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Canada’s Most Powerful Women Gather to Blaze Trails at the Third Annual Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards and Summit

The winners of the third annual Canada’s Most
Powerful Women: Top 100 will be announced today by the Women’s Executive
Network and co-presenting sponsors Palm, Inc., and Scotiabank. The awards
in seven categories will be presented during a sold-out Awards Luncheon – the
focal point of a daylong professional development Summit that takes place at
the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. For a complete list of this year’s
winners, please go to our website at www.wxnetwork.com.

Over 600 executives and future leaders will gather to share ideas and to
celebrate the achievements of the most influential women in Canada. Attendees
will hear from keynote speaker and Top 100 award winner, RBC Financial Group
Chief Operating Officer Barbara Stymiest, one of the most senior female
corporate executives in Canada. There will be nine interactive sessions
throughout the day featuring Top 100 award winners including: a panel
discussion on non-traditional career paths with Major Maryse Carmichael, an
accomplished pilot who became the first woman in Canadian history selected to
fly with the famous Snowbirds Aerobatic Team; and a discussion on cutting-edge
initiatives to promote work-life balance featuring Canadian Women in
Communications President Stephanie MacKendrick and TELUS Executive Vice-
President Karen Radford. The day rounds out with an inspirational message from
Denise Bebenek, Founder of Meagan’s Walk which supports the Meagan Bebenek
Endowment Fund for Brain Tumour Research at the Hospital for Sick Children.

“For the third year in a row, we’re bringing together Canada’s most
high-powered and successful women in business, government and the not-for-
profit sectors,” said Pamela Jeffery, Founder of the Women’s Executive Network
and Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards program. “The Summit gives
executives a great opportunity to network with this year’s award winners and
to learn from their successes.”

“As a long time supporter of the WXN program, we continue to be impressed
by the level of accomplishment of these talented individuals,” says Michael
Moskowitz, President, Americas International, Palm, Inc. “They not only prove
that there is no limit to where ambition can lead, but that the depth of
Canadian talent has continued to advance to a world class level.”

“Scotiabank is pleased to present the third 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.”

Other sponsors of this year’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Awards and Summit are Ernst & Young LLP, Richard Ivey School of Business, TD
Bank Financial Group, Mercedes-Benz Canada, ADP, Cisco Systems, Medcan Health
Clinic, Dofasco and Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and Summit recognize
exceptional women in seven categories: Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs,
Public Sector Leaders, Trailblazers, Professionals, Champions and new this
year – Future Leaders. In addition, each nominee was also measured by her
community contributions.