Most Powerful Women In Canada: Women's Executive Network Reveals Top 100 Leaders

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Canada's train of female leaders doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) revealed their 10th annual list of Canada's 100 most powerful women, celebrating the country's most well-known and upcoming female leaders.

This year's selection process included awards in nine sections: women who work in arts and communication, advance others in the workplace, sit as corporate board members, hold senior positions, own and operate their own businesses, young female leaders, leaders in their field of work, women in the public sector and young trendsetters.

“It's yet another outstanding group of women who are showing great leadership in so many different organizations and sectors from coast to coast,” says Pamela Jeffery, founder of the WXN, to The Huffington Post Canada. "We continue to see more women in C-suite roles [women who hold positions as CEOs, COOs for example] and these positions continue to go up," she says.

Jeffery says she started this annual list to inspire young women to find inspiration and role models. This year's list included familiar faces like fashion designer and host Jeanne Beker, founder and president of F**K Cancer Yael Cohen and president and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc., Rosemary McCarney.

And Canada certainly isn't short on female leaders. Last month, Women of Influence magazine listed the top 25 most influential women in the country, ranging from women who work in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services and the public sector.

But Jeffery also says Canada has a long way to go when it comes to recognizing women of visible minorities and adding more women to the FP500 board — a ranking of Canada's largest companies by market value.

"We know that there is a very slow movement in terms of women who hold seats — only 14.4 per cent of FP500 board seats are held by women," she tells The Huffington Post Canada, adding that this number has gone up since 2001.

For WXN's list this year, 255 women were nominated overall and the WXN advisory board verified the selection criteria for all nine sections. To nominate a leader costs $295 and all proceeds goes towards providing bursaries for the WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program.

LOOK: Check out 45 powerful female leaders in Canada below, defined by category, and see all 100 here:

WXN's Most Powerful Female Leaders
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WHO: Wendy Freeman
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President of CTV News, Bell Media.

WHO: Carolle Brabant
PROVINCE: Quebec
CLAIM TO FAME: Executive director of Telefilm Canada and was also named one of Hollywood Reporter's "13 Female Power Players Who Rule The World," in 2011.

WHO: Jeanne Beker
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Host of FashionTelevisionChannel and clothing designer.
Jeanne Beker attends the Joe Fresh Art Basel Party.

WHO: Catherine Cano
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Managing partner at NATIONAL Public Relations.

WHO: Kevin Garland
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Executive director of The National Ballet of Canada.

WHO: Jane Allen
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Partner and global leader, renewable energy and chief diversity officer of Deloitte Canada.

WHO: Clare Beckton
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Founding executive director of Carlton University's centre for women in politics and public leadership.

WHO: Dominique Dionne
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Vice president of corporate affairs of Xstrata Nickel.

WHO: Martha Fell
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: CEO of non-profit Women in Capital Markets.

WHO: Fiona Macfarlane
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Chief inclusiveness office and Vancouver office managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP.

WHO: Dr. Gail Cook-Bennet
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Chair of the board of Manulife Financial.

WHO: Maureen Kempston Darkes
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Corporate director of the Canadian National Railway, Brookfield Asset Management, Irving Oil, Enbridge Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc.

WHO: Isabelle Marcoux
PROVINCE: Quebec
CLAIM TO FAME: Chair of the board of Transcontinental Inc.

WHO: Eileen Mercier
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Corporate director of CGI Group Inc., Intact Financial Corporation, Teekay Shipping Corporation and University Health Network.

WHO: Deborah Rosati
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Corporate director of Sears Canada.

WHO: Dr. Amiee Chan
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of Norsat International Inc.

WHO: Cynthia Devine
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: CFO of Tim Hortons Inc.

WHO: Andrea Goertz
PROVINCE: Alberta
CLAIM TO FAME: Senior vice president, strategic initiatives, TELUS.

WHO: Zoë Yujnovich
PROVINCE: Quebec
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of Iron Ore Company of Canada.

WHO: Lisa Lisson
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President of FedEx Express Canada.

WHO: Sally Daub
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of ViXS Systems Inc.

WHO: Karen Flavelle
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Owner and CEO of Purdy's Chocolates.

WHO: Dr. Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: CEO of Century Plaza Hotel and Absolute Spa Group.

WHO: Heather Reisman
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and CEO ofIndigo Books & Music Inc. and editor-at-large of The Huffington Post Canada.

WHO: Lise Watier
PROVINCE: Quebec
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and president of Lise Watier Cosmétiques.

WHO: Yael Cohen
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and president of F**k Cancer.

WHO: Emilie Cushman
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

WHO: Lauren Friese
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder of TalentEgg Inc.

WHO: Kanika Gupta
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and chief catalyst of SoJo.

WHO: Bailey Vaez
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and president of Proactive Movement Inc.

WHO: Susan Barber
PROVINCE: Saskatchewan
CLAIM TO FAME: Partner at McDougall Gauley LLP.

WHO: Shelly Brown
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Partner at Deloitte and Touche LLP.

WHO: Lisa Kimmel
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: General manager of Edelman Public Relations.

WHO: Rosemary McCarney
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of Plan Canada.

WHO: Monique Mercier
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Senior vice president and chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Telus.

WHO: Bonnie Adamson
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre.

WHO: Debra Woodgate
PROVINCE: Manitoba
CLAIM TO FAME: Commissioner of the Manitoba Civil Service Commission, Government of Manitoba.

WHO: Susan Yurkovich
PROVINCE: British Columbia
CLAIM TO FAME: Executive vice president of Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro.

WHO: Christyne Tremblay
PROVINCE: Quebec
CLAIM TO FAME: Deputy Minister, Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation, Gouvernement du Québec.

WHO: Irene Lewis
PROVINCE: Alberta
CLAIM TO FAME: President and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic.

WHO: Barbara Stegemann
PROVINCE: Nova Scotia
CLAIM TO FAME: Author and CEO of The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc.

WHO: Noella Milne
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: Senior partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

WHO: Sepanta Dorri
PROVINCE: Ontario
CLAIM TO FAME: General manager and business development of Xstrata Nickel.

WHO: Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
PROVINCE: Manitoba
CLAIM TO FAME: Professor and head of the department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba.

WHO: Amanda Lindhout
PROVINCE: Alberta
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and executive director of the Global Enrichment Foundation.

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