Innovate Inclusion Jessica Yamoah and Sarah Juma are the founders of Innovate Inclusion, a non-profit that advocates for the entrepreneurial success of underrepresented communities. Their mission is easily summed up in three words: Engage, Advocate, Educate. They foster awareness around the importance of inclusive community engagement; advocate […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Sage Paul graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Sage Paul

September, 6th, 2018

    Sage Paul Fashion Designer Based in Toronto, Sage Paul is a woman of Dene descent, and a member of English River First Nation; she is also an artist, designer and innovative leader for Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles. Inspired by her own inability to find a place to showcase her work, in 2018 […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jodi Kovitz graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jodi Kovitz

September, 6th, 2018

    Jodi Kovitz Chief Executive Officer & Founder, #MoveTheDial For Jodi Kovitz, fostering a more inclusive and diverse STEM ecosystem is less about talking about the problems, and more about action. That’s why her organization, #MoveTheDial, embodies one simple principle: making a measurable impact on women’s participation — and success — in STEM. Built […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: rupi kaur graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: rupi kaur

September, 6th, 2018

    rupi kaur Author In an era when becoming an Instagram influencer is now a viable career option, rupi kaur leverages the power of the social media platform to disseminate her message, one that runs deeper than dreamy vacation and vibrant food photography: kaur, a Brampton, Ontario native, has become an international sensation for […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas

September, 6th, 2018

    Jana Girdauskas Entrepreneur A teacher by day, Jana Girdauskas started The Period Purse with one idea: one purse filled with menstrual supplies and other hygiene items to give to someone experiencing homelessness. In the spring of 2018, Girdauskas and a teenage volunteer created Menstruation Nation, a high school program to help highlight menstrual […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kate McInturff graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kate McInturff

September, 6th, 2018

    Kate McInturff Policy Analyst Early this year, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives mourned the loss of feminist researcher and scholar Kate McInturff after a three-year battle with cancer. Known by staff, board and partners as a feminist trailblazer in public policy and gender-based research, McInturff’s annual report, “The Best and Worst Places […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Platt graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Platt

September, 6th, 2018

    Jessica Platt Professional hockey player Since she was a child, Jessica Platt has known that she was meant to be a woman. Yet it wasn’t until January of this year that the professional hockey player decided it was time to be fully open with the world, despite fears of judgement, criticism, and harassment. […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Lifetime Achiever: Roberta Jamieson graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Lifetime Achiever: Roberta Jamieson

September, 6th, 2018

    Roberta Jamieson President & CEO, Indspire “Trailblazing” is the most apt description of Roberta Jamieson’s long career. A Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, in 1976 she became the first Indigenous woman ever to earn a law degree in Canada. She was the first non-Parliamentarian to be appointed […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Up and Comer: Mylene Tu graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Up and Comer: Mylene Tu

September, 6th, 2018

    Mylene Tu Founder, FEM in STEM This 18–year-old engineering student from the University of Waterloo is helping to bridge the gender gap within STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). In April of 2018, Mylene Tu founded FEM in STEM, a social enterprise that acts as a hub of resources for young girls to engage […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Janice Fukakusa graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Janice Fukakusa

September, 6th, 2018

    Janice Fukakusa Chancellor, Ryerson University This year, Ryerson University appointed Janice Fukakusa as its Chancellor, making her the first woman to ever hold the position. A financial services expert, innovation champion and diversity leader, Fukakusa will be the ceremonial head of the university, act as an ambassador for Ryerson on local, national and […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Tessa Virtue graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Tessa Virtue

September, 5th, 2018

    Tessa Virtue Figure Skater & Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Virtue is a household name not only in Canada, but around the world. Having won not one, but two Olympic Gold Medals for ice dancing in 2010 and 2018 (plus a third as part of the 2018 Canadian figure skating team), and setting a […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Melody Adhami graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Melody Adhami

September, 5th, 2018

    Melody Adhami COO of Havas Canada At just 27 years old, Melody Adhami made a move that so many of us only dream of: she left her comfortable corporate job for the entrepreneur-life, starting Plastic, a full-service mobile marketing agency. At the time, the app store didn’t even exist, making the idea of […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Domee Shi graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Domee Shi

September, 5th, 2018

    Domee Shi Director & Animator, Pixar If you saw The Incredibles 2 in theatres this year, you likely caught Bao, the short film about a woman and the dumpling she raises as her son after it comes unexpectedly to life, which played before the main feature. The animated short was inspired by writer […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Hayley Wickenheiser graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Hayley Wickenheiser

September, 5th, 2018

    Hayley Wickenheiser Assistant Director of Player Development,Toronto Maple Leafs In the world of women’s hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser is a household name. A member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, the team’s career points leader, a five-time Olympian, capturing four […]




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