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

12/05/2012 01:29 EST | Updated 12/10/2012 03:42 EST
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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

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.