Leading the way
Alumnae among ‘Canada’s Most Powerful Women’
Ten Queen’s alumnae and an advisor in Queen’s School of Business were among recipients of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards,” announced in December by the Women’s Executive Network. These annual awards celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The honorees were celebrated on December 4 at a leadership summit and awards gala in Toronto.
Two Queen’s graduates who made the Top 100 list for the fourth time were also named this year to the Executive Network Hall of Fame: Leslie O’Donoghue, Law’88, and Mary Ann Turcke, Sc’88, MBA’97. Leslie is executive VP, corporate development and strategy, and chief risk officer for Agrium Inc. Mary Ann is executive VP, field operations, for Bell Canada.
Also named to the Top 100 were the following alumnae:
Jacqui Allard, Artsci’93, head of operations and CIO, Manulife Financial Corp.; Shauneen Bruder, MBA’84, executive VP, operations, Royal Bank of Canada; JoAnne Butler, Sc’78, VP, electricity resources, Ontario Power Authority; Marie Delorme, EMBA’00, CEO, Imagination Group; Judy Goldring, Law’91, executive VP and COO, AGF Management Ltd.; Alison Loat, Artsci’99, co-founder and executive director, Samara; Linda Mantia, Law’92, executive VP, cards and payment solutions, Royal Bank of Canada; Leslee Thompson, NSc’84, president and CEO of Kingston General Hospital.
Joining this Queen’s group in the Top 100 was Janice McDonald, president of iStyleOriginals and an advisor to the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program.
Leslee Thompson, who received her award in the public sector leaders category, attended both the leadership summit and awards gala in Toronto. “The summit was phenomenal,” she says. “It gave us the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in other industries.” She anticipates the working relationships initiated at the summit will continue well into the future. “All of this year’s award recipients are now part of a leadership community that is committed to the ongoing development of ourselves and other women.” Leslee was also able to share the experience with the woman who has inspired her most in life; her mother, who accompanied her to the awards gala.