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Official Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs

On December 10 we celebrate the 2018 Top 25 Women of Influence and offer an incredible opportunity to meet Canada's Most Accomplished Role Models. Join us in celebrating this inspiring group, with a keynote speech from 2017 and 2018 recipient, The Honourable 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 key ambassador representing Canada’s best interest with foreign governments has never been more crucial. From tough talks on NAFTA with an unpredictable and ever-more hostile President Donald Trump, to dealing with conflict with Saudi Arabia over human rights injustice, Freeland’s job is cut out for someone with thick skin, bravery, and an ironclad resolve. We think she’s just the person for the job.

This year's Top 25 women represent a variety of sectors, career stages, and contributions to women’s advancement. Their unique accomplishments are impossible to compare against each other, which is why the Top 25 is designed as a celebration rather than a ranking. Community is more important than competition.

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.

Click here for the full 2018 ranking and reserve your seat today for this incredible afternoon of access and inspiration.


December 10, 2018
11:15 am - 2:00 pm

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Join Women of Influence and Presenting Sponsor Scotiabank as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This flagship event series is hosted in Toronto and Calgary and inspires over 5,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.


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Ms. Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale. In opposition she served as her party’s Critic for International Trade.

An esteemed journalist and author, Ms. Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.

After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including U.K. news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of the FT Weekend Magazine and editor of FT.com. She served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001 before becoming deputy editor and then U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.

In 2010, Ms. Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters. She was a managing director of the company and editor of Consumer News when she decided to return home and enter politics.

She has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012).‎ Plutocrats is an international best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award. In 2013, Ms. Freeland gave a TED Talk about global income inequality, based on the issues dealt with in Plutocrats. It has been viewed almost two million times.

Ms. Freeland speaks English, French, Ukrainian, Russian and Italian.

Ms. Freeland is married and has three children. She and her family live in University–Rosedale.