Those of us of a certain age will remember the Virginia Slims commercial pronouncing “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The politically incorrect message-by today’s standards-was par for the course all those years ago. It is heartening that Justin Trudeau’s “Because it’s 2015” statement indicates the 21st century is all about inclusion and collaboration.
And collaboration was the resounding theme of the recent Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Leadership Summit and Awards Presentations held Mar 2 at The Westin. Scores of guests gathered for the afternoon summit and evening awards ceremony that featured: keynote addresses from Nicole Bourque-Bouchier-2015 Top 100 Award Winner and CEO, The Bouchier Group, Joanne Alexander, 2014 Top 100 Award Winner and executive vice-president and general counsel, Marc Bombenon, Encana and Natalie Panek, 2014 Top 100 Award Winner and mission systems engineer, MDA Space Missions; welcome and opening remarks from WXN founder Pamela Jeffery and CEO Sherri Stevens; an interview with ATB Financial president and CEO Dave Mowat; and a panel discussion featuring moderator Cynthia Hansen, 2015 Top 100 Award Winner and senior vice-president, operations, Enbridge Liquid Pipelines and guests Dr. Jodi Abbott, 2015 Top 100 Award Winner and president and CEO, NorQuest College and Terri Harris, 2012 and 2014 Top 100 Award Winner and vice-president and partner, Harris Greenaway Communications.
Salutations to the other 14 Alberta and Prairie-based award winners including: Debby Carreau, CEO and founder, Inspired HR; Allison Grafton, president, Rockwood Custom Homes; Beth Hamilton-Keen, director, investment counselling, Mawer Investment Management; Gianna Manes, president and CEO, ENMAX Corporation Group of Companies; Linda McCurdy, president and CEO, K-Bro Linen Systems; Margaret McKenzie, corporate director, Bonavista Energy Corporation; Kirsten Poon, CEO, KP Consulting; Geeta Sankappanavar, president and CEO, Grafton Asset Management; and Helene Weir, president and CEO, YMCA Calgary.
Others in attendance at the event are pictured [on website link].
Bill Brooke’s article reposted from http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/bill-brooks-canadas-most-powerful-women-honoured