Canada's Most Powerful Women Gather Together at the Fourth Annual Women's Executive Network Top 100(TM) Awards and Summit TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - The winners of the fourth annual Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100(TM) will be announced today by the Women's Executive Network(TM) and co- presenting sponsors Scotiabank and Richard Ivey School of Business. The awards in eight categories will be presented during a sold-out Awards Luncheon - the focal point of a daylong professional development Summit that takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For a complete list of this year's winners, please go to our website at www.wxnetwork.com. Over 1000 executives and future leaders will gather at the awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the most influential women in Canada. Attendees will hear a variety of award winners including: Government of BC Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary Jessica McDonald, Lakeport Brewing & Income Fund Chair and Chief Executive Officer Teresa Cascioli, Canada's National Ballet School Artistic Director Mavis Staines, Free the Children's Chief Operations Director Dalal Al-Waheidi and Scotiabank's Executive Vice President and Group Head, Global Transaction Banking Alberta Cefis. The full day Summit kicks off with a breakfast keynote address from Top 100 award winner Petro-Canada Senior Vice President North American Natural Gas Kathleen Sendall, one of the most senior female corporate executives in Canada. There will be interactive sessions throughout the day featuring Top 100 award winners including: panel discussions on the myths of worklife balance in the executive suite, how women can build their mentoring networks and what it takes to build a career as a board director. Featured Top 100 panelists include TELUS Quebec and TELUS Partner Solutions' Executive Vice President & President Karen Radford, Court of Appeal for Ontario Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese, and Alliance Atlantis President & CEO Phyllis Yaffe. The day rounds out with an inspirational session with Pier 21 Foundation Chair Ruth Goldbloom. "This year we are thrilled to have over 80 of our Top 100 winners and alumnae joining us," said Pamela Jeffery, Founder of the Women's Executive Network and Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards program. "The caliber of this year's winners and featured panelists is an amazing testament to the incredible talent we have in Canada - across all sectors." "Canada has a wealth of talented and experienced businesswomen who make outstanding contributions to the growth of their organizations and the Canadian economy as a whole. Whether as managers in large organizations or as entrepreneurs in their own companies, women in business are making great strides," said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business. "Ivey recognizes the importance of women in leadership roles. Through our programs we encourage women to seriously consider careers in business. This event is an important initiative to celebrate the impact that women are making in industries across Canada and Ivey is pleased to again be part of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100," said Stephenson. Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100(TM) Awards and Summit recognizes exceptional women in eight categories: Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, Public Sector Leaders, Trailblazers & Trendsetters, Professionals, Champions, Future Leaders and new this year - Arts and Communications. For category descriptions and nomination criteria, please visit www.wxnetwork.com. "Scotiabank is pleased to continue our involvement at the fourth annual Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards," said Sylvia Chrominska, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Public, Corporate and Government Affairs, Scotiabank. "We are continually working hard to create opportunities for all of our employees, and to look for avenues to support the women who work for our organization. Scotiabank is dedicated to ensuring that there is a level playing field, so that women can explore their full potential, grow, advance and succeed in their efforts to rise to senior leadership positions in the organization." Other sponsors of this year's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100(TM) Awards and Summit are Ernst & Young, TELUS, Mercedes-Benz Canada, TD Bank Financial Group, Cisco Systems, Palm Canada, The Globe and Mail, Miller Dallas, MICA Consulting Partners, Andrew's and Sandra Ainsley Gallery. WXN is Canada's most influential female audience and the country's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive minded women in the workplace. WXN continues to expand our presence in Canada with the 2006 launch in Edmonton. WXN's over 10,000 members are women leaders in business, government and not-for-profit sectors who attend our exclusive by-invitation-only breakfast series, Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100(TM) Awards and Summit, and professional development programs. Over the last year, WXN has expanded offerings to provide a brand new peer-mentoring program - WXNWisdom(TM) - exclusively for Top 100(TM) winners, alumnae and senior executives. Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 50,000 employees, Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve about 10 million customers in some 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a diverse range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York (BNS) Stock Exchanges. For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com. The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario offers full-time undergraduate (HBA) and graduate degree programs (MBA and PhD), and executive MBA programs in addition to non-degree programs in entrepreneurship and executive development. Ivey has campuses in London Ontario, Mississauga, Toronto, and Hong Kong - the first North American business school to establish a campus in Asia. For more information please visit www.ivey.uwo.ca.
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